Meet Our People

Meet Our People

Because of the size and type of contracts we undertake, enables us to give greater senior management attention to each of them. No marketing department at the beginning and no claims department at the end. Our business strategy is to work with a small number of repeat clients and this gives the company a clear client focusses and a non-adversarial partnering approach.
More than 25 years’ experience underpins our reliable and detailed approach to every project. Our proficient team provides efficient project management while adding value at every stage of the process from design to completion.


Terry Barlow DipSurv MCIOB MRICS
MD – Commercial Director

Terry started work as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor in 1987 for Ridge & Partners, a firm of Chartered Surveyors in Oxford. He worked there for 9 years, gaining a Diploma in Quantity Surveying from The College of Estate Management, Reading University. After progressing from Trainee to Assistant & through to Project Quantity Surveyor, he moved to Scion Technical Services, spending five years there before moving to Linbrook Services where he spent the next 12 years. During this time, he set up & ran the Minor Works Department & attained membership of the Chartered Institute of Building in 2003.

Terry joined Sandwood as Senior Quantity Surveyor in 2013, and is now Commercial Director, looking after the company’s commercial interests and helping to plan the future development of the company. Terry is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

Charlie Shanks
Senior Project Manager

Charlie Shanks ACIOB has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. A qualified Carpenter with a diploma in Construction Management and will shortly gain an NVQ 7 in Construction Senior Management. Joining Sandwood in 2001 as an apprentice carpenter from 2001 – 2007 he worked on 13 of Sandwood’s projects as a qualified Carpenter and from 2008 – 2012 worked on 10 projects as Carpenter Foreman. In 2013 Charlie was promoted to Site Manager and in 2015 qualified as a Certified Passivhaus Tradesman working on 9 projects in total, 3 of which were built to Passivhaus standards containing 13 accredited and certified Passivhaus properties. Promoted as Senior Project Manager in 2022, Charlie is responsible for pre-construction, site logistics, delivery plans, programming, attends client meetings and liaisons and all H&S for the projects.
He joined Sandwood in 2002 and is now a member of the company’s core management team, assisting in the delivery of a high-quality product while maintaining efficiency, safety, and professionalism, assuring the greatest levels of customer satisfaction.
Charlie Also holds the following training and qualifications:
NVQ level1 Carpentry (Bench joinery), NVQ level2 Carpentry (Bench joinery), NVQ level3 Carpentry (Site Carpentry), Diploma in site Management, Construction programming and costing, Certificate and Certified Passivhaus trades’ person, MEWP operator’s licence, Telehandler operator’s Licence, Mobile crane operators licence, Tower scaffold installers licence, Appointed abrasive wheels certificate & Safe Use and Mounting of Abrasive Wheels Certificate, CITB Scaffold Safety Inspection Certificate, Asbestos awareness certificate. First aid certificate (first aider), Site manager’s safety training scheme (SMSTS) certificate.

Frank Lennon ICIOB
Senior Contracts Manager

Frank has been in the construction business since leaving school and has progressed from apprentice carpenter to senior construction manager at Faircloughs/AMEC and YJL Construction Ltd. He has overseen the construction of a number of high profile projects, such as the new Canterbury Combined Court Centre, the Carlton Plaza hotel, Soffitel Hotel and the residential Pulse development.
Frank joined Sandwood in 2005 and is now one of the company’s construction heads as well as a member of its core management team as our Senior Contract Manager.

Frank’s technical qualifications are:
Construction Site Managers Safety Certificate (accredited by CITB), CSCS (Contracts Manager level), Appointed Persons for Cranage Certificate (accredited by CITB), British Red Cross First Aid Certificate, Managing Safely Certificate (accredited by IOSH), Scaffold Inspection Certificate – basic and advanced (accredited by CITB) and City & Guilds Craft – Carpentry & City & Guilds Advanced Craft – Carpentry.

Richard Garland BSc(ECON) ACMA MCIOB
Company Accountant

After gaining an economics degree at Leicester University, Richard obtained an ACMA Accounting Qualification while working for the Ford Motor Company. After working for Ford in a number of marketing and finance positions, he moved to ICL (International Computers Ltd) at their head office in Putney, working in the Corporate Finance and Treasury Departments. His involvement in the construction industry started in the early 1980s while still at ICL, and has continued since then. Richard was Managing Director of Sandwood from its inception until his partial retirement in 2018.

At Sandwood Richard is the Company Accountant and is responsible for IT, Finance and Administration as well as the Original Features subsidiary. Richard has a long-standing interest in sustainability from the company’s “Green House” project over 20 years ago to the UK’s first FSC certified new building and on to the completion of a number of successful PassivHaus projects.

Simon Ward
Financial Controller


Mike Haynes
Accounts Assistant


Carlos Silva
Administration Manager


Guna Liepa
Admin/Document Controller


Lorraine Montes
Office Administrator/HR


Kirsty Gaylard
Office Administrator


Caio Montes
Project Quantity Surveyor


Sean Crossan
Project Quantity Surveyor
Danny Coke
Site Manager


Andy Phillips
Site Manager


Ali Rad
Site Manager


Adam White
Foreman Decorator


Mark Williams
Aftercare Manager