Like every organisation, Parkeray people come in all shapes and sizes. However, when it comes to working to a consistently high standard, having a total belief in what they do and just getting on with one another, our people seem pretty much all the same.
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Adrian has always had an interest in his role beyond just numbers. He enjoys interacting with people and has worked with many businesses of all shapes and sizes. That said, he’s at his happiest counting beans, although it’s fair to say he’s not a Bean Counter!
Over the last few years, Adrian has developed a passion for cycling and along with three Parkeray colleagues has taken part in Cycle to MIPIM in 2015 and 2017, a 1500km ride from London to Cannes for children’s charity CORAM, alongside other industry sportives and events, including the Prudential Ride 100. This has further developed into competing in the odd Duathlon or two, time will surely tell if he manages to keep up the pace!!
Show me the money
Aileen joined Parkeray in 2000 as the office manager for the Sutton Office. As the company grew and more staff were employed it became apparent that there was a need for a HR professional within the firm. Following attendance at college, Aileen achieved a CIPD qualification and became the ‘home-grown’ HR Manager. In line with this role, she also works closely with Mike Murray as his PA supporting him with his busy schedule.
Aileens ‘no-nonsense’ attitude ensures she works effectively even in the most challenging and emotional situations.
When not working, Aileen enjoys spending time with her family, going to the cinema, theatre and beer festivals!
A cat can look at a king
Al joined the Parkeray team pretty much day one. He is a shareholder of the company and one of our project directors, guiding and supporting our project teams. He has a calm manner and a smile in his eyes. He is excellent at sequential programming and uncompromising attention to detail. Alan has respect for and from everyone around him.
Alan’s first project at Ormond Yard still holds a place in his heart, he also recently led two prestigious project both for the new head offices for Clear Channel at Golden Square and another at Paddington Central. He won the H&S annual award for his management of the refurbishment of 123 Buckingham Palace Road for Westbrook Partners.
He is a massive Chelsea fan since seeing his first match Chelsea V Arsenal at the age of 7 and he was picked to play for West London as a youngster.
If you are going to do a job do it well
Alex’s creative flair gained her a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree in South Africa where she grew up, having moved to London after her graduation, she worked in architectural practices for a few years before settling down to a career in business development within the construction industry.
Extremely organised and supremely professional, balanced with a spontaneous sense of humour, Alex looks to share her knowledge of the market place at every opportunity.
Outside of work when she’s not trying to lower her handicap at Real Tennis, she’s either planning her next holiday or hiking, climbing and cycling to experience the world’s different cultures.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think if only you try
Andrew has been in construction for over 30 years. Starting from a trade background he progressed to a degree in Quantity Surveying and further developed his career into management in the fit out industry over the last 15 years.
His no-nonsense approach to project management leads to great clarity for the natural working team on any project. In a constantly evolving environment, he is thorough and processes driven to get the end result.
A conscientious and questioning professional, Andrew has a very broad knowledge of all levels of the industry and thrives on building a strong team and strong client relationships.
Away from the office, Andrew has a passion for motorcycles and the great outdoors. He loves to travel and is currently renovating a property in the south of France.
Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out and meet the bloody thing
Andy joined Parkeray in 2004 and has over 25 years experience in project management and project director since 2013.
He has won the quarterly H&S award twice and is on the H&S Board for his commitment to this important issue. He ensures all his project teams keep an excellent site set up, is loyal, tolerant, supportive of others and despite having high expectations of himself and others, will always give credit where it’s due.
Andy won a gold award from the City Corporation by the Lord Mayor of London. He creates a positive influence and is a welcome addition to the Parkeray Challenge team; he lifts spirits with a smile and a song. As well as being a lover of the outdoors, in his spare time you can find Andy on the race track or watching other speed freaks in the F1.
Everyone has a responsibility for themselves
Construction runs in Archie’s family, so he was destined to join the industry and keep up the tradition. Deciding that university wasn’t really for him, our trainee scheme offered the perfect solution and Archie is currently studying for his HNC in construction.
Archie’s hard-working attitude lends itself perfectly to being on site whilst studying at the same time. He believes the best part of the job is seeing the transformation of each project, from start through to handover.
In his spare time, you will find Archie in the gym, on the golf course or catching up with friends. He’s also a football fan and can often be found on the south coast cheering on AFC Bournemouth.
Arek joined Parkeray in 2005, working with Andy Smith on PriceWaterhouseCooper’s offices in Uxbridge. Arek is responsible for placing orders, managing the labourers and managing expectations. He is easy-going, friendly and always builds strong relationships with building security and management teams.
One of the first projects Arek worked on was creating the international HQ for BP which introduced the high standard of PPE and H&S procedures we enjoy today. This was a good training ground as Arek is fastidious in maintaining a clean and tidy site and instils a sense of order.
His love of the great outdoors takes him snowboarding to the longest slope in Europe at 25km to scuba diving in the deepest of seas. Before Arek came to England he was a keen basketball player and played in the amateur league for over 10 years! His day to day exercise now consists of cycling as often as possible and as a regular gym goer. He is also a rock fan and you can’t keep him away from seeing his beloved Metallica whenever he can.
Keen to learn, achieve and succeed; the obvious choice was construction. Arron’s lust for knowledge means he is excited by the challenges that lie ahead on our trainee scheme and he is currently in the first year of his HNC in Construction course at London South Bank University.
Not wanting to sit behind a desk every day, Arron enjoys getting out and about on site to see the project life cycle. He is highly motivated, hardworking and a real people person, putting his excellent communication skills to use when meeting the project teams.
In his spare time, Arron’s main passion is tennis. With a racquet in his hand since he was five years old, he regularly represented his local tennis club at competitions but has more recently used those skills to perfect his touchtennis game and is currently ranked in the UK’s top 150.
Bartek has been with Parkeray since 2002 and has worked his way through the ranks to Construction Manager. Patient and friendly, he enjoys the variety of projects and people he comes into contact with.
Thriving on a challenge, he has been involved with some of our larger projects including Innocent and more recently The Office Group projects. Bartek’s cheerful easy going nature makes him an integral part of the site based team and he is also a previous winner of the company quarterly health and safety award.
Outside of work Bartek enjoys family outings with his two boys and cooking. To keep fit, he enjoys running with his husky dog and also rugby. Back in Poland, he played in the rugby league for many years. Snowboarding is also a favourite pastime of Bartek’s.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving
Taking the traditional route into construction, Ben started life as an apprentice carpenter and furthered his experience as an estimator, originally with a partitioning company and then a main contractor. However, not wanting to be behind a desk all the time, he took a change in direction and is now studying for his BSc in Construction Management as part of the Parkeray trainee scheme.
Ben prides himself on being neat and organised. He is ambitious and counts one of his many strengths as being hardworking.
Away from work, one of Ben’s passions is playing the guitar and he has aspirations of being in a band one day. With an eclectic taste in music attending many gigs per year, Ben is open minded and will listen to anything from Marilyn Manson to Newton Faulkner, but mostly his devotion lies with Biffy Clyro, that’s when he’s not taking part in a ‘Tough Mudder’ or Spartan Race… his other passion!
Ben has held senior estimating roles for two competitor main contacting companies in the fit out industry and joins our team with a vast amount of experience and knowledge. He has, over the years successfully secured many notable project include Eurostar changeover at Kings Cross.
At work he is easy going and extremely approachable. He thrives on the fact that every project is different from the last and no two days are ever the same!
A sports fan and music lover, his particular favourites include West Ham Utd and anything from 60’s & 70’s regarding music. At home Ben enjoys spending time with his family, that’s when he isn’t playing lead guitar in a Blues Rock Band!
Ben graduated in 2013 with a 2:1 in BSc Commercial Management (Quantity Surveying), at the London South Bank University, after spending five years working with Parkeray and training as a commercial manager
During his time at Parkeray he worked on some notable projects such as 30 St Mary Axe and Grosvenor Square. Ben works extremely hard to deliver a project and get the job done, but doesn’t like to take things too seriously, instilling a sense of fun into the working environment.
He loves to travel and after taking some time off he has now returned to Parkeray.
He spent the time away cycling 12,000km across Canada, America and Australia (in the middle of their summer) and worked the last year for a large construction company in New Zealand, on a number of large new build manufacturing warehouse and office projects in Auckland.
Bernard joined us in 2012 but started in the industry over 40 years ago through the old fashioned apprenticeship route. Although he is a skilled carpenter he has over 30 years’ experience as an estimator and loves that his role is demanding yet rewarding. He particularly enjoys working with the people in his team and likes to think he is methodical and hardworking, an approach he expects from those around him.
A keen sportsman, Bernard was a league squash player in his day but these days sticks to running, cycling and the gym for fitness. He follows rugby, F1 and football, choosing Man Utd as his team since the Georgie Best days! In his spare time he works on his labour of love, renovating his Grade II listed house.
