We have a well established Team of five working Directors, each appropriately qualified and with many years experience in their specialist fields. Each main contract we undertake is personally overseen by one of our Technical Directors, who have backgrounds in estimating and surveying, construction management or buying disciplines. They each have additional responsibility in the areas of either employment issues, staff training and development, or health and safety. The Management is fully supported in the day-to-day running of the Company by a comprehensive Team of Surveyors, technical Buying staff, Marketing, Project and Site Managers, with full administrative support in all areas. We are proud to have our own Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor, BIM Champion, and NeBOSH qualified Health & Safety Director.
Bill's early career with DREW concentrated on surveying and estimating for general contract works; thereafter with spells in contracts management, planning and general management. He was appointed a Director of the DREW Group in 1974, and has served as Chairman & Managing Director since 1999. Following recent review of business structure Bill is now able, as Chairman, to prioritise his time in Group strategy, property development and seeking new business opportunities. He remains active in wider areas of the Construction Industry, being a Past Chairman of the National Federation of Builders, serves at national level in the CIOB, is a Director of the Building Safety Group, and former member of CONIAC - the main interface between the Construction Industry and the HSE.
Whilst Managing Director, Bill steered the business to success throughout the most challenging of economic circumstances and, with his extensive experience in the Industry, continues to bring valuable input and guidance to the business.
Phil began his career with DREW in 1984, on a 4-year Trainee Surveyor apprenticeship, with a further three years study to gain CIOB membership. He quickly progressed into a lead surveying role with financial control of projects from commencement to Final Account. Here he gained experience and expertise in Client/Contractor and Contractor/Subcontractor relationships and negotiations, later moving into Estimating and Contracts Management, with promotion to the Board of Directors in 1999. Since that time he has actively managed many large projects throughout the region, building strong long-term relationships with Clients, Architects, Quantity Surveyors and other professionals. He oversees the smooth running of the Surveying Department, and has held additional responsibility for staff training and development.
Following review of business structure, Phil was appointed in April 2016 to the position of Managing Director of Herbert H Drew & Son Limited, and is now leading the Company on its journey into the next chapter of its long history.
Since commencing his career with DREW in 1980, on a 4-year Trainee Surveyor apprenticeship, Paul has worked in all areas of the business, and during his time with DREW has gained extensive experience in all aspects of the construction process, which is highly valued by the Company. Through his surveying, buying and contracts management and estimating roles he has developed and maintained a strong Client base, with many of these relationships producing repeat work opportunities.
Paul was promoted to the Board of Directors in 1995, and is now responsible for controlling surveying, estimating and contracts management disciplines, together with additional responsibility for HR & Equality & Diversity, and Board level responsibility for our General Works Department.
FINANCE DIRECTOR & COMPANY SECRETARY
Andrew was appointed to the Board of the DREW Group in 2010, in the capacity of Group Finance Director & Company Secretary. In his role as Finance Director he has overall control of, and responsibility for, all financial aspects of Company strategy, and guides the Board to ensure future plans and direction of the Group are financially sound. He also oversees the smooth-running of the Accounts Office Team.
Prior to joining the DREW Group, Andrew spent 27 years at senior level in one of the 'big 4' accountancy practices in London and the South, latterly in a Director role encompassing diverse management and people responsibilities as well as servicing a mid-market and smaller listed Company Client base. On leaving professional practice he spent 3 years working in the third sector, bringing a business focus to a south coast city centre charity, and providing business advice and training to other third sector organisations. Andrew continues to enhance his wider business skills with a number of external governance and advisory roles. He holds a BSc from Manchester University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).
Sean joined the DREW Group in 1987 on a 4-year traineeship as a Buyer, working for nine years in the Technical office and also working as assistant to the Director responsible for Health & Safety. Sean was promoted to work as a Contracts Manager in 1996, having day-to-day responsibility for ensuring compliance with Company Safety Policy at site level. The year 2000 saw his promotion to the Board of Directors, responsible for control of the Buying/Technical Department, all Health & Safety matters, environmental management, and specific involvement with our development and partnering activities.
Combined with his H&S expertise, Sean has project-managed numerous complex Design & Build schemes for Clients including the Ministry of Defence. He possesses a wealth of knowledge in the design stage, and is now responsible for managing the Design Development process on all D&B projects, and co-ordination of external Design Teams. He is a member of IOSH, and holder of the NeBOSH National Certificate.