I have been in the electrical contracting industry all my working life. I started my career as an electrical apprentice with the London Electricity Board and quickly progressed from apprentice, approved electrician, supervisor to project management, gaining valuable experience of a diverse range of projects along the way, and expanded my knowledge of mechanical services working for multi-disciplinary companies. This involved working with some of the larger M&E companies in the country again gaining valuable experiences of contract management and mechanical services.
I joined Hedley Solutions in 1997 and developed my role to Managing Director heading up a management Buy-Out of the company in 2000. The company went from strength to strength and acquired Playfords in June 2006. At this time I split my time between the two companies, further developing and expanding the operations to include regional offices in Durham & Dartford. The recession hit Hedley Solutions hard in 2010 and we worked through these tough times to eventually merge the two companies into a single operation in 2014. The merger was a tremendous success bringing together both operations and sharing resources which has seen the company accelerate its growth from a £10m turnover to £18m today with an expanding client base of satisfied customers.
The company is now well placed to continue its growth and development by the investment in the personnel and systems.
Outside of work I enjoy most sports, more today as a spectator than a competitor, but have been known to swing at the odd golf club.
Having joined Playfords in 2010 as Project Manager I have progressed within the company through numerous roles joining the board of directors in 2018 as Contracts Director. My role was expanded to Commercial Director in January 2019 during which time I led a management buyout of Playfords with Andy Downing & Dave Miller, completing this in January 2021 and taking on the role of Managing Director.
With the completion of the management buyout, I now lead my fellow board members establishing ways to further develop the company and its capabilities within the industry as well as continuing the growth of our operations within all three regional office locations – Huntingdon, Dartford and Durham.
Playing an active role in all aspects of the business I can regularly be found walking our sites, working with the team and getting directly involved with our clients and supply chain.
Leading Playfords into the future I have ambitions to develop Playfords into a leading player within the electrical & mechanical sector and look forward to developing the team further within Playfords to achieve this. I will take great pride in being at the forefront of the business as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary in 2025.
Group Operations Director
Joining the company in 1982 I commenced work as an Apprentice Electrician. Following the completion of my apprenticeship I progressed through many job roles with the company, Electrician, Approved Electrician, Technician, Project Manager, Contracts Manager before being appointed to the board of directors in January 2018. In January 2019 I became Operations Director.
In January 2021 I was part of a management buyout of Playfords and became Group Operations Director.
I hold certification in Electrical Engineering and have kept up to date with accreditation to the current 18th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations BS7671, I have 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 I have been responsible for managing mechanical delivery overseeing large air conditioning, heating, plumbing and ventilation project installations delivered by our supply chain partners.
To ensure our clients are afforded the expertise and service levels required I hold many industry standard accreditations including Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely and IOSH Safety for Executives & Directors.
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.
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.
Director, Northern Office
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.
Group Finance Director
I have worked for Playfords since 1998, initially as Assistant Accountant. After the takeover by Hedley Solutions in 2006 I became Accounts Manager and then Finance Director in 2007.
Having worked closely with the board, overseeing the financial growth of the company from 2007 onwards and subsequently the merger with Hedley Solutions in 2014, I now have full responsibility for the accounts team and overall responsibility for the company’s financial reporting. Away from the office I have a keen interest in ancient archaeology.