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Renewable Energy

Mick Tee
Mick TeeDirector - Renewable Energy ServicesEmail Me

I joined in 1975 as an apprentice electrician and soon after completing my apprenticeship was moved into a supervisory position looking after clients from the hotel and leisure industries. As my experience and knowledge progressed my career and position within...

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I joined in 1975 as an apprentice electrician and soon after completing my apprenticeship was moved into a supervisory position looking after clients from the hotel and leisure industries. As my experience and knowledge progressed my career and position within the company progressed, taking on further responsibilities and leading to my appointment as a board director. I now head the renewable energies section of the company looking after a growing team of engineers and management delivering over £3m of projects in this latest year.

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Karl Strange
Karl StrangeProject EngineerEmail Me

I started my career as a domestic apprentice before moving to Playfords, then going on to complete my apprenticeship. After working as an electrician on many successful projects. I progressed to becoming a Foreman on some challenging projects successfully bringing...

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I started my career as a domestic apprentice before moving to Playfords, then going on to complete my apprenticeship. After working as an electrician on many successful projects. I progressed to becoming a Foreman on some challenging projects successfully bringing them to their conclusion within time and on budget. When the company entered into the renewables sector I volunteered myself to work in the department and am now the project engineer for this division of the company, recently bringing a 25MW solar farm to its successful conclusion along with multiple smaller installations.

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Voice & Data Cabling

Iain Farquharson
Iain FarquharsonProject ManagerEmail Me

I joined the company shortly after completing my BSc in 1997 and at the time of writing I have been in full time employment for 17 years.  Through that time I have progressed from site engineer to Project Manager (a...

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I joined the company shortly after completing my BSc in 1997 and at the time of writing I have been in full time employment for 17 years.  Through that time I have progressed from site engineer to Project Manager (a position held for the last 10 years).

I have worked with clients such as the MOD, Lloyds, CO-OP and Post Office as a Project Manager.

As well as my current role I am also an internal ISO auditor, Systimax internal trainer and Environmental Waste Champion for the company.

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Julian Winspear
Julian WinspearDirector - Voice & Data Cabling ServicesEmail Me

I joined the company in 1987 as a labourer, becoming a JIB time served Technician Electrician, spent many years in engineering, and progressed into Management in 1995, gaining a Level 4 Management NVQ. Since 1997 I have concentrated on the...

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I joined the company in 1987 as a labourer, becoming a JIB time served Technician Electrician, spent many years in engineering, and progressed into Management in 1995, gaining a Level 4 Management NVQ. Since 1997 I have concentrated on the Structured Cabling Industry Sector, gaining qualifications in Installation, Design and Engineering of all the well-known cabling system manufacturers. I have amassed a vast experience of managing projects and managed contacts to over a million pounds in value and have extensive knowledge of the Structured Cabling Industry. In my spare time, I manage a Junior Rugby side and am actively involved with the Club at Committee level.

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Richard Day
Richard DaySenior Project ManagerEmail Me

After leaving school in 1986 and starting an electrical apprenticeship with J Wesley contractors in Hertfordshire, I spent the first ten years of my working life undertaking varied project types from small works within customer's houses to electrical foreman on...

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After leaving school in 1986 and starting an electrical apprenticeship with J Wesley contractors in Hertfordshire, I spent the first ten years of my working life undertaking varied project types from small works within customer's houses to electrical foreman on the control tower at London Luton Airport. I then relocated to Peterborough, joining Hedley Incorporated. After around 6 years of working on various corporate premises I was asked move into the office as a Project Manager which is a role I still hold and enjoy today. I was fortunate to be involved with IBM type 1 in the very early stages of structured cabling, through to the latest category of copper and fibre standards with periodic training being undertaken as new standards are ratified. I feel this gives me a lot to offer our client base. I'm still heavily involved with electrical and am currently an NICEIC qualifying supervisor for Playfords.

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IT & Audio Visual Infrastructures

James Tuohy
James TuohyProject Manager - A/V & IT SolutionsEmail Me

I joined Playfords in March 2010 as Project Manager for the Audio Visual & IT Solutions Division. During my time at the company I have been responsible for the successful delivery of Audio Visual and Networking projects throughout the UK...

