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The Executive Team

Meet The Executive Team

The Executive Team

Meet The Executive Team

Meet The Executive Team

Meet the team:-

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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Thomas Houlton

Thomas Houlton - Non Executive Director

Thomas began working for the Company from a young age, doing summer jobs in the health and safety, drawings and commercial departments in the 1990's before working onsite for the Building & Maintenance Division in the early 2000's, and then going on to write copy for the promotional materials and marketing campaigns, as well as the website.

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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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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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Sean Hunter

Sean Hunter - Construction Director

Sean Joined the company in 1988 as an Apprentice and is the 4th generation to have worked at Houlton. By 1992 he progressed to Assistant Site Manager in the Construction Division. 1995 to 2000 Sean was fast tracked to Senior Site Manager in the Construction Division on a variety of projects with the emphasis on Health Care/Pharmaceutical and Educational projects.

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Nick Travis

Nick Travis - Company Secretary & Financial Controller

Nick joined Houlton in 2017 following Directorial roles at Harpers Environmental and McCarthy & Stone PLC. Since Qualifying in 1993 Nick has amassed significant sector experience throughout his career. He has built and developed finance teams, implemented procedures and streamlined processes to achieve greater efficiencies.

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Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson - Building & Maintenance Operations Manager

Mike joined Houlton in October 2000 as a Joiner, quickly progressing to Leading Joiner. In 2003 he was promoted to Site Supervisor gaining experience in running a wide range of projects.

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Paul Gibson

Paul Gibson - Building & Maintenance Commercial Manager

Paul joined the company in 2002 as Quantity Surveyor and progressed to Senior Quantity Surveyor managing a small team of Estimators/QS’s within the Building & Maintenance Division.

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Simon Lunt

Simon Lunt - Non Executive Director

Simon joined the Holdings board in 2012 as a Non-Executive Director. He is a senior partner with Gosschalks, the entrepreneurial law firm based in the heart of Hull, and a well-known authority for big name clients across the country. Simon specialises in many aspects of company law and corporate work. In his senior partner role, he uses his vast experience to tutor and mentor up-and-coming lawyers and he is also a key contact partner for many of the firm's large corporate clients.

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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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