Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Group’s systems of internal financial controls and importance is placed on maintaining robust operational controls.


Founder and Deputy Chairman

Phil Copolo

Phil Copolo founded the business in 1977, incorporated P & R in 1997 and has built up the company for 37 years. He takes an active role in the management of P & R and is a qualified gas engineer by trade. Phil has over 40 years’ experience managing Building Maintenance Services and is well known through the industry. He applies his experience to new client and tender opportunities and will lead the Group's acquisition strategy.

Managing & Business Development Director

David Ellingham FCCA

David Ellingham joined Bilby Plc in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and is responsible for identifying strategic complementary targets for Bilby Plc. David brings a wealth of experience in mergers and acquisitions. David has prior experience of acting as an executive director at AIM listed companies

Chief Operating Officer

Leigh Copolo

Leigh Copolo has extensive operational experience having started with P&R in 2007, where he was appointed as a director in 2009. Leigh has managed teams of workforces and been responsible for controlling operations across all Bilby businesses.

Non-Executive Chairman

Sangita Shah

Sangita Shah has extensive experience in corporate finance, journalism and senior consultancy. Outside the company, she is a non-executive Director of Swindon Town FC and a board advisor to Global Reach Technology Limited. She has held a number of senior roles within blue chip organisations, including Unilever, Mars, Ernst & Young and KPMG and is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. Sangita is also a regular consultant to HM Cabinet Office, HSBC, Rathbones and MGM Advantage. By training she is a qualified accountant and a frequent key note speaker in forums for the European Parliament and European School of Management.

Non-Executive Director

David Johnson

David Johnson has enjoyed a long and successful career in the investment sector. He has worked at a number of leading City investment houses, as both an investment analyst and more recently in equity sales and investment management. During his career he has worked for Sun Life Assurance, Henderson Crosthwaite and Investec Securities. He joined Panmure Gordon & Co in 2004 where he worked until 2013, including as Head of Sales from 2006 and then Head of Equities from 2009. He joined Chelverton Asset Management in 2014 where he has specifically responsibility for the Group’s private equity investments.


Dawn Kemp - Group HR Director

Dawn Kemp is a highly experienced HR practitioner with a Corporate HR and Training background having spent over 20 years in a FTSE100 Company in the Financial Services Sector in the City of London. She is CIPD qualified, with extensive practical experience of TUPE and Employee Relations. She has run her own successful HR Consultancy business for the last 10 years, and advises a number of SME's across different sectors on all HR, ER and Employment Law related matters.


P & R Installation


The Board draws on P & R’s management team who have over 100 years of experience in the industry between them. Its operational leadership has enabled P & R to gain ever larger contracts with wider remits from major organisations. In addition to the Directors, key members of P & R’s senior management team include:

Andrew Lobel - Managing Director

Andrew has 15 years’ experience working in the gas industry. He spent 11 years working for the major gas contractor Carillion Plc where he became managing director for the South of England. Andrew is involved with the planning and programming of annual servicing and has excellent gas safety awareness. He also holds a law degree.


Dave Richardson - P & R Operations Director

Dave has worked for P & R for over 17 years and in this time he has brought considerable success to P & R. Under his tutelage, P & R has won the “Gold Award” issued by a major London Borough three years consecutively - a feat yet to be achieved by any other contractor. In addition to this success his department has also won P & R several other categories such as “Best Reactive Contractor” and “Best Specialist Contractor”.


Warren Edwards - P & R Contracts Manager

Warren joined P & R in 2011 to oversee the building and renovations of the new offices in Sidcup, Kent. When P & R branched out into Building Maintenance Services he was appointed head of the department; he has overseen the development of the Building Maintenance Services from two operatives up to today.


Warren Oliver - P & R Contracts Manager

Warren began his career with P & R as a plumber and worked for 15 years in this role. As the company has grown and the Gas Heating Services increased to a significant size, Warren has taken on the role of contracts manager for P & R.


Mick Buck - P & R Operations Manager

Mick has 40 years’ experience in the building industry starting as an apprentice plumber and heating engineer, moving into the construction sector over a period of 20 years and then within management from 1994. In his managerial positions Mick has worked in the both the public and the private sectors. Before joining P&R he held the position of Head of Asset Management Repairs with overall responsibility for service delivery and managing an in-house workforce with a budget value of £65 million per annum. Mick therefore brings a wealth of operational and commercial experience to the P&R team.


Purdy


Lee Venables - Managing Director

Lee joined Purdy straight from school at the age of 16. He has progressed through the company via the ongoing Apprenticeship programme “Purdy Futures” to the position of Director – Electrical Division. Lee is an Ambassador for Hertford Regional College.


Dennis Pickett - Purdy Director

Dennis has worked for Purdy for over 30 years. He started as an engineer and progressed to Contracts Manager and now Director of our Domestic/ Commercial Gas and Mechanical Division. Over the years he has built up strong client relationships with Local Authorities / RP`s / Schools / the London Fire Brigade / and in the private sector.


John Horlock - Non-Executive Director

John founded Purdy in 1984 as an independent Electrical and Heating Contractor based in North London. Through his vision and leadership using directly employed staff the company has grown and been the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Lord Mayors 2013 Economic Regeneration Award Winner for Economic Development; Best Performing Contractor “Gold Award” presented by London & Quadrant Group and most recently Construction Excellence - Outstanding Customer Satisfaction Award.


Spokemead


Neil Rooney - Managing Director

Neil qualified as an electrician in 1981 and has 30 years’ experience in the electrical industry. Neil has embedded in Spokemead a philosophy of meeting customer needs in everything the company does and has a "Hands on" approach to problem resolution when such issues arise. His leadership and technical expertise has ensured Spokemead’s reputation for reliability, professionalism and competitiveness in the field of contracted electrical engineering.