Bob T joined us in our first year when he completed Premier House in Woking, which still holds a warm place in his heart. He is 100% loyal, a real grafter and has an exceptional rapport with our supply chain. He is committed to Parkeray as he says he has never worked for a better man than Mike Murray.
Bob loves his DIY and no challenge is too small. A keen photographer who previously ran a portrait section in his local town. As a young man he joined the merchant navy as deck boy. His first ship was a P&O passenger liner. He moved on to Shell tankers where he progressed to able bodied seaman. Bob has many tales to tell about the huge vessels he has worked on and his time in Vietnam in the peak of the war.
Keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut
Bob is an Associate Director and Shareholder at Parkeray. He has been with us since the beginning and was part of the team who set up the Lite division in 2002. He is client focussed, respectful, respected, loyal and the company joker.
Bob is passionate about charitable causes and is co-founder of our Challenge team. He has a natural ability to pull people together, always with a smile and a twinkle in his eye.
He is a keen walker, a massive Chelsea and England Rugby supporter. In his past, he raced historic cars at Brands Hatch and Donnington.
Even God can’t change the past
Brendan has acquired over 35 years construction experience working for main contractors within the industry. He enjoys working on complex projects that allow him to think outside the box.
One of the most challenging projects Brendan managed was at the Birmingham Signalling Centre – which was a unique, once in a lifetime fit out project, due to its challenging and bespoke elements.
Brendan has an approach for telling it as it is! He forges good working relationships with peers and clients and delivers positive results with his direct management style. His priorities are family first, but closely followed by rugby.
In his spare time Brendan and his wife enjoy travelling across Europe to watch their favourite rugby teams Leinster and Munster play, which has involved many trips to the South of France.
Brian has always been in construction, working his way through the ranks since leaving school. With an abundance of experience, he has worked on numerous prestigious projects for clients such as Shell, Grosvenor Estates and once refurbished the Duke of Westminster’s own residence.
Brian takes pride in every aspect of his work and has L.A.B.C and National Heritage Awards to his name. He is proactive and enthusiastic in his approach and has exceptional man management skills. Brian’s vast background enables him to communicate on all levels from labourer all the way through to even royalty.
Away from the office, Brian likes to keep fit by running, regular visits to the gym and also practising karate with his daughter. His other passion is music, listening to just about anything and he also appeared in the official Euro 96 music video! His other claim to fame is that he once was a DJ at the Ministry of Sound.
Brian has a master’s degree in Quantity Surveying and joined Parkeray in 2014. During his time in the industry he has been involved in some impressive project such as Europe’s longest champagne bar at St Pancras, the National Portrait Gallery restaurants and also Kings Place. More recently he has been involved in high end fit outs for Yum, home to brands such as to KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut and for Clear Channel refurbishing their headquarters.
Tenacious, passionate and driven by the Parkeray culture, Brian’s belief is to do the best that you can do while surrounded by the right people.
Away from work Brian enjoys cooking and trying new culinary delights. When he’s not scoffing his face, he likes to throw himself off the side of a mountain with a bike, some people call it mountain biking, his friends call it madness! He does it at night too, twice as dangerous and definitely twice as much fun!
Carrieanne joined the sales and marketing team in 2009. The studious member of the team, she is helpful and always on time – a must when she is managing our prequalification submissions.
She is also super organised and coordinates all our staff and client events whether it’s a breakfast for two people or an evening affair for over a hundred! Meticulous in everything she does Carrieanne is a model team player!
Carrieanne has a love of travel and enjoys visiting new places, recently taking her to Italy and as far away as Singapore. Her other love is to shop and she admits that she has a penchant for handbags! She has a secret skill – baking, where she learnt everything from her mum. Mike Murray even commented that she made “the best Bakewell tart ever” and that was her first attempt!
Chris has a BSc in Construction Management which is reflected in the way he operates and delivers his projects.
Chris is one of our “go to bowlers”, quietly assured with exceptional man management skills. He brings out the best in people.
He has successfully delivered a number of our highest profile projects, always done with the minimum of fuss, superbly organised (his signature), taking a lead role and exuding confidence.
A lover of all sports and a dedicated Hammer’s fan.
Chris joins us as Sustainability Manager after working as an external consultant to Parkeray for a number of years. He is an experienced professional who specialises in undertaking sustainability assessments of a variety of non-domestic buildings. Chris is a BREEAM Accredited Professional, LEED AP and an On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor.
He enjoys working closely with project teams to ensure that the scheme achieves its sustainability goals in the most cost effective manner. Chris has worked on a number of large scale and high profile developments in and around the City of London including 20 Fenchurch Street, Principal Place and Moorgate Exchange, working for clients such as Google, Waitrose, Volkswagen Financial Services and Bloomberg. His experience with sustainability assessment methods means that he has a broad knowledge of the sustainability issues faced by different projects.
Chris keeps himself busy at the weekends cycling, walking the dog or just spending quality time with his young family. His newest hobby is green woodcarving, a form of traditional woodworking applying different carving techniques using traditional edged tools
Chris is a previous winner of the quarterly H&S award for his work at International House for Ince & Co. He has also worked on projects such as Google, YouTube, Greenhill and Bank of New York Mellon UK. He is focussed, open, honest and brings the best out of people. Chris has a systematic approach and always has a smile on his face. He believes life is all about balance and he has mastered that with work and home.
Chris is a lover of classic American cars and owns a 1969 Ford Mustang, a work in progress project. Outside of work Chris enjoys family life and travel, has a keen interest in medieval history with Henry V being his hero and he also enjoys training at his local karate dojo.
There is never a stupid question, only a stupid answer
Chris has a strong academic background having graduated from university with a degree in Building Project Management.
He has been with Parkeray since 2007 and his easy going style, combined with a steely determination to deliver his projects, has fast made him the project manager of choice for a number of our clients.
Cerebral in his approach, Chris is a people person who encourages involvement and interaction at all levels, a team builder, thorough and dedicated.
A Geordie at heart he pays homage to the Liverbird and everything that says “This is Anfield”! Music and art of the hip-hop and rhythm and blues genres has resulted in Chris compiling a vinyl record collection numbering in excess of 3000! (Yes all HH and R&B)
If you are first you are first if you are second you are nothing
With a distinguished background in commercial management, Chris joins the team having previously held the position of commercial director for nearly 3 years at a fit out company where he was awarded the CIOB Certificate of Excellence.
He sees each project as an opportunity to collaborate with the whole team, from supply chain to clients, working as one to achieve the same end goal. Chris describes himself as dedicated and hardworking but without taking himself too seriously!
Away from the office Chris enjoys going to the gym, playing golf and is a regular footballer on a Saturday afternoon. If there is any spare time left over he can be found taking the dog for long walks with the family.
Go hard or go home. Life’s for living, so live it
Clare joined Parkeray in 2000 and the main board in 2005. Drawing on her vast experience of the construction industry she takes a direct involvement in client liaison embracing her Project Sponsor role. Clare acts as a point of contact at the highest level for our clients and their team. She views things from the client’s point of view and works closely with our team and theirs to ensure all requirements are understood and delivered.
She has full authority to act on behalf of the company for the good of any project. Clare also ensures the consistency of our brand internally and externally through to delivery.
Clare is a shareholder of the company and is well respected not only within the business but also within the wider industry having held her position on the main operating board of the British Council of Offices for the past five years. She is also a past winner of the annual Movers and Shakers award and the G4C award for leadership.
Out of the office you can find Clare on the water, racing yachts in the Solent from her home in Cowes. She is a Yachtmaster, Rescuediver and she takes challenges head on, whether it is conquering Kilimanjaro, doing the Fastnet or making bee hives with fresh cow dung!!
Family, friends and laughter mean everything to Clare.
Let life be a daring adventure or nothing
Conor has always been in and around the construction industry, starting out as a labourer and then painter and decorator. A chance meeting with Parkeray propelled him to further his career through our trainee programme.
Confident and approachable with a number of years’ experience already to his name, he is looking forward to developing his skill base through his studies and time out on site. Conor enjoys working as part of a team and does what it takes to get the job done.
Away from the office Conor enjoys playing football and is a regular for his Saturday league team. His other passion is music, in particular, indie and rock and roll and loves to go to music festivals and concerts when he gets the chance.
Sky’s the limit
Dan joins our project management team after a number of years gaining valuable experience in the fit out industry. Originally with us a few years ago during his industrial placement for his degree and with a strong academic background he brings a focused and professional approach to delivering projects.
Hardworking, passionate and a keen eye for detail, Dan likes being able to see a project progressing through to a tangible finished article which he finds extremely rewarding. He enjoys the camaraderie of the project teams and also that every day on site is different… keeping him on his toes!
In his spare time, Dan is passionate about fitness and enjoys going to the gym. Rugby, mountain biking, skiing and anything else that gives a good adrenaline rush! He also loves travelling to new places around the world with plenty of countries on his bucket list.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit
Dan is one of our project management graduates who led by example both through his academic prowess and his on-site ability. Hard working and client oriented Dan is thorough in everything he does.