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I joined Playfords in March 2010 as Project Manager for the Audio Visual & IT Solutions Division. During my time at the company I have been responsible for the successful delivery of Audio Visual and Networking projects throughout the UK for a broad range of customers including Schools, Higher Education, Corporate establishments and clients within the financial sector. Within our team we work hard to ensure that we are always at the forefront of the Audio Visual and Networking world to ensure that we continually provide our customers with the very best solutions to meet their requirements. I have worked hard to build a product portfolio that delivers the very best quality and performance that meets with today’s demands for Audio Visual and Networking within any environment and taking a personal approach to working with our customers I ensure that projects ranging from the most simple to large complex installations are completed successfully.

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Rob Sawyers
Rob SawyersA/V Project EngineerEmail Me

I joined Playfords in early 2016 as the AV Project Engineer, responsible for the design and oversight of our audio-visual installations. My colleagues and I in the AV & IT Solutions team liaise with a broad range of clients within...

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I joined Playfords in early 2016 as the AV Project Engineer, responsible for the design and oversight of our audio-visual installations. My colleagues and I in the AV & IT Solutions team liaise with a broad range of clients within the education and corporate sectors to deliver a comprehensive AV solution. I came to Playfords with a background in integrated audio visual installations and multi-room music as well as retail sound systems, and have since broadened my knowledge base so that my portfolio now includes interactive displays and their educational and corporate application. We are very proud of our reputation for working closely with our clients to ensure that the system we design conforms to their requirements and is delivered to the standard they expect.

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Electrical & Mechanical

Doug O'Hara
Doug O'HaraDirector - Electrical & Mechanical ServicesEmail Me

I joined Playfords in 1984 as an approved electrician and have worked my way up to Director Level in this time. This, I feel has given invaluable hands on knowledge to which I can apply to my engineering, communication, negotiation...

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I joined Playfords in 1984 as an approved electrician and have worked my way up to Director Level in this time. This, I feel has given invaluable hands on knowledge to which I can apply to my engineering, communication, negotiation and organisational skills. This benefits our clients, staff and has helped with expanding the company. I am very proud of our commitment to apprenticeship training and the achievement our young engineers reach. I am also secretary for Cambridgeshire E.C.A. and get involved in fund raising for local charities. It sometimes feels like I’m on call almost 24/7, but in my spare time I do enjoy watching rugby, spending time with my family and socialising.

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Gary Dickinson
Gary DickinsonProject EngineerEmail Me

I am a Site Foreman and have been working for Playfords since July 2007. My role includes managing the site and personnel on a daily basis and keeping in close contact with the client. I started my career with Playfords...

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I am a Site Foreman and have been working for Playfords since July 2007. My role includes managing the site and personnel on a daily basis and keeping in close contact with the client. I started my career with Playfords as an apprentice at 18 and received numerous awards for my work throughout my apprenticeship. Since qualifying as an electrician in December 2010 I have moved onto being graded as an Approved Electrician and site supervisor.

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Habib Mohammed
Habib MohammedProject ManagerEmail Me

I completed my apprentership in 1993 and have been a Project Manager for Playfords since 2007. My role within Playfords is bringing a number of extensive and high profile projects to successful conclusion I have a responsibility to the clients...

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I completed my apprentership in 1993 and have been a Project Manager for Playfords since 2007. My role within Playfords is bringing a number of extensive and high profile projects to successful conclusion I have a responsibility to the clients and company to make sure the jobs are carried out effectively within the contract parameters. The projects range from shops to NHS Hospitals and warehouse distribution centres which at times can be very challenging and rewarding.

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Noel Smith
Noel SmithElectrical Contracts Project EngineerEmail Me

I have been in the electrical contracting industry all my working life. I started my career as an electrical apprentice with the Electrical Regional Supply Company and progressed from apprentice, approved electrician, supervisor to project management over a 14 year...

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I have been in the electrical contracting industry all my working life. I started my career as an electrical apprentice with the Electrical Regional Supply Company and progressed from apprentice, approved electrician, supervisor to project management over a 14 year period, gaining suitable qualifications and valuable experience of a diverse range of projects along the way. I spent 8 years as an electrical project manager within the MOD for a large multi national company before joining Playfords. I am a Chartered member of the CIOB giving me access to a wealth of like minded professionals and the latest construction technologies and legislation which proves to be invaluable.

