Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.
Gosia has been with Stonbury since February 2017 when she started assisting the commercial team in Derby as a temp. After three months as an agency worker, Gosia accepted a permanent position as a Commercial Administrator. She quickly learned the services Stonbury offers, the products we use and the PayGo© price work scheme, helping her to build trusting relationships with the team and to work with accuracy. Key to the role is an ability to prioritise in order to manage multiple commercial and procurement activities at any one time. “I definitely enjoy working with the people at Stonbury. Each day is different to the previous and there is no chance to get bored”.
Kelly started working for Stonbury as a Project Manager on the South East Water contract in April 2018 after being referred to us by an existing employee. Eight months later, Kelly moved away from working with reservoirs, to learn a completely new discipline of work with our civil engineering team. Still working as a Project Manager, Kelly now manages civil engineering contracts with the support of our Civils Delivery Manager. She has also studied for and achieved Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS). “I have built up good relationships with clients and the Stonbury workforce. I am still learning about the civil engineering work Stonbury undertakes, and it is great being able to travel the country and see different sites and different elements of civils work”.
Kim has been working For Kingcombe Stonbury since 2013, when it was known as Kingcombe Aquacare. Initially, the role involved producing 2D CAD drawings, and compiling full quotation packages to support the designs. Kim later progressed into a client liaison role overseeing framework accounts and bid management. In 2018, Kim stepped into the Group Business Development team to take up a newly created role of Group Bid Coordinator. Now working for both Stonbury and Kingcombe Stonbury, Kim manages pre-qualification questionnaires and tender submissions and has streamlined the internal compilation process, enabling the company to complete a higher volume of tenders to a higher standard. “The role itself is very fast-paced, with the main challenge being to ensure all of our proposals are submitted on time and to a professional standard. I gain a large amount of satisfaction from receiving notification of a successful tender submission for a large, high value framework which secures business for the Group for multiple years”.
Mark first started working for Stonbury on the tools through a sub-contractor who still work alongside us today. After 6 years, he was offered a position as Contracts Supervisor (now known as Site Coordinator). The next 8 years saw Mark become a Contracts Manager and then a Project Manager before taking on the Framework Delivery Manager position for the Green Team. One of the biggest challenges Mark has faced is growing a passionate and enthusiastic team while overcoming operational, commercial and technical challenges.
Mark particularly enjoys the diversity of the role and the challenge to achieve client satisfaction in a thriving team. “When I first joined Stonbury as a Contracts Supervisor, there was only me in the midlands working for them directly. Having recruited 90% of the team, it has been an honour to see the team grow and develop and see the people grow with it too. We are now the largest delivery team within Stonbury Ltd. This is a very diverse role with the requirement for large scale team management. I also partake in high level client facing activities which I thoroughly enjoy. This has most certainly played a huge part in my own personal development”.
Mary-Alice started working at Stonbury in 2016 as a Project Administrator based out of our office in Morpeth in 2016 and is still enjoying her role there today. Ensuring product and plant arrives at the correct time is a key component for the delivery teams on site to operate to schedule. As an integral link between Project Management and site delivery teams, Mary-Alice enjoys working in a fast paced, trusting environment in which no two days are the same. “Hand on heart I can honestly say I enjoy all aspects of what I do. From telephone calls, to orders and paperwork”.
Luke joined the company as a Site Operative in 2017 and during summer 2020, was promoted to Site Supervisor. Shortly after being promoted, Luke was awarded our Highly Commended Employee of the Month and has been thriving in his new role, embracing the additional responsibilities.
Stepping up to Site Supervisor was a big challenge for Luke but the support and camaraderie of the Derby team has helped him achieve his goals. “I enjoy every aspect of my job role. Being the Site Supervisor of The Cleans Team means we travel from site to site, so we get to see a different site every day. This brings a different challenge every day as no job is ever the same.”
Richard started working directly for Stonbury in 2015 as Lead Developer based in Beverley. Richard’s previous 12 years were spent consulting with Stonbury to produce the first versions of the Client Portal. In 2017 he made the move to our newly formed dedicated software company, ITS Stonbury. Maintaining the role of Lead Developer, Richard coordinated efforts to deliver internal group projects as well as many projects for external clients.
Today, he holds the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with ITS Stonbury working with the Executive Management of the Stonbury Group to deliver technology-based solutions. “My job is always varied, and I constantly get to learn and make use of new technologies”.
Scott completed a BSc in Worldwide Aquaculture and Fishery Management in 1998, and started with Kingcombe Aquacare (now Kingcombe Stonbury) the very next day. Initially, on a summer work placement, Scott then became a General Operative before taking on a Team Leader role. As Fisheries and Maintenance Manager, Scott now manages various clients across the country dealing with a challenging and unpredictable environment. “We are making a difference to the environment we live in”.
Sohill started working for Stonbury in June 2019 as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor. “I started with limited surveying knowledge but Stonbury had placed both trust and confidence in me which in turn, I believe I have not disappointed”. Sohill has since been promoted to Quantity Surveyor and his knowledge has increased along with his ability to manage larger workloads and run multiple projects simultaneously.
One of the biggest challenges was his limited knowledge of Stonbury’s software and cost management programmes. This, however, was easily overcome with suitable training and mentor guidance, allowing Sohill to become more proficient and confident.
Sohill’s confidence has drastically increased with the support of colleagues, along with the training programme provided by Stonbury, and has allowed him to gain broader commercial knowledge and develop in this field. “Becoming part of the Stonbury team, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside experienced and approachable staff members who are always willing to sit down with me and run through even the most basic of things. Gaining both technical job specific knowledge, as well as broader commercial awareness through interaction with different members of the work force, is the highlight of my role.”
Stephen started with Stonbury as an IT Support Assistant in August 2017 based in our Chawston office. Stephen is now an integral part of the IT team and spends time assisting with helpdesk issues all over the country. As well as dealing with the resolution of day to day technical issues, Stephen has also assisted with, and led some companywide projects such as a migration to the Cloud. “I enjoy the challenge as each day is different. I also enjoy helping our staff and making sure our IT systems are maintained, so that we can all do our jobs effectively”.
Stuart began sub-contracting for Stonbury in 2003 and spent eight years working on the tools as a Site Operative. After accepting a permanent contract, Stuart became a Site Co-ordinator, moving up to Contracts Manager, Project Manager and now holds the senior position of Framework Delivery Manager based in our Chawston Office. In recent months, the focus of Stuart’s role has shifted from the delivery aspects to the more commercial elements of managing the framework with a view to becoming the Commercial Lead for the region. Stuart enjoys client management and the sense of achievement gained when negotiating frameworks and subsequently handing over completed projects to the client. “I also really enjoy working with Stonbury people in the office and on site. It doesn’t matter where in the country you are; everyone is like minded with their attitude and ethos towards work”.
Susie became part of Stonbury as Assistant to the Board in September 2016 under TUPE. Now working as Assistant to the Group CEO and Group FD, Susie is an essential component in making lives run smoothly and efficiently. Maintaining confidentiality while creating effective solutions to problems as they arise can be a challenge, especially when working for two people with different styles and diary commitments. Susie also coordinated an office move from Cranfield to Chawston. “I love the diversity of my job, genuinely like my colleagues and have a great work life balance. I do feel I am a valued member of Stonbury, and I honestly love my job”.