Water man Barclay sees his level rise

Water quality specialist Panton McLeod of Newtown St Boswells has promoted civil engineer Barclay Smart as its operations manager.

The 30-year-old Dundee University graduate has been with the company since 2009 and has already managed a number of key projects throughout Scotland.

He’ll work alongside operations director Paul Henderson co-ordinating cleaning, inspection and repair work on reservoirs and water storage facilities across the UK.

In his previous role with Mowlem and MJ Gleeson he was involved in a number of high level projects including the new Kelso Bowmont reservoir, an upgrade of Melrose sewage works and a new training area for the Ministry of Defence in Northumberland.

Panton McLeod’s managing director Iain Weir commented: “We have been very impressed with Barclay’s enthusiasm since he joined the company.

“We had no hestitation in promoting him and this appointment sends a clear statement about our intentions for the future and how we plan to grow the business throughout the country.”

Mr Smart said he was looking forward to the challenge of his new role working with many of the biggest water companies.

In addition to its base in the Borders the company also operates out of Nottingham.

The company pioneered the use of innovative underwater robots to inspect and clean water storage strictures while they are still in use and without disruption of supplies to consumers.

Customers include Scottish Water, United Utilities and Severn Trent Water.