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.

Ben Ray-Gain

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  • Carpenter Improver
Carpenter Improver
Ben joined Westridge in September 2019 as an Apprentice Carpenter and has since achieved his NVQ level 2. His main tasks include 1st fix and 2nd fix Carpentry. Ben’s goal is to keep building his skills, knowledge, and experience so that he can carry out any given task with confidence and to the best of his ability.

Craig Bryant

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Craig joined Westridge in February 2014. His day-to-day tasks include operating the forklift, dealing with deliveries, and keeping the site tidy. He is SSSTS qualified and is trained to operate plant and machinery, including 360 excavators. Craig’s career aspiration is to become a Site Supervisor in the future.

Craig Haffenden

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  • Technical Trainee
Technical Trainee
Craig joined our Technical Trainee programme in March 2020, he is currently working towards achieving his HNC in Construction and the Built Environment. Craig is really enjoying being part of the trainee programme; gaining experience in different departments helps broaden his understanding of the business and his construction knowledge.

Daren Scott

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  • Buyer
Buyer
Daren joined Westridge as a Buyer in March 2018. His role is to procure materials and sub-contractors, ensuring they’re within budget, on programme and in line with key project specifications, as well as front-end engagement with the supply chain including negotiation, compliance, and value engineering.

David Cawkill

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  • Bricklayer Foreman
Bricklayer Foreman
David joined Westridge in 1997 as a Bricklayer and has since progressed to Foreman. David really enjoys doing refurbishment projects, and relished working on Holy Trinity Church which was converted into a Medical Centre.

David Heitzman

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
David joined Westridge as a Groundworker in 2016. His daily tasks include drainage, slabbing, curbing, footings, and finishes. He has received various plant training, including Ride on Roller, Forward Tipping Dumper and Telescopic Forklift and is an invaluable member of the Groundworks team.

Dominic Morden

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  • Accounts Assistant
Accounts Assistant
Dominic joined Westridge as an Accounts Apprentice in 2016 and has since achieved his AAT Level 4 and progressed to the role of Accounts Assistant. Dom’s duties include purchase ledger, bank reconciliation, processing sub-contract payments and overhead costing. Dominic is proud of his AAT Qualification and looks forward to progressing within the accounts team.

Eoin Keogh

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  • Apprentice Carpenter
Apprentice Carpenter
Eoin joined Westridge as an Apprentice Carpenter in July 2020. He is currently doing an NVQ Level 2 in carpentry and his day-to-day duties include 1st and 2nd fix Carpentry.

Gary Lucas

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  • Quantity Surveyor
Quantity Surveyor
Gary joined Westridge as a Senior Quantity Surveyor in January 2021. He holds an HNC in building studies and has gained vast experience from working on different projects, ranging from commercial to social housing developments. Gary’s aspiration is to continue building his knowledge and experience and to work on projects that all members of the team can be proud of.

Glenn Oliveros

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  • Materials Buyer
Materials Buyer
Glenn joined Westridge as a Buyer in May 2021. His day-to-day tasks include purchasing materials for construction projects and he is keen to continue developing his knowledge and building on his experience.

Ian Carter

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Ian joined Westridge as a site manager in September 2021 with a vast amount of experience. He holds an MCIOB and is SMSTS qualified. Ian’s day to day tasks include ensuring the project is running smoothly, efficiently and on time. Ian is focused on continuous improvement and is keen to build on his knowledge and experience.

Ian Irving

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Ian joined Westridge as a Site Manager in 2017. His duties include planning and programming, health & safety and managing both our site staff and sub-contractors. Ian really enjoys working for Westridge and likes that no two jobs are ever the same.

Ian Lock

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Ian joined Westridge as a Site Manager in October 2018. He is qualified in IOSH, SMSTS, First Aid, and holds a CSCS black card. Ian’s day to day responsibilities include planning and programming, health & safety and managing our site staff and sub-contractors.

Jake Noble

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Jake joined Westridge as a Site Manager in 2020. He holds a Civil Engineering degree and is MCIOB qualified. Jake has worked on a variety of projects ranging from leisure centres, schools, hotels, shopping centres, hospitals, and retail. Jake’s career highlight was being part of the team who built a 50m Olympic sized swimming pool in preparation for the Olympics in London.

