Economics graduate joins us as new Senior Quantity Surveyor

We’ve appointed a new Senior Quantity Surveyor – and her first job is to work on the high-profile Hitachi Rail Europe project in Newton Aycliffe.

Diane Ruston is used to working on large-scale construction projects in her previous role for a major national construction company.

The 30-year-old says she jumped at the chance to work for Aycliffe-based family-run firm Finley Structures.

“The attraction was working for a family firm, and working in smaller teams,” says Diane, who graduated from Warwick University in 2004 with a degree in economics.

“I can get more involved in the systems side of jobs and looking at procedures, and the opportunity to work on projects like Hitachi’s train-building factory is fantastic.”

Darlington firm Shepherd Construction, the main contractor for the Hitachi project, handed Finley Structures the task of constructing the steel frame of the main factory on the 42,700sqm site at Aycliffe Business Park earlier this year.

Diane added: Diane added: “At the moment we’re working on the main shed build, so there’s a lot of Hitachi steel going through the factory.

“I look after the financial and legal side of the project, sub-contract orders and working on our contract with Shepherd.

“It’s great to be working on such a high-profile project straight away. The Hitachi development is huge for the area but also for the UK, so naturally we’re keen to do the best job we possibly can.”

Diane joining Finley Structures comes six months after the high-profile appointment of Jim Graham, who joined the Aycliffe firm as operations manager.

Managing director Julie Finley said: “Diane’s appointment is another hugely positive development for the company and is another indicator of the direction in which we’re heading.

“Our team has already showed its capability to work on major projects, but Diane brings more qualities to the table and, as well as working on the Hitachi project, her knowledge and expertise will only enhance all of the projects we’re working on and will continue to win in the future.”

Finley Structures, started by Managing Director John Finley in 2000, has completed a string of high-profile contracts in recent years.

The company has worked with Shepherd Construction on a 1,000-tonne project at Drax Power Station in Selby, North Yorkshire, and the 950-tonne National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) in Blyth, as well as a 500-tonne contract at Ercall Wood Technology College in Telford and a 400-tonne job at Daventry Academy, Northampton.

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