Two new members of staff have joined an Aycliffe steel firm as it continues to grow. Neil Ryan has joined familyrun Finley Structures as site supervisor and Crystal MossHenry has been appointed payroll administrator. The new recruits have boosted Finley’s staff to 63, with the family’s group of companies – including Finley Structures, SCH Site Services (45) and the ROF 59 Activity Centre (47) – employing 155 people in total. Neil, from Middlesbrough, has been in the steel industry for 19 years, progressing from steel erector to site foreman, and now site supervisor. “When the chance of working for Finley Structures came about, it appealed to me straight away,” said Neil. “I’m excited about the opportunity and looking forward to the challenge.” Crystal previously worked for a Darlington plumbing, heating and mechanical services firm for 15 years, progressing through the company before covering all aspects of accounts. Diane Ruston and Andrew Workman have both gained new promotions within the company. Diane joined Finley Structures as a senior quantity surveyor in May 2014 and is now commercial director.

She previously worked for a major national construction company after graduating from Warwick University in 2004 with a degree in economics, before joining Finley Structures three years ago. Andrew, a former apprentice welder, has been with the company more than 13 years and has been promoted to estimating manager. He completed an apprenticeship in fabrication and welding with the Army after leaving Woodham Academy in 1991. Andrew worked for a number of other firms as a welder or fabricator before joining Finley Structures, working his way up to a supervisor’s position and then workshop foreman before he moved into the office as an estimator. Finley Structures, which needs to appoint a new quantity surveyor, a contracts manager and an estimator, is well known for erecting many high-profile buildings in the North-East. The family firm, established by John Finley in 2000, fabricated and erected the steel for Hitachi Rail Europe’s train-building factory on Aycliffe Business Park and Nissan’s new Leaf factory at Washington. Finley Structures constructed Teesside University’s awardwinning Curve building, Middlesbrough Council’s Sports Village and Nifco’s state-of-the-art car parts factory in Eaglescliffe. Anyone interested in applying for positions at Finley Structures can send a CV and covering letter to