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Meet The Directors

Meet The Directors

Meet The Directors

Meet the directors of Houlton:-

Richard Houlton

Richard Houlton - Life President

Richard went to Hymers College and gained his Building degree at Brighton. Following a period with a Sheffield builder Longdens he joined the firm in 1970. He started out in the Building & Maintenance division before working in other parts of the business and became joint Managing Director in 1980 before becoming sole Managing Director in 1981. In 1996 he became Chairman and then Life President in August 2018 where he continues in the role today.

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Paul Dickerson

Paul Dickerson - Chairman

Paul joined the Company in 1980 in the Building & Maintenance Division becoming Manager and then Director in 1986. Promoted to the main Holdings Board and then became Managing Director in 1996. Subsequently in July 2017 he became Joint Managing Director with Andrew Kingston as part of the companies’ succession planning for the future. Paul took on the role of Chairman in August 2018 from Richard, becoming only the second non-family member to take on this position.

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Andrew Kingston

Andrew Kingston - Managing Director

Andrew joined the company in January 2000 as Head of Building & Maintenance and with success was promoted to Director in 2002. Over a period of sustainable growth, he has focussed the Division in terms of its leadership, direction and developed it into a cohesive and professional operation. The Division is now a substantial (£15m 2017/18) and significant part of the Houlton business, operated by an experienced management team supported by over 60 skilled operatives, tackling schemes in value up to £1.25m.

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David Padden

David Padden - Construction Director

David joined the Company in 2000 as Senior Contracts Manager in the Construction Division as part of a plan to increase turnover, recognising the need to strengthen production management. This was rapidly achieved as the company increased its presence in public sector works and were appointed to a succession of frameworks, while sustaining Houlton’s traditional commercial and industrial base. Major achievements at this time were the delivery of four consecutive Project Management fast-track contracts for the NHS.

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Jamie Craft

Jamie Craft - Commercial Director

Jamie joined the Company as Senior Quantity Surveyor in 2004 and was employed on two projects as Project Surveyor and managed Quantity Surveying duties on a Design and Build residential and retail development in York. Promoted to Managing Surveyor in March 2005 further to the Company’s increased workload and recognition for an accessible point of management for the Construction Division's Commercial Department. Success in this role led to his appointment as Surveying Director in January 2008.

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Keith Knights

Keith Knights - Non-Executive Director

Keith became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1979 and joined the company early in 1997 as Finance Director and became the Group Finance Director later that year. He has ensured that the company complies with all regulatory matters and was instrumental in the Investors in People award in 2000. Keith has made significant input into the strategic direction agreed by the Board and has kept a close working relationship with the Group’s bankers and other professional advisors. Keith retired from this role in November 2017 after handing over the task to finance controller Nick Travis but remains a non-executive director of the company.

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