Rebecca Wardell
Rebecca Wardell Henry Boot PLC

Rebecca Wardell

Henry Boot PLC

IT Applications Analyst & Junior Developer 
Describe a typical day in your job role?

No two days are the same in my role as an IT Applications Analyst and Junior Developer. My job entails maintaining current in-house systems and developing new ones. I work with the IT helpdesk to support users, troubleshooting any issues they may have. As well as working with third party software companies.

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

Henry Boot Group of Companies is a great place to work, everyone is so friendly and always willing to help. Each employee is treated with care and respect. Managers and leaders regularly recognise hard work and motivate their team. Henry boot offers fantastic opportunities for growth, helping you achieve your career goals and invest in you as an individual. Throughout the year the group hosts numerous team building, social and charity events, where you get the opportunity to meet up with employees who you may not work with daily.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself 

I bought a Victorian cottage in June 2020 as a renovation project. It took 4 months to complete and I now call it home. I was attracted to the property for its quirks and character charm; however, it needed a lot of work and we had a few unwanted surprises along the way. Not to mention the struggle to buy plaster in lockdown. The original decor boasted a multicoloured jigsaw vinyl floor in the bathroom, everyone was surprised that I didn’t want to keep it, haha.

 

Tom Wilsher
Tom Wilsher Hallam Land Management

Tom Wilsher

Hallam Land Management

Senior Development Surveyor
Describe a typical day in your job role?

I look after several projects on a day to day basis, which could involve delivering the next stage of the planning and development strategy for a site, technical workshops or being on the phone to a consultant, landowner or agent.  Otherwise, I will be out on the road investigating and searching for new development opportunities inclusive of undertaking site visits, preparing land proposals or hopefully attending a landowner interview. 

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

It is very much a team rather that a company of individuals.  The communication between every level of staff is excellent and the ability to approach team members with ideas, provides for a great working environment. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself 

I can solve a Rubik’s Cube

 

Melissa Walsh
Melissa Walsh Henry Boot Construction

Melissa Walsh

Henry Boot Construction

Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator 
Describe a typical day in your job role?

It could be anything! I have a really varied role, from managing communications and writing press releases, to taking photos and creating our in-house branding materials, there’s never a dull day! There’s a lot going on but I love a challenge and I am part of a great team and we all work together really well to get the job done. 

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

Everyone is so friendly and helpful and I look forward to getting to work every morning. Having joined in 2016, the Henry Boot culture helped hugely in developing my confidence and skills, with training actively encouraged for my personal development. There is a real sense of belonging and authenticity about the company; I feel valued and trusted to do the job well.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself  

I’ve begun learning calligraphy!

 

 

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Phil James Banner Plant

Phil James

Banner Plant

Depot Manager
Describe a typical day in your job role?

My typical day is to make sure everyone is clear in what’s expected of them at all times. Dealing with day to day running of my depot and making sure that all the machines that are required for the next day are delivered to my customers’ expectations . I believe that a happy team is a productive team so I spend a lot of time listening to my members of staff and helping with their needs both professionally and if needs be in there private life.

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

I have fantastic back up from both Gary Crofts & Giles Boot there always there  for me if I need anything. I have a great team around me and I believe that Banner Powered Access (Rotherham) is a great place to work . I love my job .

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself  

I haven’t set an alarm clock in over 5 years and I’m never late for anything

Joanna Batten
Joanna Batten Henry Boot Construction

Joanna Batten

Henry Boot Construction

Buyer
Describe a typical day in your job role?

A typical day for me is processing subcontractor orders and rectifying any issues with them. It can involve communicating directly with the subcontractor and the Quantity Surveyor. I also process the subcontractor questionnaires when they are approved and get them processed and uploaded onto the system. I help with placing orders and obtaining prices for tenders and other adhoc duties.

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

Henry Boot Group of Companies is a great place to work because people are always willing to help you. There are many events and occasions that you are invited to participate in which allows you to meet or work with other employees. I find you can be yourself and have a laugh and joke with everyone. The group invests in you and will help you to achieve your career goals. I like the way that we are regularly asked for our opinions and the group is constantly striving to improve and seek ideas from employees. We are made to feel that we matter and belong to the group.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

My hobby of travelling the UK and abroad, taking photos of derelict buildings and demolitions.  I have scrapbooked some of these and got them published in cardmaking/scrapbooking magazines.  Please don’t ask how many photos I have because it’s thousands.

 

Rob Walters
Robert Walters Henry Boot PLC

Robert Walters

Henry Boot PLC

Helpdesk Analyst
Describe a typical day in your job role?

Arrive at work around 7:45, check emails and backups to see what’s came in overnight. Chase up current jobs which are outstanding and see which people are having the same issue. I’ll then go through each job individually and spend some time looking at the issues. By the time I have done that for each job there would have been a few more that have come in and so I’ll repeat the process.

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

Henry Boot is great because all of the staff are easy to talk to and there’s something about it which is really inviting and gives you something to look forward to each day. In my time here, I haven’t come across somebody who has had a bad thing to say.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I own Teddy Sheringham’s old boot bag.

