Keswick Ministries has appointed Murray Lawrie as Facilities Manager. Murray brings a strong track-record of facilities management for Christian centres and 20 years in structural engineering and building projects to the table.
“I’m delighted that Murray is joining Keswick Ministries. He brings significant experience and expertise to help us make good use of the facilities we have, and, in particular, with the exciting opportunity that the Derwent Project provides.” James Robson, Ministry Director, Keswick Ministries.
Murray will be managing Keswick Ministries’ facilities including their maintenance and letting to a variety of community groups like churches, Parents and Tods, theatre companies and others as well as during the Convention.
Murray studied at Bell College, Hamilton (now known as the University of the West of Scotland) and began working life as an apprentice draughtsman in Motherwell Bridge Fabricators on Petro-chemical projects, then Nuclear and defence projects with Babcock, Glasgow.
A move to Aberdeen saw Murray working on oil & gas projects with Brown & Root, Amec, Kvaerner & Atkins. His strong Christian faith was instrumental in directing him to work in Christian Ministry for the last 15 years. This included several years managing a residential centre in Arbroath.
“I am excited about this fantastic opportunity to work with Keswick Ministries as it will allow me to use my knowledge of buildings and project management while also being able to express my passion for Christ. I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the work of Keswick Ministries in this way and look forward to seeing the local community increasingly engage with our facilities and the work we do here.”
Going forward, Murray will also be supervising the day-to-day building work on the Pencil Factory site as the refurbishment work gets underway later in the year. In addition, he will coordinate the use of the Pencil Factory once renovated and work with Keswick Ministries’ tenants at the Pencil Museum.
“It is essential that we maintain our properties in good order. We also want to make them available to other groups as much as possible outside of the Convention, so they benefit local people and the wider Christian community throughout the country. Murray’s expertise will help us do that more effectively so that we maximise the benefit of our properties for everyone.” David Sawday, COO, Keswick Ministries.
Murray is married to Ruth and has four adult children and a granddaughter. He is very involved in church life and enjoys walking and cycling.
Keswick Ministries currently has a variety of spaces for hire, this includes the 17 bedrooms at the Skiddaw centre and the three school halls at the Rawnsley Centre.