Peterlee company Asbestos Audit has announced the appointment of Leanne McIntyre as finance manager.

Leanne, from Blyth, will be responsible for financial planning, data analysis, payroll, bank reconciliation and credit control. With an accountancy degree from Northumbria University, Leanne has previously worked in a range of finance and supply chain roles with organisations such as Proctor & Gamble and earthmoving attachment manufacturer, Miller.

The appointment follows shortly after a second round of investment for Asbestos Audit, from the North East Small Loan Fund, which is paving the way for targeted and sustainable growth.

Specialist services provided by the firm include asbestos surveys, asbestos sampling, asbestos removal, contaminated ground testing and remediation, demolition and project management.

The company is committed to achieving a £7 million turnover by 2025, through a strategic focus on key sectors, active participation in national frameworks and a strong emphasis on sustainable development.

With operations spanning 13 locations across the UK, Asbestos Audit expanded its workforce from 19 to 60 staff in 2023 and ongoing hiring initiatives are underway to support the expansion of its specialist environmental, demolition and training services.

Ben Pickard, managing director at Asbestos Audit, said: “We have huge ambitions for the business and they will be achieved through sound investment in equipment, processes and people. Recruiting   talent and expertise to either join, or support the leadership team, is an ongoing commitment. To this end, we welcome Leanne, who will ensure we have strong and robust financial controls, including data, upon which we can make both strategic and commercial decisions.”

Leanne, said: “There is a great sense of focus and energy at Asbestos Audit and I am delighted to take up the role of finance manager. The last 12 months, alone, has seen the company scale dramatically and with the strong leadership team that is in place, I am sure 2024 and beyond will be equally exciting.”

In 2023 the company relocated its headquarters from Sunderland to Peterlee, alongside an operational base in County Durham, for its growing asbestos removal and demolition departments and its asbestos consultancy has expanded its offering with a new in-house asbestos laboratory and air monitoring division.

The company has also witnessed a huge surge in project engagement, scaling up from 5,000 to 25,000 in the past year and has achieved recognition on a national scale by securing significant frameworks with clients such as SITEC, City Fibre, Landmarc MOD, Esh Group and SCCI Alphatrack.