The award-winning SCX group, based in Wincobank, Sheffield, has appointed Nigel Montgomery as Operations Director and a full board director.
He has made the step up after six years’ service as Electrical Controls and Instrumentation Director for SCX Special Projects, SCX’s bespoke engineering division, playing a key role in the development of complex automated control systems for large-scale moving structures.
SCX Special Projects is known around the world as a result of the sliding roof at the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s Centre Court, its work on a similar roof for No.1 Court, due to be operational next year, and the world-first dividing retractable pitch at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
Nigel’s connection with SCX goes back to 2006, in his role as Sales Director for Fairfield Controls. He worked alongside SCX on the pioneering retractable roof over Centre Court at Wimbledon, an iconic moving structure that celebrates its tenth anniversary next summer.
The connection grew stronger as the two companies continued to collaborate, focusing on complex systems integration programmes in nuclear, defence and moving structures.
Nigel became a familiar face at SCX’s headquarters in Roman Ridge Road – and he eventually joined the group in October 2012. Today, thanks to Nigel’s direction, the team is 17-strong, with an exceptional staff retention rate.
Nigel began his career as an apprentice with British Steel, becoming a process control technician at Templeborough, Rotherham, and eventually heading the Process Control & Electrical Department.
When the Templeborough plant closed, he joined Fairfield Controls, increasingly involved in the designing and selling of control and automation solution, where he worked on massive moving structures such as Tower Bridge, the Thames Barrier, the London Eye and the Falkirk Wheel.
His new role means stepping away from the day-to-day engineering detail of to ensure SCX Special Projects can deliver exceptional quality across the board. He will look at supply chains, training and personal development, and quality to help the company deliver projects to a growing list of blue-chip clients and to reduce reliance on external contractors.
Nigel said: “There are three things that I still get that buzz from – the intellectual challenge of controlling huge moving structures, the bespoke engineering needed to do this that no-one else has done before, and doing both of these while maximising the safety of these ground-breaking mechanisms. The challenge is considerable, but I’m very much looking forward to it!”