If you want the inside track on Wainwright, just ask our people.
In their diverse roles, they each play an important part in our company’s success. Here’s what some of them have to say.
Click on an individual below to find out more...
Wayne McKeown, Operations Director
"The great thing about Wainwright is that you grow with it."
I’ve held a number of roles with Wainwright in my 12 years with the company. I was promoted from Operations Manager to Operations Director in June 2016, and have also served as Quarry Manager and Safety, Health, Environment & Quality Manager.
The great thing about a company like Wainwright is that you grow with it. I’ve seen it expand significantly, and that ensures it’s a very exciting place to be.
No two days are ever the same in this job. It’s that variety that makes my work so stimulating.
Professional. Honest. Caring. That’s how I’d describe Wainwright to anyone who asks.
I’m proud of playing a role in bringing the Somerset Earth Science Centre to fruition. Along with completing a postgraduate degree in Health and Safety, that feels like a pretty special achievement.
We’re building the future of our industry. Like many at Wainwright, I’m passionate about inspiring the next generation of quarry workers.
Dr Gill Odolphie, Somerset Earth Science Centre (SESC) Manager
"It's rewarding work, which inspires me every day."
Quarry education is in my bones. I’ve been involved in it for 17 years, and have spent the last eight of those working with Wainwright to oversee the SESC.
It’s rewarding work, which inspires me every day. We work for all the quarry companies in the East Mendip area, teaching old and young alike about the industry, and the opportunities it provides.
I’m always learning something new. That’s one of the best things about my role, along with meeting visitors of every age, working with colleagues in the quarry, and having the chance to share my enthusiasms.
As for our setting, it’s second to none. Not only are we surrounded by amazing wildlife and scenery. We also have regular opportunities to admire the grandeur of the local quarries. They really are impressive.
Volcanoes. Basalt. Silurian. There are three words that describe Wainwright – from a geologist’s perspective, of course!
Sustainability is at the heart of the quarrying industry. Lots of people don’t realise that it has to be future-focused. One of our roles at the SESC is to help local quarry companies preserve the environment, enhance species diversity, and plan for the next generation.
Sophie Edgell, Sales Coordinator
"You won't find a friendlier working environment than Wainwright."
You won’t find a friendlier working environment than Wainwright. I’ve been here 10 months, and love the warmth of the team. Our customers are also great people, and I really enjoy engaging with them on a daily basis.
It’s a hugely exciting time to be a part of this company. With the opening of our new asphalt plant in Avonmouth and an increase in staffing, we are faced with all sorts of interesting opportunities to grow, both personally and as a team.
If I had to sum Wainwright up in three words, I’d say: humour, teamwork, reward. But that hardly does justice to the enjoyment and challenge of working here.
Like many, I have history with Wainwright. My Great-Grandad, Grandad and Uncle worked here. I’m continuing a family tradition.
There are lots of opportunities to progress. I don’t know what direction my career will take, but I know this job is a great opportunity to learn about the quarrying industry and build my experience for the future.
Stacey Howe, Weighbridge Operator
"Wainwright is welcoming, committed and caring."
I know it sounds like a cliché, but Wainwright really is like one big happy family. Everyone cares for everyone else, and is committed to the company’s success. I find that very inspiring.
Working in the weighbridge is challenging. I have to ensure that the daily delivery programme goes smoothly, and deal with anything unexpected that arises. Even after four years in my role (and five years in total with Wainwright), there’s still plenty to keep me on my toes.
Wainwright is welcoming, committed and caring. Ask anyone who works here and they’ll tell you that the company really looks after its people. It’s a fantastic environment to build a career.
I’d like to move into a management position one day. For now, I’m building my experience and learning about each area of the business. Then, when an opportunity arises, I’ll be in a good position to go for it.
Andrew Open, Quarry Development and Estates Manager
"Every day is an adventure. My career at Wainwright has been exceptionally varied."
My career at Wainwright has been exceptionally varied. I joined as a 17-year-old apprentice mobile plant fitter, and have since been a mechanic, a mobile plant assessor, and the company Health and Safety Officer.
In my role, every day is different. It’s that variety that keeps me fresh. I suppose that’s why I’ve never left. There is always something new to learn, a new skill to perfect. Wainwright is great at developing its people in this way.
If you want to see a revolutionary product, look no further than Viafix. This pothole repairer hardens when it comes into contact with the air, making it ideal for small-scale repairs on UK roads. I oversaw construction of the Viafix plant at Wainwright. It was a great chance to learn about a cutting-edge product.
We recently planted 2,500 new trees on our land. To coordinate this project, I liaised with a team of four specialist contractors over a three-week period. It’s fantastic to see the trees growing, and creating a wonderful habitat for wildlife.
