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.

Ashley Elkins

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  • Carpenter
Carpenter
Prior to joining Westridge in 2018, Ashley was a self-employed carpenter. His day-to-day tasks at Westridge mainly involve 2nd fixing. Ashley really enjoyed working on our Robertsbridge housing development, he found being part of the project from start to finish and seeing the end result extremely rewarding.

Ben Cawkill

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Ben joined Westridge as an Apprentice Carpenter in 2008. In 2011, he decided to join our Technical Trainee Programme where he gained an HNC in Quantity Surveying and has since progressed to Site Management, overseeing all operations on site. One of Ben’s career highlights was being given the responsibility to manage the build of our new head office in Catsfield. Ben hopes to continue gaining experience in managing larger projects to aid his development to Senior Site Manager with the goal of becoming a Contracts Manager in the future.

Jamie Dunk

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  • Groundworks Foreman
Groundworks Foreman
Jamie joined Westridge nearly 25 years ago as a Bricklayer bringing with him a wealth of construction experience and an NVQ L3 qualification. Jamie is an integral part of the Groundworks team, he is responsible for a gang of groundworkers and mentors some of our trainees, he really enjoys the variety of his duties and the people he works with.

Lawrence Raj

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  • Groundworker & Plant Operator
Groundworker & Plant Operator
Lawrence joined Westridge as a Groundworker in 2014 and has since gained a wealth of experience and certifications to become an experienced Plant Operator. His day-to-day tasks include kerbing, drainage, laying slabs and operating plant. Lawrence really enjoys his job, the people he works with and he is currently working towards achieving his goal of becoming a Foreman and overseeing his own team.

Devin Greenwood

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
After leaving University in 2014, Devin joined Westridge as a Technical Trainee where he gained an HND in Civil Engineering. In 2016 Devin spent two years as a Setting out Engineer and has since progressed to Site Management, his career highlight is completing the setting out of the Bristow Coastguard Hanger at Lydd Airport. Devin wants to continue to evolve his career while encouraging more young people, from all backgrounds, to enter the ever-developing construction industry.

Billy Freshwater

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Billy has worked in the construction industry for 16 years. Since joining Westridge in 2018 he has received a variety of plant training. These include telescopic forklift, vehicle marshalling & pedestrian operated tower crane, which he currently operates on site. Billy aspires to become a Site Supervisor or Site Manager in the future.

Louis Simmons

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  • Carpenter Improver
Carpenter Improver
Louis joined as an Apprentice Carpenter in 2018. Since achieving his NVQ Level 2, he has gained valuable experience, particularly in 2nd Fix. In the future, Louis would like to take on the role as Carpenter Foreman, managing his own team.

Mary Smissen

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  • Purchase Ledger Clerk
Purchase Ledger Clerk
Mary joined our Accounts department in 2001. Her daily tasks include purchase ledger and processing our supplier invoices for payment. Mary plays an integral role in the team and is a valued member of staff.

Jason Wild

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  • Contracts Manager
Contracts Manager
Jason joined Westridge in 1999 as a General Operative, 12 months later he became a Trainee Site Manager and then progressed to site management where he gained 13 years of experience before changing careers to Contracts Management.  Jason has been a Contracts Manager for 7 years, he has completed an ILM and CMS, and in the future, would like to manage bigger projects for Westridge. Some of Jason’s career highlights are completing two successful Passive Haus projects and progressing to Contracts Manager.

Charlie Farrow

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  • Architectural Technologist
Architectural Technologist
Charlie joined Westridge as a trainee in 2010 and has since completed his Bsc (HONS) in Architectural Technology and is a qualified OCDEA Domestic Energy Assessor. His daily duties include leading/assisting the detailed design process and coordinating design information, whilst liaising with authorities (planning and building control) for statutory approvals. In the future he would like to incorporate new technologies and sustainable methods of construction into designs to encourage a higher level of energy efficiency for both new and existing buildings.

Leroy Andrews

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Leroy has been working at Westridge for three years and has been doing groundworks since he left school. He is keen to further his career and develop his skills by doing as much training as possible and obtaining the relevant certificates to drive all machinery. He is valued and respected by his team and Foreman. He really enjoys the variety of tasks he is responsible for, and the upbeat environment he works in.

