PEST CONTROL FIRM TEES-UP NEW ROLE
His career path took him to senior golf course management posts in Indonesia and the Middle East before returning to his native Perthshire.
Now Scotland’s biggest independent pest control firm and UK Pest Control Business of the Year has teed-up a new role to tempt Steven Morgan out of his comfort zone.
The 36-year-old family man, who spent three years as managing secretary at The Blairgowrie Golf Club after overseeing operational and planning strategies for IMG Golf Course Services’ luxury portfolio, has been appointed Graham Pest Control’s first General Manager.
It marks a milestone for the Blairgowrie-based business and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce member, which comes under the Graham Environmental Services umbrella.
Managing Director Ross Graham, a past Chamber president, said: “Graham Pest Control has undergone tremendous growth in recent years and with a few exciting acquisitions in the pipeline - along with the company entering a number of new sectors – it is the ideal time to appoint our first general manager.
“Having watched Steven excel in a similar role previously, and being impressed with his vision, strategy, people skills, communication and financial management, I was convinced he would be the ideal person to lead the company through our next period of growth.
“Steven becomes the 100th employee of Graham Environmental Services - a nice milestone for a company that started as a ‘one man band’ back in 1993.”
Steven, who began his career as a professional golfer when he secured a PGA qualification at The Gleneagles Hotel after leaving Auchterarder High School, said: “This an exciting and completely new challenge for me.
“My background has been in golf management but, like many people, I took the chance to re-evaluate things during the worst of the pandemic.
“I had opportunities to step back into golf at home and abroad which were tempting.
“I had been looking at other industries and then Ross got in touch.
“His vision for developing the business was impressive and many of our management principles aligned. So it seems like a great fit.
“The days when pest control perhaps figured low on the list of business priorities have gone.
“The need for stringent control measures has been reinforced by the thorny subject of rats in Glasgow’s streets coming to the fore with Cop26 in the city.
“Covid has certainly brought a heightened sense of hygiene on so many levels.
“There has been a growing awareness of environmental issues, the science behind pest control and the need for high standards of cleanliness in both business and domestic settings.
“Whether it is leading hotels, restaurants, football clubs, golf courses, secure premises like airports, hospitals or other lines of business, they appreciate the need to take preventative measures as much as react to unexpected problems.
“Early preventative measures can save money in the longer term.
“The company was proactive coming out of lockdown, engaging with businesses to ensure they had a clean bill of health.
“Many of the new clients have remained with us, given our high levels of service and expert technical knowledge.
“But there is huge scope for further expansion. We are looking for new technicians almost every week to meet the demand for our range of services.”
Graham Pest Control MD Ross Graham (left) welcomes new General Manager Steven Morgan
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