J S Wright appoints new human resources manager

Birmingham-based mechanical and electrical building services specialist J S Wright has appointed Darrell Mitchell as its new Human Resources Manager.

Based at the Aston headquarters of the 131-year-old company, Darrell will be responsible for leading J S Wright’s HR team and developing an HR strategy that incorporates the company’s values and culture.

With 25 years of experience in senior HR roles, Darrell was previously an HR consultant writing and delivering his own online management training courses. Before that he spent five years leading the HR function for the maintenance and development teams of a large housing, maintenance and care company.

His varied experience also includes a five-year stint as HR Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company and a 20-year career in the Prison Service.

Having reached the elite level of his profession, Darrell is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), having completed a CIPD Level 7 Diploma. He is also an ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) qualified mentor, and a qualified and experienced coach.

Darrell Mitchell says: “I am looking forward to supporting J S Wright’s board and associate directors in developing and managing the company’s HR systems and processes as the company continues to expand and diversify (whilst being its human resources manager), as well as helping all its employees to achieve their career goals.”

He adds: “The HR development strategy will fit closely with J S Wright’s values of integrity, loyalty and quality, and its collaborative and supportive culture.”

J S Wright has grown substantially over the past ten years to become a £50 million business with new electrical and prefabrication departments, a new residential maintenance company, and a directly employed workforce that has risen to 190 people operating out of offices in Birmingham and London.

Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, comments: “Darrell’s extensive experience, particularly in employee mentoring and training, will prove invaluable in helping us achieve our aims of becoming the M&E contractor of first choice for businesses we choose to work with.”

Darrell, who lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, is also a singer, song writer and a guitarist, performing with the Midlands-based indie/folk band The Occasional Orchestra in his spare time.

Established in Birmingham in 1890, J S Wright designs, manufactures, installs and maintains mechanical and electrical services for the hotel, residential, social housing, student accommodation, leisure and commercial sectors.

The company was voted one of the UK’s Top Ten Specialist Contractors to Work For in the 2016 Construction Enquirer Awards, was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 H&V News Awards and was named Construction Services Employer of the Year in the 2020 BAME Apprenticeship Awards.

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