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In The Spotlight

Dean Shepherd – Water Management Contracts Manager

Dean Shepherd is a Contracts Manager for Water Management based in Penkridge. Dean’s normal office hours of 8am till 5pm, however he is the first point of contact outside of hours. Dean’s job role involves day to day running of the survey teams comprising of 40+ operatives, delivering a range drainage investigation surveys throughout the whole of England. He is responsible for Early contractor Involvement right through to the delivery on site and ensuring the final report is issued to the client.

Jenaine Taylor – Environmental Administrator

Our environmental administrator regularly monitors and records the carbon measure on our construction works by reporting a carbon figure for each scheme to our client of our material usage and our waste. Jen works 30 hours per week and she is based at head office in Penkridge.

Jen consistently ensures all offices are environmentally aware and to that, as a company we recycle everywhere possible. Jen will also log details of our company site inspections, control and update the near miss log ensuring any action needed is carried out and that all is safe on site.

Carnell is a growing company with career progression prospects, since starting my role in environment Carnell has helped me by providing me with an online course which after completing helped me to understand my role better and the importance of being environmentally friendly and how to properly dispose of our waste.

Lewis Haycock – Trainee Engineer

Lewis started his journey with Carnell as an highways operative apprentice, which was based on construction, drainage and gaining general knowledge within the highways industry. By completing two years on site and block release at college, Lewis came to the completion of his apprenticeship, which also resulted in him being awarded the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ from the college he attended, which was an excellent achievement. Lewis has progressed within Carnell and is currently a Trainee Engineer and studying part time at university to gain an HNC in civil engineering.

Lewis: ‘I work all over the country on different sites as a setting out engineer, working either 10 hours a day or night. I am the main technical support on site to the operatives and regularly check over drawings. I also help with the running of the job and set out work to the correct line and levels using engineering equipment such as: total stations and automatic levels. I look forward to my future in Carnell.’

Stephanie Rainford – Data Protection & HR Admin Assistant

Stephanie started her role as Data Protection & HR Admin Assistant in early 2018, based in the Northern office. Stephanie undertakes administrative tasks to ensure the smooth running of the HR Department. Stephanie’s role involves working in collaboration with other departments within the business to recruit and onboard new employees. Stephanie has also recently progressed at Carnell by becoming a Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Ambassador, utilising this training to communicate to all employees the importance of embedding these aspects into the workplace daily.

Tom Wright – Project manager in Area 7

Tom Wright is a Project Manager in Area 7 (EMAD), working predominantly during the day from whichever remote Depot he is requested for at the time. He is responsible for coordinating and programming works, generally on schemes that Carnell are Principle Contractor, this requires extensive liaison with the other CWF Contractors; i.e. TM, Ground Control, Roocroft, Tarmac etc.; the Client (HE or other) and occasionally members of the public to ensure the works run smoothly. Tom is also responsible for compiling Job Packs, writing scheme/task specific RAMS when required and overseeing all material testing works (WAC) required on schemes, as well as the compilation of the scheme health & safety files. Toms role requires attendance at regular client meetings; pre-start, design, progress and close-out.

Why I work for Carnell

Carnell is a good company to work for, if you want to work hard and progress, the company offer plenty of opportunities to do so.  I enjoy the heavy workload, fast paced working environment and the team ethos that is prevalent within the EMAD team.  Carnell have been good to me in respect to placing me in Area 7 which is the closest to home for me and have been flexible in my working hours now that I am a Father.

Tara McCully – Contract support engineer

Tara works as a contract support engineer working in Areas 12 and 14.  Tara’s role is to provide support to the project managers and supervisors working in these areas, whether this is setting up the job packs, attending prestart meetings or site visits to collating the final information once a job is complete.  Sometimes Tara may work on a single job and other times she can juggle several at once, making sure everyone has the information they need.  Tara also provides engineering support on site if needed, such as setting out and updating drawings. She mainly works day shifts, but Tara has also worked several nightshifts to help support staff, meaning that she is based wherever the work is taking place!

