Restore your faith in human nature.

In the construction industry, we talk a lot about social value and we build it into our proposals and programmes to ensure that we give back to society, and rightly so.

Our industry has always been one where we leave a footprint; once we have completed a job, the results are there for all the world to see for years to come . . but it’s wonderful to leave a different kind of legacy.

However, sometimes, the giving happens naturally. It certainly did at Danaher & Walsh in December.  We have long known that the Danaher & Walsh difference is our people, but in the last month, they have proved it in spades (see what I did there, well, it is still the festive season, so you can forgive me for one last cracker joke!).

Our Business Development Manager bumped into one of his neighbours who volunteers at a local food bank near our site at Melton Mowbray, so he decided to see what he could do to help.  Within days, he had our client Galliford Try on board, as well as everyone at D&W Head Office, and this meant that just before Christmas, between us, we were able to deliver BOOT loads of food to the food bank in Melton.

Our team at our site at Watkin Road Bridge did something equally selfless.  The team have had an incredible year, winning multiple awards and achieving a near-perfect Considerate Constructors score, so they won our internal Team of the Month for December, a cash prize of £100 for them to spend on a round of bacon butties or a drink after work.  Instead, they chose to donate it to the food bank near their site in North Leicester.  How amazing is that?! The goodwill doesn’t stop there, though.  In recognition of this gesture, Dan Danaher doubled the value of the prize, so once again, copious amounts of food were delivered to another food bank just before Christmas.

We also raised lots of money for our chosen charity, Hope for Cancer, through raffling off the generous gifts from our suppliers, so thank you to them for that . . but there is one more significant act of kindness that I want to draw your attention to, to bring 2023 to a close.

Danaher & Walsh are working with Keep Moat on a job near the River Soar.  On a day in December, they saw a woman flailing in the river.  With a quick response and the use of a ladder, they managed to save the woman from drowning.  In recognition of this, we have made a substantial donation to the Samaritans.

Restores your faith in human nature. 

As we enter 2024, we wish you and yours a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Joanne Wilson

Head of Marketing & Social Value Lead

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Dan Danaher Managing Director, Danaher & Walsh

“To win a Considerate Constructors Leading Light award means a great deal. To win the overall award is fantastic. This is a national award and we are a local contractor. We know our standards are high, but to have this recognised by such a well-respected body as Considerate Constructors is very special. We are very proud indeed.”

 

Dan Danaher Managing Director, Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd

Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd is delighted to welcome Sean McCallion to our team.  Joining us as Operations Director, Sean brings with him a wealth of experience across multiple civil engineering disciplines.

Having worked in the industry for more than 30 years, Sean has joined us on our journey at an exciting time as we win more, larger projects in line with our growth strategy.

A staunch family man himself, Sean was attracted to Danaher & Walsh because of our collaborative culture and our family ethos.  

Sean’s experience includes working on huge projects such as the Olympics and Crossrail; he has been instrumental in Joint Ventures and has sat on strategic Boards.  He is driven by working collaboratively to achieve common goals.

In his spare time, Sean loves sport – he is a Blackburn Rovers supporter and a Leicester Tigers fan.  As well as spectating sports, Sean also plays sport himself . . tennis twice a week and fly fishing in Scotland whenever he gets the chance.

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Alice Stewardson, Quantity Surveyor at Danaher & Walsh, has had her University research paper published by an eminent industry publication, the Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction.  

Alice joined Danaher & Walsh in 2016 as a trainee and combined her work here at Danaher & Walsh with her studies at Birmingham City University, where she was a consistently high achiever.  

As part of her degree, Alice submitted a paper for her Individual Honours Project (a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project) as the final part of her studies.  

The paper is titled THE LATE PAYMENT EPIDEMIC IN UK CONSTRUCTION.  

It focuses on the late payment epidemic that persists within the construction industry and specifically analyses the effectiveness of government-led voluntary payment initiatives.   

Alice gathered information from one-hundred construction professionals and carried out a comparative analysis of upstream (main contractor) and downstream (subcontractors/suppliers) experiences.  

The resulting paper was so highly regarded by Alice’s tutor, the esteemed Professor David J Edwards, that the document was submitted for publication.  

“I am honoured and delighted to have had my work published. I am hugely grateful to Birmingham City University and Danaher & Walsh for the opportunities they continue to give me. Late payment continues to be a huge issue in UK construction, and I hope by having my research published and raising awareness, I am playing a small part in helping to find a solution for this problem.” Alice Stewardson.  

Ian Gilbert, Commercial Director at Danaher & Walsh commented on the news: “We are all very proud of Alice and her continuing achievements and are delighted to have been able to support her throughout her journey”. 

The work is published today, 14 February 2023.

You can find the article (behind a payment gateway) here.

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“An overall round fabulous piece of academic literature that has been produced to a quality that exceeds all expectations at the undergraduate level”.

Professor David J Edwards

Dan Danaher Managing Director, Danaher & Walsh

“To win a Considerate Constructors Leading Light award means a great deal. To win the overall award is fantastic. This is a national award and we are a local contractor. We know our standards are high, but to have this recognised by such a well-respected body as Considerate Constructors is very special. We are very proud indeed.”

 

Dan Danaher Managing Director, Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd

To help support our ambitious growth plans for 2023 we are delighted to announce the appointment of Joanne Wilson to the new role of Head of Marketing.

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Joanne is a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (one of only 537 people to hold both of these accolades in the UK).  She brings with her a wealth of experience from the years she spent running her own marketing agency – we are very much looking forward to what this breadth of experience can do for Danaher & Walsh.

I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed by Danaher & Walsh. They are a fabulous company, with a brilliant team, doing great things for their clients. My role is going to be about helping the business to move forward faster – enabling them to do more of what they do best.Joanne Wilson FCIM

Joanne is very keen to get to know customers, suppliers and the Danaher & Walsh team so please look out for communications from her in the near future, or contact her here.

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