Outside of work I enjoy winter sports such as snowboarding and try to improve yearly although this is getting harder as the years go by! I also have a passion for motorbikes, riding and watching, having owned many bikes over the years.

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Ritchie Walton
Ritchie WaltonProject ManagerEmail Me

I joined the group initially with Hedley Solutions upon completion of my A levels as an apprentice Electrician, working my way through to an approved electrician. Following a few years as an installation engineer I transferred to Playfords Ltd as...

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I joined the group initially with Hedley Solutions upon completion of my A levels as an apprentice Electrician, working my way through to an approved electrician. Following a few years as an installation engineer I transferred to Playfords Ltd as a Project Manager with a current combined service of 14 years. During my time here I have both project managed and also site supervised both small and large scale projects including UPS/generator installs; school refurbishments/new build schools; hospital switchroom refurbishments and also refurbishments of large commercial outlets. Outside of work my main hobby is martial arts both training and teaching children and adults the art of Kung Fu and Kickboxing.

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Steve Wood
Steve WoodProject ManagerEmail Me

I served my electrical apprenticeship with Playfords back in 1993 before progressing to Approved Electrician status in 1998. I've enjoyed a varied career including major projects for Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, Cambridge University, Medical Research Council, Addenbrookes Hospital, British Sugar and...

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I served my electrical apprenticeship with Playfords back in 1993 before progressing to Approved Electrician status in 1998. I've enjoyed a varied career including major projects for Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, Cambridge University, Medical Research Council, Addenbrookes Hospital, British Sugar and Premier Foods to name a few. In my current role as Project Manager, some key projects have included a live ITU extension at Papworth Hospital, Installation of a Police Custody Suite in central London, many major contracts for British Sugar, Hazardous Area works in Gas Plants and Flour Mills, Addenbrookes Hospital, Peterhouse College in Cambridge and work for the MOD.
Outside of work activities, I am keen on maintaining my fitness with an interest in off road cycling. Motorsport is also a key interest, although these days it is mostly limited to watching!!!

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Mark Hambling
Mark HamblingEstimating ManagerEmail Me

When I completed my A levels I left school and started working for Playfords as an electrical labourer at British Sugar Bury St. Edmunds. After a year and a half I was asked to help out in the office during...

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When I completed my A levels I left school and started working for Playfords as an electrical labourer at British Sugar Bury St. Edmunds. After a year and a half I was asked to help out in the office during a particular busy period.

I was taken on permanently as a trainee electrical estimator, Playfords then paid for me to go on day release to study a HNC in Mechatronics (Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics combined). After I completed the course I continued working as an electrical estimator. I have now been producing electrical estimates for Playfords for twenty years, ranging from five hundred pounds to five million pounds over all sectors: industrial, commercial, schools and domestic.

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Andy Downing
Andy DowningContracts ManagerEmail Me

Andy joined us in 1983 and commenced work as an Apprentice Electrician. He has progressed within the company following the completion of his apprenticeship through Electrician, Approved Electrician, Technician, Project Manager and on to the position he holds today of...

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Andy joined us in 1983 and commenced work as an Apprentice Electrician. He has progressed within the company following the completion of his apprenticeship through Electrician, Approved Electrician, Technician, Project Manager and on to the position he holds today of Contracts Manager. He holds certification in Electrical Engineering and has kept up to date with accreditation to the current 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations BS7671.

Andy has also specialised in Data Communications gaining qualifications in Category 5/6 cabling solutions, Fibre Optic systems and Structured Cabling design.

Alongside our electrical and data cabling installation deliveries Andy has been responsible regarding mechanical delivery overseeing large air conditioning and ventilation project installations delivered by our supply chain partners on numerous projects. To ensure clients are afforded the expertise and service levels required Andy holds many industry standard accreditations including Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely.

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Our Northern Office - 0191 374 0910

Dave Miller
Dave MillerDirector - Northern OperationsEmail Me

Starting with Playfords in 2002 as a Senior Site Engineer on the Data side of the business I was promoted to Contracts Manager where I continued to work on mainly developing the account for a leading bank and various other Data, Electrical...

