Timber specialist poised for new era as MD steps down in 2020

Scott Cairns

SCOTT Cairns will leave his role as group managing director at James Donaldson & Sons in July next year, and be succeeded by Andrew Donaldson.

As the first ever non-family member to lead the group, Scott’s eight-year tenure has seen the 160-year-old business double in turnover to almost £200 million. Prior to being appointed group MD, he was MD for both James Donaldson Timber and MGM Timber and has spent over 24 years with the group.

Scott said, “I am proud to have played a part in the guiding, growing and development of our group of companies over my tenure at JDS. The business is in fantastic shape and will continue to grow via organic and acquisitive means. During 2020 it will be the next generation of the family that will develop this special business and lead a truly talented workforce, one which individually and collectively puts our customers at the core of everything we do.”

Andrew Donaldson is currently the group finance director and will be the sixth generation Donaldson to lead the business. Scott Cairns will continue in an advisory role on the supervisory board as a non-executive director under the leadership of new chairman Michael Donaldson in 2020.