Our People

Fundamental to maintaining the quality of service we provide to our customers and to secure our future success, is all down to our people and continuing to attract new talent to join us. Our culture is based on our core values which reflect the importance we place on working safely, mutual respect, good communications, team working and developing our people.


Helen Douglas, Bid Writer

I joined SWH in 2015 and have worked for three years as a Bid Writer, writing the Quality element for SWH's civil engineering and construction bids. Whilst I had previous experience as a Bid Writer, I had never worked in the construction industry before and was faced with the challenge of learning about each construction process in significant detail to enable me to effectively represent SWH's skills to clients. SWH have supported me in every step of my journey, both by providing me with on-site experience and supporting me through my achievement of a CIOB Level 3 Construction Site Supervisory Diploma, which has significantly improved my understanding of the industry. In my time at SWH, I have been involved in a number of successful strategic bids, both for individual schemes and frameworks. I am driven by the buzz you get from working on a successful bid, and being part of the construction process right from the beginning.


Lloyd Phelps, Estimator

I joined SWH in 2011, working as an assistant to the Build Estimator and Business Development Coordinator. I had always been interested in a career in construction and, during this period, developed a keen interest in Estimating in particular. SWH supported me in gaining the skills I needed to pursue this career path further, providing on-site experience and helping me to achieve both an SMSTS qualification and Associate Membership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). In 2013, I became a fulltime Estimator and I am now responsible for pricing schemes across a range of sectors including commercial, education and healthcare. What I really enjoy about my job is seeing the completed project on site and knowing that I was involved in the first stage of the process.


Abie Hearn, Divisional Manager

I started working for SWH in July 2016 as Business Development Manager. At that time, SWH was going through significant changes and I had to adapt my skills to an everchanging environment. A key Business Development focus during this period was gaining a place on a number of strategic regional Frameworks, which we successfully achieved. In early 2018, I became SWH's Pre-construction Manager, responsible for managing the Preconstruction and Commercial team. Since then, in late 2018, following a restructuring of SWH's business, came my recent appointment as Divisional Manager for SWH Contracting. In this role, I will be focussing on maximising development opportunities, looking ahead to ensure that SWH Contracting continues to meet the requirements of clients of the future. I am very excited about the challenges and prospects for success that, we, as a team can achieve.