I started in construction in 1980 when I attended the Faculty of Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Reading degree course in Quantity Surveying under the guidance of Professor Roger Flanagan. Upon graduating I joined the Berkshire contractor J.M.Jones Ltd and there obtained my RICS qualification under Tony Barry and Tony King.
I spent 10 years running my own quantity surveying practice working for clients, main contractors and specialist contractors with cost planning advice, tendering, procurement, construction claims and dispute resolution. During that time I was involved in helping establish Wallrite Ltd in 1992 with Wes Houston and Nick Cox which I later bought in 1996. At that time the company had limited its area of operation to Hampshire and Berkshire, limited its clients to 3 main contractors and its work to dry wall partitions.
I expanded the company’s client base considerably, expanded its area of operation to south east England and its work to include all types of ceiling systems and all partition systems including glazed and SFS systems. I sought to expand the experiences of the company into industrial, education, retail, leisure, health care and commercial. The company now works for the top contractors in the country and has one of the broadest ranges of experience and expertise in the industry.
My key belief is that of building long term collaboration relationships with our clients by providing the highest quality of service with a team attitude towards the construction process regarding health and safety, programme, quality of build and construction cost. I believe this is achieved through a combination of attitude and education. I actively encourage my staff in their personal development to expand the depth and breath of their knowledge in the industry.
After nearly 40 years I still enjoy the challenges of this industry. I find the whole construction process both fascinating and intriguing with the complexities, the innovations and the personalities within this industry. Just to be able to stand back and say “I was part of building that” is what brings me to work every day.