CEO retires from local company

Alasdair Craigie
Alasdair Craigie

After 36 years at the helm, a local businessman and founding member of a successful North-east company is stepping down from his position as head of the organisation.

Alasdair Craigie, 69, is to retire from his role as CEO of Westhill-based CHAP Group after the Group’s AGM on October 2.

He will, however, continue to work with the business as non-executive chairman.

CHAP Group, which is made up of five divisions, namely CHAP Construction, CHAP Civil Engineering, CHAP Homes, NTP Kitchens & Joinery and CHAP Quarries, was set up by Alasdair, along with three other partners in 1976.

Having decided the time was right to step down to spend more time with his family, Alasdair will pass on the overall reins of the company to new joint managing directors, Hugh Craigie and Douglas Thomson.

In addition to Alasdair stepping down, Bill Burr will also retire from his position as managing director of CHAP Homes later in the year.

Commenting on his forthcoming retirement, Alasdair said: “At the tender age of 69, I’ve decided the time has come to step down from the day-to-day running of the business and enjoy my retirement.

“The CHAP Group will continue to operate smoothly during what is an exciting time of progression for the company and I have complete confidence that I am leaving the business in extremely capable hands.

“Hugh, Douglas and Graeme have been heading up their respective divisions for some years now and so we see it very much as business as usual as far as the organisation is concerned.

“I will, of course, miss being part of it all, but I am also very much looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”