Anthony Rush

Semi-retired Company Director, Harris Rush Associates


In order to get the best out of people Anthony constantly challenges and questions their motivation and reasoning. Being regarded as a firm but fair leader is essential to his own motivation. As a consequence he is well thought of for the importance he places on caring for the safety and welfare of the workforce and in keeping them informed.

Anthony plays an active role in trade associations and industry bodies. Past Chairman of BACMI Scotland; a National Negotiator for Quarrying Industry; a Council Member of the FCEC. Currently a Council Member of CBI Scotland on their Public Service and Infrastructure & Environment Groups. He is author of papers commenting on Public Infrastructure Procurement and Public Spending. He also offers his opinions on matters which affect economic regeneration. He has adopted a “hands on” approach to understanding the issues he comments on and served on Local Area Committee’s the Community Planning Group for his Local Authority.

Starting his working life with Sir Alfred McAlpine he worked for a number of contractors. In the 1980’s, as a senior executive in Tarmac Quarry Products Limited, Anthony was Managing Director of Tarmac Roadstone (Scotland) Ltd and Chairman of Tarmac Roadstone (Northwest) Ltd. During his time with Tarmac, he worked on a number of major acquisitions.

In the 1990’s Anthony was Chief Operating Officer and Group Director of Lilley Plc., and was chairman of Hatfield Developments Limited and Eden Homes Limited. The Lilley Group had a reputation as international contractors with active contracts at that time in Egypt and Hong Kong.
Having formed a consultancy practice in 1993, Anthony acted as Managing Director of Shanks McEwan Construction Ltd and was a member of the Shanks McEwan PLC’s operating board as part of the restructuring process undertaken by that company.
As Chairman of Barr Limited, Anthony used his experience to turn round the fortunes of that Group and achieved a successful exit for shareholders. Shortly after the sale of the Barr Group, he retired from his consultancy practices and since has acted in an advisory capacity on a number of high profile public infrastructure projects.

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