My role at PFI Solution Group is to lead the business, generate new opportunities, uphold our values and create a culture which delivers a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone we work with.
Having founded PFI Solutions, I have had the pleasure of seeing the company develop from a local 3-man operation into a unique “total” signage proposition employing in excess of 50 staff and operating on a truly national basis, providing our customers with a service based on excellence at every level.
Outside of work I love the outdoors, especially walking, running, and skiing and live for time on the beach and the mountains with my wife and kids but equally enjoy spending time socialising with friends and family with some good food and a decent bottle wine!
I joined PFI in June 2014 having spent the previous 15 years as a Sales Manager for PaperCo, a large national paper merchant. Prior to this I had a brief career as a professional cricketer with Nottinghamshire CCC. My role as COO encompasses an overall responsibility for finance, as well as overseeing all other operational aspects of the business, including; production, purchasing, sales and marketing. A key part of my role is to provide management information and support to the departmental managers to ensure that their focus, and that of our staff, is the pursuit of profitable growth, in line with our budgetary expectations. As a board member I’m also involved in the strategic development of the business, which is centred around our increasing our market presence, by a combination of organic growth and potential acquisition of complementary businesses.
I am a keen sportsman and am particularly interested in cricket and football, and whilst I still play both sports (badly!), I’m well and truly at the veteran stage now. My main focus outside work are our 5 young children, all of whom are very active and love playing sport. As a family we enjoy spending our summer holidays caravanning near Nefyn in North Wales.
My experience within the print and signage industry began at an early age when tasked to help out in the family business during numerous school holidays – I look back now at fond memories of times that developed the foundations of my career.
I now have 13 years’ experience of working within the Print and Signage Manufacturing industry. During this time I have gained invaluable knowledge of all aspects of the business and I have been involved in a wide variety of roles and large scale sign projects. Some of the projects that I am particularly proud of include the rebranding of United Utilities, University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University Wayfinding Project, Nottingham Trent University, Liberty Living, University of Manchester, Liberty Living and First Direct Arena.
My current role with PFI & GB Sign Solutions as Divisional Director requires me to co-ordinate all of my key skills in Project & Key Account Management, Business Development and Wayfinding Consultancy. I work closely with the Project, Production and Installation Teams to ensure bespoke projects are delivered on time and strive to exceed all of our customer’s expectations.
In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and three children. Since the tender age of four I have played Rugby and I am still involved today as a Director of Rugby at Sale FC (the boots are not hung up yet). A keen sportsman at heart!
With over 30 years experience, I bring a wealth of experience of the industry – specialising in the design, project management and implementation of major corporate brand management and wayfinding solutions.
Brands I have worked with – TESCO – ASDA – BAA – British Rail – HSBC – McDonalds
I am involved with the effective operation and continued development of our sales consultants, design teams and project management across all PFI Group businesses. I provide active support in all of our work at senior management level when required, from client engagement, project planning, resource management, technical specification and innovation.
• Key Client Liaison
• Design Development Process
• Resource Planning & Project Management
• Team Management
• Extensive knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes
“Away from work I like to read and listen to music. Time spent with my family and eating out with my wife are for me what life is all about. We enjoy family holidays, walking, good food and wine and a favourite destination for us in Italy.
I joined PFI in 2011 and my past experience supports my diverse role which includes HR Advisor, Quality Manager / ISO-9001 Auditor, Health & Safety Advisor and Office Manager supporting the Admin and Sales Team. I have 30 years’ extensive managerial experience gained in fast moving manufacturing and Operational facilities including Walls, Fox’s Biscuits, Hays and G4S. My previous roles have included Shift Manager, Production Manager and Operations Manager and have allowed me to develop a proven track record of building high performing cross functional teams through coaching, individual development and succession planning.
Accredited ISO-9001 Auditor, IOSH Managing Safely, ILM – Leadership & Management, Glowencowski – Behavioural Leadership, City & Guilds – Print Finishing
I enjoy keeping fit and healthy and I have a love of all styles of dance that began at an early age with Latin and Ballroom lessons from the age of seven. I was previously an instructor with Dance Club International and took part in many competitions across the country earning numerous medals and awards. I enjoy socialising with friends – if there is loud music and a dance floor – that’s where you will find me
I have 30 years’ experience of working within the Signage industry in production and installation management. I have gained a wealth of valuable knowledge of all manufacturing processes and installation procedures, giving me the ability to work with the sales and production teams to match creative sign design with a thorough understanding of production capabilities.
For PFI & GB Sign Solutions my role as Production Manager requires me to ensure the accurate scheduling of all customer orders and projects to defined timescales whilst at the same time maintaining that the required Quality Standards are achieved throughout each of the processes used within the manufacturing process. I am continually assessing quality, implementing control standards, standard working practices and embedding a culture of continuous improvement within the production team.
