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.

Adam Crowther

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  • Foreman Carpenter
Foreman Carpenter
Adam joined Westridge in 2015 with a wealth experience, he holds an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry, is SSSTS certified and in a short space of time has progressed his way to Foreman Carpenter. His day-to-day tasks include, overseeing the carpentry works on site and mentoring the Apprentice Carpenters. Adam enjoys working for Westridge and is particularly proud of progressing to Foreman Carpenter.

Charlie Talbot

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  • Estimator
Estimator
Charlie joined Westridge in September 2021. He holds a BSc in Construction and has 8yrs of solid estimating experience. Charlie’s day to day tasks include managing a tender from inception through to post-tender contract negotiations. Charlie looks forward to developing himself further within his role.

Chris Bruce

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Chris joined Westridge as a general operative in August 2020. His day-to-day tasks include operating the crane and forklift, slinger/signaller, dealing with deliveries and assisting trades. Chris enjoys working for Westridge and aspires to become a supervisor or manager in the future.

Daniel Heard

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Daniel joined Westridge in September 2018 and has since received a significant amount of training, He is a valuable member of the team, responsible for operating the forklift, keeping our sites tidy, dealing with deliveries, and assisting the trades on site.

David Smith

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  • Health & Safety Manager
Health & Safety Manager
David joined Westridge in July 2002. He is responsible for the management of Health and Safety across all areas and sites. 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 holds a wide range of qualifications which support him in his role. His career highlight was transitioning from Site Manager to Health & Safety Manager, as well as completing his NEBOSH qualification.

Ellie Drabble

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  • IT/Electrical Assistant
IT/Electrical Assistant
Ellie joined Westridge in 2018. Her day-to-day tasks include the setting up, and maintenance of, our IT and office equipment both on our construction sites and within our offices. Ellie aspires to continue learning and developing her knowledge to enable her to assist with more complex tasks and take on greater responsibility. Ellie has enjoyed pursuing her career in IT and is grateful to have been given the opportunities to develop her skill set.

George Fry

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  • Buyer
Buyer
George joined the procurement team in April 2017. As a Buyer, he is responsible for placing sub-contract orders and working closely with the contracts team to ensure that materials are delivered to site on time. George continues to progress and aspires to work on larger projects where he can gain more experience and knowledge.

James Benton

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
James joined Westridge as a Groundworker in January 2016. He has completed several training courses and has since become a skilled plant operator. James’ typical day involves operating various types of site machinery, laying foundations, drainage and muck-away.

Jim Demel

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Jim joined Westridge as a setting out engineer in October 2003. He has since progressed to Senior Site Manager and has been involved in approximately 22 projects for Westridge. Jim is one of our longest serving employees, he has a wealth of experience and is a loyal and valuable member of the team.

John Chamberlen

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  • Accountant
Accountant
John joined the Westridge accounts team in April 2005. He is responsible for the management, and financial reporting of the company accounts. His highlight has been watching Westridge grow from turning over £20m to £60m. John is one of our longest serving employees and is a valuable member of the team.

Jon Ellwood

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  • Foreman Carpenter
Foreman Carpenter
Jon joined the Westridge carpentry team in 2006, he holds an NVQ L2 in Carpentry, is SSSTS certified and has progressed his way to Foreman Carpenter. Jon particularly enjoys fitting kitchens and plays an important role in managing the carpenters on site and mentoring our Apprentice Carpenters.

Jordan Archer

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  • Quantity Surveyor
Quantity Surveyor
Jordan joined Westridge as a Technical Trainee in 2014. He has since gained an HND in Construction Management and subsequently progressed his way to become a Quantity Surveyor. His goal is to continue gaining experience and knowledge of the industry, whilst contributing to the completion of successful projects. Jordan’s career highlight is working on our Hannington’s Lane project in Brighton, where he enjoyed learning about the various methods of construction and dealt with a variety of challenges.

Jordan Hatchard

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  • Office Administrator
Office Administrator
Jordan joined Westridge in November 2010 as an Office Administrator. Based in our office in Upper Beeding, Jordan’s day-to-day tasks include providing the onsite team as well as the Aftercare department with general administrative support, in addition to this, Jordan’s role includes document control, collation of O&M manuals and general office management.

Josh Sayer

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  • Carpenter Improver
Carpenter Improver
Josh joined Westridge in September 2018 as an Apprentice Carpenter. He has since achieved his NVQ L2 in carpentry and has gained invaluable experience, particularly in 1st, 2nd fix and Roofing. Josh now operates as a Carpenter Improver and is keen to further his knowledge and gain more qualifications to help him achieve his goal of becoming a construction site supervisor / manager in the future.

