Countrywide Grounds Maintenance has appointed new managing director Paul McKeown to provide strategic leadership and growth for the nationwide business.
He will be responsible for managing a nationwide network of 46 regional offices covering England, Scotland and Wales. As part of his remit, he aims to provide an enriched support service for the regional offices, enabling them to expand their business.
Countrywide currently employs 690 staff, and its turnover was more than £28 million in 2019.
McKeown has worked in the grounds maintenance sector for four decades. Before joining Countrywide, he was managing director at phs Greenleaf, where he directed multiple operational processes of the group’s portfolio. Before that, he was Flora-Tec’s UK operations director.
He said: “We are hugely proud to deliver a dedicated grounds maintenance service using regionally based teams with local knowledge, who really care about the communities they live and work in. We believe that a local workforce provides a boost to the local economy, as well as reducing both carbon footprint, local transport costs and downtime.
“I look forward to continuing to grow our strong operational and financial performance, whilst creating an environment that keeps our customers, communities and employees safe.”
Countrywide has been delivering grounds and property maintenance solutions to commercial customers since 1986, working across sectors including education, retail, social housing, sports and leisure, utilities and healthcare. It provides commercial grounds maintenance, arboriculture services, landscape construction, winter maintenance and commercial site cleansing at more than 10,000 sites each year.