With an inquisitive mind and a real desire to problem solve he is an integral part of the site based team and gets great satisfaction from building something from scratch. Well respected within the company Dan is a board member of the Employee Benefit Trust and is reliable, diplomatic and a courteous communicator.
Outside work Dan relaxes reading a wide range of books, drawing and painting and is learning to play golf. He also enjoys going to good restaurants and socialising with friends. Dan is very creative and has aspirations of someday writing a novel.
With a master’s degree already to his name, Darryl wanted to put his business management knowledge to good use. With a recommendation to check out the Parkeray trainee scheme and construction already in his family, Darryl will be studying construction management as part of his project manager training.
He likes seeing a project develop from an idea into a working reality and thrives on being able to deliver the finished project to the client. Focused and organised with an easy-going personality, Darryl enjoys meeting new people and, in the process, building positive working relationships.
When he isn’t at work, Darryl enjoys travelling, cooking and going to the gym to keep fit. His other passion is sport including football and also runs a basketball podcast and blogging site.
Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.
Equally at home completing commercial office fit outs or Grade I restorations, David joins the Lite team as Project Manager with many years’ experience in the industry.
David develops good relationships with everyone on site using his strong communicative management approach; a real team player he is always willing to help out. Thriving on the challenges that every new project brings David believes project management is a constant learning process.
Fun and energetic with a ‘glass half full’ attitude, David leads an active lifestyle enjoying most sports including golf, football, cricket and boxing. However, his main passion is fly and coarse fishing which some might consider as not quite so active!
Calm seas never made a skilled sailor
With a strong construction industry background David brings his wealth of experience to our Lite team. His previous role as construction manager saw him delivered some high quality projects for prestigious clients such as Estee Lauder.
Describing himself as seriously professional but at the same time helpful and approachable, he enjoys dealing with people, clients and the project team and likes nothing better than to see another satisfied client.
Outside of work David tries to go to the gym most days to keep fit. He loves to get together with family and friends over a BBQ but that’s when he isn’t watching the footie on TV or at the computer controls playing FIFA!
A person that never made a mistake never tried anything new
Dean has over 12 years of finance experience within the construction industry. His previous role saw him take sole charge of the subcontractor supply chain accounts where he enjoyed forging close working relationships with the supply chain.
Organised with a can-do attitude, Dean likes being part of a smooth-running team. Quiet and hardworking he is the studious member of our accounts crew.
Away for work, Dean relaxes by watching movies or going to the theatre and is a lover of good food. His other passion is keeping fit and you will often find Dean at the gym taking part in a range of fitness classes.
Dean joined our commercial team in 2014 and has always enjoyed being a quantity surveyor. He has a BSc in Commercial Management and over the years he has worked on some large projects for clients such as John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.
The studious member of the commercial team, Dean is quietly driven & committed but always embraces the Parkeray ‘can do’ attitude in all that he does.
Away from work Dean enjoys spending time with his family. His two boys keep him plenty busy on the weekends, and what’s left of it he enjoys watching sport – especially football and Motor Racing.
Duncan joined Parkeray in 2004 and was appointed to the board of directors in 2013. His main responsibility as commercial director is to manage and support our project teams, giving advice, direction and guidance. Duncan is hard working, always seeking to achieve goals and targets set with the right level of quality. Duncan believes Parkeray has a unique style and approach which sets us apart from our peers.
He is a keen member of the Parkeray Challenge team, having completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, South Downs Way, the Lake District 4 Peaks and 75 miles around the Isle of Wight, all of which raised much needed funds for charity.
Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results
Elle already has some industry experience to her name as prior to joining Parkeray she worked for the family business. Growing up around construction has provided her with valuable knowledge and she is now looking to expand her skill base and further her career by gaining her degree.
Hardworking and reliable Elle is looking forward to learning on the job. She likes to meet new people and is enjoying the London life. Her friendly personality enables her to make instant connections with everyone on the project team.
Always up for a challenge, Elle took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and also competed in many ice-skating competitions during her school years. When she gets time to relax you will find her catching up with friends.
Ellie was our preconstruction coordinator for two years before moving on to become secretary for the interiors team. Before joining Parkeray, Ellie spent four years working for a well-known main contractor as information manager.
Providing administration support both in the office and on site, Ellie’s all round skill-set has proved to be an asset to our organisation as well as her industry knowledge. Ellie’s bright and chirpy demeanour adds a bit of light-heartedness to what can be a highly-pressurised environment.
In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends and the odd cocktail or two. Ellie also enjoys travelling and spent eight months in South East Asia in 2014.
Faith joins Parkeray as an additional graphic designer to support Toby with the busy demands of the marketing team. Staying on brand, designing and creating all marketing materials from simple info graphics to technical tender submission for both print and digital.
Not sure where her career would take her Faith qualified with a BSc in Digital design from Brunel University and has held various graphic design positions, most recently for a corporate digital learning company. She is quiet, calm and extremely focused and enjoys the freedom she gets to let her creativity flow.
In her spare time Faith enjoys spending time with friends, reading and visiting exhibitions at many different museums. She is also a movie fan and likes to catch the latest rom-com!
They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!
Frank has been involved with many of our award-winning projects being services manager on three of the four CMYA projects; Nestor House for Euromoney, the Humanities Department and Sherfield Library at ICL which also won a RIBA and Gold AIS award. He won a quarterly and annual H&S award at the college.
His primary role is services but he loves to dabble in the building aspect of projects. He is hard working, dedicated and enjoys what he does. As a keen participant in the Parkeray Challenge Team, he has taken on the 3 Peaks, South Downs Way and also the 4 Peaks…..all in his site boots!
Away from work Frank enjoys spending his free time with his wife, daughters and granddaughters.
You can’t eat an elephant in one bite
Gary joined Parkeray in early 2014. He started out as an electrical engineer and soon moved into services management where he has worked on various projects for many important clients such as Legal and General, Bupa and The Office Group.
Hardworking and enthusiastic Gary loves the challenges that often come with the services element of a project, it keeps him sharp and gives him energy. A great communicator Gary thrives on meeting new people and building good working relationships with all members of project team and consultants within the building industry.
With a young family at home when Gary does get time to relax he is a keen sports fan, anything from football, golf, cricket and cycling. Gary has participated in our cycle to MIPIM event from London to Cannes and the Prudential London 100.
Geoff is our director responsible for preconstruction and planning. He is a shareholder and is part of the original Parkeray crew. He has the ability to build excellent relationships with our clients, he always goes the extra mile and takes great pleasure in making someone else’s life easier.
He has various nicknames in the office, such as Zoro and the geek! Geoff is our in-house gadget man, definitely an early adopter.
Geoff is a keen cyclist, often pinning on a number to race and has his name on the same trophy as a former Tour de France yellow jersey holder.
If you cannot make books your friends at least make them your acquaintances
Gerry is keen that his projects are all one team, working together and the dynamic of working with other colleagues is important to Gerry and the end result for the client.
Gerry has a relaxed way of life when away from work, spending time with his family and enjoying his hobbies.
You are only as good as your last project
Gordon joined the Parkeray services team in spring 2013 and brings with him a wealth of services experience. Gordon started out as an electrical engineer and moved into services management when asked to by a client. He has worked on various projects including the Houses of Parliament, the MOD, further afield at the Sultan of Oman’s Palace and also in New Zealand where he spent 3 years.
He encourages everyone around him to enjoy their work as much as he does, creating a positive working experience. Industrious hardworking and once described as pragmatic, he just keeps going and says if it needs to get done – it gets done!
Outside of work Gordon can occasionally be found on the golf course, riding his motorbike or watching Arsenal, although most of his spare time at the weekend is spent having fun with his family.
Graham joined Parkeray in 2006 and is totally committed to the team. He is a grafter, dedicated, loyal, builds wonderful relationships with clients and has a proactive and balanced approach. He is also hugely modest!
He loves everything about America, especially northern soul music, motown, urban decay and the people. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and family be it at home or abroad and is a dedicated member of our Challenge team.
I’m Parkeray till I die…
In the 19 years Graham has spent at Parkeray he has had the pleasure of working with many repeat clients and his ability to create great working teams on every project shows strength and professionalism gained through that experience. He is also a CMYA silver medallist.
Married to Valerie, he is a big family man and very proud of his grown-up family and their own achievements and enjoys spending fun time with his two grandchildren.
Graham’s many hobbies include golf, swimming, gardening and learning foreign languages, his personal favourite though; is travelling the world and fulfilling his bucket list!
Fulfilling one’s ‘bucket list’ opens up the life you have, it’s up to you to fill it!
Greg’s one of those guys that people enjoy working with. His relaxed style coupled with his strong desire to always ‘come out the other end smiling and with a handshake’ has seen him handle and successfully manage projects of all shapes and sizes.
Greg grew up on a farm in his native South Africa so rugby and all things connected seem to dominate Greg’s social life and loves nothing better than to relax with friends, enjoy a pint and regale a tale or two of how his beloved Springboks became world champions (twice!).