Laura Harffey

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  • Marketing and Business Development Executive
Marketing and Business Development Executive
Laura joined Westridge on a temporary contract in 2005. Shortly after joining, she was offered a permanent role within the Administration department where she spent five years, gaining experience, and further developing her skills. In 2010 Laura was given the opportunity to join our Marketing and Business Development team, as a Marketing Assistant and has since progressed her way to Business Development Executive.

Mark Bassett

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  • Mechanical & Electrical Coordinator
Mechanical & Electrical Coordinator
Mark joined Westridge in February 2021 as a Mechanical & Electrical Coordinator. His day-to-day tasks include assisting all departments by providing support on Mechanical & Electrical elements of projects ranging from tender analysis, design review and input, and overcoming any site challenges. His goal is to develop in his role and grow the Mechanical and Electrical element of the business.

Martin Lences

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Martin joined the groundworks department in January 2019. His main duties include drainage, ducting for services, concreting foundations, laying slabs, and backfilling holes. In the future Martin would like to gain more experience to help him progress to Foreman.

Matt Turner

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Matt Joined Westridge in September 2017 as an Apprentice Carpenter. He has gained his NVQ L2 in Carpentry and now operates as a fully-fledged carpenter. A career highlight for Matt was completing the cut and pitch roofing at our site in Northbourne Road, Eastbourne. Matt really enjoyed the job as it put his knowledge and skills to the test.

Matt Pudan

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  • Assistant Aftercare Manager
Assistant Aftercare Manager
Matthew joined Westridge in 2010 as an Apprentice Painter & Decorator. He has completed a NVQ L2 in Painting and Decorating as well as a level 2 NVQ in Team Leading. Matt has since progressed his way to Assistant Aftercare Manager and is a valued member of the Westridge team.

Megan Jury

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  • Administator
Administator
Megan joined Westridge in November 2021 as an office receptionist/administrator. She is responsible for our switchboard, meeting and greeting clients and assisting the office with general administrative duties. Megan’s goal is to complete an NVQ in Business Administration to assist in her career progression.

Mitchum Reilly

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Mitchum joined Westridge as a General Operative in November 2017 and has since received extensive training on all plant machinery. His day-to-day tasks include assisting our groundworkers and other trades with the materials and supplies they need to carry out their works, keeping our sites tidy and organising deliveries.

Neville Tyrell

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Neville joined Westridge as a general operative in May 2017. Having completed an SSSTS course, his day-to-day tasks include supervising others on site, as well as flat roofing, keeping scaffolding areas clean and tidy, pulling ceiling walls and demolition.  Neville is a valued and committed member of the team hopes to progress to Foreman in the future.

Paul Vidler

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  • Carpenter
Carpenter
Paul joined Westridge in 2006 and has since gained an NVQ L2 in Carpentry. His main duties include 2nd fix Carpentry, and he plays an important role in mentoring our Apprentice Carpenters. A career highlight was being involved in the conversion of our old head office into flats. In the future, Paul would like to progress to a managerial role.

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 28 years of experience. Shaun manages a small group of Design Assistants and produces construction information for Westridge’s design and build projects.

Stephen Doku

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Steven joined Westridge as a Site Manager in June 2020. He holds a Degree in Building Design Management and is CSCS qualified. Furthermore, Steve has received training in first aid, temporary works co-ordinator, CISRS Basic scaffold inspection, MEWPS for Managers and EGPOS. Steven continually aims to grow and improve as a site manager.

Steve Cox

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Steve joined Westridge in 2003, bringing with him a wealth of construction and plant experience. Since joining Westridge, he has received a significant amount of plant training and has obtained all the necessary tickets to carry out his role, to a high standard. He is a valued and skilled member of the team and is recognised for his dedication and commitment to Westridge.

Stoyan Nikolov

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Stoyan joined Westridge as a General Operative in 2017 on a temporary contract, and due to his hard work and commitment, is now a permanent member of staff. Stoyan enjoys working for Westridge, he speaks highly of his managers, colleagues, and the working environment. He has received a significant amount of training and is keen to keep learning and improving so that he can progress further.

Tom Kelly

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  • Estimator
Estimator
Tom joined Westridge as a Trainee Estimator in 2014 and is now operating as a fully-fledged Estimator. He has completed an HND in Construction and the Built Environment and holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying. Tom’s future goal is to develop his knowledge and skills 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.

Tyler Daniels

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Tyler joined Westridge as a Groundworker in February 2019. Tyler’s duties include, laying topsoil, kerbing, and edging, slabbing and hog carrying. In the future, Tyler would like to be trained to operate a 360 excavator.

Taylor Norton

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  • Carpenter Improver
Carpenter Improver
Taylor joined Westridge in August 2017 as a Carpentry Apprentice. Since achieving his NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry & Joinery, he has gained invaluable experience in all areas of construction. Taylors day-to-day tasks include fitting doors, door linings, skirtings and architraves. In the future, Taylor would like to progress to the role of Carpenter Foreman and manage his own team.
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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