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Meet the whole Helm team
Jay Clark
Apprentice Carpenter
Bucket list Climb a mountain
Describe yourself Fun, friendly, determined
Favourite Helm moment Working with Helm Carpenters
Claim to fame Went to school with the Band Coasts
Favourite colour Green

Jay joined us early 2016 and has already demonstrated his credibility and hard working nature to the company.

Jay says “Helm really are all about making everyone feel part of the team and have been supportive and encouraging throughout my time here. Working together, we always achieve the best result and that’s definitely one of the reasons why I think we are a successful company”.

John Howe
Site Labourer
Time at Helm 4 years
Describe yourself Friendly, reliable, honest
Nickname Johny T
Favourite TV Programme Historical or nature documentaries
Favourite Helm moment Curtis falling face first into wet concrete. He wasn't hurt but it was funny.

Since 2013 John has played a key role in maintaining site standards and efficiency ensuring that he sets the Company benchmark. He demonstrates a strong work ethic and this has led to him being selected to undertake further development training during the course of this year to complement the tower crane training he has already received.

John says: “Team spirit is abundant in the company. Everyone seems to recognise their role but work together to complete the project to the highest standard. It’s really refreshing.”

John-Paul Smith
Apprentice Carpenter
John-Paul'S STATS
Nickname JP
Hobbies Cooking, spending time with family, climbing
Favourite food Italian/Thai food
Favourite colour Green
Bucket list To achieve my full potential in carpentry

John-Paul continues to impress clients and colleagues with his strong work ethic and can-do approach to every challenge. Always ready with a smile he remains focussed on providing a high level of service throughout the day and aspires to develop his construction skills further.

John-Paul says: “I really enjoy working with other people whether that’s clients, contractors or other team members. I look forward to developing my career further with Helm particularly having seen others who started off as labourers now managing sites”.

Jon Ticehurst
Nickname JT
Describe yourself Industrious, loyal, thoughtful
Pets Working Cocker Spaniel - Nyah
Hobbies Skiing, Rugby
Favourite Helm moment Winning the quiz

Bringing a wealth of construction experience to Helm, Jon is a construction professional who believes in a proactive approach to customer relationships and project management. A large range of construction projects to his name ensures whether extension, new build home or commercial project, listed building or modern design he’s ‘been there and done it’.

Jon says: “Helm’s reputation grows daily and it’s not difficult to see that the Company’s focus on service, its attention to detail and its development and nurturing of staff are paramount to the success we are enjoying.”

Jordan Switalski
Admin Apprentice
Jordan'S STATS
Describe yourself in three words Outgoing, friendly, caring
Pets Theo, the French Bulldog
What would be top of your bucket list Jump out of a plane

Jordan is a key member of the office administration team who is involved with several aspects of the business including managing timesheets, expenses, company mobile phones, office stationary and staff uniform. Jordan is our first year apprentice studying for her Level 2 in Business Admin and is already proving to be a valuable member of the team.

Jordan says “This is my first job working within an office environment and I really enjoy being involved in so many different areas of the business. I’ve gained a lot of valuable experience over the past 6 months providing me with the knowledge and tools I need to complete my apprenticeship to a high standard”.

Karen Sheppard
HR Manager
Hobbies Volunteering at Avon Riding for the disabled centre
Favourite Helm moment Home time
Claim to fame Met Princess Ann
Pets My husband!
Nickname Kazzer

Proficient in finance and payroll, Karen ensures that the Helm team are kept well trained, informed and happy. An employee since 2008, she has been instrumental in the Company’s growth and development and continues to improve on the businesses processes and efficiencies.

Karen says: “We are all seen as important cogs in the system and as such communication is key to our success. Everyone is encouraged to develop not only their own skills but also to participate in the Company’s future by consistent feedback and improvement.”

Kevin Davies
Site Manager
Describe yourself A happy chap
Bucket list Playing football at Wembley
Time at Helm 2 years
Favourite Team Norwich City FC
Favourite Helm moment Everyday

A fully qualified carpenter, Kevin joined the Helm team in 2015. His experience encompasses a range of projects across the commercial, residential and domestic build sectors. Kevin continues to improve his skill set and his knowledge base goes from strength to strength.

Kevin says: “The opportunities for personal development are great and I really enjoy the way the company encourages us to build relationships with the clients. It helps make sure we get it right first time and meet their expectations.”

Kim Richings
Contract Manager
Time with Helm 4 years
Hobbies Hockey
Claim to Fame Poster Advert
Favourite Team Bath Rugby
Describe yourself Fat, tall, happy

A qualified cabinet maker, Kim joined the line-up in 2013. His skills were readily recognisable and he quickly progressed to become a Site Manager and subsequently Contracts Manager. He obtained his SMSTS in 2014 and has already successfully project managed a number of significant projects.

Kim says: “The Helm approach is unique in my experience. The company focuses on delivering a service and making what can be often a stressful process enjoyable for the client.”

