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With 27 years experience in the construction industry, in particular through my specialist field of carpentry & joinery, I have gained considerable knowledge of all other aspects of the building trade.
Self motivated and versatile with a proven ability to lead and motivate personnel to achieve all aims, I am looking for short and long-term projects that can utilise my skills, satisfy my enthusiasm and offer me the challenges that I have become accustomed to.
· Fully conversant in all aspects of carpentry and joinery.
· Extensive knowledge of all related trades.
· Ability to analyse plans, drawings and specifications, consider the implications and provide solutions.
· Able to meet targets and deadlines
· Confident in communicating across all levels.
· Ability to organise labour, plant and materials from suppliers to site.
· Competent administrator of day-to-day operations.
· Commercially sensitive and aware.
· Computer literate: - Windows XP
· Ambitious and dedicated
· Able to enthusiastically adapt to changing demands in the business
· Good organisational skills
City and Guilds in Carpentry and Joinery (parts I & II)
Supervisory Skills course (Avon Vale Training)
ASET Certificate in Supervisory Management (Cirencester College)
ASET Certificate in Customer Care (Cirencester College)
Date of Birth: 9th March 1959
Marital status: Single
Driving licence: Full
Health: Fair. I have restricted movement in my left arm which makes
lifting heavy or awkward loads difficult. I also have a
recurring back problem which doesn’t allow me to sit still for long periods
Chris Richards 2012 – present day
Due to the shrinking economy I downsized the business to become a sole-trader. I have a broad range of skills accumulated over my career, which I am now employing to take on smaller projects that I can manage myself. The campervan I built gives me the capability to travel farther afield and so can stay on site if required to do so.
Chris Richards & Co 1996 - 2012
Launched to take on small projects (up to £100,000) for both the private and public sectors, the team consisted of all trades, employed on a sub-contract basis. As foreman and manager I learnt more about the specific trades and the running and organisation of a small construction company, particularly use of the computer and e-mail as business tools. I recently brought all these skills together by buying a period property in need of complete renovation and completing the project in just over 8 months.
Self -employment 1986 - 1996
Qualifying as a carpenter and joiner gave me the responsibility to look for employment for myself and instilled in me the discipline necessary to become a successful tradesman. Work on various locations brought me into contact with other trades at their level and also gave me an opportunity to develop a working relationship with the general public. Some of the people I met during this time worked for me as sub-contractors when I started "Chris Richards & Co". I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to the Channel Islands (including work as a foreman for a private developer in Northern France) for two years which gave me valuable experience in working away from home as well as being able to practice my french language skills.
Relevant experience in the construction industry prior to my training and qualifying as a carpenter and joiner was as a labourer/trainee to a local plumber and builder. I was taught site basics, including site safety, mixing mortar, loading materials, digging trenches and scaffolding before going on to learn the rudiments of plumbing and various other skills including stone tile roofing. Prior to this I spent some time as an apprentice in engineering, securing an apprenticeship at Westinghouse. I was unable to complete this due to ill health. I then worked as a storeman and subsequently as the stores supervisor, responsible for £1.5 million worth of stock both at the head office and throughout the UK. I left this post to pursue a career in the construction industry.
Hobbies and interests
I am interested in learning foreign languages and very fond of travelling. I recently bought and converted a panel-van into a motorcaravan using the interior of a caravan I owned. I particularly enjoyed utilising the various skills I have acquired. I travelled to Portugal and back in it during the winter of 2012/13. I have attended training courses on paragliding and I am a keen builder and rider of classic custom motorcycles. I also enjoy socialising, fishing, reading, solving cryptic crosswords and have studied short courses through the Open University. I have walked the Ridgeway National Trail (85 miles) in order to raise awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.