Parkin pledges to stay in city

Kevin Parkin, managing director of DavyMarkham
Kevin Parkin, managing director of DavyMarkham
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DavyMarkham managing director Kevin Parkin has pledged to remain in Sheffield and retain his commitment to creating a new generation of highly skilled engineers after leaving the engineering giant tomorrow.

Mr Parkin headed the team which rescued the Prince of Wales Road heavy engineering business and put it back on track as a global player.

Although it’s “Mission Accomplished” as far as the Darnall company is concerned, he still has unfinished business in the region.

“I came in to do the turnaround and when we sold the business I undertook to stay on for 12 months, which has now come to an end. I’m not a ‘long-stay’ employee and feel that now is the time to move on,” Mr Parkin told Star Business.

“I want to do other things. I have been asked to be the chairman of a start up company and, hopefully, some more turnarounds will be coming my way. I may also get involved in some acquisitions.

“I will definitely be staying in the region. I believe in the region. I am committed to the work I am doing with the Cutlers’ Company, with Made in Sheffield and Workwise.”

Mr Parkin was instrumental in setting up the Workwise initiative which aims to give students a taste of working life and a better understanding of the skills they will need, while also showing them that apprenticeships could offer a far cheaper route to university qualifications.