Lisa joined Rydon as a Marketing Assistant in 1999 for her year’s placement of a four-year Marketing and Business Studies degree. She remained with the company and completed her studies part-time, gaining her degree as well as a post-graduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has a flare for design which led to her role evolving into Graphic Design Manager, where she was responsible for designing and producing the company’s marketing literature and business development documents.
Due to her background in marketing, Lisa expanded into managing the corporate brand and also the company’s websites. She was promoted to Marketing Manager in 2011 and now heads up the in-house marketing team who deal with all aspects of marketing, including design, media, communications and digital marketing for the Group.
“Rydon has provided me with the opportunities to not only learn new skills, but to put them into practice to further my career within the company. They have been open to new ideas and allowed me to bring elements of marketing in-house, and because of this my role has continued to grow and is always challenging.”
Joining Rydon in 1995 as an Estimator, Ken has progressed through the career ladder and is now Managing Estimator. He manages a team which bids and negotiates new work for the Head Office and South West Regional office. Ken also works closely with Rydon’s clients to manage budgets and assist in bringing projects from planning through to contract.
He has acquired a broad experience in a variety of sectors including education, health, PFI, housing and commercial schemes in both new build and refurbishment. Ken enjoys the variety of work experiences the role brings and the teamwork involved to bring about successful schemes such as the regenerations of Packington and Durand estates in London. He also has a degree in Engineering and is a member of Rydon’s Sustainability Forum.
“At Rydon the culture is to embrace innovation in building techniques and stay ahead of ever-improving industry standards, particularly with environmental and energy aspects. Each project brings a new set of challenges for me and a new network of partners to solve them. My learning never stops.”
Nikki joined Rydon as a management trainee and soon developed a passion for working with and helping local communities. Becoming a Resident Liaison Officer (RLO), one of her first roles was to engage in a £6m scheme for the construction division.
Nikki has since progressed to senior RLO and is now Resident Liaison Manager, leading a team of 11 RLOs working across a variety of Rydon’s construction and maintenance projects.
As well as managing her team, she is responsible for reporting KPIs on customer satisfaction, providing relevant input into group tender submissions and is CSR champion for the maintenance division. At Rydon, Nikki has completed customer excellence and health & safety courses, has secured a CSCS card and also has a qualification in British Sign Language. She is currently working towards ILM (Institute of Leadership Management) level 5.
Sarah Heron is a strategic land planner. She joined Rydon having graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Geography and Planning. Her role is to identify land opportunities, negotiate agreements with the land owners and navigate the sites through the planning permission process. Frequent tasks include making site visits and carrying out land appraisals to determine a site’s potential for development, working with a range of professionals from town planners, land negotiators and planning consultants to lawyers and architects. Sarah has attained an MA in Planning & Sustainability from Kingston University and now has her full RICS accreditation.
After completing his ND in construction, David joined Rydon as a Trainee Surveyor in 2002. He was promoted to Assistant Surveyor in 2004 and Surveyor in 2007. During this time he completed a HNC and a degree in Quantity Surveying alongside full-time employment with Rydon on a day release basis.
In 2010 David became Senior Surveyor, managing a team of surveyors at various levels. Now Managing Surveyor, he works at a more strategic level with staff and current projects and likes the variety of opportunities and challenges that come with working on Rydon's schemes. David’s responsibilities include maintaining client and subcontract relationships, value forecasting for the client and development teams, cashflow forecasting and identifying risks and opportunities within the business.
"Throughout my career at Rydon, the training and investment from managers and colleagues have enabled my continuing growth and development to achieve my own personal goals."
Tim is a solicitor working at Rydon Group HQ and overseeing the legal contracts with many of Rydon’s clients. These contracts are usually worth many millions of pounds and the legal negotiations are complex and detailed. Tim joined Rydon in July 2002 having previously been a paralegal at a firm of solicitors in London.
At school, he studied Law, Business Studies and Maths to A-level and from there went on to Cardiff University to complete a degree in Law. This was followed by a one-year Legal Practice post graduate course. Tim came to Rydon as a trainee solicitor and completed a two-year training contract with Rydon. This led to him qualifying as a solicitor in 2004 and to becoming a full member of the Rydon legal team.