Every day is an adventure for me. It’s why I love my job. I’ve had so many opportunities to gain new experiences as a result of working at Wainwright. I’ll always be grateful for that.
John Neale, Surfacing Operative
"It's great to work with people you like, and who you trust to get the job done."
I’ve worked in surfacing for pretty much all of my adult life. I turn 65 next year, which means I’ll have spent my whole career laying the black stuff.
As an industry, it’s looked after me. But I know that younger people aren’t quite so drawn to it. I think we’ve got to bring the next generation through. They’re the future of our business.
Wainwright gives people every chance to develop. I’ve been here since 2001, and have seen some changes. But as an employer, Wainwright supports you as you learn new skills.
Technology has made the job easier. It’s not so physical now, because we have better machinery. That said, you do have to learn how to use the computers. So there’s still plenty to think about.
I think team working is the thing I like the best about my job. We’re a close-knit unit, and we cover a wide geographical area. It’s great to work with people you like, and who you trust to get the job done.
Mick Day, Asphalt Plants Maintenance Supervisor
"It's an exciting time to be involved in asphalt production."
The defining feature of my job is variety. I never know exactly what to expect from one day to the next. I thrive off that uncertainty.
There is a core focus to my role. I oversee maintenance at our two asphalt plants, in Moons Hill and Avonmouth. If there’s a problem with either facility, I’m the first port of call.
I spend a lot of time on the road, but the quarry is my home. I mean that literally. I live in a cottage just on the edge of the quarry. It makes the morning commute fairly straightforward!
Asphalt production has come a long way in the last decade. I played a key role in the build of our Moons Hill asphalt plant in 2006, having spent 12 years working for Benninghoven. When we built our new KVM plant at Avonmouth in 2015-16, I was struck by how the technology has changed.
Computerisation makes this an interesting field for younger people. I hope to be in this industry until I retire. But it’s the next generation who will reap the rewards of new efficiencies. It’s an exciting time to be involved in asphalt production.
Nigel Atwell, Workshop Fitter
"Our apprentices are impressive. They want to learn new skills, and make their way in the world."
Getting on with colleagues makes working life easier. I’m very lucky to be a part of a close-knit team in the workshop. We enjoy working together, and are adept at getting the job done.
Working out what to do is a matter of juggling priorities. Some repairs are business critical, so we need to respond to them quickly. Then there’s routine maintenance, and other tasks that we complete when we have more flexibility. It ensures we stay on our toes.
12 years is a long time to stay with one employer. But I feel at home with Wainwright, and can’t see myself leaving. I’m happy here, and that’s got to be good news.
I’m really impressed with our apprentices. They are young people, but they are serious about their work. They want to learn new skills, and make their way in the world.
Wainwright has grown in the years I’ve worked here. But it’s retained its core identity as a friendly family business. I think that’s been an important aspect of its continued success.
Paul Futcher, Loading Shovel Driver
"Companies like Wainwright offer great career prospects."
Wainwright is in my blood. My father worked here for most of his life, so I feel as if I’m following in his footsteps. I’ve been here since 2006, but know the company history through his experience.
To be honest, I couldn’t see myself doing any other job. I love what I do, and have enjoyed learning new skills as technology has developed. I’d like to be in at Wainwright until I retire.
It’s a challenge to bring the next generation through. Young people need encouragement to join the quarrying industry. It’s a stimulating, interesting environment to work in. And companies like Wainwright offer great career prospects.
This business has grown over the last decade. We’ve seen lots of new faces as the workforce has expanded. But people still look out for each other, and there’s a strong sense of community. That’s what makes it a special company to work for.
Aldi Mejeris, Tractor Driver
"There's a strong sense of working together in this company. I appreciate that."
When I came to the UK from Lithuania, I didn’t know I’d end up working in a quarry. I originally did factory work, but Wainwright offered a new challenge. I’m pleased I made the jump.
I’ve just got a new tractor, and I love driving it. Having the latest equipment makes a big difference to your sense of job satisfaction. I take real pride in my bright-red Case tractor.
There’s routine in every job, but Wainwright offers plenty of opportunity to grow. I know the tasks I have to get done every day. But I also know that there’ll be chances to develop my skills if I stay here. That’s evident in the careers of my colleagues.
My working day starts at 6am and finishes at 4pm. Some people think that sounds like a long day, but it’s better than a lot of other jobs. The work is stimulating, and I’m in a supportive environment. I feel lucky to be doing it.
I think I’m the first Lithuanian to work at Wainwright. I’ve been made very welcome, and feel very much a part of the team. There’s a strong sense of working together in this company. I appreciate that.