Colin joined the company in 1987 and has played a pivotal role in the growth, structure and strategy of Willmott Dixon in the last 25 years.
He became Managing Director in 1991 before being appointed Group Chief Executive in 1993.
Under Colin Enticknap’s leadership in the 1990s, the company expanded to become a national contractor acquiring businesses in Wales and the North to support organic expansion into the Midlands. It was also the first business to embrace the ethos of Partnering, with the opportunities it presented to deliver successful projects. As Partnering became common throughout the industry, Willmott Dixon was regarded as the leading proponent of this method to reduce adversarial relationships in construction.
In 1998, Colin went to Harvard University where he completed the renowned Advanced Management Programme, which provided a platform for his leadership of the company as it entered the 21st century, where it continued to expand geographically and by turnover.
In 2005 Colin moved into the role of Group Chairman, to work closely alongside Rick Willmott who became Group Chief Executive, the fifth generation of his family to run the company. Under their guidance, the company has grown substantially in the past ten years, breaking through the £1 billion turnover barrier and diversifying to become a leading residential developer of homes for sale and private rent.
In 2014, Willmott Dixon also won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development, underlining its commitment to being the sector’s more responsible business.