Meet the Team

Alex Colesby
Logistics Assistant

I have been with R&C Williams for 6 months now and I am loving my time here. I came into the industry from a completely different background of trade counter sales so everything is new to me, but it is very exciting.

On a day to day basis I get involved with as much as I can in order to broaden my knowledge of the industry and further my understanding of how things work. My tasks vary greatly and could include doing anything from the management meeting minutes to ordering materials for ongoing jobs. This is brilliant for me in regards to learning a variety of skills and allows me to identify what I am good at and where I think I can progress within the company.

If I could meet any historical figure it would have to be Winston Churchill. To get an insight into how he felt and his thoughts whilst leading the country during one of its darkest hours would be fascinating. He was an excellent example of how to stand up in the face of adversity and tackle challenges head on with courage and bravery whilst under huge pressure. Beers on me!

Arron Roberts
Contracts Manager

Started here in 2005 as a Technician. Over the next 14 years progressed through roles to become a Contracts Manager overseeing projects from enquiry through to invoice and completion. Programming, Health and Safety and Cost are key to our roles as Contracts Managers. Since 2018 I have been the companies’ Mental Health first aid representative which we have now expanded to include workforce representatives.

Historical figure - Winston Churchill

Dale Tiller
Contracts Manager

Starting off my career as a Mechanical Engineer I achieved an advanced apprenticeship while working after leaving school. I wanted to further my knowledge at University and change my career path slightly. I studied Civil Engineering at University for 4 years spending a year in Germany achieving my degree with honours. While going through the final stages of my degree I obtained a job at R&C Williams as a Technician progressing to a Site Manager and now Contracts Manager.

My main roles as a Contracts Manager vary day by day and there are always challenges to overcome. I manage contracts from pricing our client’s designs, to programming the works, overseeing all plant, labour, materials and subcontractors which includes all aspects of Health and Safety and finally all invoicing and accounts. This sort of role has seen me run individual contracts worth over 2 million pound along with the running of a variety of other contracts simultaneously. I am also involved in the companies’ quality systems which we recently achieved the ISO44001 standard.

My development and progress with R&C has be excellent so far and I intend to be a valuable asset growing with the company years to come.

If I could meet a historical figure it would have to be …. Bob Marley. Who wouldn’t want to meet Bob?!

Debbie Slater
Credit Control
I have been employed by R&C Williams for 41 years - starting in my late teens! My role involves chasing companies who have not paid invoices within our Payment Terms (at least now if you receive a call from me you can put a face to the voice!).
Duncan Braybrooke
Contracts Director

I have been with R&C Williams for 17 years.

I am responsible for Estimating, Contract Management and Final Accounts reporting to the Managing Director.

T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) A maverick and anti-establishment figure who massively over achieved. He also had some pretty big character flaws.

Graeme Sinclair
Quantity Surveyor

I've worked with R & C Williams for 5 years

My role as a quantity surveyor involves the financial aspects of the contacts. I help out with estimating the bigger contracts and carry out quite a lot of the invoicing for our larger clients and contracts.

If I could meet any historical figure it would be Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes.

Ian Yardley
SHEQ Manager

I have been with R&C Williams for 19 years. My role as SHEQ Manager involves looking after all Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality aspects of the business ensuring we’re compliant to all relevant legislation and standards within our industry. I’m also responsible for all areas of IT within the company.

If I could meet any historical figure it would be Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Laura Toy
Business Development

I have been with R&C Williams for 7 years initially as an administration assistant to our SHEQ and Purchasing Manager. My job title now is Business Development – where I cover aspects of procurement, marketing and more recently preparing the company for achieving our BS ISO 44001 Collaborative Business Relationships certification. I love the variety of tasks given to me and the opportunity to be creative.

If I could meet any historical figure it would be Agatha Christie – love a murder mystery!

Lesley Martin
Accounts Assistant

I have worked at R&C Williams for over 18 years. I am a member of the Accounts team and my duties are likely to range from helping to prepare sales invoices, statements, purchase ledger, job revenue and costing. I work closely with the wider Accounts team as well as the firms engineers.

I would choose to meet Marie Curie – she was a woman who changed the world and whose work is still so influential in the world today – whether that’s dementia, cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure, Parkinson’s disease or any other illness, she created a legacy that still lives on and helps so many people. She was also the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice.

Martyn Long
Transport Manager

I have been with R&C Williams for over 10 years. I look after a varied fleet of LCV's & HGV's with the occasional car thrown in for good measure - I'm responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and compliance. I also run our in house maintenance team and workshop.

