Darrell Matthews

Scotland’s electrotechnical trade organisation SELECT has appointed Darrell Matthews as its new managing director, replacing Newell McGuinness who has been in post for more than 13 years.

SELECT is Scotland’s largest trade association with a membership that carries out more than 90% of all electrical installation work in the country. With a turnover of more than £1 billion the industry provides employment for 15,000 people.

Darrell joins SELECT as MD Designate in March and will progressively take over from Newell.

He said: “I am genuinely delighted to be the next MD of SELECT. I know this is a successful, well-resourced and very effective trade association and I look forward to working with Members, staff and the wider industry to take SELECT to the next level.

“Newell has done a tremendous job and filling his shoes won’t be easy but this is an organisation which is keen to grow and to promote its members and create a safer and better regulated industry.”

Darrell has a wide range of commercial experience gained in representational organisations in several sectors. His most recent roles have been as a director with the Institute of Directors, EEF and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Kevin Griffin, SELECT president, welcomed Darrell’s selection.

He said: “Darrell was the outstanding candidate from a long list of applicants. I am sure he will build on the excellent progress made by SELECT under Newell’s guidance and he has the full support of the Central Board to do so.

“I am sure all of our Members will support Darrell and will provide him with a warm Scottish welcome.”

Newell said: “I have every confidence in Darrell and know he will do a fine job. SELECT is a great organisation and I am proud to have played my part in its development.”