Mondays are a problem!
Greg was destined for the construction industry as it runs in his family. Gaining valuable experience from his younger years around building sites and his previous role as contacts manager, Greg joins our project management team.
With a practical, hands-on approach Greg enjoys watching a space transform, from beginning to the very end and seeing the whole team’s hard work pay off. Confident, approachable and a good communicator, Greg is a real people person.
Greg is a keen all-round sportsman and on the weekends you will find him at the ‘crease’ playing league cricket and was once a county cricketer. He also enjoys swimming, skiing and is a big Arsenal fan.
Harrison quickly discovered he wasn’t completely cut out for full time student life at university in Edinburgh, which led him to pursue a career in construction. Harrison is studying for his BSc Commercial Management degree.
Financially astute and commercially savvy – Harrison is enjoying the balance working and studying provides. Spending time between the Parkeray office and college has so far provided a real insight into what he can expect from his role as commercial manager.
Outside of work, Harrison has a diverse range of interests. As a Celtic fan, he enjoys watching and playing football. He also has an interest in rugby and boxing and plans to get back into training. His taste in music spans both decades and genres but his love is for house and disco. Harrison also enjoys attending music festivals and socialising with friends.
Not all those who wander are lost
After three years of working as a barber, Harry decided to change his career and looked no further than our trainee scheme. With close links to the industry, but no prior experience in construction, Harry is looking forward to developing his skills, meeting new people and progressing in his role as project manager trainee.
Harry enjoys the diversity of the project manager role and likes the variation of the site environment as no two days are the same. He is hardworking and likes to keep busy, so it suits him perfectly.
When he isn’t working, like most people his age he enjoys meeting up with friends at the weekend and is also a self-confessed shopaholic! Harry enjoys sport in particular football and is a huge Chelsea fan.
Heather joined Parkeray in 2008 and is an integral part of the estimating team. She coordinates the estimators throughout the tender process, from arrival to getting enquiries out and managing the tender deliverables.
She has to work to constant deadlines but works well under pressure and enjoys working with the team. With a positive mental attitude, Heather is calm and good at keeping others calm, whilst remaining focused and dedicated.
Iain is a dedicated, methodical, fun and friendly Commercial Manager who has worked on prestigious projects such as Stella McCartney, Amnesty International UK Ltd and the fast track fit out of a new Paddington based headquarters for a Norwegian Oil Company.
Iain, known as ‘Doddy’ is one of our company entertainers. You may have witnessed his rendition of “Burlington Bertie” while donning a bowler hat. If not, you should.
Doddy is a ‘faddist’, a Jack of all trades with all the gear as well as the idea. In fact, he has done everything from scuba to skydiving, golf to cricket and white water rafting to fancy dress. He is a keen footballer and played for the 3rd division in Zimbabwe. Make sure you ask him about his 10 bodyguards!
I’m not as green as I’m cabbage looking
Ian’s extensive experience in the interiors sections spans over 25 years and prior to that he spent 10 years in civil engineering. In 2001 Ian was project manager on a project that won fit out of the year for a prestigious client.
He likes to be hands on with the team, interacting with all those involved and creates a great rapport with everyone from clients through to suppliers. Ian is dedicated, focused and professional in delivering each of his projects.
Outside of work you can find him relaxing at home with the family. Although a keen DIY-er, a major house renovation has now freed him up so that he can spend time catching up with either reading a good book or indulging in his passion for gardening.
The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never tries anything
As services director, Ivan takes overall responsibility for the management of our services division, maintaining a watchful eye on both the overall strategy, as well as through day to day involvement. Ivan was appointed to the Board in 2013.
His key responsibilities include:
His role also involves developing future relationships with clients, professional team members and M&E contractors. Ivan will review all project, post contact to constantly improve our service and delivery.
Always be a martyr to your heart, and you’ll never regret a single thing.
Jack is another success of the Parkeray trainee scheme. Now fully qualified with a 2:1 BSc in Quantity Surveying and with a number of years training on the job he has become an integral member of the commercial team.
He has been involved in many prestigious projects including a number of floors at 25 Canada Square. Hardworking and with a straightforward approach, Jack counts one of his many strength as having the ability to pick things up quickly.
When he’s not working Jack is a keen football fan and you will find him in the stands at Crystal Palace where he is a season ticket holder or playing as a Parkeray 5-a-side squad member. A keen traveller and if he has any spare time left over he is learning to play golf!
You can ask a silly question once, but don’t ask it twice
With no prior experience in construction, James was attracted to the career options available and was recommended the Parkeray trainee scheme as the first step to building his career in construction. James is currently studying for his degree in Commercial Management.
A very easy-going person – James enjoys working on site and is an asset to any project team he works with. He likes the balance between studying and working and the variety his role provides.
A sports enthusiast, James is a Chelsea supporter he also plays rugby for his local team in Chipstead at the weekends and enjoys a night out in town with his friends.
Jim is a previous winner of our annual H&S award for his work at Bedford Square. He has worked on prestigious projects such as Amnesty International UK, Unilever, ICL and the Science Museum.
He is a strong leader who demonstrates mutual respect and stands by his word. He views Parkeray very much as a family, with everyone being involved in the decision making process.
Jim loves the great outdoors and is part of the Parkeray Challenge Team. He enjoys most sports, plays golf and is regularly out on his bike.
It’s always a good day when you wake up breathing
James gained practical experience during his training working at one of the UK’s largest construction companies and also worked as an estates project manager for Kings College London before joining Parkeray.
James particularly enjoys the variety of his role as no one day is the same. Determined and driven, with an inquisitive nature, he loves a new challenge or a new problem to solve and is an intrinsic part of the site team.
Away from work James likes to spend time with family and friends, going to live music events and watching his beloved Crystal Palace FC. He enjoys seeing new places and has travelled to many places around Europe, Australia and both North and South America. He once completed the 3 Peaks Challenge for charity in just 23 hours and 23 minutes raising £4,000 for Save the Children.
James joined Parkeray in 2012 and started in the industry via the traditional route, following a brief spell in advertising! He worked for a main contractor for 14 years whilst studying for his quantity surveying degree and working through the various divisions of the company at the same time.
An easy going and understanding person, James is also a stickler for presentation and attention to detail. He believes that it’s best to listen first and offer your input after and although a numbers man, he enjoys coming up with ideas for solutions to any design issues.
A family man, James has two boys so when he’s not fitting in with their hectic schedule of activities he likes to relax at home. When there’s time he enjoys getting away for short breaks at boutique hotels and eating in nice restaurants.
We’re going to need a bigger boat!
With his wealth of expertise hailing from other names in the industry, James has an established career in fit out. His achievements have been highly recognised as he was awarded employee of the year at his previous employer.
Completely focused and a big ‘team player’ James thrives on bringing the team together to produce results and enjoys seeing a project develop through each stage until completion. Reliable and hardworking James still likes to bring an element of fun to the work place.
Outside of work James enjoys socialising with friends and spending quality time with his wife and son. He is also a keen gardener and when he isn’t pruning or mowing he likes to dabble in making his own jam and marmalade.
Treat others how you would like to be treated
Jamie joined Parkeray in 2010 and has completed her Association of Accounting Technician’s (AAT) qualification, she enjoys the fun and relaxed atmosphere that the office provides.
She likes to get on with her work and get her head down to make sure things are done. Some would say she is slightly OCD, particularly with her desk as everything has its place – people know not to touch anything!
Outside of work Jamie is a dab hand at DIY, a skill she learnt at an early age from her dad. She is currently busy renovating her second house where knocking down walls and rebuilding new ones is keeping her busy!
In her school days, she loved sport and was Essex high jump champion 4 years in a row. As well as winning swimming galas and playing basketball for the London team! Her most recent love is her Chihuahua, Larry, who likes to have a snuggle on the sofa every evening.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get
With an established career in accounting, Jane is highly experienced and held a senior position for over 6 years at her previous company. Organised and supportive Jane’s skill set blends perfectly with the rest of our accounts team.
Hardworking and with a thirst for knowledge, Jane wants to understand everything she does and will admit she can be a little bit OCD at times. A real do-or Jane likes to get things done.
Away from the office, Jane likes to spend quality time with family and friends. She also enjoys eating out and is partial to the occasional afternoon tea. Jane is also trying to get into fitness…to offset all the eating out she does!
“In victory, you deserve champagne, in defeat, you need it”
Winston Churchill. Basically, champagne is the answer to everything!
Jason is Contracts Director for the Lite team. He has been dedicated to Parkeray since incorporation and is a shareholder of the company. He was also closely involved with the launch of Parkeray Lite in 2002. Jason is extremely proactive, easy going, loves problem solving and takes great joy in meeting the client’s needs. Jason discovered the blue Parkeray cocktail back in 1998…no-one knows what’s in it!
He is a big bear, a family man and has a massive heart. When out of the office he can be found playing golf, fly fishing or spending time relaxing with the family at their French hideaway.
