Priddy people: meet the team
With a combined experience of almost 300 years in the business, Priddy’s senior team have an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and expertise.
While we are certainly a group of individuals, we share at least two common attributes. Firstly, we have all ‘earned our stripes’, through apprenticeships, solid qualifications and many years’ practical experience in our respective professions before becoming managers. Secondly, our approach to our work is the same. We each take responsibility to ensure not only do we complete every project to the highest standards, but also that it runs smoothly and meets total customer satisfaction.
This common spirit is reinforced, perhaps, by the fact that many of us have worked side-by-side for a decade or more (some of us several decades!) Newer members of the team are recruited not only for their skills but also their complementary ethic.
Allow us to make some short introductions, starting at ‘A’:
Andrew is a passionate advocate for vocational training. Chair of the Education and Training Committee of the Building and Engineering Services Association and a member of the University of the West of England (UWE)’s Employers’ Forum, he helps to ensure young people’s training and skills courses remain relevant to modern businesses.
He’s also a firm believer that skills and training enable workers to earn empowerment. “Priddy engineers are all highly skilled and have the authority to make decisions at the point of contact with the customer,” he says. “It maintains momentum and helps everyone concerned with a project, especially the client.” No stranger himself to training, Andrew began life as a trainee builder, completed a plumbing apprenticeship and has since carried out every role he now asks of his staff, “from sparky to senior manager”. He co-founded the current Priddy Engineering Services in 2009 (and managed a management buy-out in 2011), recruiting into his team the most dependable and experienced people in the business.
Andrew has a clear vision of how he wants his business to run and the uncompromisingly client-centric approach it will uphold. He believes that by honest trading and focusing on doing the right thing, good business will follow.
It was the mid-1970s when Andy started work in mechanical engineering. Over this time his career has developed within three major industry players and the former Avon County Council, gaining additional experience in design and inspection. He relishes managing multiple projects simultaneously and is equally at home looking after refurbishments and new-builds in retail, education, leisure and health sectors. The newest member of the Priddy team, Andy joined in April 2012. His aim is that clients always invite him back (despite being a QPR fan). Andy is a keen golfer and lives in Kingswood with his wife and two daughters.
Colin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in 1982 then promptly “retired” for 2 years for a belated “gap period” to travel the world . On his return he worked for Transport Development Group PLC, Gateway Foodmarkets Limited, and then, for over 21 years , MITIE Group PLC where he helped establish the Engineering Division as a major part of that Stock Exchange Group. Colin has a keen eye for detail and enjoys forming strong working relationships with people of all levels both inside and outside his own organisation. Colin is married with two children. Away from work he is a keen participant in team sports . He continues to play football in the Bristol Casuals Veterans league in the winter , air guitar all year round, and makes up the numbers in his former rugby club’s cricket team in the summer.
James starting working for the accounts department at Priddy Engineering at the start of July 2012 to forward his career in finance, having studied AAT at the City of Bath College.
During the summer months, James’ Saturdays involve playing cricket although after every game it is threatened with retirement! Once the cricket finishes James plays Sunday league football in the Bath & District league.
Mechanical Contracts Manager
With a mere 45 years’ experience in mechanical engineering, John B has a skillset and knowledge base matched by very few. With the sharpest of eyes for the tiniest of details, John’s approach to any project is that he wants to be welcomed back as a friend once the job is completed. “Call me old fashioned”, he says, “but I like to think I uphold a quality of service which has long since disappeared from other companies.” John is married with one daughter and lives in Nailsea, Bristol.
Business Development Manager
After many years of developing relationships in the business John still loves his job. This is why, despite having celebrated his ruby wedding anniversary and with two sons and two grandchildren to keep him occupied, he continues to work on a part-time basis for Priddy “in our lovely, close-knit team”. Over the years he’s worked with the great and the good in the industry, on a huge cross-section of opportunities and projects. On his days off, as well as spending time with his family, John is sports-oriented, including umpiring cricket.
