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Clancy bolsters senior team with appointments in civil engineering and utilities sectors


Clancy has made two appointments to its senior leadership team, strengthening the business’ expertise in delivering civil engineering projects across water, energy and transport infrastructure.

Daniel Tonkin has joined the business as operations director for Clancy’s work for South West Water.  The appointment follows Clancy’s success in November 2023 in securing a place on South West Water’s Capital Delivery Programme Tier 1 Delivery Partners framework, which will include the installation, refurbishment and renewal of pipelines, gravity mains and sewers, and pumping stations across Devon and Cornwall.  Daniel joins with over 25 years of expertise in water and infrastructure, including most recently as contract director for Morrison Water Services.

Simon Hyams has been appointed as operations director at Clancy’s major infrastructure division, which includes its work on projects for HS2 and wider transport networks as well as on new water and energy pipelines. Reporting to the executive team, Simon will work alongside Clancy’s business development and operations teams to support the long-term growth of its civil engineering and major infrastructure division.  He brings with him more than three decades of experience, including as managing director for major projects at Buckingham Group Contracting as well as senior roles at Energy Technologies Institute and at Galliford Try.  

Matt Cannon, chief executive of Clancy, said:  “We’re pleased to welcome Daniel and Simon as we expand our senior team in a reflection of the strong growth in our civil engineering teams.  As our partnership with South West Water gets underway and as significant capital investment is put in place to improve critical networks and transport across the UK, Daniel and Simon’s expertise will provide extra firepower to our delivery.

“Consistent investment in and development of our people, as well as a long-term approach to succession planning, are incredibly important to us as an independent, family-owned business.  Daniel and Simon’s experience of strengthening teams’ capabilities and building long-standing relationships with clients fits well with our culture at Clancy.”



Notes to editors

Clancy builds and maintains smarter, greener utility networks that are fit for the future. 

Working across major frameworks and alliances in energy and water, as well as supporting ground-breaking infrastructure programmes, the business is one of the UK’s largest privately owned, independent contractors – employing, training and supporting a workforce of over 3,000 people across the UK.

With a 65-year track record in technical expertise and innovation, Clancy is committed to continual investment in better tools and ways of working – making lives better for growing families up and down the UK.

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