I’m not being funny, but…
Jess joined the finance team in 2013 after 4 years at specialist contractor MPG and has her level 3 Association of Accounting Technician’s (AAT) diploma.
She says she prefers to be kept busy and works well under pressure. Friendly and organised Jess likes to help others whenever she can and enjoys working in a team environment.
In her spare time Jess loves going out with her friends and spending time with family but her real passion is dance…all kinds… ballet, tap, street or theatre and is training for her teaching qualification so that one day she can run her own class. Oh and let’s not forget that she is a qualified football referee too!
Jodie joined Parkeray in 2002 working within the Estimating department keeping the boys (as was then) in check. She managed all estimates and submissions. After becoming a mum for the first time, Jodie returned to join the sales and marketing team as her keen eye for detail and the fact she was a stickler for alignment fitted perfectly!
She is a highly valued member of the team, is always helpful and willing to turn her hand to any task, from managing events, writing complex submissions and working on marketing campaigns. She is also responsible for managing our website and producing our in-house magazine; Parklife.
Outside of the office she loves going to the cinema, music and sport, Wimbledon tennis was always one of her favourites. She is a keen gig goer and loves a bit of rock, be it anything from Bon Jovi to Bryan Adams, but all this comes after ‘mum duties’ to her two children, which she says are her biggest achievement.
Another success story of our trainee scheme, Joe recently gained his BSc Commercial Management from London South Bank University.
Joe didn’t always have plans to be in construction, instead opting to study IT at Portsmouth University. Once he realised that a career in IT was not for him, he left and upon a recommendation by his sister who works in construction, approached Parkeray about their trainee scheme. The rest, as they say, is history.
He is enjoying life at Parkeray and particularly being involved with the different mix of projects. Reliable and hardworking, the biggest thing Joe has learnt since joining the company is how to manage his workload and the ability to multitask.
Outside of work he is a huge Arsenal fan and regularly goes to see them play. He also plays golf in the summer when he gets the time and loves music.
Jon joined Parkeray at the end of 1998 and is very much a part of the Parkeray family. Jon has completed many successful projects in his near 20 years with Parkeray. Most recently he has enjoyed working exclusively with The Office Group, successfully completing over a dozen projects and has been their dedicated project lead for the last 4 years. Jon is a real team player who partners his joviality with honesty and integrity.
Jon is a keen golfer and organises the annual Parkeray golfing weekend. When not on the golf course Jon loves spending time at the weekends with his family or doing a spot of DIY.
Always look on the bright side of life
Joseph’s enthusiasm for construction started when he came across sustainability. Intrigued, he applied for a sustainability officers position where he soon realised he wanted to be involved in projects from conception through to completion rather than one aspect. Following his previous trainee project manager role, he now joins our trainee scheme to complete his BSc in Construction Management at London South Bank University.
Joseph is enjoying learning about different aspects of construction and how they come together in the fast pace fit out sector. While gaining valuable experience on site he relishes in finding workable solutions to get the job done.
In his spare time, Joseph is out quad biking or playing piano and writing music. As a teenager, he used to train in boxing, but during his time in Malaysia this developed into a passion for kickboxing.
Julie brings a wealth of accounting experience to our finance team having previously worked for an American Investment Bank in the city for more than 10 years and is the key point of contact for anyone who has any issues or queries concerning our suppliers.
She is extremely reliable and meticulous in her approach to all things financial but also appreciates the relaxed, friendly working environment of the team which she particularly enjoys.
In her spare time, Julie likes to practice Pilates and catch up with friends although with 3 young sons there isn’t often too much of that to spare. She also finds herself constantly redecorating her home!
They can only say no
Our Senior Project Manager Karl brings a wealth of project management experience to our team along with his silver fern.
An avid Rugby fan, family guy and general sports enthusiast, when Karl’s hard-hat comes off, he is busy coaching mini league rugby at his local club. He is also pretty active and when he is not spending time with family and friends – in particular, his twin daughters and son, he loves running and snowboarding whenever he gets the chance.
On site, Karl enjoys the team culture, the banter and everyone working towards one common goal – successful project delivery and a satisfied client at handover.
For someone that always liked working with his hands and making things happen it was inevitable that Ken would make a success as a carpenter and manager. For Ken the devil is in the detail, he has a keen eye for quality and subscribes very much to building things right fist time with no short cuts. Ken’s management approach is gentile, respectful and communicative and goes about his work in quiet but assured manner.
A keen fitness fan that somehow manages to combine early morning runs, boxing classes and rugby fitness coaching with the rigors of day to day life.
Kevin has been with Parkeray from day one. Through his hard work and commitment as a subcontractor, we brought him on board as a full team member in 2001. Since then he has worked his way up to become one of our Lite team’s go-to project managers.
Drawing on his background in the industry Kevin is able to build a good working relationship with both management teams and subcontractors on site. Reliable and approachable Kevin was awarded a prestigious CCS National Site Award for his hard work and dedication.
When he’s not at work Kevin has a passion for all things motorsport including driving his own RR sport and he also has a keen interest in military history.
Laura has the momentous task of looking after our Lite team, managing the administration support for the whole team, both in the office and on site. Having joined in 2012 she has already established herself as one of the team and her calm and resourceful approach works wonders at keeping the team well behaved!
Laura is organised and likes to get on with the job in hand. She has over 10 years’ experience within the construction industry and enjoys working at Parkeray because of the people and the communication between the colleagues in her team.
Home life is all about spending time with family and friends for Laura. Her other love is travelling and once took 6 months out to travel the world. Her favourite place was New Zealand, as this is where she dared to do a sky dive and go white water rafting!
After developing an interest in buildings through art at school, Leigh went on to study architecture at university. It was there that he decided to pursue a career in project management where his design orientated creative mind and keen eye for detail are invaluable. Leigh has worked in project management both here and abroad, completing complex projects in many sectors including education and housing.
Leigh is organised, articulate and passionate about his work. He enjoys seeing the progression of a project from start through to the finished article. Easy to work alongside and willing to help, he likes a challenge and with every day being different there is always the opportunity to expand his knowledge.
Away from work Leigh is a huge sports fan, particularly all kinds of football from Gaelic to the NFL. Whether its supporting Arsenal or playing and managing at Brent FC, Leigh is a big fan of the game.
He also enjoys travelling and is currently working his way through Europe and is aiming to complete 30 countries by the time he reaches 30.
Genius is eternal patience
Lesley joined Parkeray in summer 2014 and brought her wonderful laugh, quirky sense of humour and boundlessly creative ideas to the marketing team.
Her passion for all things marketing started when she was about 7 and at Heathrow, off to visit relatives in Barbados: she became fascinated with the airline’s marketing material and later wrote to other airlines requesting they send her theirs! This enthusiasm turned professional when Lesley set up Hotminute, a lifestyle and events online publication, and later started her career in marketing in the fit out construction industry before joining Parkeray.
Lesley has a wide range of interests outside of work, from attending unusual gym classes to car design, popcorn (strictly “sweet and salty” only), board games and everything in between. Everything but snow, which should be banned, according to Lesley!
Lou is a man who looks ahead and finds solutions. He is proactive with a calm disposition and treats all those working with him with respect, from clients to colleagues, subcontractors and suppliers. He has worked on projects for clients such as Google, Bupa, The office Group and University of Westminster.
Lou is an F1 fan and loves classic cars. His first cars were Triumph’s, Audi Quattro, Alfa Romeo’s and dreams of an extended car collection. His favourite pastime is spending time with his family and walking the dog.
It does what it says on the tin
Marc is no stranger to the fit out industry having worked for a number of well-known construction companies before his arrival at Parkeray.
Advances in technology never cease to amaze Marc. It is this passion and curiosity that led him down the technical career path and keeps him on his toes!
Starting out as an electrician, Marc worked his way up to the role of Technical Services Manager, where he has acquired over 12 years experience.
When Marc is not working, he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. He is also learning to play the guitar and golf.
When you’re going through hell, keep going
Mark is one of our commercial management graduates who recently completed his BSc Commercial Management at The University of Essex. Laid back, focused and ambitious, Mark has worked on some prestigious project for clients such as Bupa and DBRS.
Laid back, focused and ambitious, Mark has a positive outlook on life.
His main hobby is fishing and in his spare time can be found on the river and lakes of Colchester, angling for his biggest catch yet. As a fisherman of four years, Mark’s prize catches include a 24 lbs Carp and 65 lbs Catfish. Aside from fishing, Mark enjoys a night out in town with his friends.
Work hard, play hard
Martin started life at Parkeray in 2000 and was promoted to Operational Director in 2009, to oversee and provide support to the Parkeray team as a project director. He is a diligent, supportive and calming influence, has the patience of a saint and the durability of the SAS!
He has worked on some of our largest projects to date; the Atrium in Uxbridge and 99 Bishopsgate, earning a quarterly H&S award at the same time. Martin is the proud creator of one half of the company safety slogan: Safety – live with it, we think you’re worth it! He is also an accredited SKA Assessor.
