ROLE: Jim is Mr McArdle. He is the chief of McArdle’s’ operations and founded the company in 1999. He is very supportive of all of the team and still plays a key role in the running of the business.
BACKGROUND: Previously, as the founder of McArdle Contracts, Jim headed major projects including construction works on the M1 and M25 and ground stabilisation for London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Jim sold McArdle Contracts when it was at its peak in 2008. He also owned a civil engineering company in the Caribbean for 21 years.
Jim moved to the UK from Ireland when he was just 18 and started out driving trucks and was soon fortunate enough to buy a truck of his own and start his own business building motorways.
PERSONAL: Jim is very kind natured and does a lot of fundraising for charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Childrens’ Welfare & Research Foundation. He has strong connections with the London Irish Club and regularly attends their meetings. He loves to holiday, whether visiting family in Ireland or travelling to far-away shores.
ROLE: Steve is our Managing Director. He in charge of designing and costing our tender submissions. He works on many of our larger projects such as the FA / FF framework tenders and also works with external consultants and Main contractors.
BACKGROUND: BSc Economics & Finance
Steve has worked at McArdle for over 15 years, he has successfully tendered projects ranging in value from £50,000 to £2,000,000 for a range of clients including National Governing Bodies, Premiership Football Clubs, Universities, Local Authorities, Local Sports Clubs and Schools.
PERSONAL: Steve likes to keep fit and regularly attends the gym and he has taken part in charity cycle rides. Steve has a passion for football and sports cars.
ROLE: Richard is our Contracts Director; he plays a key role in managing all projects for McArdle. Richard provides a positive, proactive, conscientious attitude towards all projects. His role is to lead his construction team to ensure schemes are completed to the highest of standards and to the satisfaction of the client.
BACKGROUND: BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering
Richard has been involved with over 250 sports facilities, spanning over 15 years in the industry. With a career foundation in major civil engineering protects this has provided deep knowledge for the groundworks, design and construction of Framework projects.
Richard’s most notable job was the construction of the Burg Al Arab in Dubai where he was a section engineer and sub-agent on the sub structure and permanent bridge.
PERSONAL: Richard has a passion for all sport and currently takes part in numerous activities, such as running, cycling, tennis and squash. He recently ran the London marathon for Cancer Research and obtains great satisfaction in coaching his sons under 10’s football team which he has been doing for the last 6 years.
ROLE: Mark is our Quantity Surveyor & Director, he leads the Contracts and Buying Departments and is responsible for the day-to-day operations within his teams including site allocation, H&S and recruitment.
BACKGROUND: BSc (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering
Mark has an impressive background within the construction industry, he has been a Director at McArdle for over 15 years and worked here as a Contracts Manager for 9 years prior to this. During this time the business has changed significantly. Mark has been involved with in excess 500 pitch installations.
PERSONAL: Mark is a keen follower of Plymouth Argyle FC and is happiest when supporting them at matches across the country.
ROLE: Mark’s role is Business Development Director. He is responsible for moving the business forward and growing and managing client relationships. Mark leads the Estimations, Sales and Marketing teams and supports them with tenders and current projects.
BACKGROUND: BA Hons (first class) in Business and Management.
Mark has been working at McArdle for over 17 years and is an integral part of the business. He has a wealth of knowledge in the design and construction of sports pitches which he shares with his team.
PERSONAL: Mark’s ideal day would be spent shooting clays, meeting friends and spending time with his dogs Molly & Archie.
ROLE: Keith is our Finance Director and is responsible for all aspects of the business that involve numbers including, accounts, payroll and invoices. He is the top number cruncher at McArdle and looks after the businesses’ financial interests.
BACKGROUND: Chartered Certified Accountant FCCA & AAT
Keith has been working as the Financial Controller at McArdle for over 11 years.
PERSONAL: Keith enjoys spending his time with his children and renovating his house. When he isn’t doing DIY he likes to socialise and watch football.
ROLE: Tom’s role as an estimator includes preparing formal tenders by analysing specifications and technical drawings to ascertain what the customer requires, whilst also assisting the Senior Estimators with projects on the Football Foundation Framework.
BACKGROUND: Tom’s background is in construction, he has previously worked as a buyer and estimator for an independent plumbing and heating firm.
Tom joined McArdle Sport Tec in Summer 2014.
PERSONAL: Tom is an Officer in the Army cadet force and spends his weekends crawling through mud. He enjoys playing and watching football with friends.
ROLE: Angela is responsible for content and digital marketing including SEO, website, social media and generating sales leads.
BACKGROUND: HND in Equine Science.
Angela worked in the biomass energy sector for a 6 years, creating new B2B and B2C accounts, maintaining and updating the company websites, social media accounts, online and press marketing, managing high profile sponsorship’s, & attending trade shows and exhibitions. Prior to this, Angela worked for an ethical pet insurance company for 6 years within the sales department, training new members of staff, auditing and carrying out market research.
PERSONAL: Angela enjoys walking her dog, riding her horse & travelling to new places.
ROLE: Simon is one of our Contracts Managers and is responsible for the coordination and control of projects from the design stage, right through to completion and hand over. Managing various sports projects and site managers throughout the country he ensures each project is completed to the highest of standards.
BACKGROUND: Post Graduate Certificate in Management & Leadership (SAPCA), Loughborough University.
Simon has worked at every level within the sports construction industry for over 25 years and is very experienced at managing construction sites.
