Last Thursday was Time to Talk Day, a day when people are encouraged to talk about their mental health. Of course, the reality for some is, mental health issues can be 365 days a year.
This is something we recognise at DGP and whilst we have made good progress to address mental health in the workplace, there is always more to be done.

Last week we held one hour, daily video conferencing session’s for our office staff, an open forum for anyone to attend for a Time to Talk. Even a general chit chat, helped lifted people’s moods, especially at a time when people are more isolated, working from home, spending less time with their family, friends and socialising.
We also held sessions across our sites, promoting our Employee Assistance Programme for anyone in need of further support throughout the year.

The programme includes online help as well as face-to-face counselling and a wellbeing portal. Leaflets were handed out and posters displayed to help promote the service. In addition, our Mental Health First Aiders were available for a confidential talk, across several of our sites.

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“The new roles will accelerate the implementation of our construction and infrastructure strategy with a specific focus on growing our business, initially in the southern region, as well as implementing our core values agenda which underpins our successful operational delivery to clients and partners”

‘DGP’s hi-vis jackets can now be expected to be seen at some of the country’s major infrastructure projects’

As DGP continues to grow its newly formed UK Infrastructure arm, it has announced the appointment of Darren Ramsay (Non-Executive Director), David Pateman (Managing Director) and Michael McMillan (Operations Director).

Joining between late December and January, Darren (left), David (centre) and Michael (right) represent a number of additions to the Company Group’s executive committee and bring with them a wealth of industry knowledge and experience.

Darren brings extensive experience spanning 36+ years in contracting, particularly in the infrastructure sector, including executive leadership positions with JN Bentley and J. Murphy Group. As the Managing Director at J. Murphy Group, he influenced the business strategy to support growth, advancing the £450 million business to a circa £1 billion organisation with multiple profitable divisions, including key infrastructure sectors such as Water, Utilities, Rail, Power, Tunnelling & Piling.

Darren Ramsay, newly appointed Non-Executive Director at DGP Infrastructure said: “I am both extremely delighted and excited to have joined the recently formed DGP Infrastructure business, working in parallel with the existing DGP businesses and the newly appointed DGP Infrastructure Leadership Team. As we start our journey to develop our future business strategy and grow the business, we seek to encompass the many opportunities that will emanate from the expanding UK infrastructure sector”.

David most recently held the position of Commercial Director with Balfour Beatty Major Projects, where he was a member of the Senior Leadership Team working with HS2 Area North. Prior to that, he amassed over 31 years’ experience across major projects in Rail, Air, Civil Engineering, Utilities and Telecommunications. He has previously acquired knowledge with McNicholas Construction, where he played an instrumental part in the merger and acquisition with Kier Group. His earlier career was developed with industry giants including Ferrovial, Colas Rail, Laing O’Rourke and Mott MacDonald, where he built a reputation for driving improved commercial arrangements and attaining the delivery of programmes for key contracts and customers.

On his appointment as Managing Director at DGP Infrastructure, David Pateman said: ” I’m excited to be joining DGP Logistics and heading up the Infrastructure division. With my commercial background and DGPs’ operational capability, we are able to offer our clients an alternative approach to project delivery. With the UK government signalling its backing for significant infrastructure projects to proceed, being at the forefront of innovative resilience, collaborative mindsets and flexible commercial solutions will be key. 2021 is set to be an exciting year for DGP Infrastructure.”

Michael joins DGP Infrastructure with over 17 years professional experience working in various sectors including Highways, Civils, Rail, Local Authority and Utilities. He brings 6+ years with the Kier Group (Highways), where he oversaw multimillion pound budgets to deliver maintenance and operations activities, including the recent M20 Smart Motorway. His earlier career saw him working within the design team at Mott MacDonald before moving on to Balfour Beatty/Mott MacDonald JV, on behalf of the Highways division.

Michael McMillan, Operations Director at DGP Infrastructure, said: “I’m thrilled to have joined DGP Infrastructure at a really exciting time for the business. It has been great to see that the rest of the team share my passion for finding better ways of doing things collaboratively within construction, with a renewed focus on environmental, operational and well-being perspectives. It is fantastic to be joining DGP Infrastructure and I’m excited to lead on both the operational strategy and the deliverables at ground level of this exciting infrastructure business.

DGP’s focus on innovative solutions and strong client care, alongside their industry-leading client portfolio, have set them apart in the construction sector. I’m looking forward to working with the wealth of brilliant clients, both existing and new, and continuing to put them first as we develop our footprint in the infrastructure space.”