Away from the office, he can be found hiking in Snowdonia with friends. He is dedicated to his family who means the world to him.
A job is only worth doing well
Martin has significant project management experience, 16 years in fact, having worked his way up to the position from site supervisor.
Before joining us at Parkeray, Martin was employed by a major fit out company for sixteen years, where he scooped a Project Manager of the Year Award, as well as a BCO Fit Out of Workplace Award for his project at the National Grid in the Midlands.
Easy going and quiet; Martin enjoys experiencing different places and people. Day-to-day he can be found enjoying the hustle and bustle of a busy site, although, in his spare time, nothing beats time spent with his family and friends, traveling or a spot of DIY.
Matt brings to the table a wealth of expertise and a portfolio of exciting high-profile projects for iconic brands such as the Shard and Facebook. His experience includes not only traditional office fits outs, but projects for other sectors as well, such as retail, corporate banking, healthcare and insurance.
Funny, easy-going and dedicated, Matt enjoys the variety of people he comes into contact on a daily basis through his work and from his experience, this could mean from everyday people to Royalty. Not many people can claim they’ve been formally introduced to the Duke of Gloucester and Countess of Wessex, or had lunch with Margaret Thatcher, but Matt can!
Described by his friends as mad, up for anything, funny and hilarious, Matt is known for using the phrase “Live the dream!” Outside of work, he does well to fulfill this, whether it’s enjoying sports such as rugby league, golf and boxing, going to the pub, spending time with his children and girlfriend and travelling.
Not only does Matt “Live the Dream” he also makes them reality, through his efficient management skills and dedication to seeing a project through, from concept to completion.
Matt joined the Lite team in 2012 as Project Manager and has completed projects for high profile clients such as the Natural History Museum, Kingston University and St Mary’s in Twickenham.
Friendly and approachable, Matt’s ethos is as open as he is. He develops good relationships with everyone on site and believes that in creating strong bonds with our supply chain we can deliver a successful project.
Matt’s three children are his pride and joy and when he’s not spending time with them he loves sport, anything from football to snowboarding. Not afraid of a challenge or two, Matt loves crazy outdoor pursuits including parachute jumps and has conquered the ‘tough mudder run’!
Matthew’s natural career progression developed from a strong background in joinery through to project management. He has worked on numerous high-end fit-out projects both residential, retail and commercial including the refurbishment at 1A Kensington Palace.
His down to earth personality, keen eye for detail and trade background enables him to create positive working relationships with everyone on the project team, from client to contractors. Extremely driven and career minded he is always looking to achieve his goals, joining the Parkeray family being one of them.
A cheeky chap and loving dad, Matthew likes nothing more than to spend time with his young family taking trips away, whether it’s camping in the New Forest or further afield to Dubai. A keen cyclist, he hopes to get back in the saddle and join our team of charity riders on their next challenge.
Persistence is Everything
Matthew has always been in and around construction and earned his degree via the Parkeray training programme in 2013. He has outstanding internal and external communication skills and is a strong presence on site.
Hardworking and determined, Matt has been involved is some prestigious projects and his keen eye for quality make him the ideal person to ensure a high-end finish whilst maintaining excellent client relationships.
A practical joker by nature but wants nothing more than to better his life for the people he cares about. A keen runner, Matt has completed a number of marathons whilst raising money for many worthwhile causes and if he could ski every day…he would!
I’d rather regret something after doing it than regret not doing it at all
Michael is our first ever Services Trainee. He will be gaining on the job experience whilst studying at London’s Southbank University for his Building Services Engineering BEng (Hons) degree. Michael enjoys being a part of the growing construction industry and travelling from site to site allows him to see areas of London he’s never seen before, including putting his head above ceiling panels and looking at ‘pipes and wires’!
He prides himself on the fact that he is a people person and easy to work with, which is a recipe for success. Michael believes that coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Outside of work, Michael likes to spend his free time visiting friends across the country and is always up for a laugh. When it comes to sport, football and skiing are his other passions along with an obsession with buying shoes!
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough
Mike has been with Parkeray since 2009 and in that time has won a quarterly and annual H&S award for his work at ICL. He has also won two gold awards for the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
A precise details man, he is thorough in his approach and loves working up details with architects. Mike has a calm temperament and is an enthusiastic team player. He is there for people and finds this is generally reciprocated.
Mike loves motorbikes and has renovated a vintage Honda 400-4….but can’t ride, which is his only regret. He has managed four flying lessons though!!
Ask anyone why they stay here so long and the answer is always ‘the people’.
Mike always says and believes that Parkeray is a company “about people, for people”, get that right and the rest should be plain sailing.
For Mike, construction is about perspective and just doing the simple things well. Say what you do and do what you say, work hard, play hard, get on with people and have fun.
His indulgence is Rugby; he was there when Jonny kicked that goal! When time permits he loves to dance, his early years saw him no stranger to catsuits and sequins.
Mike, Mick, Mickey, everybody’s friend, leader and confidante, is always available to take your call.
Building is not about bricks and mortar, it’s about people
Owen has been in the construction industry since 2000, working in house building, new build residential and commercial but extensively in interior fit outs.
A native of South Wales, although you wouldn’t know from his accent, Owen is easy going with a dry sense of humour. He is experienced and determined with an eye for detail, professional and friendly, Owen is always happy to help.
Owens interests outside of work include cars, cinema, design, a keen interest in American sports and he also plays the electric guitar, badly!
It is what it is
Paul joined our estimating division in 2014 and enjoys working as part of the team and believes everyone has their part to play. Although he’s always worked within the industry, firstly for one of the country’s largest builders merchants, a change in direction led Paul to become an estimator over 10 years ago.
Personable and extremely professional Paul loves getting into the finer details of a project whilst finding the balance of working hard but having fun too.
A football fan, Paul is a lifelong Liverpool supporter and spent many a Saturday in his youth standing in the Kop. His four giant breed dogs take up the rest of Paul’s spare time. At 11 stone each the two Newfoundlands are water rescue dogs and the two Pyrenean mountain dogs in his own words are just ‘crackers’!
Paul started of life as an electrician before progressing over the years to become a practiced technical services manager. His experience is wide and varied having worked on both sides of the fence and he brings to Parkeray a wealth of industry knowledge.
Having come from a trade background, the quality and detail of the installation means everything to Paul and he is driven by a strong desire to get the job done right the first time. A real team player, Paul likes to get out from behind the desk and build strong working relationships with client teams and everyone on site.
When he gets time to relax Paul enjoys going to the cinema and also love to visit the theatre. Not really a sports fan, however he is a retired technical extended range scuba diver and trainer.
An extremely experienced health and safety professional with a distinction in NEBOSH training, Paul joins Parkeray having spent a number of years working for a Health and Safety Consultancy and was also a CDM consultant working with AMSPROP on their vast property portfolio.
Treating each project as a new challenge Paul gets great satisfaction for helping everyone do their job safely. Knowledgeable and approachable he enjoys the variety of projects and people he interacts with on a daily basis and can always be asked for advice.
Outside works he’s likes to relax with his family visiting museums and taking walks in the park or by the sea. A bit of an IT geek he likes all thing ‘techie’ and has recently completed a few flying lessons which he would love to do more!
Paul now is at the helm of our IT department after having been with Parkeray since 2005 on a consultancy basis. With a solid background in information technology Paul’s experience is exceptional.
His easy going manner and friendly personality makes him very approachable. Paul thrives on problem solving and troubleshooting, which is a good thing as no one day is ever the same in IT!
Outside of work, Paul is a sports enthusiast. He regularly plays golf and football and is an avid Chelsea supporter. His other passion is motorsport; all kinds and you will often find Paul at events abroad. He is a regular spectator at The 24 hours of Le Mans and has visited the Nürburgring.
Paul joins our project management team with strong construction credentials as he has worked for other main contractors within the industry prior to joining Parkeray. Passionate about his work, Paul brings an energetic enthusiasm to all his projects.
On site, he enjoys the way a project manager’s role constantly changes with no two projects ever the same and believes the way you work and how you interact with the people around you is the key to success.
With a young family, Paul likes nothing more than spending quality time at home and when he does get the opportunity, he heads to the golf course or the driving range to perfect his swing. He also likes to keep up to date with the latest advances in technology and science.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is to high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it
Paul’s construction career commenced as an apprentice electrician progressing through all levels to the fully-fledged technical services manager he is today. With extensive experience including facilities management both home and abroad he has been involved with many prominent projects including task manager for The Ministry of Defence.
Having worked his way through the ranks, Paul’s knowledge is well rounded, which he combines to great effect with a hands-on committed approach. He enjoys a challenge and likes to play by the rules.
Away from the work place Paul enjoys fishing, clay pigeon shooting and the occasional round of golf. He is also a fan of the great outdoors whether it be walking, camping or jumping on his motorbike to discover new places.