Simon is trained to all required levels of site management and holds the requisite CPCS, CSCS and SMSTS certificates.
PERSONAL: Simon spends his free time both listening to and watching as much music as he can, whilst also spending time with his family and his Shar pei called Tetley.
ROLE: As a Contracts Manager, Geoff is responsible for overseeing any projects based in the Northern region. This includes managing a team of site managers across various locations to ensure that each project is completed to the highest standard whilst maintaining good working relationships with all involved.
BACKGROUND: Post Graduate in Business and Project Management and Geoff is also a Prince 2 registered practitioner.
Geoff has worked extensively in civil and structural engineering roles, delivering projects in the transport sector mainly road, rail for nearly 15 years. In additional Geoff has spent 5 years within the energy sector for renewable, nuclear and power generation and a further 5 years in the utilities sector. To name but a few, the most memorable projects Geoff has managed would be the widening of the M5 at Avonbridge and the recent renovations to Blackfriars underground station in London.
PERSONAL: Geoff enjoys playing squash with friends, and spending time on his road bike. He also enjoys planning holidays abroad especially Skiing.
ROLE: As a Senior Site Manager within the contracts team, Shaun is one of the key people who is responsible for day-to-day running of our projects and project teams. Shaun is our eyes and ears on the ground across multiple locations, he will assess site constraints and requirements and will deploy resources and management for the site to ensure quality and progress in line with the contract.
BACKGROUND: Shaun is highly experienced member of the McArdle team. During his 22 years in the industry he has been involved in the construction of over 200 all-weather pitch projects, working for local authorities, schools, hockey and football clubs. Amongst these were 3G pitch installations for Manchester United FC, Stoke City FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, West Bromwich Albion FC, Swansea City FC & Reading FC.
PERSONAL: Shaun loves Manchester United, holidaying abroad and spending time with his family and dog.
ROLE: Paul is one of our Senior Site Managers and is responsible for the coordination and control of projects from the design stage, right through to completion and hand over. Managing various sports projects and site managers throughout the country he ensures each project is completed to the highest of standards.
BACKGROUND: Paul has a wealth of experience spanning over 27 years within the construction industry.
Originally starting his career as an industrial fencing installer, working on security fencing around factories, sub stations and MOD sites. In 1998 Paul started specialising in sports pitch fencing, he then progressed into sports pitch construction in 2009.
Paul quickly progressed into supervisory roles and then site management from 2013.
PERSONAL: Paul is keen on carp fishing, spending time with his family and travelling and enjoys a good movie.
“Paul Lockyer Site Manager at Claines Lane has been fantastic and kept me up to date every week for the past 16 weeks; we at the Worcestershire FA feel Paul has done your company proud and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside of him. Well done for employing a true gent.”
Paul Loader – Worcestershire Football Association.
ROLE: As one of our Site Managers, Danny is responsible for the running of our construction sites. This includes overseeing H&S, setting out levels, supervising various teams working on-site, coordinating delivery of materials and being our point of contact for our clients. He holds the following qualifications, CPCS, CITB, SSSTS, NVQ Level 2 in sports & play surfaces, asbestos awareness & first aid.
BACKGROUND: Danny began working in the industry in 1996 and has 21 years experience in the installation of all-weather pitches, tennis courts and MUGA’s.
PERSONAL: Danny likes to spend time with his family, going on holidays and watching Moto GP & Formula 1.
ROLE: Jamie’s role as a Site Manager requires managing various sports projects throughout the country whilst working with the Contracts Manager and sub-contractors to ensure each project is complete to the highest of standards.
BACKGROUND: Jamie has worked within the sport construction industry for the last 12 years, he uses his substantial construction experience to manage project sites within our works programme. Jamie very knowledgeable in all aspects of the role and holds the relevant certificates for site safety.
He has previously worked on Aston Villa’s football ground construction and the athletics track at Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympics.
PERSONAL: Jamie loves watching football and is an avid Liverpool FC supporter. He is enjoys listening to music and playing Xbox.
ROLE: Day-to-day, Anthony’s Site Manager responsibilities include coordinating works and site based teams to ensure facilities are installed to the highest quality standard, and in line with the required performance standards. He specialises in the construction of foundations for sports facilities, Anthony’s role incorporates setting out of works and level control, using optical and laser instruments.
BACKGROUND: Anthony has been working within the industry for over 22 years, he is extremely experienced in sports construction. Some of Anthony’s previous projects include pitches at Manchester Youth Academy, the University of York and Southfield Grange Technology College.
PERSONAL: When he’s not working away on site he enjoys family time, football, rugby and tennis.
ROLE: Michele is our Buyer, she works closely with our Contracts Managers and Site teams and is responsible for purchasing all materials and out-sourced services to enable projects to run smoothly and within budget.
BACKGROUND: Michele has been at McArdle for over 10 years and is an integral part of the business. She spent her early career as Senior Buyer for a civil engineering company where she worked for 22 years.
PERSONAL: When not at work Michele enjoys reading and gardening.
ROLE: Working in our busy reception and covering all office administration duties, Lisa is the first point of contact for many people who visit our head office.
BACKGROUND: Lisa has worked as a Sales Negotiator for a well trusted independent Estate Agency within Oxford city centre. She brings her organisation skills patience to McArdle’s.
PERSONAL: Lisa’s most enjoys spending time with her partner and two sons. They like to take family time away to go camping in Cornwall. When Lisa gets time to herself she likes to run or swim and catch up with friends.