MEET THE TEAM

PETER BARKWILL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Peter has spent his entire professional life in the quarrying industry, and has national standing as a visionary leader who has piloted Wainwright through an extensive period of growth. He joined the company as Quarry Manager from ARC in South Wales in 1985, was elected to the board in 1988, and was appointed Managing Director in 1997. In 2014, his title changed to Chief Executive, in a reflection of Wainwright’s increased complexity.

Shortlisted for the accolade of Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, Peter’s role is to set the tone for the whole business and provide strategic direction in consultation with the board. Under his stewardship, the company’s turnover and profitability have increased dramatically, and it has invested millions of pounds in new infrastructure and business diversification.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of quarrying and the construction industry, and a profound enthusiasm for Wainwright’s unrivalled heritage, he takes great pride in his role within the business. As only the fifth MD in its 125-year history, Peter sees himself as the custodian of a living legacy, combining entrepreneurialism with a thorough commitment to service, and a deep concern for sustainability.

Peter is a Hon Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying, for which he has also served as Chairman of Council, and Chairman and Treasurer of the West of England Branch.

 

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BRIAN REXWORTHY

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR & COMPANY SECRETARY

Brian joined Wainwright as Financial Controller in 2007, and was made Finance Director three years later. He trained as a chartered accountant with a top-four firm in Bristol, and oversees every aspect of Wainwright’s finances, including the preparation of annual and management accounts, completion of statutory returns,  and strategic financial planning.

As a board member, Brian also helps set the wider vision for Wainwright, working with colleagues to identify the way ahead for the business.

He is committed to the sustainability of the quarrying business, and Wainwright in particular, and works tirelessly to provide the economic grounding for the company’s success.

 

JUSTIN THORNER

SALES DIRECTOR

Justin joined Wainwright in 1989, and spent three years working in the weighbridge, laboratory and quarry. From here, Justin’s career took him to Foster Yeoman, where he spent 20 years in sales, concrete production, road planing and recycling.

Justin returned to Wainwright in 2012 and took on the role of Transport and Recycling Manager a year later, with particular responsibility for the company’s growing haulage fleet. After a period as Aggregates Director, Justin was appointed Sales Director in 2016, as part of a management restructure.

In this role, Justin oversees every aspect of Wainwright’s sales operation, ensuring it meets targets, and delivers the very best service to customers across the region. He also has oversight of Wainwright’s transport operation.

 

WAYNE MCKEOWN

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

With more than three decades in the quarrying industry behind him, Wayne brings a wealth of experience to his role at Wainwright. He oversees every aspect of the company’s operations, at Moons Hill and Avonmouth Asphalt, with a particular responsibility to plan for the future and oversee a programme of quarry development.

Wayne started as an Office Clerk at McAlpine’s in 1979 and has subsequently worked as a Quarry Manager for Wimpey and an Area Manager for Tarmac. He joined Wainwright in 2006, and has held a variety of positions in the company, including Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Manager, Quarry Manager and, most recently, Operations Manager.  He was promoted to his current role in July 2016.

Wayne has a postgraduate degree in safety and risk management from Strathclyde University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying. He is currently working towards graduate status with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

 

ANDY ROBINSON

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Andy has a long history of trading with Wainwright, after a career spent in and around the aggregates and asphalt industry. Most recently, he was Technical Manager at the Hinkley Point C Power Station, where he was employed by Hanson.

Prior to that, Andy enjoyed a number of years as a Regional Technical Manager across all product streams covering the South of the UK for Tarmac and Hanson.

As the company’s Technical Director, Andy’s principal responsibility is to oversee the quality of Wainwright’s products. As well as monitoring the materials themselves, he works closely with our people to ensure they are motivated to deliver their very best work. In addition, he has a strategic role with other senior managers in shaping the future of the business.

 

JONI STOKER

PA TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE & OFFICE MANAGER

To many, Joni is the connective tissue that makes Wainwright’s Moons Hill HQ run so smoothly. An experienced administrator, she was a Personal Assistant to a variety of senior military and civilian personnel for more than two decades, and joined Wainwright in September 2013.

Joni’s main responsibility is to support Peter Barkwill. She manages his diary, handles his calls, books travel and accommodation, arranges company events, and administers quarterly Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting.

In addition, Joni oversees operations at Head Office, ensuring it is a comfortable, safe and efficient working environment for Wainwright’s ever-growing staff team.

 

BEN DORMER

QUARRY MANAGER

Before joining Wainwright in September 2016, Ben worked as a Production Manager at Hanson Aggregates Whatley Quarry for two years. This move brought him back to his home in the Mendips, after 13 years spent working with Aggregate Industries throughout the South West.

During this time, Ben progressed through a variety of roles, building his experience and expertise with every move. He started as a Weighbridge Operator in 2002, then held positions as a Supervisor in an asphalt plant, an Assistant Quarry Manager in a limestone quarry, and a Quarry Manager in both limestone and sand and gravel quarries.

With that experience behind him, Ben is perfectly placed to oversee the operations of Moons Hill Quarry, ensuring safety and productivity throughout the site. His practical and technical knowledge is augmented by a Diploma in Quarry Technology from the University of Derby and a Postgraduate Certificate in Quarry Management and Operations from the University of Leicester. He is also a member of the Institute of Quarrying.