If I could meet any historical figure it would be Ralph Lauren. But only to ask if I could get a tour around his $300,000,000 car collection!

Nigel Drew
Managing Director

I joined R&C Williams in 1982 as Contracts Manager assisting brothers Ron & Charlie with a growing and progressive company. In 1984 I supervised the move from Erdington to our ‘Iconic’ H.Q. at Spaghetti Junction. The company continued to grow and I was offered a Directorship in 1992. In 1994 we set up Highway Traffic Management Ltd with Keith Baldwin. In 2002 I was made Managing Director with Ron retiring. The company continued to grow and working for most Local Authorities, Highways Agency, British Waterways, Severn Trent Water and many others located across the Midlands.

In 2013 I agreed a company purchase from Charlie and finalised outright purchase in 2016. The company have achieved many highlights throughout this period including ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, ISO 44001 and ROSPA Gold. We’re also members of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association where I’ll become their chairman this year, as well as Constructionline Gold and founding member of The Collaborative Learning Circle. In 2017 the company celebrated 60 years of trading, we held a series of events and raised over £12,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance to commemorate the fantastic milestone reached.

I would choose to host a dinner party with the following historical figures….
Jesus Christ
Genghis Khan
Sir Winston Churchill
David Bowie
Billy Connolly
Marilyn Monroe
……..interesting conversation there!?

Richard Farrand
Purchasing Manager

I have worked at R&C Williams for 37 years. My role as Purchasing Manager involves liaising with our supply chain - requesting quotes & raising orders. I work closely with our Contracts Managers and Site Foremen to ensure materials, plant and equipment are of the highest standard and delivered on time.

If I could meet any historical figure it be Henry VIII – as he had many wives!

Sam Drew
Contracts Manager

I have been employed by R&C Williams for approaching 4 years now after deciding to have a career change from an electrical foreman to the Civil Engineering industry as the industry has always been of interest to me. I was given the opportunity by R&C Williams to re-train at Wolverhampton University on a Civil Engineering HNC course and took this opportunity with both hands and graduated from the course in 2017.

My role at R&C Williams has progressively moved on over the short time of being here, I now have the role of Contracts Manager which on a day to day basis has all different types of challenges. My main roles include overseeing jobs and managing labour, plant and material to suit the jobs needs. I carry out all aspects of overseeing jobs from pricing to running the job and then eventually invoicing. I also oversee our transport department, in this part of my role I ensure that our designated Transport Manager is keeping up with the needs of his role and ensuring that we have a safe, clean and well maintained transport fleet.

If I could meet any historical figure it would be Thomas Edison.

Samantha Williams
Company Accountant

I have worked at R&C Williams Limited for 18 and a half years (since 2000). Originally I was the auditor for the Company, so I had an insight of what the Company was all about, and of course the lovely people that worked here, so when I was offered the job of Company Accountant, I jumped at it!! My role here is to look after the Financial side of the Company along with my lovely team.

If I could choose an historical figure to meet it would be Emily Davison the Suffragette. I would like to ask her whether she actually meant to meet with her demise or whether she was just trying to protest when she ran out in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby!

Stephen Williams
Senior Contracts Manager

I started working for R & C Williams in 1982. Over the last 37 years I have progressed from working on site to being the Senior Contracts Manager.

My roles at R & C Williams primarily include pricing contracts, programming works, overseeing plant, labour, materials and subcontractors. I also oversee all aspects of Health and Safety including Lift plans as an appointed person.

My Historical figure of choice to meet would be Stephen Hawking. Even though he was only given 2 years to live after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease and despite suffering from huge physical disabilities, he went on to achieve so much and also kept a great sense of humour.

Sue Clements
Receptionist

I started working for R&C in the Year 2000 - seems such a long time ago but not quite last Century! How time has flown and the Company grown!

I’m the first person you meet when you arrive at R&C. I’m the one who gets your coffees and your toast and more importantly, answers the phone. I also undertake general admin work.

If I could meet any historical figure I would choose Princess Diana who was known internationally for her Charity work and I would love to know what it was really like being a member of the Royal family.

Tony Evans
Contracts Manager

I started working for R&C Williams in 1982 – 37 years ago! I began as an apprentice brick layer through City & Guilds for 2 years. I’ve worked all over the West Midlands for various councils repairing bridges, retaining walls, culverts and manholes etc. I also spent time with the drainage gangs doing deep sewers and tunnels moved up to a Foreman within 10 years with my own gangs. In 2008 I became a Site Agent and 4 years later became a Contracts Manger where I manage and run jobs from £200 TO 2 MILLION.