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
Peter has an abundance of industry experience having previously been head of bid management for another main contractor before joining our preconstruction team.
Approachable, enthusiastic and with a good sense of humour Peter gets pleasure out of winning work as part of a team and by fully understanding our client’s needs whilst aligning them with our own objectives, Peter’s precise approach ensures success.
Away from the office Peter is a big sports fan, especially football and enjoys playing golf in an attempt to lower his handicap. He also loves taking weekend breaks with his wife, enjoying good food and good wine.
Treat others in the way you would expect to be treated yourself
Peter has been around since “Before the beginning”; one of the two company founders.
After working in construction since the early 80’s focussing on work winning, Peter now heads up IT at Parkeray; with special focus on the integration of our cutting-edge Project Information Management software provided by Deltek. Software that organises and makes available project information to our teams of decision makers and thus empowers them to make prompt and informed decisions and streamline project delivery.
Quality is remembering long after the price is forgotten
Petra joins our admin team with a wealth of industry knowledge, having spent the last three years as document controller. She provides invaluable support to the team and as U2 administrator, Petra is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of our project information and collaboration software – Union Square.
Efficient and reliable, Petra enjoys interacting with many different people and appreciates that working together as a team is essential in the workplace to achieve productive results.
Away from the office, Petra keeps herself busy baking, travelling and keeping fit. She also has a thirst for knowledge and likes to read and research an array of different topics. She has a particularly keen interest in healthy eating and wellbeing.
Phil has over 34 years’ experience within the construction industry, specialising in the project management of multi-disciplinary projects ranging in value from £150,000 to £150 million. A founder member of Parkeray in 1998, he was appointed the position of MD of the Interiors team in 2008.
Phil believes in absolute quality from inception to completion. His vision is to seek continual improvement in all that we stand for and all that we do.
Outside work, Phil loves cooking and is a keen photographer. He also enjoys watching most sports, participating in some (playing golf) and a committed follower and avid supporter of both his son’s footballing endeavours. More recently, he is fully embracing dance – ballet, acro and modern – via his daughter – as his feet are not made for dancing!!
Something of a gadget man (but not a geek!) he is interested in all technological developments that aid and assist us in a forever changing world.
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success
With an abundance of practical construction experience, Ricky previously worked for a ceiling and partitioning contractor before his natural career progression took him through site manager up to project manager where he is today. With nearly 20 years in the industry Ricky is a bit of a perfectionist and some might say workaholic!
Focused and driven he is an integral part of our Lite team. He believes that first and foremost from day one, quality is the key and thrives on seeing the all the hard work pay off when the project is completed and is handed over to a happy client.
Outside of work, family is everything to Ricky however when he does get some spare time it’s all about cars. If he isn’t going to motor show or meets you will find him under to bonnet working on modifying his own car.
Don’t be the same, be better
Rob joined the services team at the beginning of 2014 and has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. He also spent a number of years in process engineering and was involved with the largest medical gases installation in Europe of its time, at The Royal London & St Bart’s Hospitals.
He has completed numerous projects in Canary Wharf and for various clients such as The Office Group, NBC Universal, GlaxoSmithKline and Paramount Pictures.
His easy going, calm nature means Rob doesn’t get stressed and says that having fun helps get the job done. He is a positive presence on a project and believes that you should always let people know when they are doing a good job.
Rob has completed various charity challenges including a 555km off road cycle ride from through Vietnam & Cambodia, hiking 45miles around the coast of Jersey and 60miles along the Jurassic coast.
Ron is a carpentry and joinery based manager who always gets the job done. His attributes include tenacity, proportion and a strong desire to meet his client’s expectations.
He is a relaxed, professional manager, with an intense dislike for laziness and will always confront any difficulties head on to ensure a successful result.
His skills beyond the workplace, extend to the kitchen where he loves to experiment. When not cooking you will probably find him on the South Coast in his caravan relaxing with the family and honing his football management skills.
Its not life threatening
Construction is in Rory’s family so from an early age the possibility of venturing into the industry was always there, and when a sports injury made Rory re-evaluate his career, he knew his future was in fit out.
Rory is currently studying a Construction Project Management MSc at London South Bank University and is enjoying meeting new people and working as part of a team. Hardworking and determined Rory enjoys being involved with a project from day one and then seeing it through to completion.
Away from the office, Rory is a sports fanatic enjoying rugby and he is also a qualified ski instructor. He has just taken up cycling and is planning to cycle from London to Paris for charity.
No one knows what he can do until he tries
Ross joins Parkeray with a wealth of project management experience having worked for numerous blue-chip clients. These projects have assisted his swift career progression, completing successful yet extremely challenging projects since beginning his professional career.
Ross is proactive, motivated and driven and enjoys seeing the changes of a project from concept to completion, whilst maintaining a strong client delivery focus. He also believes that the key to success is working with a great team.
Away from the office, Ross likes to relax by going to the gym, spending time with friends and travelling. He is also a sports fan enjoying rugby and has recently taken up golf, although he would be first to admit it’s not going quite so well!
Do the job as if you were doing it in your own home
Ryan graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 in BSc Commercial Management (Quantity Surveying), at the London South Bank University, throughout which he excelled.
He is well organised and displays a real maturity in his attention to detail, thoroughness and persistence to get the job done.
With some industry experience already under his belt, Ryan has chosen a new career direction and is currently studying for his Construction Project Management MSc at London South Bank University.
Hardworking and eager to learn, Ryan already has a degree in business economics and is gaining valuable experience out on site. He enjoys being able to see a space progress from the beginning of a job right through to completion. Personable and genuine he is an asset to any site team.
In his spare time Ryan likes to keep fit and is regularly at the gym lifting weights or he can be found attempting to play the guitar. He also has a curiosity for gadgets, in particular taking them apart and putting them back together again!
It’ll be fine
Sam is studying for his BSc Construction Management degree at Anglia Ruskin and spends one day at university whilst gaining valuable training on site with Parkeray.
Following secondary school, Sam worked in partitioning and suspended ceilings for two years. After travelling Europe for a month with friends, Sam decided to take his career in a new direction, which kick-started his interest in project management and research into construction opportunities as a trainee at Parkeray.
An outgoing, confident and overall nice guy, Sam enjoys working in a team environment on site and the responsibilities his day-to-day work entails.
At the weekends, he enjoys socialising with his friends and playing football.
Shantel joins our estimating team with over 10 years’ admin experience. Prior to arriving at Parkeray, Shantel worked within the industry as a senior administrator for a building control company.
Thriving under pressure and supremely organised (she has a folder for everything!) Shantel works alongside our estimating coordinator Heather, to ensure our estimating team’s operations run as smoothly as possible.
Outside of her nine to five, Shantel likes to spend time socialising with friends and travelling, even though she has a fear of flying! Her favourite place to visit is Turkey and having found her own idea of paradise there, she just can’t get enough and returns at least once a year.
Sophie started her career working for a number of consultants before joining the exciting world of contracting. Not only does she bring with her an extensive knowledge of the fit out market, but also her positive energy and bubbly personality.
Sophie loves meeting new people and creating a great rapport with them to establish successful working relationships. Honest and committed she will always find the best in every situation to ensure everyone is happy.
Away for the office Sophie loves going to the gym, skiing and playing netball, in fact she loves most sports and has been known to run half marathons. Her other passion is going to the ballet, in her own words…#small obsession!
Stephen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as project manager. With a varied site, services and project management background, he thrives on each new project and the set of unique challenges it may bring.
Stephen’s easy going but professional attitude puts clients at ease as he takes care of their needs while creating a jovial atmosphere. One of his mantras is that life’s too short; let’s just get the project built between us.
A young family takes up most of Stephen’s spare time and DIY around the house take up the rest. He is a keen biker but strictly only the motor type and when it comes to sport, Rugby is a favourite. Stephen follows London Irish and enjoys the annual Six Nation’s tournament.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself
Steve originally joined us back in 2007. Having worked over the years in many different roles, from Surveyor to Estimating Director his experience is immeasurable. Then after a brief sabbatical, the people at Parkeray drew him back into the fold.
Likeable, sociable and easy to work alongside, Steve enjoys interacting with a variety of people, from trade contractors to clients and everything in between. He is an integral part of the team that manages projects for our largest repeat client.
In his spare time, Steve likes to go to festivals and spend time with friends. He is a lover of cricket and once played at club level, although still a member, nowadays he is more of a spectator. His other passion is the guitar, attempting to play like his hero, Eric Clapton!
Hold fast to that which is good
Steve brings an abundance of experience to our services team. From an electrician and estimator, to services project management his technical knowledge is second to none.
Although pragmatic in his approach Steve still likes to have fun along the way and enjoys the varied work that comes with fit out. Always up for a new challenge, one of Steve’s beliefs is ‘the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra’.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his young family and meeting up with friends. He also follows ice hockey, likes to travel and can often be found tending to his tank of marine fish.
