Media Release: CHAP Group founder set to retire

AFTER 36 years at the helm, a local business man and founding member of a successful North-east company is stepping down from his position as head of the organisation.

Alasdair Craigie, 69, is to retire from his role as CEO of Westhill-based CHAP Group after the Group’s AGM on October 2. He will however continue to work with the business as non-executive chair.

CHAP Group, which is made up of five divisions, namely CHAP Construction, CHAP Civil Engineering, CHAP Homes, NTP Kitchens & Joinery and CHAP Quarries, was set up by Alasdair, along with three other partners in 1976.

Having decided the time was right to step down to spend more time with his family; Mr Craigie will pass on the overall reins of the company to new joint managing directors, Hugh Craigie and Douglas Thomson.

In addition to Mr Craigie stepping down, Bill Burr will also retire from his position as managing director of CHAP Homes later in the year.

Mr Hugh Craigie already heads up CHAP Civil Engineering and NTP Kitchens & Joinery, but will now also be responsible for CHAP Quarries. Mr Thomson, who is currently managing director of CHAP Construction, will add CHAP Homes to his portfolio as well as looking after the group’s commercial property interests and developments.

Graeme Kinghorn will continue as group finance director.

The restructure will have no impact on job numbers and the business’ 270 employees will be unaffected by the changes taking place.

Commenting on his forthcoming retirement, Alasdair said: “At the tender age of 69, I’ve decided the time has come to step down from the day to day running of the business and enjoy my retirement.

“The CHAP Group will continue to operate smoothly during what is an exciting time of progression for the company and I have complete confidence that I am leaving the business in extremely capable hands.

“Hugh, Douglas and Graeme have been heading up their respective divisions for some years now and so we see it very much as business as usual as far as the organisation is concerned.

“I will of course miss being part of it all, but I am also very much looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”

Mr Kinghorn added: “Alasdair will be missed by everyone within the CHAP group and we all wish him well and hope he enjoys a relaxing retirement.

“This is an exciting period for the business and we are all looking forward to building on the success experienced to date and to ensuring the various companies continue to flourish under the new management structure.”

The CHAP Group is one of the North-east’s leading privately owned businesses, operating across a number of sectors including construction, civil engineering, house building, wholesale & retail kitchens and quarrying.

The CHAP Group is headquartered at Westhill, but also has a site in Aberdeen’s Bridge of Don, as well as facilities in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Rotherham.

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