Richard Clay

Finance Director


Having originally joined Ashe as a Surveyor Richard has progressed to running the department as Ashe’s Finance Director. Richard’s firm but fair approach and clear communication has ensured his success as a surveyor and is a key lesson he instills in his team. Richard has experience working in a wide variety of construction sectors, from new flagship motor dealerships to educational refurbishments and new builds. Richard is conversant in numerous contract types having delivered projects through Ashe’s many frameworks and competitively tendered projects, including JCT Standard and D&B schemes as well as the latest NEC formats.

  • Role & Responsibilities

    As Finance Director, Richard heads up both the Finance and Surveying Departments and has an active role in negotiating pre-contract arrangements and tenders prior to the formation of Main Contract agreements. For the negotiation and agreement of (all contract forms) of JCT (contract amendments) & NEC (X & Z Clauses) He acts as a mentor to all levels of Ashe’s team of surveyors and is highly experienced in, and manages all aspects of, contract dispute resolution. In overseeing the Finance Department, he provides the board, monthly management accounting reports encompassing the cost/value reconciliation of all contracts plus overheads; and works with the financial controller to monitor the cash resources on a day-to-day basis to manage the cash flow by producing monthly advance indicators of cash requirements. Providing reports on rolling monthly forecasts for turnover and profits. The negotiation of a bond facility and the placing of all required performance bonds. The negotiation and placing of all company insurances.

  • Memorable Achievement

    For a number of years I’ve taken part in Extra Mile’s charity cycle challenge. Each time, riding over 500 miles as a team across France. We’ve raised over £20,000 as a team whilst seeing some incredible scenery!

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Career Highlights

Being involved in the construction of City Gates Cristian Centre, in Ilford, from start to finish. At the beginning of the project, Ashe arranged a ‘team building’ activity for the respective teams, which also raised funds for a local charity. It was a challenging build as the 5 storey facility took up the entire site footprint, but the end result was an outstanding use of the site and the 3000 seat auditorium was an incredible space.