 

LEE SEVIOUR

GENERAL MANAGER - SURFACING

Like many of Wainwright’s employees, Lee joined the company at an early stage in his career. He started at Moons Hill in the early 2000s as a Surfacing Operative, then moved to Atkins Highway Services to pursue a career as a supervisor in 2008.

Lee was promoted to the role of Operations Manager for Somerset when Atkins was acquired by Skanska, but longed for a return to the surfacing sector.

With that in mind, Lee returned to Wainwright in May 2016 to take on his current role. He oversees every aspect of the company’s surfacing operations, ensuring quality, efficiency and safety across the range of projects undertaken.

 

STEVE URCH

SURFACING DIVISION COMMERCIAL MANAGER

With five years at Cemex and 11 years at Hanson under his belt, Steve brought a thorough knowledge of the surfacing industry when he started his role at Wainwright in 2012. This helps him enormously as he oversees the efficient, timely and safe delivery of complex surfacing contracts across southern England, working closely with Lee Seviour to maintain quality at all times.

Steve prepares commercial reports and forecasts for Wainwright’s board, helping it plan for the future, as well as programming the workload of the company’s four surfacing gangs.

In addition, he manages the surfacing office, oversees invoicing of all completed contracts, and nurtures positive relationships with existing and potential clients.

 

LISA SAUNDERS

HR MANAGER

Lisa has 17 years of experience in Human Resources, garnered in a variety of industries including manufacturing, engineering and construction. She has worked both in-house and as a consultant, and offers a range of skills, with particular expertise in employee relations.

Lisa joined Wainwright in 2015 and has established a thriving HR function within the company. Along with her assistant Kirsty Byrne, she deals with every aspect of payroll and personnel management, as well as recruitment and forward planning.

In addition, Lisa has particular responsibility for planning Wainwright’s HR and talent-management strategy, ensuring it is best placed to attract, retain and develop the highest quality people and plot a route to continued success.

 

ADRIAN FISHER

AVONMOUTH ASPHALT PLANT MANAGER

Adrian began his career with Wainwright in 1984, spending four years as a Junior Materials Technician in the quarry laboratory.

From 1991 to 2002 he worked for Tarmac Southern, developing his knowledge of material-testing protocols as a Senior Technician at Halecombe, Henlade and Stancombe Quarries. During this time, he worked on a variety of major projects, including the Bentley bypass in Berkshire and the Brockworth Bypass in Gloucestershire, as well as the second Severn Crossing approach.

Adrian returned to Wainwright in 2002 as a Laboratory Supervisor, reporting to the Technical Director. He was appointed Manager of Avonmouth Asphalt in May 2016.

 

ADRIAN SCHREIBER-GREEN

MOONS HILL ASPHALT PLANT MANAGER

Adrian ensures that the Moons Hill asphalt facility operates safely and productively, as well as maintaining the highest standards of quality and efficiency.

He started his quarrying career in 1970, specialising in technical testing and product development, before taking on a role as Surfacing Manager for ARC in 1980. Adrian served ARC in a variety of roles, leaving to become an asphalt additive sales representative in Europe.

He was then made Technical Manager with Foster Yeoman, and worked as the General Manager of a private company in Cornwall prior to joining Wainwright in 2008.

 

PETER THOMAS

VIAFIX MANAGER

Peter has spent almost three decades with Wainwright, and knows the company from every angle. He joined as a Technician, and went on to run the laboratory for a number of years.

After this, Peter worked closely with Ian Timberlake to grow Wainwright’s sales presence, getting out on the road as a rep and raising the company’s profile. He was involved in the development of the first commercially viable Stone Mastic Asphalts (SMAs), then played an important role in the establishment of Wainwright’s surfacing division.

After a period as Business Optimisation Manager, Peter embarked upon another new project for Wainwright: the development of revolutionary pothole repair material, Viafix. This is an innovative development for the company, and reflects its commitment to exploring new commercial opportunities and staying at the cutting edge of the industry.

 

ANDREW OPEN

QUARRY DEVELOPMENT AND ESTATES MANAGER

Wainwright is renowned for the long service of many staff, and Andrew is no exception. He joined the company at the age of 17 as an apprentice Mobile Plant Fitter. Since then, he has been a Mechanic, a Mobile Plant Assessor and the Company Health and Safety Officer.

Most recently, Andrew has worked as Special Projects Officer, overseeing any new developments at Moons Hill. He played a pivotal role in the construction of our cutting-edge Viafix production facility, and has been instrumental in a variety of conservation projects at the quarry, including planting 2,500 trees on our land.

Andrew’s current role has a dual focus on the future of the quarry and the ongoing maintenance of our estate. That makes it broad in scope, and ensures he is involved in every aspect of our continued success.

 

LILIAN STEVENSON

FIELD SALES MANAGER

Lilian’s role is to oversee our field sales operation. With 10 years of experience as a sales person in the construction industry, she specialises in building strong relationships with clients old and new.

Lily’s skills include negotiation, business development and client relationship management. They were honed through a variety of roles, including Sales Representative at GRS Stone Supplies, Sales Manager at Hewden Stuart, and Sales Administrator at Stone Supplies Southern Ltd. Lily also has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art.

She joined Wainwright in September 2016, and is playing a vital role in driving the company’s growth as we expand our geographical footprint and raise our profile throughout the region.

 

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