Management Team

Chief Executive Officer - Stephen Leahy

Stephen Leahy is the Group Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and founder member of the Select group of companies. He is a qualified electrical engineer, who has been working for over 25 years across the utility and critical power industries. Prior to establishing the Select brand, he worked for several consulting firms (including European design practice The Building Design Partnership), in senior roles on a variety of high profile projects.

Notable examples include:

•     £2.4bn construction of the Hyundai semi-conductor production facility at Dunfermline (site-wide UPS systems totalling 8MW capacity);
•     £85m (M&E value) air traffic control facility for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Southampton (transfer of facilities from West Drayton)
•     £1.1bn construction of Siemens Microelectronics new wafer fabrication plant in North Tyneside, M&E value £110m

In 1990, Stephen founded Select Engineering Projects Limited, providing power engineering consultancy, specialist project management and design/build/operate of critical power schemes.

The Select brand has diversified over the last 20 years, in particular to encompass and embrace the advance of data centre provision in the UK. Select has raised the benchmark to deliver double or treble the power densities of legacy data centres, as well as being extremely efficient presenting half the carbon footprint/KW technical load than before. Accordingly Select has been more recently appointed by its clients for delivery of new generation data centres, which exploit ground breaking technology alongside “green” and environmentally conscious solutions. Historically, these ventures would be delivered by Select on a project management basis.

In 2006, Stephen successfully pitched for and was chosen to undertake the design, build and operate of a high profile data centre facility for BT.

Technical Design Director - Richard Stone

Richard is a Chartered Engineer with significant experience in design and delivery of complex, high value, fast track projects spread across a multitude of industries. He is experienced and renowned in his field for innovation, ground breaking design and pioneering new concepts.

Prior to joining Select, Richard was a Director at BDP. Over a 14-year period at BDP he led and delivered over 50 key projects across the industrial sectors including; DCs, microelectronics, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals. Key clients included HP, Infineon, Siemens, Seagate, Amex, Barclays Capital, Pihana, Global Switch, Intel and LG. In 1999, he was identified as the key person to open an engineering led office in Asia, and accordingly spent 4 years in Singapore establishing the location and developing the office as a regional hub before returning to the UK in 2003.

Although his primary skill and vocation is as an Engineer, Richard is also adept at business development, client liaison, procurement, project management, co-ordination of teams and preparing the strategy for fast track design delivery of complex projects. Within Select, he acts across key sectors gathering market intelligence and sharing strategies for business development and pursuing opportunities for the Select.

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