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Starting with Playfords in 2002 as a Senior Site Engineer on the Data side of the business I was promoted to Contracts Manager where I continued to work on mainly developing the account for a leading bank and various other Data, Electrical and Mechanical contracts. Developing the contracting side further in 2010 I took over as the Northern Operations Manager, further developing projects mainly with Lloyds Banking Group, the Scottish Police Authority and more recently moving into Renewable Energy. In 2014 I was promoted to the board of Playfords as Director – Northern Operations

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Robin Winspear
Robin WinspearSenior Project ManagerEmail Me

I joined the company in 2002 as a data/AV engineer working from our Northern office, predominantly working on North Yorkshire Schools projects including network cabling and AV installations. These areas of work rapidly developed with additional further network cabling framework...

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I joined the company in 2002 as a data/AV engineer working from our Northern office, predominantly working on North Yorkshire Schools projects including network cabling and AV installations. These areas of work rapidly developed with additional further network cabling framework agreements being awarded. It was at this time I became a Project Engineer looking after numerous accounts including North Yorkshire County Council AV / data, North Yorkshire PCT data, South Tees Hospital Trust - data & Voice infrastructures and the overseeing of small data projects.

Currently I work from our Durham office as Senior Project Manager, continuing to look after the aforementioned accounts but also now have more involvement in larger Framework agreements such as Newcastle University.

I work closely with Dave Miller, our Regional Director, and have input into the day to day running of the Northern Operations.

In my spare time I play the E flat Soprano Cornet for a local Brass Band. The band is very successful and I enjoy playing music to a high standard with like-minded people.

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Our Southern Office

Tim Barrett
Tim BarrettSenior Projects ManagerEmail Me

Having joined a central London electrical contracting company from school as an apprentice, I qualified as an approved electrician. I moved from there to an M&E company in Kent where I diversified into installing A/C systems, mechanical installations and finally...

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Having joined a central London electrical contracting company from school as an apprentice, I qualified as an approved electrician. I moved from there to an M&E company in Kent where I diversified into installing A/C systems, mechanical installations and finally into Structured Cabling.

Having spent many years on the tools, I was asked to move into the office to help run the Data Cabling department. I’ve overseen large projects for BBC Worldwide and Ford to name a few. I eventually took over the running of the data cabling department following a management re-structuring.

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Paul Dewar
Paul DewarInstallation EngineerEmail Me

I joined a local company to do an Electrical Apprenticeship where I obtained the grade of Approved Electrician. I then went on to work on large commercial building sites. I joined Coolfactor in 1991 and have gained a vast experience...

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I joined a local company to do an Electrical Apprenticeship where I obtained the grade of Approved Electrician. I then went on to work on large commercial building sites. I joined Coolfactor in 1991 and have gained a vast experience of data cabling work in Banks. Over the years I have achieved a City and Guilds in Testing and Inspection and 17th Edition, as well as having the pleasure of learning other skills in different trades. My hobbies are fishing and sports, I also like to watch most sports . I joined Playfords in 2015.

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Ray Moore
Ray MooreProject Surveyor/EngineerEmail Me

After leaving school I joined Thames Water Authority where I completed an electrical apprenticeship, serving my time mainly at their head office in London. I left in 1990 after 13yrs service, and then joined Coolfactor as a Maintenance Service Engineer going...

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After leaving school I joined Thames Water Authority where I completed an electrical apprenticeship, serving my time mainly at their head office in London.

I left in 1990 after 13yrs service, and then joined Coolfactor as a Maintenance Service Engineer going on to become Supervisor of small project works. I have worked mainly on projects for a leading high street bank and been involved in the electrical/structured cabling installations.

I have qualified as a Systimax Designer and Installation and Maintenance engineer.

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Chris Phillips
Chris PhillipsElectrical/Data SurveyorEmail Me

I am a JIB approved installation electrician with 30 years experience and have been heavily involved with data network cabling for the last 20 years. I operate throughout the South West region covering a large geographical area, primarily involved with...

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I am a JIB approved installation electrician with 30 years experience and have been heavily involved with data network cabling for the last 20 years. I operate throughout the South West region covering a large geographical area, primarily involved with projects for a leading high street bank. Within my role I cover all aspects such as surveying for upcoming projects, overseeing installations, supervising sub-contractors and the general day to day operation to ensure successful fulfilment to our clients. In my spare time I enjoy all sports, in particular rugby.

