It’s been busy year at Woodward Group HQ as we’ve welcomed a new face to the senior team, taken on three new apprentices, and celebrated two exciting promotions for a couple of our longest serving team members.
Aden Woodward, managing director of Woodward Group, says: “We are thrilled to be signing off this year by strengthening our team with a new senior appointment, two promotions, a new addition to our accounts team, and three new apprentices.
“The expansion of the Woodward Group team underpins our continued commitment to organic growth. Our mission is to offer all our clients an extensive range of bespoke, high-quality services to meet their needs, and our team consistently delivers an outstanding level of commitment and dedication to this. Demand for our services continues to grow, and we expect to maintain this strong momentum into 2024.”
Greg Haigh joins the team
First up, we’re pleased to announce that Greg Haigh has been appointed as our Controls Division Manager. With over 16 years’ expertise in the sector, Greg has a wide range of electrical engineering and management experience. His career has taken him all over the world, including the USA, India, Mexico, South Africa and numerous countries across Europe, and he has worked with a wide range of equipment and systems, from 40+ years old piece of kit to brand new, state of the art technology.
As Controls Division Manger, Greg works across multiple electrical engineering controls projects, with his role ranging from overseeing design, drawings and FDS (functional design specifications), to conducting SAT/FATs (site/factory acceptance tests) and visiting customers on site.
Greg’s keen interest in machinery safety has led to him completing several courses in this area including: ‘TUV Rheinland Functional Safety for Machinery Technician’, ‘Pilz / City & Guilds – Application and Practical Use of Machinery Safety, Legislation and Standards’, and ‘Pilz – Safety Design, including ISO 13849-1 & Pascal’.
Commenting on his appointment, Greg said: “Joining Woodward Group marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I’m looking forward to supporting customers across a range of different industries with their challenging projects, and putting my experience to good use. The team at Woodward Group have already made me feel very welcome, and it’s a pleasure to be working with such down to earth, hardworking people.”
Two promotions for longstanding team members
James Gallimore began his career journey at Woodward Group over 16 years ago as an electrical apprentice when he was just 18 – and the rest is history!
Having progressed into a number of supervisory roles over the years, and demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, we are delighted to have promoted James to Contracts Manager this year.
In this new role, James looks after the needs of a number of our valued clients, including Alstom Group, working with them on the day to day organisation of the site, including project planning and management, and generally makes sure operations are always running smoothly. He also ensures all projects are completed safely, within the agreed cost and on time. Find out more about James in our ‘Meet the Team’ series here.
Also promoted this year was our Electrical Site Manager, Stuart Harrison. Stuart started as an electrician with the Woodward Group team over 6 years ago, before progressing to a site supervisor, and now a site manager.
Highly qualified and vastly experienced, Stuart has worked across the UK & Europe completing various, complex projects for large scale companies. In his new role, he takes care of the financial side of projects, ensuring everything is in order alongside the scope of works provided. You can read more about Stuart in his ‘Meet the Team’ article here.
Welcoming our new accounts assistant, Helen Pearce
Woodward Group was delighted to welcome Helen Pearce to our team this year. Helen supports our Accounts Manager with carrying out daily account functions, including sales ledger, purchase ledger and credit control. From checking supplier invoices against PO’s to managing new enquiries, Helen’s scoping 25 years’ accounts experience means there’s nothing we can throw at her that she can’t handle. It’s a pleasure to have you on our team!
Welcoming three new apprentices
Callum Galer, Marcel Drzewicki and Edward Grice have recently started their four year apprenticeships with Woodward Group. Once complete, the trio will be awarded with a level 3 electrotechnical qualification, allowing them to develop the skills, knowledge and capabilities they need to install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments.
Woodward Group is passionate about training the next generation of electrical professionals. We can’t wait to see Callum, Marcel and Edward grow and progress in their careers.
Woodward Group is always open to new talent joining our team and adding value to our clients. If you’d like to be part of our growth, please check out our careers page for current vacancies or email us your CV.