You only miss 100% of the shots you don’t take
Experienced project manager Terry joins the interiors team with a wealth of experience and has delivered a variety of cost and time-sensitive commercial fit out projects. He is passionate about what he does and believes that every job completed to the satisfaction of the client is just reward for all his hard work.
Terry is proactive, conscientious, dedicated and has a keen eye for the finer details in each project he works on. Terry also enjoys the variety that his role offers, with each day being different when you are working on site.
When he’s not in the office, Terry has a variety of hobbies including carp fishing and football. When time permits, he also like to spend time with his two sons at the motocross.
Live life to the full each day, as you don’t know what tomorrow will bring
Terry joined Parkeray services division in 2018 having previously worked for Parkeray in 2008.
He has been in the building services industry in a managerial capacity for over 25 years. Terry has spent a number of years in both consultancy and project management having worked overseas for the FCO in Norway, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, and MOD in the UK.
Terry is driven by a strong desire to get the job done in a timely manner, and having come from a trade background in plumbing and heating, the quality of the installation is paramount. His experience is wide and varied having worked on both sides of the fence and having run his own business.
Quality of life and the ability to get away from it all is achieved through travelling far and wide backpacking, balanced with his other great pastime of being on the coast road in his campervan!
Terry won our very first quarterly Health & Safety award when he was project manager at the Launch Pad at the Science Museum. Since then he has progressed to Health and Safety Manager where he uses his extensive experience on health and safety to advise our project teams.
He has been with us pretty much since the beginning, his passion and allegiance to Parkeray is matched by his passion for a good, practical, pragmatic health and safety approach. Terry has a real sense of pride in his work and his attention to detail while carrying out safety audits is uncompromising.
Away from work Terry has a passion for fitness and you will often find him at the gym. He is also a lover of music…. listening to anything from country to rock. His first record; 1972, 45″ T Rex, Metal Guru which he played over and over on his Mum’s old radiogram.
The grass never grows on a busy street
Prior to joining Parkeray Tom was working in construction recruitment and the more Tom heard about the industry, the more he felt that it was right for him and on learning about Parkeray and the trainee scheme he soon realised it was the positive career change he wanted to make. Tom is currently studying for his BTEC in Construction and the Build Environment and is enjoying the variation of working and studying at the same time.
Hardworking and big on integrity Tom enjoys meeting new people and his excellent communication skills are put to good use on site interacting with all members of the project team. He thrives on problem solving and likes being hands on, getting involved with each detail.
When he’s not working Tom likes to keep fit, either boxing, bodyweight training or going for walks. He also enjoys catching up with friends and family and can often be found in the kitchen cooking up a culinary classic.
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can
As a Graphic Designer, Toby provides an in-house design service to our business and ensures, our marcomm’s are beautifully on brand.
A countryman at heart, Toby left Hunstanton – a quiet seaside town in Norfolk at the age of 18 to study for his degree in Visual Communication at the University of Central England before settling in London.
Toby has a strong creative background working on some well know print brands. Toby has also acquired a wealth of design experience as a freelancer, working on high-profile marketing campaigns within the advertising sector. In his previous role, Toby worked as a multimedia designer for Kanter Media Custom for two years. His work included producing the infographics for the 2014 UEFA Champions League – a dream project for an avid football fan and Tottenham Hotspurs supporter!
In between spending time with his son, Toby also enjoys working on his flat, squeezing in the odd days fishing and now with his son coming of age, being ‘one with the mountain’, skiing not boarding of course!
All or nothing
With plenty of practical experience already to his name, Tom worked at a building services design and build subcontractor where he worked within the design team before joining Parkeray. Working on large installations Tom has a real passion for the industry and is a student member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
Currently studying towards his HNC in Building Services Engineering at London Southbank University, Tom enjoys the benefits of gaining practical on site experience whilst achieving his academic goals. He is a hardworking, respectful and a valued member of the team.
Outside of work Tom is a big music fan, listening to most genres, anything from old time tunes to the latest releases. Sport is another of his hobbies in particular football and he is also learning to play golf.
Don’t wait for opportunities, create them
From a young age Tommy as always destined to be in construction as it runs in his family and since graduating with a BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree he has worked at a number of the top fit out contractors.
His strong academic background reflects his focused and professional approach to delivering projects. Tommy likes to be hands on with the team, interacting with all those involved from clients to suppliers and enjoys each challenge every new project brings.
Away from work he likes going to see live music or comedy or just to spend time with family and friends. Tommy also enjoys a variety of sports including football, golf and can often be found relaxing by the water, carp fishing.
He was also once President of the Kingston University Juggling and Circus Skills Society who speciality was fire arts!
Tony joined Parkeray in 2013 having previously worked on projects such as the new Marriott hotel at Twickenham stadium, and the Conrad Hotel at Chelsea Harbour.
Tony likes working and being involved in a team, he believes it makes working easier and a more pleasant experience. Avoiding confrontation, he works with people rather than against them, a real team player. He is ultra-cautious and likes to check everything out. A smilie chap, Tony gets on with people from all walks of life.
Away from work he is a sporty person and loves rugby and football, a keen Crystal Palace supporter. Spending his Sundays in the wilderness, he also enjoys shooting clays at JJ’s Club in Kent.
Tony has a large family and when time permits enjoys travelling and meeting up with friends abroad and has been known to visit the Munich Beer Festival with his beer connoisseur friends!
Honesty is the best policy
A welder and steel worker by trade, Tony has been in construction since finishing his education. His experience in structural steel took him to New Zealand for 5 years to assist with the Christchurch rebuild project. Tony worked his way up through the ranks and has been involved with many prestigious projects included some for Mercedes Benz and Baker McKenzie as project manager.
Passionate about everything he does both in and out of work, Tony is hardworking and likes to be kept busy. Describing himself as easy going but determined, he is focused on forging positive working relationships to produce successful project delivery.
Tony loves all sport especially football and he is also a keen golfer. When he gets the time, he likes to travel to far off places and has explored most of south east Asia and next on his list to discover is India.
Trevor has spent over 25 years working in construction from an apprentice carpenter up to project manager. Involved in all aspects of the industry, house building, retail refurbishment and commercial office fit outs, where he has delivered some high quality project for clients such as PWC, RBS, Scottish Widows and Peabody trust.
His trade background and hands on approach enables him to find workable solutions to meet a client’s expectations and is a firm believer that communication is the key. Trevor is regimented and likes things done in the right order to get it right first time. A stickler for housekeeping with his motto… clean site, safe site is a happy site, he always has a smile on his face.
Away from work Trevor can be found doing either ‘parenting duties’ for his children or renovating his properties. He is a F1 fan and a lover of old and fast cars and one day hopes to be at the Monaco Grand Prix. His hobbies include travelling and cooking although not quite a master chef yet! Trevor is also into historical buildings and archaeology but all he has found so far is the construction industry… sadly no worthy artefacts there!
Vince’s career in construction began after leaving school. He trained as a gas engineer and later set up his own building company, which kick-started his experience working on construction sites.
With 22 years experience on the tools as a dry liner under his belt, Vince worked his way up from site manager to contracts manager and eventually found himself working for a main fit out contractor for three years as a project manager. In his time there, he completed a £2.6m fit out, which resulted in the company’s first ever SKA Gold rating – an achievement he is especially proud of.
Family life keeps Vince busy. However, he enjoys live music and loves going to concerts as much as he can. Watching motorsports is another one of his favourite past times – any type will do, particularly Formula 1 and Moto GP (motorbikes).
Vince enjoys seeing a project through to completion and the client with the end product. He describes himself as a nightmare to work with “I’m always right! And I tend to think I can do the job better than anyone else, so I’m never satisfied”. It’s an approach that works and keeps the client happy. Thankfully, Vince isn’t as bad to work with as he thinks!
Being good at what you do takes a lot of hard work
Bishak started working with Parkeray back in 2002 as a self employed labourer. In 2005, through his work ethic and commitment we decided we should bring him on board full time. He now works as a site foreman and strong number two, mainly to Alan West, Jon Pye and Gerry Gilbert.
Bishak runs the day to day logistics, environmental and safety management extremely well and in doing so has received plaudits from all comers. His commitment has earned him our first elite ‘outstanding achievement award’ for his contribution to the successful operation of our site in the Commonwealth Building of ICL’s busy Hammersmith campus.
Some of the initiatives that Bishak has instigated are extremely creative such as the introduction of the “Bishhook” and no loading red zones both of which deal really well with some of the old perennials we often have to deal with on site such as trailing cables, damage to existing finishes and congested circulation routes.
Bishak came over from Gdansk in 2002 and in his words has ‘been lucky to come to Parkeray’. A long way from his childhood dream of becoming a footballer! He was pretty good, perhaps not quite good enough to be a pro but certainly held together the Parkeray 5 a-side team who only drew one game…….. and lost all the others!!!
Out of work, when not spending time with his wife and two sons, he loves tinkering on his computer, he studied IT basic C++ programming before leaving Poland.