 

Sharon Harrison
Sharon Harrison Banner Plant

Sharon Harrison

Banner Plant

Sales Administrator
Describe a typical day in your job role?

My typical day begins at 8.45am. The very first job I do before I sit down is to make everyone in my department a drink. I switch my computer on and I do the next day deliveries/contracts on the Mcs system.  I answer incoming calls taking hires for accommodation units and also sales enquiries for sales of accommodation units, following these up with sales quotation. I am responsible for the purchasing of all material orders, wood, electrical, plumbing etc raising and placing orders with suppliers. Sorting out of invoice queries for our accounts. I pass all the purchase invoices and rehire invoices for our department, for payment. I am very busy with taking and writing up orders for our Banner Loo Events, arranging deliveries and collections and rehiring equipment that event organisers require and taking instructions from the Banner Loo Sales Manager to make sure these events go smoothly.  I make sure that all events are paid for before delivery by taking card payments on the card machine. Our Sales Representative use me as their internal contact to type up their quotations and write up their orders they have taken whilst on the road.

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

I have worked the total of 30 years for Banner Plant, since leaving school.  Henry Boot Group of Companies are a great place to work for as I feel they give me security in my job.  I feel like I am part of a team working to achieve our goals in a friendly and caring environment.  Henry Boot PLC is very current and on top of their game.  Everyone you speak to have heard of Henry Boot.  We are looked after in our employment, given chances to do well and we are also looked after in our retirement by having a great pension scheme that Henry Boot PLC keeps on top of, looking all the time to do the best by their employees.  I am very proud and privileged to be part of it.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I have moved 7 times in my married life and finally settled into my forever home a  Bungalow which is just 300 yards away from where I was brought up as a child, my Mum and Dad still live there and my sister lives just down the road.  

Phedell Edwards
Phedell Edwards Banner Plant

Phedell Edwards

Banner Plant

Regional Sales Representative 
Describe a typical day in your job role?

My days are very varied, but it normally starts at around about 7am with a call from a customer while I’m having Breakfast, telling me that they need my help as they’ve forgotten to order something, and they need it that morning. The funny thing is the depot doesn’t really open till 7.30am, but normally I can get hold of someone around about 7.00am.

I normally call into a depot and catch up with the guys, grab a cup of tea and try to catch up on my emails and fill in my call report, which is sometimes difficult as my phone is constantly stuck to my ear with customer either placing orders, enquiring where equipment is or complaining that something isn’t working right. However, that’s all part of the fun of the job, I like to get to see about 8 customers a day, this may vary from offices to sites and if I’m lucky I may be able to grab a spot of lunch with a customer or definably a cuppa. I really enjoy the characters that you meet in the industry, some are so funny and make my day and cheer me up as sometimes the role can be extremely stressful.

I’m constantly on the phone all day, either to the depots, suppliers or to customers, I’m hiring out everything from a small drill to a 18m scissor lift, every now and then I’ll bump into another rep from another company and we’ll chew the fat. Sometimes it feels like a game to see if you can get 1 over on your them by seeing can having your equipment on site. Which is a great buzz.

I normally finish around about 5pm, however my phone doesn’t stop, as I’m guaranteed to get a call from a customer after a bit of equipment for the morning or a chin wag while they’re on the way home.

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

Well I’ve been fortunate to work and meet some nice people some at Banner and some in the other subsidiaries, I like that fact that it’s hasn’t lost its family roots feeling but in the same time. The company is looking and doing something about some of the challenges that face us in our everyday life i.e. carbon footprints the new Diversity & inclusion group. I think it’s great. It’s certainly a company that looks after it’s staff and supports them with a lot of the initiatives that you see through smile platform and the company extranet.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I managed to get in the audience on the 1st episodes of the Ricki Lake show in New York while I was on holiday, for those of you who are too young to know who Ricki Lake is, she was a talk show host.The Show as extremely large in the nineties.

 

Ruth McKeown
Ruth McKeown Hallam Land Management

Ruth McKeown

Hallam Land Management

Director
Describe a typical day in your job role?

There is no such thing as a typical day in my role; it could be an early morning train into London and a brisk walk into the office admiring that architecture on route; a meeting with a landowner concerned that he / she is going to get best value; a design workshop with a technical team creating the building blocks for communities that people can call home, business hubs for budding entrepreneurs, warehouses to serve the ever-expanding online economy or specialist accommodation for the elderly; a coffee with a planning consultant developing a strategy; a one to one with the Principal of an esteemed College understanding the legacy they aspire to achieve; a chat at home with a landed Estate family who have for generations invested in their community and who want to follow this tradition whilst still realising some revenue to invest back into the Estate; A meeting in a Parish Hall, explaining to the Parish Council and local residents the merits of the scheme; A site visit in the rain; it always seems to rain when I am out on site; A technical discussion with a housebuilder; I manage a team of four vibrant and enthusiastic professionals who are successfully growing our portfolio and keep me on my toes and I work with a network on specialists in a broad range of fields.

What makes Henry Boot Group of Companies a great place to work?

An innovative spirit and a commitment to invest in each and every member of staff.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I will be running the London Marathon for the 7th time in 2021