Lee Nicholls
Claim to fame Met Roger Federer
Bucket list Sky dive
Nickname Leeroy
Favourite Helm moment Martin Spill in the out-takes video or attending the apprenticeship awards
Hobbies Sports and socialising

An efficient and pro-active team member, Lee commenced his carpentry apprenticeship in 2014 after successfully fulfilling the role of site labourer previously. With attention to detail and a focus on productivity, he demonstrates great interaction with team colleagues, clients and other stakeholders alike.

Lee says: “No matter what position you are within the Company your opinion seems to matter. There is great mutual respect amongst all of the team and this shows in the way we all communicate with one another.”

Lee Price
Quantity Surveyor
Describe yourself Motivated, Handsome, Stubborn
Favourite Helm moment 3rd interview with Gary, day to day humour in the office
Favourite team Cardiff Blue, Liverpool
Favourite food All of it
Hobbies Golf, rugby, camping

Lee joined us in October 2016 as an experienced Quantity Surveyor and has hit the ground running from day 1. With a degree in Quantity Surveying and over 10 years experience in the industry, Lee’s motivation and positive attitude has allowed us to build and maintain positive working relationships with our Clients and sub contractors.

Lee says “It’s been incredibly refreshing to join the Helm team and as well as there being plenty of opportunity to grow within the company, it’s great to feel valued and respected for your efforts too. There’s always a friendly atmosphere in the office, and we’re all made to feel part of the team which is something I really value in a company”

Lewis Gosney
Carpentry Apprentice

Lewis joined Helm as a third year apprentice, looking to become a fully qualified Carpenter in 2018. Lewis works well as an individual as well as part of a wider team and has taken on board direction and support from his peers in order to improve his own skill set.

Lewis says “It’s great that Helm put so much effort into training their staff to the highest possible standards. The extra training allows us to be equipped with the best knowledge and tools we need to be able to do our job to the highest standard possible”.

Lily Sheppard
Favourite team Bristol Rugby
Hobby Water Skiing
Favourite food Anything healthy
Favourite colour Pink
Describe yourself Fun, energetic, friendly

Responsible for the day to day administration of the business, Lily brings a methodical approach and a high degree of organisational skill to the business ensuring that field and office team members are furnished with the tools needed to complete their tasks.

Lily says: “Although a junior member of the team my contribution and opinion is valued. The field and office teams are conscientious of maintaining a high level of service and this reflects in the processes and procedures adopted by the Company.”

Linda Jones
Purchase Ledger
Describe yourself Quiet, trustworthy, caring
Favourite food Sunday Roast
Hobbies Cooking, puzzles, gardening
Pets Bubbles the budgie
Bucket list Hot air balloon ride

With 4 decades of office administration and finance experience Linda brings a wealth of purchase ledger, supplier relationship and accounting skills to the team. Calm, collected, detailed and always professional her ‘can-do’ attitude and strong work ethic make her popular with other team members and our strong supplier base alike.

Linda says: “I was looking for a new challenge in life and Helm clearly value knowledge and experience. Our company’s approach to collaborative working, passing on skills and people development whatever their age and background is really refreshing.”

Martin Spill
Martin'S STATS
Nickname Spilly
Hobbies Football
Favourite Film Home Alone
Time at Helm 4 years
Claim to Fame Met Jonny Wilkinson

Joining the team in 2014, Martin brings a wealth of experience to the Company particularly around ground works and hard landscaping. He plays a key role in establishing and maintaining site standards and cleanliness and his ‘can do’ attitude ensures that each and every trade on site is well supported.

Martin says: “It was Helm’s reputation that attracted me to the Company and it is clear, now that I am part of the team, how that reputation was gained and continues to grow. I am really enthusiastic about the future.”

Mark Dowding
Site Manager
Favourite Film Barberella
Bucket list Ride route 66 on a Harley
Describe yoruself Ambitious, motivated, honest
Favourite Food Beef Wellington
Pets Dog called Bruce

Having worked in the construction sector all of his working life, Mark has over 22 years experience in the industry. Starting out as a carpentry apprentice and working his way up into site management, Mark’s background falls within shop fitting and commercial re-fit which then moved to conservation and restoration over the years. Marks expertise in these areas allowed him to bring new skills and expertise to Helm along with a fresh outlook and a keen eye for detail.

Mark says: “Helm’s reputation grows daily and it’s not difficult to see that the Company’s focus on service, its attention to detail and its development and nurturing of staff are paramount to the success we are enjoying.”

Mervyn Hames
CS Co-ordinator
Mervyn'S STATS
Describe yourself Happy with life!
Bucket list Completed a full season on TX Ranch
Hobbies Guitars, Gardening
Favourite Helm moment Winning the Hamper Christmas '15
Favourite film Open Range

40 plus years of varied construction experience amply qualify Mervyn to undertake his customer service role. His friendly approach, technical knowledge and attention to the smallest of details ensure that each project he visits is given a final ‘Helm’ once over which in turn ensures client satisfaction.

Mervyn says: “Helm really do their best to make sure that each client is treated as an individual and that their projects are the best that they can be. Meeting exacting standards is sometimes a challenge but one that I always enjoy delivering”.

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