The newly created roles will see David, Michael, and Darren charged with growing the DGP Infrastructure Contracting business alongside DGP Logistics Group Managing Director Saheb Dhesi.

Saheb Dhesi, DGP Logistics Group Managing Director said: “We continue to attract great talent and David’s appointment follows our recently announced appointments of Darren Ramsay, who has joined as a Non-Executive Director, and Michael McMillan, who joined us as our Operations Director in December. This aligns perfectly with our strategic direction, as DGP Logistics PLC launches its new Infrastructure division. I am looking forward to working with Darren, David, and Michael, who will all play an important role in our senior leadership team.

The new roles will accelerate the implementation of our Construction and Infrastructure strategy with a specific focus on growing our business, initially in the Southern region, as well as implementing our core values agenda which underpins our successful operational delivery to clients and partners”.

Saheb added: “We’re taking the opportunity now to respond to a very different world and increase the business, to ensure it remains resilient and future-proofed to meet the continuing operational and commercial challenges which face the construction sector as a whole.

Between Darren’s proven leadership qualities, David’s commercially astute mind, and Michael’s excellent operational capability we have secured an expert team that bring a wealth of cross-industry experience, and who share our ambition at DGP to become a key player in infrastructure, construction, highways, utilities, rail, data centres and the airports sectors respectively”.

The company says these changes will help support the successful execution of many schemes delivered by DGP across the UK, which will support communities, create infrastructure, and enable economic growth.


Celebrating excellence – Congratulations to DGP’s, Yoranna Matozinho, at the UCL site in Gray’s Inn Road, who recently received the ISG Monthly Health and Safety Individual award for January 2021.

Receiving the award for her dedication to QSHE, DGP Contract Manager, Michael Singh, remarked, “Yoranna ensures there are no health and safety issues in the accommodation block and is focused on delivering a high level of client satisfaction.”


Time to Talk Day – The effects of this pandemic can be huge. Seeing people less, chatting less and being less active could open up mental health challenges for so many of us. Many of us are experiencing difficult feelings and emotions about Coronavirus. This may be about getting sick, the government restrictions, or feeling hopeless about when the pandemic might end.

You might have been going into work since the start of pandemic; recently returned to work; working from home in isolation; or you may even be out of work. Whatever your situation, you may be dealing with some stressful and unusual circumstances.​ We can all help in a positive way – If you are not one of the ‘one in four people’ suffering mental health you can still play an important role in showing empathy and supporting your work colleagues.

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting all our lives. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too.

If you don’t want to talk but feel you need help, then Mind is an excellent charity where you’ll find reliable online information and tips to help you cope during this time.

Visit Mind at


Celebrating excellence – Congratulations to Aman Sandhar at the Birmingham Airport VCC1 project, who recently received a Green Safety Card Award for demonstrating positive safety attitude. Aman received his award from Hunter Safety Solutions Limited.

The Quality Street chocolates were a nice touch!


It’s an honour for DGP Logistics PLC to assist Interserve Construction and the NHS in the national effort fighting against Covid-19 with the preparation of mass vaccination centres.

This BBC News link shows an amazing time lapse video of the conversion of a disused warehouse in Mansfield into a vaccination centre where among other roles, we assisted with the high level cleaning, floor cleaning and floor preparation for the team of painters who worked a 17 hour shift!


We’re pleased to announce the Ty D Sites ‘Colouring book’ is now also available to buy on line. Visit the website and order yours today! And remember, all proceeds of sales will go to support Construction Industry charities.

We owe much gratitude to our very own Simon Rees, Project Manager on the Birmingham Airport project, who worked tirelessly on his weekends to create the illustrations for this and the children’s reading book and helped bring the characters to life.

Not many people know, but Simon worked as a graphic designer before moving into Construction Management over 30 years ago.


Coffee, sugar, milk, biscuits and bottled water were among the welcomed donations DGP made to Manchester’s Coffee4Craig at Christmas.

Coffee4Craig provides vital support for the City’s homeless and people in crisis. Coffee4Craig operate an evening and weekend service offering: hot food; showers; food parcels; medical support; emergency clothing; computer and phone access; one-to-one advice and mental health crisis intervention.

They rely heavily on volunteers whose roles include: cooking; sorting collections; giving out hot drinks and food; cleaning; greeting at reception; monitoring the shower list and sitting down with guests for a brew and a chat!

To find out more about Coffee4Craig visit: