Countrywide Grounds Maintenance new chief operating officer to drive expansion

Countrywide Grounds Maintenance has appointed James Kelly as its new chief operating officer, with immediate effect.

New COO James Kelly has been with Countrywide since 2009. Image: Countrywide Grounds Maintenance
New COO James Kelly has been with Countrywide since 2009. Image: Countrywide Grounds Maintenance

Kelly is promoted from the role of commercial director. He will manage the business, which was bought by the Dwyer Group in 2017, and work on its further expansion in the UK.

He has worked for the company, which was previously a family-owned business, since joining as commercial manager in 2009, and has been key to its growth so far. He will report directly to Dwyer vice president of international operations Jeff Meyers, who is in charge of the European expansion of the Dwyer Group, and will continue to work closely with the Tara Worthington and Sarah Abouzeid, directors and founding family members.

Kelly said: "Countrywide has never been more compelling and I am thrilled to take on the COO role and see how the business will continue to grow under the Dwyer umbrella. I am incredibly energised to help lead and extend our network of franchises further, improve the support we provide our great team and to contributing even more towards the continuing profitable growth of Countrywide."

Dwyer Group is headquartered in Waco, Texas, US, with UK offices in Banbury and Manchester and is the holding company for 20 service brands, with a franchise network including more than 3,200 franchisees operating in the United States, United Kingdom and seven other countries. Its turnover is around £1.3 billion. In June it was acquired by New York-based private equity firm Harvest Partners.


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