Carnell has given me the opportunity to take on more responsibility whilst progressing in my career, they are also helping me attend my Chartered Status within the Institute of Civil Engineering.

Darren Fothergill – Drainage Contract Manager

Darren started with Carnell in January 2005 starting as a Drainage Supervisor, under our operations manager at the time. Darren progressed, and Carnell spotted his potential, meaning that he was promoted to be a Contracts Manager. Darren’s daily working hours are often split as they may be required to cover night time operations and travelling to day time meetings, planning, orders & arrangements.

Darren works from a home office as his role is nationwide. Darren liaises with area Construction / Delivery teams to understand their annual budgets, he also attends Buildability meetings to assist with efficiency, program and Value Management to secure Filter Drain Funding. Darren assists in design at ECI for LEAN programming to reduce exposure levels and cost. He also works with Populate Phase Plans to demonstrate safe processes in delivery. Darren regularly attends Pre-start and progress meetings, managing drainage schemes and the delivery to completion and sign off. Carnell’s drainage team has 6 STONEmaster units to deploy nationwide as client funding dictates. A large part of working as a contract manager in drainage involves managing scheme spend in employment and delivery to secure higher margins. Darren always makes sure FDR schemes are conducted and maintained to the highest quality to the safest standards.

Amir Azimy – SafetyCam operatives

Amir is one of our SafetyCam operatives, which is deployed nationwide. The working hours are predominantly night shifts with the occasional day shifts offered when available. The job entails protecting the highways workforce, utilising Carnell’s SafetyCam vehicle to safeguard those on site.

Rachel Dean – Purchasing Assistant

Rachel works in the procurement team at Carnell based in the Cuerden office, sourcing and purchasing all the materials we need to make jobs happen. This involves working closely with site teams and suppliers to ensure everything runs smoothly.

During the time I have worked for Carnell, learned a lot about the construction industry and they have help me develop my skills as a buyer.

Phil Parkinson – Contracts manager

Phil has been working at Carnell for over 10 years. In this time, Phil has worked his way up from site supervisor up to a Contracts Manager.

Carnell is a fantastic company to work for, just from my personal journey at the company, this can show future and current employees that if you work hard, you can progress and reach your goals. If Carnell sees potential, the company gives you all the training and tools you need to be successful.

Jose Bailey – Performance Assistant

As part of the Performance Team, alongside the Performance and Compliance Manager, Jose monitors regular updated records of internal KPIs, liaising directly with Carnell Contract Managers, Supervisors and Operatives to maintain our record for excellence relating to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Jose joined Carnell after researching the company and gaining an understanding of Carnell’s consistently rapid growth as a leader in its field.

Carnell has provided me with a career I am passionate about and am dedicated to; the organic ‘family’ feel that the company has is second to none. I truly feel they invest both personally and professionally in the team they employ. I was lucky to be offered a position within Carnell’s Leyland office, not only picturesque, but also being close to home offers an unrivalled work/life balance I have not experienced before.

Gareth Ryder – Senior Quantity surveyor

Gareth started with Carnell in January 2010 initially on a consultancy basis based in our Head Office at Penkridge, primarily looking after our comms schemes in the TechMAC areas. From August 2011 Gareth was directly employed by Carnell and based in our Leyland office. Gareth now manages an array of schemes through many Carnell divisions predominantly Comms, T&I, Drainage, Civils & Electrical schemes. Gareth’s role as Senior QS involves the overall commercial management of schemes which fall within Areas: 4, 6, 8, 12 and the SWAD contract (formally areas 1&2). Gareth’s involvement with these schemes includes all aspects from ECI, tendering, construction through to final account. Gareth also mentors’ junior members of the team in order to help them progress.

During my time with the company I have progressed from the role of QS to Senior QS. I have also seen our commercial team double in size as the business has grown over the last 9 years, from a tier2 to a tier1 contractor working directly for National Highways.