Jeff Dugan

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  • Contracts Manager
Contracts Manager
Jeff joined Westridge as a Contracts Manager in November 2020. He has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years, progressing his way from, Site Engineering to Site Management, to Contracts Management. Jeff has experience in the education, commercial, defence, retail, health, and residential work sectors. His role includes direct management of staff and subcontractors, liaising with clients and consultants and providing an effective link between the relevant departments and sites. Jeff’s career highlight was a successful management of a conversion and full refurbishment transforming an old college building into a separate primary school for West Sussex County Council in just six weeks.

John Smith

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  • Foreman Groundworker
Foreman Groundworker
John joined Westridge as a Groundworker in 2010 and has since progressed to Groundworks Foreman. Having spent 51 years in the construction industry, John has a wealth of experience, he is responsible for the management and organisation of his team and ensures that the correct materials are ordered and delivered on time. He is an extremely valued, highly respected member of the groundworks department and has great working relationship with all his colleagues.

Lee Vockins

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Lee joined Westridge as a Site Manager in February 2016. He holds an HNC in Building studies and is keen to continue gaining experience and knowledge in different construction methods, on a variety of projects. Lee is focused on continuous self-development and is keen to progress his career within the company.

Madison Potter

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  • Office Administrator
Office Administrator
Maddie joined Westridge in March 2022 as an office administrator. She is responsible for printing drawings, scanning, and uploading documents to the cloud as well as general administrative duties. Maddie’s goal is to complete an NVQ in Business Administration to assist in her career progression within the company.

Marie Gage

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  • Contracts Support Administrator
Contracts Support Administrator
Marie joined Westridge in October 2018. As a Contracts Support Administrator, Marie is responsible for liaising with both existing residents and new residents moving into their homes and addressing any issues they may have. Marie also liaises with schools and provides students with health & safety talks.

Matt Jeater

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  • Site Manager
Site Manager
Matt joined Westridge as a Site Manager in 2012. Matt holds a degree in Construction Management and has a wealth of experience. His day-to-day duties include the management of site staff, including sub-contractor labour, plant and materials, health and safety, programming and overseeing the quality of the project.

Michael Roy

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  • Technical Trainee
Technical Trainee
Michael joined Westridge as a Technical Trainee in July 2021 and is currently doing an HNC in Construction and the Build Environment. The trainee programme has been invaluable in helping Michael gain experience and knowledge in various disciplines. Michael’s career aspiration is to become a Setting Out Engineer.

Neil Atkins

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  • General Operative
General Operative
Neil joined Westridge as a General Operative in January 2018. Having spent his whole career in the construction industry, Neil possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience. He really enjoys the culture and the people at Westridge and aspires to  become a site supervisor in the future.

Owen Hustwayte

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  • Apprentice Carpenter
Apprentice Carpenter
Owen joined Westridge as an Apprentice Carpenter in 2019 and is currently doing an NVQ L2. His role includes 1st fix and 2nd fix, and he really enjoys doing timber frame builds. Owen’s focus is to complete his apprenticeship, improve his carpentry skills and gain lots of knowledge.

Richard Skinner

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  • Quantity Surveyor
Quantity Surveyor
Richard joined Westridge as a Quantity Surveyor in 2016, bringing with him a wealth of experience. Richard holds an HNC in building studies and his day-to-day tasks include cost-controlling and forecasting for various sites.

Steve Haffenden

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  • Estimator
Estimator
Steve Joined Westridge as an Estimator in October 2018. He is responsible for all aspects of preparing and pricing competitive tenders in multiple fields from housing schemes, health care, industrial units, and education.

Vasos Ptochopoulos

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  • Bricklayer
Bricklayer
Vas joined Westridge as a Bricklayer in April 2009 bringing with him a wealth of experience. His day-to-day tasks include bricklaying, slabbing, knocking down walls, and brick openings. A memorable project for Vasos was working on a curved garden wall at our Gales Place project in Crawley, he thoroughly enjoyed both the challenge and variety of the job.

Yllson Palla

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  • Groundworker
Groundworker
Yllson joined Westridge in 2007, initially as a General Operative, but took an interest in the groundworks side of the business and has been a Groundworker for the last 15 years. Yllson has received a great deal of training during his time at Westridge and holds all the necessary tickets to carry out his job safely and to a very high standard. Yllson is focused on building good working relationships with his colleagues and is keen to continue building on his skills and knowledge.
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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