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Director, Operations Manager
Walker has lived and breathed Clive Barrington Construction for more than 25 years. He hasn’t had much choice because Barrington somehow managed to talk him into being all things to all people all the time. Walker is living proof that the best foremen make the best project managers and operations managers. Burning through a phone battery every six months, Walker has finally cut back to an 80 hour week... which is dragging the chain a bit but what can we say; our clients love him. With his old school values of organisation and sheer hard work Walker also comes with an innate ability to take complex design and build plans and turn them into pieces of sheer art. Our job is to never let him know just how good he is at this building thing.
Having been a leading Commercial Banking Manager, Walters already had plenty of experience in dealing with Barrington so becoming the company's General Manager shows a level of courage rarely seen off the battlefield. You can add to this the superb financial, strategic and leadership skills needed to continue putting Clive Barrington Construction front and centre of many of the most challenging and innovative building projects across Canterbury. For Walters it's all about the people he works alongside. That would be clients like you and a team like ours.
When our Project Manager Hayden Prattley started taking a cavalier attitude towards sharing his play lunch with the team we took immediate measures. We asked his wife, Katrina, to join the company. Yes, we know it sounds harsh but we're all about accountability here at Clive Barrington Construction. As a Quantity Surveyor with strong commercial experience, Katrina is not one of those people who takes a wild guess at what a project may take to complete. She’s got it planned, costed and contracted down to the last nail. Having done that, she takes a very dim view of anyone who tries to veer from the path of project cost righteousness. A former Coast to Coast competitor, Katrina is quite capable of hunting them down if that’s what it takes to get them to count their staples, screws and rivets. Organised, driven and frighteningly efficient, Katrina is a huge asset to Clive Barrington Construction, not least because Hayden is now sharing his play lunch like any caring team member would.
Being responsible for managing a Clive Barrington Construction site is an interesting exercise. Usually Hayden has to come to grips with cutting edge, cliff side sites and hundreds of tonnes of glass and steel. Then he gets to handle every detail down to the last bolt, deal with any issues as and when they arise and keep the job on deadline. More than that; he has to do this without showing any fear or amazement whatsoever…even when the concrete truck appears to be going backwards down the hill at some speed. We love him for that, and not surprisingly, so do our clients.
Behind every successful construction company is a woman calling the shots. Financial tracking, administration and making sure the right team is up, dressed and on site on time is Margaret's job. Those who are foolish enough to doubt where the real power lies in this company only make that mistake once. Margaret finds that having their staples inserted backward in their staple gun for a week usually sorts them out.
One of our top-performing foremen, Blair re-joined Clive Barrington Construction at the start of the year. Rumours that he left to join the French Foreign Legion for respite care after years of working for Clive have never been proved. Having managed some of the company’s most spectacular builds, including “The Rocks” in Sumner, Blair is known for his skill, dedication and downright bloody mindedness when it comes to delivering on builds that were deemed near impossible for other builders. Well respected in the industry, Blair is also a skilled negotiator, having famously talked Clive into bringing him coffee while he was dangling off a cliff side overseeing one of the company's more challenging projects. A reminder that he holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Karate was apparently the clinching argument.