Tom Hill (left) and Julius Steinert become MDs for north and south respectively. Credit: DB3

Hill steps up in DB3 restructure

The architecture, engineering and building consultancy firm has announced a reorganisation, with Tom Hill becoming managing director for the North.

Since its transition to an employee-owned model in December 2022, DB3 has been working on structuring the business for future expansion, it said – the latest stage of this involves Hill’s promotion, and that of Julius Steinert, who takes on the same role for the South.

DB3 has seven studios across England, Scotland and Wales. Hill’s remit will cover Leeds, which is the firm’s headquarters, along with Manchester and Glasgow.

Hill said: “I am excited to become managing director for the North. As we advance the business and work to achieve our 2030 objectives, I feel really positive about the opportunities we have and the team we’ve built to support our growth.”

Architect Hill is the industrial and manufacturing sector lead for the firm. He has been with DB3 since 2020.

Celebrating 140 years of business this year, DB3 has focussed on succession planning, with a pivotal change seeing David Hooley take on the position of head of sports & leisure.

The role, formerly undertaken by Jon Mawson, is a key one as DB3 has provided design advice to Sport England, Swim England and British Cycling for more than 30 years.

Mawson, who will remain with the firm, said: “I am very happy to pass on the reins to Dave. I believe he will flourish in his new role and will guide the sports & leisure team in their future opportunities. They are in very safe hands.”

To bolster DB3’s growing engineering business, Simon Taafe has been promoted to associate, providing strength to the team run by Matt Ganley in Manchester.

DB3 Group chief executive Nathan McNamara said: “Being in a position to make these strategic changes gives us confidence in the future of DB3.

“We have ambitious growth plans and I look forward to working with the team in their new roles. Their dedication, passion, and leadership have played a pivotal role in our organisation’s success thus far.”

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