I have worked in the signage industry for 18 years, my starting point in the industry was as a PA to the Sales Director and from there progressed into Field Sales and then to National Accounts Manager for a leading signage company. I work on all aspects of signage from health and safety signage, projects working with major construction organisations through to full signage re-brands. I pride myself on customer service at all times and strive for long term working relationships with all my clients.
I have worked in the sign industry for 17 years. My career has taken me through various roles, including purchasing, account management, project management and installation management. I consider myself to have a good all round knowledge of the industry.
I joined PFI 4 years ago as a member of the key-account team.
I love travel and live for my holidays, so my spare time is spent planning my next adventure!
I am a self-confessed die-pressed signage nerd! I love it! For the past few years I have been growing our die-pressed market within the Rail Industry, with great success. We are now being sought to commission brand new designed Die-Pressed Rail Plates, which is a rarity! I work closely with all the major suppliers to the Rail Industry and have built strong relationships with them through our commitment to quality and service.
As a company, we have strongly invested in order to maintain this standard. It is a really exciting time in the Rail Industry and I am proud to be part of the new infrastructure that will be of benefit to many generations to come.
This is my first time at a sign manufacturing company after starting out in the signage world as the first PFI apprentice. I initially worked within warehousing so this is great opportunity and a different experience. My current role is admin based, which involves purchasing, managing supplier relations as well as client database management and general administration. I applied for this position as I wanted to do something different so as to challenge myself and gain a whole new experience.
When I’m not in the office, I enjoy going out with my friends and generally being social
I am an experienced project manager with over 25 years’ experience in the sign and label industry. I joined PFI to increase my experience and contribute my knowledge of Retail and Restaurant/Pub signage to the team. As well as this, working on large and complex projects is something I relish about my role.
Throughout my career I am proud to have gained a number of achievements. Firstly, designing and implementing all the internal and external graphics for Virgin Trains fleet of tilting trains. Project managing the signage for over 750 sites for Subway, as well as, 50 Sites for Pizza Hut and winning a service award from the Pizza Hut team. Project managing signage installs to over 70 pubs in the UK and Europe, graphics for Nordisk Aviation, installation for over 300 cars for Bentley Motors.
When the weekend arrives I like driving, travelling as well as golf, if time allows, and going on walks with my dog. I also help out with my wife’s dog boarding business.
After earning a degree in Retail Design, I have experienced a varied and highly enjoyable career to date, ranging from the conceptual design, fit-out and project management of large scale, multiple site retail environments, through to the design and delivery of innovative and eye catching Christmas Decoration Schemes for some of Europe’s largest retail and leisure destinations, such as INTU Metrocentre, Eldon Square, Braehead, Bluewater, Meadowhall, Centre Parcs and Disneyland, Paris.
Settling in the Signage Industry some 15 years ago, I have found that my design skills and SPACIAL awareness are a great advantage when helping new clients with their Branding Implementation requirements. I am proud to have been asked for design advice when dealing with roll out programme’s for blue chip Company’s such as Coca Cola, Morrisons, INTU Properties and The Co-operative (for whom I designed and delivered the UK’s largest sign, a 90m wide x 9m tall fabricated and fully illuminated sign at their Motherwell Distribution Centre.
Away from my signage career, I have two, personal life-long interests that have brought me a great deal of pleasure and pride over the years. As a former semi-professional bass guitarist I have played many prestigious venues throughout the UK and Ireland, and have played alongside artists such as Brian Johnson, John Miles and Tony Christie along the way.
I am also a keen watercolour artist and was proud to have my debut exhibition at the Exchange Art Gallery in North Shields for the month of June 2018.
I have been in the sign and display industry since 2004 and in that time I have experience of carrying out numerous roles within varying size Companies. I am an experienced buyer an estimator and I am keen to see the development of the Group with improving structure and planning to complement our growth.
I have experience in project management of some large national rollouts for British Waterways, Iceland Frozen Foods, Co Op Food, Screwfix and Farmfoods to name a few which I believe enables me to have an alternative insight when it comes to understand how a job should, or could, be designed, manufactured and installed.
In my spare time (when I get some), I enjoy spending quality time with my three children and partner.
I have now worked in the printing Industry for 32 years, starting in silk screen and moving in large format digital print. I have now been involved in large format, grand format, flat bed and roll to toll digital printing for the last 20 years. This has all been in the POS and signage market place.
Within those years I have brought in new machines to the UK market place including one of the first production flat beds, and the only company to have the largest flatbed to print in a single pass in the UK.