Our People

Our people are most important to us. If we look after them well, they will look after our business and ensure our continued success. We provide a wide range of training and development as it is important for our people to achieve their full potential and have the skills to keep up with industry developments. We take pride in offering the best facilities and working environment possible for all of our employees  and have recently built a new head office in Catsfield which can accommodate up to 100 full time employees.

Meet some of the team…

We are keen to encourage young people, and those looking for a career change, to consider construction as a rewarding and enjoyable career. We therefore take on a number of trainees each year, not only in craft disciplines, but also in management. If you would like to join us as a trainee, please send your CV with a covering letter to Candice Beckingham at our Head Office address.

David Dunn

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
David joined the Westridge Groundworks team in 2010. He has all the relevant tickets to carry out his duties and is a valued member of the department. He enjoys the local work and the working relationship he has with his colleagues.

Alison Le Gassick

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  • Estimating Administrative Assistant
Estimating Administrative Assistant
Prior to joining Westridge, Alison worked in a school for 20 years, initially as a secretary, followed by the role of Bursar. Alison joined Westridge in 2013 as an Admin Assistant, currently providing support to our Estimating department.

George Hasemore

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  • Assistant Site Manager
Assistant Site Manager
After completing his A-Levels in 2019, George joined Westridge as a Technical Trainee and has since gained an HNC and HND in Construction and the Built Environment. George is currently based on site, operating as an Assistant Site Manger. His tasks include managing the labour, and health and safety on site, as well as liaising with the clients and subcontractors. George’s goal is to gain as much knowledge and experience within the industry to enable him to progress to Site Manager.

Leigh Young

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  • Groundworks Foreman
Groundworks Foreman
Leigh has worked in the construction industry for over 18 years, 9 of which have been as a Groundworks Foreman. He joined Westridge in 2019 and is a valued and respected member of the Groundworks team. He has gained his SMSTS qualification, and he aspires to become a Groundworks Manager.

Paul Doherty

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  • Buyer
Buyer
Paul joined Westridge in November 2010. He began his Construction career as a Site Storekeeper in 1978 and has since progressed to Senior Buyer. Paul is responsible for placing Material and Sub-Contract orders and producing Procurement programmes.

Shaun Berry

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  • Design Manager
Design Manager
Shaun joined Westridge in April 2015. He holds a degree in architecture and has over 27yrs of experience under his belt. Shaun manages a small group of Design Assistants to produce construction information for projects that Westridge are appointed to build.

Zac Rowlins

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  • Carpenter Improver
Carpenter Improver
Zac joined Westridge in July 2017. He has achieved his City & Guilds Level 2 and 3 in Carpentry and Level 2 in Joinery. Zac is keen to progress and is striving to become fully competent in his Carpentry skills, completing his tasks to a high standard. A career highlight for Zac was installing a double staircase at a project in Saltdean. He enjoys the fast-paced atmosphere and variety of his role.

Elysia Neale

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  • Receptionist/Administrator
Receptionist/Administrator
Elysia joined Westridge in 2019 on a temporary basis and after only a few months was offered a permanent position within the Administration department. Elysia hopes to complete an NVQ in Business Administration to assist her career progression.

Ian Bingham

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  • Aftercare Manager
Aftercare Manager
Ian joined Westridge in 1995 and is one of our longest serving employees. Ian really enjoys his role, he is responsible for managing the Aftercare team, attending to defects, and liaising with clients.

Joss Bounsall

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  • Contracts Manager
Contracts Manager
Joss joined Westridge in 2004. His daily duties include providing support to the Estimating department in preparing tender bids and managing several projects from start to finish including the defects period. Joss is also responsible for managing and supporting the site teams and liaising with clients, designers, and Statutory Authorities. His career highlight is progressing from a Site Manager to a Contracts Manager.

Jack Skinner

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  • Apprentice Carpenter
Apprentice Carpenter
Jack joined us in 2018 as an Apprentice Carpenter and has since achieved an NVQ L2 in Carpentry. His day-to-day tasks include fitting doors/linings and 2nd fix and particularly enjoys working on cut and pitch roofs.

Mark Hesmer

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  • Quantity Surveyor
Quantity Surveyor
Mark has worked for Westridge for over 15 years. He is responsible for all commercial aspects of the projects he is involved in; this includes valuing sub-contractor works, issuing information to sub-contractors and liaising with our Clients Employers Agents and Quantity Surveyor. Mark aspires to carry out his role to the best of his abilities.

Adam Wales

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Adam has been working for Westridge since 2015, he is first aid trained and has all the relevant tickets to carry out his work with machinery. Adam’s day-to-day tasks include helping the other General Operatives on site and operating the excavators and cranes. Adam enjoys working with our larger plant and machinery.

Michelle Boniface

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  • Accounts Senior
Accounts Senior
Michelle joined Westridge in June 2003 as an Administration Assistant and soon after was given the opportunity to move to the Accounts department. Michelle has since achieved her AAT L4 qualification and is responsible for our weekly payroll. Her goal is to continue progressing within the Accounts department.

Sam Perkins

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Sam has been working in the construction industry since he was 16 years old, he joined Westridge with 8yrs of site management experience and holds a BSc Hons in project management. Sam’s career aspiration is to become a Contracts Manager.

Ellie Drabble

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  • IT/Electrical Assistant
IT/Electrical Assistant
Ellie joined Westridge in 2019 as an IT and Electrical Assistant. She is responsible for the setup and maintenance of our IT equipment in our offices and across our construction sites. Ellie is grateful to have been given the opportunity to develop her skills further and wants to continue to learn and grow so that she can assist with more complex tasks and take on greater responsibility.

