GRITIT Appoints Andrew Barry as Group Chief Executive
Following the acquisition of surfacing and engineering business NMC Group Ltd., GRITIT Group has announced the appointment of Andrew (‘Andy’) Barry as Group Chief Executive with effect from 1 March 2021.
With its heritage in winter services compliance, the GRITIT Group has scaled rapidly since an investment by Total Capital Partners in 2018. Significantly, the business has adhived 60 per cent growth since the capital injection and now manages around 7,500 sites in the United Kingdom. The Group is expected to announce a re-branding to reflect the breath of its integrated service solutions which focus on outdoor estate compliance and are forecast to generate £50 million of revenue annually.
Barry has served as GRITIT Group Sales Director since 2019. A qualified accountant, prior to joining GRITIT he her previously held a number of finance and managing Director positions at Compass Group Plc. In his last role at Compass, Andy delivered sustainable double-digit growth over a number of years, both organically and through acquisition.
Andy has transformed sales and marketing at GRITIT, and will oversee NMC as it delivers growth and maintains a merket-leading position. He brings to his new role a wealth of industry knowledge, customer insight and vital experience of leading and growing multi-service line solution businesses.
He says: "It’s a hugely exciting time to be taking the reins of this ambitious company. The acquisition of NMC supports and scales our expanding service line offering. Together with the very strong growth in our other non-winter service lines, this move has largely eliminated the traditional seasonal dependencies within the business, letting us deliver a greater number of service lines to our ever expanding customer base. At the very heart of GRITIT’s success is its market-leading technology platform. Our focus is on utilising this proprietary technology across all areas of the business to help our customers achieve greater commercial efficiency and to maintain our market-leading levels of industry SLA compliance."
Mark Rogerson, group Chair, adds: "The evolution of GRITIT over the past few years has been truly remarkable in all senses. From humble beginnings, GRITIT is now emerging as one of the Service Sector’s shining stars, with huge potential for further growth. Not only does GRITIT’s differentiated operational technology enable it to lead the industry in service level terms, but it has created a unique platform that is highly scalable and adaptable across multiple service lines. The combination of clear strategy execution, stellar growth and the appointment of Andy as our new CEO is a very powerful one. My fellow board members and I are also delighted that Jason, who has been such an inspirational and visionary leader, will be remaining on the Board for the next stage of our exciting journey."
Jason Petsch, GRITIT’s current CEO and founder, will transition to a Non-Executive Director position on the company's board following the handover in March.