Daniel Goering

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  • Assistant Site Manager
Assistant Site Manager
Daniel joined Westridge in 2017 as a Groundworker. In 2018 he decided that he wanted a career change and joined our Technical Trainee Programme. Daniel completed his HNC in Construction and the Built Environment in May 2020 and has subsequently progressed to become an Assistant Site Manager.

Laura Harffey

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  • Marketing and Business Development Executive
Marketing and Business Development Executive
Laura joined Westridge on a temporary contract more than sixteen years ago and after one month, was offered a permanent position within the Administration Department. Laura spent five years in Admin, gaining experience and developing her skills and was subsequently given the opportunity to join the Marketing and Business Development team. Laura hopes to continue progressing within the department.

Ian Fleming

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  • Carpenter
Carpenter
Ian joined Westridge as a Carpenter in 2020. Having completed his NVQ level 2 in Landscaping he realised it wasn’t for him and decided on a change of career. His day-to-day duties include fitting kitchens, fire doors, roofing, and 2nd fix. He really enjoys the team and his working environment and would like to progress to Site Management in the future.

Paul Phillips

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  • Trainer/Health and Safety Advisor
Trainer/Health and Safety Advisor
Paul Phillips is a valued member of the Westridge Team, he joined us in 2010 as a Groundworks Foreman and has since progressed to become our Health & Safety Advisor and company Trainer. Paul is qualified in numerous areas including Health and Safety, plant, and cranes, providing both accredited and non-accredited training for staff and external delegates. Paul aspires to improve our training so that we become the first-choice training provider. He is particularly proud of helping Westridge to attain CITB and NPORS accreditation and knowing that he plays a crucial role in helping his colleagues progress in their careers.

Ellie Drabble

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  • IT/Electrical Assistant
IT/Electrical Assistant
Ellie joined Westridge in 2019 as an IT and Electrical Assistant. Her job is to help setup and maintain our IT and office equipment on our construction sites and in our offices. 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 the more complex tasks and take on greater responsibility.

Matthew Pudan

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  • Assistant Aftercare Manager
Assistant Aftercare Manager
Matthew joined Westridge in 2010 as an Apprentice Painter & Decorator. He has completed an NVQ level 2 in Painting and Decorating as well as an NVQ level 2 in Team Leading and has since progressed his way to Assistant Aftercare Manager.

Charlie Mann

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  • Technical Trainee
Technical Trainee
After completing his A-Levels in 2019, Charlie joined Westridge as a Technical Trainee. He has since gained an HNC in Construction and the Built Environment. Charlie is currently based on site, assisting the Site Manager, his tasks include reading drawings, setting out and managing subcontractors. A career highlight for Charlie was being involved in the successful construction of Cissbury Lodge in Worthing, West Sussex. In the future Charlie would like to complete an NVQ Level 6 in Site Management.

Mike Sherwood

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  • Senior Site Manager
Senior Site Manager
Michael has been a site manager since 1988, he joined Westridge initially in 2003 and is responsible for the management of all works on site, health and safety, contract programming, liaising with subcontractors, suppliers, clients, and consultants as well as programming and scheduling works. His career highlight was working on Langley Green Children’s Centre and Battle Abbey Visitors Centre.

Joe Goldup

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Joe joined Westridge two years ago as a Groundworker / Machine Operator. Joe really enjoys working for Westridge and would like to progress his career by continuing with his training and obtaining the relevant certifications to enable him to operate bigger machines.

Katharine Gardner

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  • Accounts Apprentice
Accounts Apprentice
Katharine joined Westridge in 2019 as an Accounts Apprentice, she has achieved her AAT level 2 qualification and is currently working towards her AAT level 3. Her day-to-day tasks include purchase ledger, internal and external plant hire, expenses, and other ad-hoc accounts tasks. Katherine’s goal is to complete her AAT qualification and progress within the department.

Graeme Benge

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  • Senior Estimator
Senior Estimator
Graeme joined Westridge in 2005. With over 40 years in the construction industry, he has a wealth of experience! Working in conjunction with the Business Development, Commercial and Contracts departments, Graeme’s daily duties include, bid management, tendering and pricing for building contracts.