David Smith

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  • Health & Safety Manager
Health & Safety Manager
David joined Westridge in July 2002. He carries a wide range of qualifications to aid him in fulfilling his role within the company. He is responsible for the management of Health and Safety across the business. This includes the planning of new works, assisting the Estimating department with tenders, carrying out site inspections, completing safety paperwork and producing safe systems of work. David’s career highlight was transitioning from Site Manager to Health & Safety Manager as well as completing his NEBOSH qualification.

Tyler Finch

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  • Technical Trainee
Technical Trainee
Tyler joined Westridge in September 2020 as a Technical Trainee and is currently working towards achieving an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment. His aspiration is to become a Site Manager and to progress to Contracts Manager in the future.

Mark Campbell

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Mark joined Westridge in 2020. He has completed an NVQ Level 7 in Senior Construction Management and is working towards gaining his MCIOB. Mark is responsible for the day-to-day management of our construction projects, planning, and programming, liaising with Sub-Contractors, ordering materials, health & safety on site and coordinating with the Client/Employers Agent.

Joshua Guest

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  • Apprentice Carpenter
Apprentice Carpenter
Josh joined Westridge in 2019 as an Apprentice Carpenter and is currently working towards achieving his NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry. Josh is currently being mentored in 2nd fix and enjoys the variety carpentry has to offer.

Ricky Hoad

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  • Groundworks Manager
Groundworks Manager
Ricky joined Westridge in 2002 and has over 35 years’ experience in the Groundworks division. Ricky manages our Groundworkers and General Operatives and is responsible for arranging plant and materials on site. Ricky’s ambition is to carry on growing our inhouse Groundworks department.

Matthew Stevenson

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Matthew joined Westridge in 2020 with a wealth of experience. Prior to joining us, he worked for various leading main contractors on projects ranging from retail, residential, historic, and structural refurbishments. His day-to-day tasks include managing health and safety, planning and programming, quality control, design coordination and liaising with our clients.

Ian Lingfield

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  • Carpenter
Carpenter
Ian joined the Westridge Carpentry team in 2012. He has an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and is primarily involved in internal works, 2nd fix and carpentry finishes. Ian is also responsible for mentoring our apprentices and providing them with the support and guidance needed for them to progress within the carpentry department. Ian particularly enjoyed working on the Brighton Dome due to the complexity and unusual nature of the curved roofing.

Tom Kelly

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  • Estimator
Estimator
Tom joined the Westridge team as a Trainee Estimator in 2014 and worked his way up to Estimator. He has completed his HND Construction and the Built Environment and holds BSc in Quantity Surveying. Tom’s future goal is to further his development and knowledge by taking on projects with increasing values and new differing intricacies. Tom’s career highlight is winning his first job for Westridge as an Estimator.

Mark Humprhey

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Mark joined our Groundworks team in 2017. He has received a lot of plant training and has obtained all the necessary tickets required to fulfil his role. Mark is mainly involved with the finishing side of a project, but also carries out groundworks duties when needed.

David Sinden

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  • Planner/Programmer
Planner/Programmer
David joined Westridge shortly after leaving school in 2004. He has since completed an HNC in Building Studies. He is responsible for producing and monitoring programmes for live sites and providing the Estimating department with programmes and other information for tenders. His career highlight was working on Hanningtons Lane and Hove Town Hall, he enjoyed the complexity of the two projects.

Tony Hicks

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Tony joined Westridge in 2014, he has over 20yrs of Site Management experience and holds an NVQ L6 in Construction Management. His day-to-day tasks include monitoring Health & Safety and quality standards, following programmes and controlling the progress on site. Tony’s career highlight was when he completed St Andrews School 4 years ago. He enjoys working for Westridge and particularly likes the fact that we employ our own Groundworkers and Carpenters.

Colin Stoner

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Colin has worked as a General Operative at Westridge for over 21 years. He initially joined us on a temporary basis as an agency worker and soon became a permanent member of the team. Colin plans to work at Westridge until he retires. He enjoys his job and the variety of the tasks he is given.

Wayne Farmer

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Wayne joined the Westridge team in July 2015. He has gained the qualifications and tickets required to operate most of our plant equipment and is a valuable member of the team. His day-to-day tasks include foundations, muck-away and drainage. Wayne particularly enjoys working with the plant machinery.

Russell McKenzie

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Russell joined Westridge in 2018. He is responsible for keeping our sites tidy, operating the forklift, and assisting the trades. A memorable project for Russell was UKSAR Lydd Airport, he really enjoyed working on this project as he felt he was involved in helping the community.

Steve Crouch

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  • Carpenter Foreman
Carpenter Foreman
Steve joined Westridge approximately 17 years ago, he holds an NVQ L2 in Carpentry and Joinery and has since progressed his way to Foreman Carpenter. His day-to-day tasks include fitting doors/linings, skirtings, cladding, staircases and kitchens, and he is also a mentor to some of our apprentice carpenters.

Matthew Lidbetter

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Matthew joined Westridge in 2012. He began his construction career as a carpenter in 2001 and progressed to Site Manager seven years later. Matthew has gained many qualifications throughout his career including SMSTS and an NVQ Level 6 in Site Management and is responsible for supervising our labour force, checking materials, inspecting work, and overseeing quality control all whilst ensuring the project is delivered on time and on budget. He also maintains the health and safety on site to ensure standards are met. Matt hopes to progress to Project Management and looks forward to being involved in larger projects and gaining broader experience within the industry.

Austen Hayler

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  • General Operative
General Operative
After spending nearly 10 years serving in the Armed forces as a Medic, Austen joined Westridge in 2020 and has since been fully trained to operate a pedestrian operated crane, which he really enjoys.
93% of our staff would recommend Westridge as an excellent place to work

Staff Retention

A third of our staff have been with us for 10 years or more…

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Staff Satisfaction Survey

…what our staff say about working at Westridge.

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