Award winners announced at end of year company presentation.

At our end of year presentation on Friday 7th December we announced the winners of our coveted awards. To ensure continued staff excellence within the business Ashe awards are presented for Health & Safety, Quality, Site manager of the year and Employee of the year.

This year’s awards were closely fought with some outstanding candidates in every category.

Health & Safety Award – This award went to Duncan Smith, an Ashe employee of over 30 years. His dedication and commitment to delivering the highest levels of safety on his project on a live hospital site at Bedford Hospital ensured the project was a resounding success and has led to more opportunities with the same client. Our client was particularly impressed with Duncan’s day to day communication strategies that ensured all parties were fully aware of the works, and their potential impacts to be undertaken on each particular day. The award was presented by Martin Petts, construction director who commented “I have worked with Duncan for the best part of 30 years and am delighted to present him with this well-earned and deserved award”

Quality Award – Another Ashe stalwart Norman Ashwell picked up the quality award for the work he has undertaken at a new nursing home in Royston. The client and end user are delighted with the level of finish that Norman and his team have achieved, and this has been corroborated by the scores achieved on his quality audits throughout the project by our externally appointed quality inspector and our quality compliance team. Martin Petts, construction director commented “Norman has persisted on a complicated project to ensure that a quality finish has prevailed. it has been a struggle at times but Norman has persevered and delivered an exceptional product.”

Site Manager of the Year Award went to an Ashe newcomer Peter McGann undertaking his first project to create a new SEN school for Red Kite Academy in Corby. This innovative £7m project has delighted all parties involved in the project and has been constructed within the ESFA cost parameters. Peter’s efforts were singled out by the client team at the recent official opening of the school in November. Peter scored highly across the board on all of Ashe’s performance indicators including client input in to the award choice, and is a worthy winner of this year’s award. Robin Blake managing director in awarding Peter this award stated “Peter joined us at the early stages of the Red Kite Academy project and brilliantly executed the delivery of this project to a high standard of finish, on time and to the immense satisfaction of our client. We are delighted to have him on board and look forward to working with Peter on future projects.”


Employee of the Year Award went to Jo Goodman who joined Ashe as compliance manager in 2017. Since joining Jo has made a huge impact on the business in re-organising and simplifying our compliance systems to ensure we are more efficient and effective in what we do. Jo has won many friends for her straight forward, no nonsense approach and has successfully mentored and coached her team around her. This was a hugely popular decision and voted for by Ashe staff members. Ian Robbins, construction director commented “This award is from the staff but the directors of Ashe fully endorse their decision and agree with all the comments that ensured Jo’s nomination for this award was a success.”