Rikki Maykels

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Rikki joined Westridge in 2017 and has been in the construction industry for 15 years. He started at Westridge as an agency worker and soon became a permanent member of the team. Rikki has received various plant training and has gained his SSSTS certification. He really enjoys the people he works with, and his working environment.

Victoria Cawkill

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  • Buying Assistant
Buying Assistant
Victoria joined the Westridge Admin team in March 2010. After spending a temporary period in Buying she was offered a permanent position and has since progressed to becoming a Buying Assistant and valued member of the team, her role mostly involves the procurement of materials for site and carries out general departmental administration.

Harry Letton

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Harry started his career in the construction industry as a labourer 20 years ago, during this time he completed his BSC and HONS in Construction and has since progressed his way to Site Management. Harry enjoys doing steelwork projects and has a large interest in passive housing and sustainability.

Wesley Atkin

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  • Carpenter Apprentice
Carpenter Apprentice
Wesley joined Westridge in 2020 as a Carpentry Apprentice. He is currently doing his NVQ level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery which involves attending college one day a week and spending the remaining 4 days on site. His daily tasks include 1st fix, 2nd fix and his passion is to teach carpentry in the future.

Lewis Coolbear

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  • Site Engineer
Site Engineer
Lewis joined Westridge as a Site Engineer in February 2021. His day-today tasks include liaising with various Site Managers to plan and organise upcoming works and setting out lines and levels for various project elements including drainage, piles, foundations, brickwork, staircases, and steelwork.

Darren Daniels

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Darren joined the Westridge Groundworks team in 2019. He holds an NVQ Level 2 in Construction Groundworks and has the relevant qualifications and training to drive all machinery on site. Daniel really enjoys what he does, the people he works with and is a valued member of the groundworks team.

Howard Francis

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Howard is a General Operative, he joined Westridge in 2012 with 21yrs of experience under his belt. During his time at Westridge, he has gained various certifications, including SSSTS and holds a CPCS card. His responsibilities include forklift driving, assisting with all incoming deliveries and general site maintenance.

Peter Herring

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  • Carpenter
Carpenter
Peter has 17 years of experience in Carpentry. He joined Westridge over 5 years ago and is a valued team member. His duties include fitting and hanging doors, roofing and 1st and 2nd fix Carpentry.

Natalie Neal

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  • HR & Training Assistant
HR & Training Assistant
Natalie joined Westridge in April 2012 as an Administration Assistant. She completed an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration and has since progressed to HR and Training Assistant. Natalie helps ensure all employees receive the training they require. She also helps to run our CITB and NPORS training centre and assists the HR and Training Manager. Natalie’s career highlight was being given the opportunity to move to the HR and Training department to further her career.

Lee Bowen

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Lee joined Westridge as a Site Manager in 2014. He has completed an NVQ level 6 in Construction and is keen to further develop his career by gaining an NVQ level 7 Diploma in Senior Site Management. His daily duties include planning, programming, managing Sub-Contractors, site staff, meeting with clients, material take offs and arranging deliveries. Lee’s goal is to eventually move into contracts management.

Kaiden French

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Kaiden joined Westridge in 2020, prior to his permanent placement, he was working on our sites on a temporary basis via a recruitment agency, but within weeks, due to his demonstration of commitment and motivation, he was offered a full-time position. Kaiden aspires to become a Carpenter in the future.

Mark Sherwood

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  • Quantity Surveyor
Quantity Surveyor
Mark began his journey into the construction industry as a trainee surveyor in 1979. He has gained an OND & HNC in Construction and in 2003 joined the Westridge team where he has been involved in several of our projects ranging from £5-8 million in value and his knowledge and experience have made him a valued member of the team. A highlight of Mark’s career is the enjoyment of working with great colleagues and clients over the years.

Kevin Barden

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  • Contracts Manager
Contracts Manager
Kevin joined Westridge in 2018. He is responsible for overseeing, leading, and managing projects allocated to him with consideration to Programme, Safety, Quality, Financial and Customer Relationships.

Costel Chiscop

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Costel has been working for Westridge since 2016, he enjoys the variety of his tasks and his working environment, he has completed an SSSTS course and aspires to become a Site Supervisor in the future.
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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