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Lesley Underwood
Lesley UnderwoodProjects AdministratorEmail Me

As the Project Administrator for the new Playfords South Office my role involves looking after all aspects of the admin functions, as well as assisting the team to provide a continuity of support to ensure projects are delivered successfully. Over the...

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As the Project Administrator for the new Playfords South Office my role involves looking after all aspects of the admin functions, as well as assisting the team to provide a continuity of support to ensure projects are delivered successfully.

Over the last 12 years I have worked in a number of roles within the Data Cabling, M&E and Building sectors obtaining a variety of skills and experience.

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Darren Troullis
Darren TroullisProject ManagerEmail Me

I have been a self-employed electrician for over 10 years and subsequently have worked on many different industrial / commercial projects in the city. I was employed by British Gas in 2012 and from there was asked to move over...

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I have been a self-employed electrician for over 10 years and subsequently have worked on many different industrial / commercial projects in the city. I was employed by British Gas in 2012 and from there was asked to move over to PHJones as a Contracts Delivery Manager due to my previous experiences. I was working for PHJones for 2 years before I made the move to Playfords as a Project Manager. My role within Playfords is to bring a number of projects to a successful conclusion. I have a responsibility to the clients and company to make sure the jobs are carried out effectively and within the contracted timescale.

Outside of work I enjoy my golf when I can, but because I am a father of 4 beautiful girls I spend most of my spare time having my nails and hair done…oh, and trying to keep the peace.

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Quality, SHE, ISMS & Support Team

Head Office Support Team
Head Office Support TeamEmail Me

Our support team work exceptionally hard in the background ensuring the heartbeat of the company is maintained beating strongly, looking after all aspects of the accounts and admin functions along with supporting the project teams to deliver projects successfully, providing...

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Our support team work exceptionally hard in the background ensuring the heartbeat of the company is maintained beating strongly, looking after all aspects of the accounts and admin functions along with supporting the project teams to deliver projects successfully, providing Auto-Cad drawing facilities, purchasing and transport functions. With a wealth of experience gained over the last 10 years we are well placed to deal with every project's requirements.

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Regional Office Support Team
Regional Office Support TeamEmail Me

We have over twenty years’ service between us, offering on-going continuity along with a wealth of customer care experience so if there is anything you need to know you can be sure our team in Durham can answer your questions...

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We have over twenty years’ service between us, offering on-going continuity along with a wealth of customer care experience so if there is anything you need to know you can be sure our team in Durham can answer your questions or point you in the right direction. Working closely with our colleagues in head office we ensure continuity of support for all our team here in Durham.

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Mick Smith
Mick SmithSHE ManagerEmail Me

I joined Playfords in June 2013 as the company’s SHE manager, initially reviewing the existing system and procedures. I was also given the task that following the review the system was to be updated and to achieve OHSAS 18001. After...

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I joined Playfords in June 2013 as the company’s SHE manager, initially reviewing the existing system and procedures. I was also given the task that following the review the system was to be updated and to achieve OHSAS 18001. After reviewing the system external audits were scheduled for October for pre-assessment and final assessment in December 2013.

The whole of the system was successful in receiving full accreditation in the final assessment. I now maintain the system inclusive of merging it with the company’s existing ISO14001 Environmental Management System, both management systems are now fully deployed with inspections and audits of the workplace conducted regularly.

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Steven Sparrow
Steven SparrowQuality & Information Security ManagerEmail Me

After leaving school in 1989, I decided to pursuit a career in Military music and joined the Regimental Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards. I spent almost 15 years in the Army, performing regularly for the Queen at Buckingham Palace...

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After leaving school in 1989, I decided to pursuit a career in Military music and joined the Regimental Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards. I spent almost 15 years in the Army, performing regularly for the Queen at Buckingham Palace as a concert Pianist, as well as travelling the World to play at many prestigious venues.

In 2004 I decided it was time for a career change, so I diversified into an Engineering role. I found this a very challenging yet rewarding career, and was soon offered a management position within the company. As the company grew, my role demanded more emphasis on a Quality management position, and thrived on delivering quality bespoke components to a vast array of international clients.

Towards the end of 2015, I was honoured to be offered the position of Quality & Information Security manager at Playfords, in charge of upholding our BSI ISO 9001 and 27001 certification. My sole aim now is to improve on Playfords’ already impeccable Quality values and information security policy, and help the company grow in the forthcoming years.

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