Robert (Rob) G Donald – Technical Director & Principal
Rob graduated in 1993 with an engineering degree (specialising in soil and water engineering) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and immediately joined MJ Abbott Ltd, a leading sports facility and golf construction contractor as a project technician, gaining rapid promotion to a ‘project engineer’.
During his four years with MJ Abbott, Rob developed his contract management and project design skills initiating several new business development avenues including overseas opportunities which included his contribution to a complex landscape irrigation installation package during the construction phase of Euro Disney, Paris and an ambitious land drainage design and install package for a Jack Nicklaus golf course design construction near Cologne, Germany. Rob developed a specialty in sports turf drainage of natural turf sporting surfaces, particularly golf & winter sports pitches.
Rob was subsequently headhunted to join White Horse Contractors Ltd as their new Managing Director in 1996, a position which he was to hold for 15 years. Whilst at the helm, Rob guided Whitehorse Contractors forward and into new markets which saw the business grow into the U.K.’s leading specialist sports surface contractor and a corresponding tenfold increase in the company netbook value.
Rob prided himself on teambuilding, astute commercial management, specialist machinery acquisition and staff retention and training. Rob always provided an accessible ‘point of contact’ for every client, staff member and company stakeholder. His “door always open” policy was industry renowned and assisted the company in securing several of the nation’s most significant sports surface and complex landscape construction projects.
Such projects included: Ascot race course track rebuild, Chelsea football club training ground construction, The FA National Football Centre (now St George’s Park) construction Burton on Trent and the North-Eastern section of the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park venue for the London 2012 Olympic games. In addition to sports surface and landscape construction projects Rob also presided over the delivery of several major national infrastructure projects: Nacap 186 km fibre-optic duct installation, National Grid gas Milford Haven-Tirley gas pipeline drainage and reinstatement project over 170 km of challenging terrain.
The experiences gleaned through the delivery of these major projects has furnished him with the experience and professional resources to tackle projects of extraordinary complexity, magnitude and significance. His passion is to produce quality legacy projects providing amenity and environmental value for generations to come.
Robert is a member of the institute of agricultural engineers, a Chartered Environmentalist and a current CSCS cardholder- ‘professionally qualified person’ combined with his degree in engineering (specialising in soil and water engineering) Robert’s academic credentials support his practical and ‘hands on’ experience to give his clients a service of unparalleled professional competence and experience.