In 2003, after 6th form college I started a plumbing course in which the basics of leadwork was part of the training. I soon realised that I took naturally to working with lead and spent as much time as I could trying my hand at different welding and bossing challenges. When a plumbing apprenticeship proved hard to find, I started a job with a local roofing company were I was able to further my experience in working with lead. Working to the guidelines of the LSA leadwork manual, I found myself becoming more interested in the possibilities of lead. I realised the satisfaction that comes with creating a piece of work not only to be functional, but also to have the ability to be an eye catching feature of a building that can compliment both traditional and contemporary properties.
As my experience grew, the demand for my work increased to the point that in 2011, after gaining 8 years of roofing and leadwork experience with the previous company, I set up on my own to create my own company providing a service dedicated to leadwork.
Very soon I had enquiries about bespoke lead hoppers and more decorative casting work. This led me to obtain a certificate in decorative casting, completed at the LSA training centre in Kent. This opened the door to the next level of specialist work allowing me to work on some great projects from bespoke garden water features to restoration work on historic properties.
In 2016 I entered the NFRC Young Leadworker of the Year competition. I was put through to compete in the finals and made it through to be one of the 3 finalists. Then in May 2016 was delighted to be awarded with 1st place at the National Roofing Awards in London
2016 has also seen me complete an NVQ3 in Heritage Roofing (leadwork). Now, with a generous prize of the training bursary awarded, I intend to undertake various upskilling courses and continue to expand the business. This would enable me to keep up with the current high demand of the building trade wanting the quality, longevity and unbeatable appearance that is only achievable with lead.