Project Director


James Guyan


Bristol-born, James established Guyan & Associates in August 2007. Disillusioned with the ‘bums-on-seats’ national agencies - the bigger they got, the more he rebelled – he was inspired to create a company that practised what it preached: solid principles, a strong brand and great relationships with clients and candidates.

An M&E Contracting Specialist, James has 16 years experience and prefers to work autonomously, with a small amount of niche clients, to ensure maximum focus. He covers the whole of the UK with a network spanning from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

Prior to flying solo, James spent seven years working for the largest national agencies in the Mechanical and Electrical Building Service sector. His success included building the top performing team on a national basis, using the principles he applies to Guyan & Associates. He also once lived in the French Alps for six years, running his a Ski-hire company and cut his teeth in the working world as a stone mason’s trade apprentice for Bristol Marble.

James is happiest in his running shoes. With three marathons under his belt last year, and a 75km ultra marathon in March 2016; a Spartan obstacle race, and the formidable Tough Mudder. Not a fan of crowds, you can often find him trail running around the local hills of La Serrania de Ronda. His wish-list includes one of toughest, and scenic, marathon races in the world: the Inca Trail Marathon at Machu Picchu – which includes a climb of over 10,400 feet and also hope to complete the Great Wall of China marathon 2017.

James’ two girls are the motivation behind his active life - he strives to keep in optimum health, both to set them an example and be around for them for as long as possible. 

Where: James looks after roles in the East Anglia, the south west and south as far as London.


Job Description


Are you a career minded Project Director with either a background in M&E/Nuclear or Construction looking for the step up or next major project? Would you like to work for a progressive and ambitious family owned company.

Our client provides M&E Building Services across the UK through a network of offices and are driven to being a leader in their specialist field by offer a comprehensive range of services to their customers and partners.

We are currently recruiting for a talented, motivated, and ambitious Project Director to join and lead the project team of this major £100m M&E project.

As Projects Director you will be responsible for the overall leadership of this specific project, liaising day to day with client and ensuring the project is delivered defined cost, on time and quality. You will provide influential leadership of a multi-disciplinary M&E, Building Services team managing this complex large scale multi sector project to a successful financial close. 

Already experienced in a similar role you will have proven experience of leading and delivering large and complex construction projects in a nuclear environment. You will have proven experience of leading, managing and motivating large project teams.

About This Role


Teamwork and Leadership:

•Pro-active and enthusiastic senior management team member.

•Results driven attitude, leading teams by example to ensure project success.

•Ability to share common goal and encourage team engagement through trust and respect.

•Integration of M&E/Building Services with all other construction activities with Joint Venture & Client 

Strategic Planning:

•Able to demonstrate an extensive track record of project/business delivery within the construction or related  industries

•Must have the commercial acumen to understand the bigger picture, both contributing to and actively  participating in delivering the project as a whole, not just M&E

•Previous M&E delivery in a multi-discipline environment essential

•High personal standards and expectations based upon detailed planning and delivery of robust strategies.

•Customer focused, respected by all internal and external customers, based upon an open and honest working  relationship, enhanced by a solution based attitude. 

About This Client


Experience and Qualifications:

•Preferably educated to ONC/HNC, Degree or above

•Previous management / people development experience would be useful, as would working within a  M&E/Building Services, Nuclear or Construction environment.