Electrical Contracts Manager
Jordan has 12 years’ experience in the industry. He started with Lorne Stewart ‘on the tools’ as an electrician for four years and since gained further experience with other heavyweight players including Southern Electric. He’s progressed to electrical engineer, estimator and manager, and is at home managing complex contracts across many sectors, including health, education and the prison service. He’s dedicated to the job: “No matter how complex or tangled a project is, I will see it through to perfection,” he says. Jordan is currently learning a whole new set of skills: he and his wife are proud parents to a baby daughter.
Office Manager and PA to the Directors
Kate helps to keep the Priddy offices – and officers – running smoothly and efficiently. She joined the team in May 2011, bringing with her a wealth of skills and experience, including having worked in travel, marketing, construction and property both in the UK and abroad. Personable and knowledgeable, clients soon get to know Kate and she’s always willing to help. Raised in South Wales, Kate left at age 31 for the bright lights of Bristol, where she now lives with her husband and sons.
I started my career in the industry back in the 60s as an apprentice electrician with Drake & Scull. Once qualified I worked on various projects before joining the estimating team. After a couple of years I was invited to join the new Industrial Instrumentation departments of Drake & Scull and eventually Simon Automation, where I stayed for approximately 22 years before returning to Building Services with Emcor, Lorne Stewart and most recently with Priddy Engineering at the beginning of December 13. I am married with two daughters and four grandchildren. Most of my spare time appears to be taken up by assisting my son-in laws on DIY projects.
Apprentice – Business Administrator
Laura joined Priddy in June 2013 looking for a change in career after working in the equine industry for five years. She has taken on the role of Apprentice Business Administrator and has become a valued member of the team in such short time. Laura is still a keen horse rider and competes with her own horse at local events.
Mechanical Contracts Manager
Lee Sherriff started out in the mechanical industry 15 years ago as an apprentice plumber and once qualified quickly progressed through the ‘hands on’ ranks specialising in gas and wet services. He entered into a project/contract management role in 2007 and has gained extensive experience in managing and successfully delivering a range of multi-discipline mechanical projects across various sectors and environments such as banking, office and retail, education, healthcare and manufacturing. Away from work Lee enjoys keeping fit and going to the gym and is currently engaged to be married.
Mechanical Contracts Engineer
I joined Priddy Engineering at the beginning of January 14 as a Mechanical Contracts Engineer but I began working in the trade for NG Bailey in 1999, joining as a building services engineer. After completing a BTEC ONC and HND at Bath College, I moved into the design department where I worked for a number of years before moving into the contracting department. I have worked in a number of sectors, including MOD, Health, Retail and Education.
I’m a keen fisherman and enjoy riding my motorbike in my spare time.
Electrical Contracts Engineer
Phil has recently moved into the Contracts Team as an Electrical Contracts Engineer after spending over a year in Priddy’s estimating department This has given him the “grounding” to take on the new role with added confidence.
Phil has become a new dad to a beautiful baby girl, Willow, over the last six months, so all change for Phil at work and home.
Steve joined the industry in 2002 as an electrical student engineer with Haden Young. After four years of studying for his HND at Liverpool Community College Steve qualified as an electrical project engineer in 2006. He has engineered and successfully delivered a large variety of projects within the industry, ranging from Health Care and Education through to complex Sport England Training facilities. Following acquisition of his first property he decided to make the decision to look for “work closer to home”, and made the decision to leave his previous employer and join the Priddy Engineering team in April 2013 as an Electrical Contracts Engineer.
As Steve is still relatively new to the business, he is currently working within the estimating department to gain experience on pricing projects the Priddy way.. that’s the right way!
A mechanical estimator man and boy, Tony knows his trade inside out, whether eying up a modest plan or a multi-million pound property development. From hospital wards to computer suites he’s the man with a full and accurate understanding of exactly what’s involved, so no-one gets any surprises. Not quite but nearly the newest boy on the Priddy block, Tony joined in February 2012. He is married with two children, “which means I get two hours off a week!” He makes the most of those two hours by practising martial arts.
Colin Acheson, former chairman of MITIE Engineering
Paul Williams, former managing director of MITIE Engineering Services (Bristol) Ltd
Tim Lewis, former founding managing director of HAT Group, then MITIE Engineering Services (Bristol) Ltd
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