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. Of the five senior managers, two are generally allocated to each project at the outset and will see it through to the end – 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.
There are three Board directors that represent Sandwood at a strategic level.
Terry Barlow DipSurv MCIOB MRICS
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.
James Millen ICIOB
James has been in the construction business since leaving school. He joined Sandwood in 2000 as a Site Manager and is now the Construction Director. He ensures all sites are resourced as required and is also responsible for the ordering and on-site management of all Sub-contract packages & material procurement, ensuring compliance with environmental design, and similar construction specifications and requirements are met. James also manages the directly employed labour including safety planning and all general H & S over site for the company.
James’s technical qualifications are:
NVQ Level 7 (Senior Construction Management), ICIOB, 4-day Full First Aid Certificate, CITB Scaffold Safety Inspection Certificate, NEBS Introduction into Management Certificate, Work-based Recorder Certificate
Certificate in Site Management, Diploma in Site Management, Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), CSCS Card (Black) & NVQ Level 3 (Carpentry & Joinery).
Paul Archer ICIOB
Paul has been in the construction industry since leaving school. After serving an apprenticeship in bricklaying, he ran his own successful construction company for 16 years. He joined Sandwood in 2003 as a Site Manager, before progressing to Contracts Manager, and is now a Company Director. He brings with him a wealth of technical knowledge and experience.
Paul oversees multiple projects, as well as contributing to the overall management of the company. He also monitors the performance of sub-contractors, alongside the Construction Director, ensuring Health & Safety requirements are adhered to and both quality and progress of projects are maintained to high standards.
Paul’s technical qualifications are:
NVQ 6 IN Construction Management, NVQ Diploma for occupational work supervision (construction), SMSTS CERTIFIED, CSCS Certified, First Aider, Asbestos Awareness certified, Scaffold Inspection certified, Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Meet The Team
Richard Garland BSc(ECON) ACMA MCIOB
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.
Frank Lennon ICIOB
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 our Contracts Manager.
His 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.
Project Quantity Surveyor
Ray Hards MCIOB
Charlie Shanks ACIOB