Operational Management Group

The FK Operational Management Group are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, guiding their respective departments according to the business strategy and objectives.

Laura Keenan
HR Director

After completing her bachelor’s degree in Business Studies at Sheffield University, Laura started her HR Career at Living Ventures, where she worked for a number of years, focusing mainly on employment law whilst also completing a postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management, gaining her CIPD certification.

In 2007, following a part buy-out of the Living Ventures Group, Laura moved to The Living Room Group as HR Manager. Reporting to the managing director and working as part of the senior leadership team, the role operated at a strategic level with also a heavy ‘hands on’ operational focus. The initial remit was to lead the organisation through a restructure and thereafter develop the HR foundations and build organisational capability.

In 2008, Laura moved to Sydney Australia, where she worked in a number of roles across the HR field, in particular recruitment, learning & development and talent & performance management. Since returning to the UK, she has joined the family company as HR manager and her duties include providing advice to all departments around people management, development of HR procedures and policies and ensuring employee engagement and staff development. Laura maintains her industry knowledge through her membership of the Charter Institute of Personnel Development.

Matt Lang
Commercial Director

Since leaving school Matt has always been involved with and had a passion for the construction industry having first started work for his father’s ceiling and partitioning company working as an on-site operative.

In 2002 he took an opportunity to become a trainee quantity surveyor for the fit-out contractor Readfix working in the retail, leisure and residential sectors. Two years later he joined the Manchester based principle contractor Ocon Construction concentrating on the student accommodation and commercial sectors, whilst undertaking a day release course to gain a BSc in Quantity Surveying at the University of Salford.

Matt joined FK Group in June 2010 as a senior quantity surveyor where he was responsible for commercial and contractual duties on some large scale projects. In July 2013 Matt was promoted to a senior commercial manager role, before becoming surveying director in 2015. After being appointed commercial director in 2016, Matt now oversees the commercial team including the surveying and procurement departments, ensuring that it consistently meets and exceeds the internal and external demands and requirements of the business.

David Raine
QSHE Director

David joined FK Group as the company’s in-house QSHE resource in order to establish appropriate safety, quality and environmental management systems to allow the business to gain accreditation by a UKAS registered body to 18001, 9001 and 14001 standards.

He has wide experience in the production, implementation and improvement of quality, safety and environmental management systems complying with current legislation and industry best practice through the effective use of company resources.

Now one of three full-time QSHE specialists at FK, his duties include providing advice to all departments and projects, auditing, inspecting, delivering and managing training, site visits, producing project QSHE documentation, and liaising with enforcing authorities, clients and subcontractors.

David maintains his knowledge through his membership of professional bodies including being a corporate member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, a member of the Association of Project Safety, a corporate member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology an Incorporated Engineer and an Associate Member Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.

Richard Robinson
Design Director

Richard started his construction career in the role of trainee draughtsman with Sherburn-in-Elmet – based G&S Sheeting Ltd, having gained a distinction grade on a BTEC engineering course which he attended after leaving school. Here, he learned his trade within the industry following a 4 year apprenticeship that included day release at college attending a National Diploma in Building Studies course.

Having spent 10 years with G&S progressing through the ranks, Richard joined FK Group in March 2009 as senior designer which saw him undertake some of the BSF school and PFI hospital schemes which were being worked on at the time.

He quickly progressed to a design team leader role where he was responsible for the design, planning, coordination and scheduling duties on key UK projects along with overseeing and mentoring a team of designers.

In 2013 Richard was promoted to the role of design manager which saw him managing a significant expansion of the department as well as the integration of the façades discipline within the FK product portfolio. More latterly as design director, he is responsible for the smooth running of the department, ensuring that it consistently meets and exceeds clients’ expectations, as well as driving innovation in areas such as BIM implementation.

Chris Burgess
Pre-construction Director

One of FK Group’s longest serving team members, Chris joined the company in November 1988 as an apprentice to the drawing office.

During his time with the company he worked his way up to become drawing office manager in 2005 before being promoted to head up research, development and pre-construction in 2012. In 2017 Chris was appointed as Pre-construction director integrating the team alongside estimating.

Chris’ involvement across the business means that he has amassed wide-ranging experience across all major roofing, cladding and glazing systems. In addition he has worked with a wide range of clients on projects including the development, design, scheduling and installation of bespoke cladding solutions for Walmart in China in 2008 and more recently for City Football Group at its facility in Melbourne Australia.

Dan Halliwell
Business Process & Technology Director

Dan originally joined FK Group in April 2011 but has but has worked in IT since leaving college. After a short stint as IT technician in the logistics industry, Dan honed his managerial skills in the construction industry with Ocon Construction ltd.

In 2011, Dan joined FK Group alongside former Ocon colleagues Matt Lang, David Raine and Paul Bentley to look after the company’s IT requirements.

In 2012, Dan stepped away from the business to set up his own IT consultancy while continuing to work with FK on a contract basis. He re-joined the company full time in January 2015 to head up the group’s IT, process and technology operation.

Dan’s role as business process and technology director includes overseeing the implementation of innovative technologies and systems to drive consistency and exceed client expectations at every step as well as to help the business to continue to excel in the industry.

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