New Managing Director at Qualter Hall

Historic Yorkshire engineering business Qualter, Hall & Company has appointed Martin Kelly as its new Managing Director.  Martin joins Qualter Hall from Severfield plc, a FTSE 250 specialist contractor where he was Strategic Business Development Director and a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to Severfield , Martin was a Director at KPMG, where he specialised in the Construction Sector.

Wayne Bowser, Chairman of Qualter Hall said “ We are delighted to welcome Martin to Qualter Hall,  we believe he has a unique skill set and his experience and contacts within the industry will be invaluable as we continue to position Qualter Hall for long-term sustainable success through a focussed strategy in our key markets. Martin's appointment follows the retirement of George Orton who I would like to thank for his significant contribution to Qualter Hall over a 50 year career with the business”.

Martin Kelly said “I am pleased to be joining Qualter Hall at this time and following the investment by Enact earlier this year. Qualter Hall has a reputation for complex and specialist iconic engineering projects and I have been impressed with its in-house capability to offer solutions to customers across a number of sectors including Nuclear, Water, Bridges and Mechanical Hoisting. I look forward to working with the management team to deliver the ambitious growth plans we have for the business, whilst maintaining our reputation for high quality work”.

Qualter Hall, founded in 1860, has demonstrated a history of engineering excellence both in the UK and internationally. Employing c120 people from its Head Office in Barnsley, South Yorkshire the business has comprehensive design and manufacturing facilities and provides an attractive 'one stop shop' for a multitude of engineering solutions. Its landmark projects include the multi award winning Scale Lane Bridge on the River Humber at Hull, moving bascule bridge in Indonesia and fixed bridges in Belize as well as ongoing work with the Thames Estuary Asset Management team which includes work on the Thames Barrier.

Qualter Hall was acquired by Enact in July 2019. Enact invests transformational capital of up to £5 million into UK based SMEs. The individuals who comprise the investor base of Enact Fund II include successful entrepreneurs, existing and former Board members of successful Yorkshire businesses and management from former portfolio companies.  The single biggest investor in the Fund is the Endless and Enact partner and employee group.

Further information on Enact and Qualter Hall can be found at and