Nicole Rooney - Spokemead Commercial Director

Nicole joined the Spokemead team in 2012 and is responsible for project planning and coordinating the service delivery teams to ensure that operational KPIs are met and that the team continues to deliver Spokemead’s first class 24/7 service to its customers.


Liam Power - Spokemead Senior Commercial Manager

Liam is a qualified electrician and has been part of the Spokemead team for over 7 years. He is responsible for operational service delivery and customer satisfaction, being a key point of contact for Spokemead’s customers and project managing the electrical services provided. Liam also is involved in assisting with business development and new work opportunities at Spokemead.


Brian Ferris - Contracts Manager

Brian Ferris has over 40 years’ experience in the industry. Completing his apprenticeship in 1973, he developed his career with the (then) South-Eastern Gas Board. He built up extensive experience in the construction and engineering field before specialising in installation and maintenance of voice/data transfer systems. He took that experience into a new role at Southwark Building and Design Services (SBDS) in 1996, leaving to join our team in 2001. In 2005 he was appointed Contracts Director of Spokemead Maintenance Ltd.


Barry Clark - Operations Manager

Barry Clark also has over 40 years’ experience in the industry. Completing his apprenticeship in 1969, he spent over 14 years in various roles, with a large electrical contracting company, rising to take responsibility for significant installation and maintenance contracts. He joined the Spokemead team in 1983, and in 2005 was appointed Operations Director with the newly formed Spokemead Maintenance Ltd. Reporting to the Contracts Director, Barry has responsibility for line management of our team of engineers.


Debbie Rooney - Financial Director

Debbie has been with our team for 18 years. Prior to joining us she had a career in Customer Service, and later Sales and Accounts with British Gas. Debbie provides full administrative support and oversees all of Spokemead’s finances. She is responsible for Pay-roll as well as liaison with statutory bodies such as HM Revenue and Customs on our behalf. She is also responsible for all correspondence relating to invoicing and settling our accounts.


DCB


Chris Webster - Managing Director

Chris started his career in the construction industry in 1988 as an apprentice site engineer before moving into quantity surveying. During this time he worked for some large national contractors and it was through the experience there that he developed his ambition to start his own company where he wanted to be able to provide a professional but more personal service for clients. In 1998, at just 26 years of age, Chris set up DCB (Kent) Limited and in the last 16 years has developed the business from minor refurbishment projects and kitchen and bathroom upgrades to high-quality new build projects, major refurbishments and corporate and property maintenance. Chris has a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of the business and the projects in progress and takes a very active role in the company, offering his clients direct accessibility. Chris is extremely proud of DCB (Kent) Limited, its staff and projects and is very keen to continue the success.


Caroline Webster - Finance Director

Caroline started her working career in 1990 as a trainee management accountant with Mid Kent Water (now South East Water), gaining a solid working knowledge of management account processes and procedures. Alongside this, Caroline had responsibility for the IT helpdesk and diversified into writing bespoke software for management account systems. In 2000 Caroline joined her husband full time to run DCB (Kent) Limited as Finance Director, now having ownership of the company’s financial records and accounts, whilst continuing to develop the IT innovations in conjunction with Commercial Director, Paul Baker. As a Finance Director and Company Secretary, Caroline works with managing director Chris to plan the direction and strategy of the business, managing the cash flow and credit control mechanisms of the business.


Paul Baker - Commercial Director

Paul has worked in the construction industry for the last 20 years, gaining experience across all areas of the business and specifically in estimating. Paul joined DCB (Kent) in 2004, working his way through the company from Project Manager to General Manager and most recently with a promotion to Commercial Director. Apart from overseeing the day to day running of the company, Paul has overall responsibility for estimating, purchasing, IT systems and health and safety and has a very active role in contract management and performance, as well as client relationships.


Mat Humphrey - Living Solutions Manager

Mat joined DCB (Kent) Limited in 2003 as a Storeman, having previously worked for other small construction companies. He built up a sound knowledge of stock control and became responsible for material purchasing through which he built valuable relationships with our suppliers. Living Solutions was born out of continual demand for aids and adaptations for the disabled and elderly, through our ever-growing Local Authority client base. Mat became the Manager of Living Solutions and has been in this role now for five years. Mat has built excellent relationships with our clients, which also now include In Touch Agencies across Kent and South East London. Our clients trust that we can carry out adaptation works with consideration, care and understanding. Mat himself is disabled; he is able to relate to residents and through his experience is able to suggest solutions to ensure the comfort and confidence of residents.


Paul Chamberlain - Contracts Manager

Paul has over 30 years of construction industry experience, starting out as an apprentice carpenter, rising through the ranks to Maintenance Supervisor and becoming a National Operations Manager at a large construction company before joining DCB (Kent) Limited in 2011. Paul understands all aspects of site management; however his true strengths lie within contracts management within the Public Sector. Paul is passionate about improving performance; he is able to build good working relationships to understand the needs of our clients to give the best level of service we can provide. Paul is currently managing our Responsive Repairs division, including long-term partnerships with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Gravesham Borough Council, London Borough of Bexley and most recently MCCH.


Martin Hodges - Contracts Manager

Martin has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, progressing from apprentice bricklayer to into Site Management and now Contracts Management. During his career to date, Martin has worked on a number of high-specification new build and refurbishment projects for clients in the public, commercial and private sectors. His project portfolio includes residential properties, offices, industrial buildings, hotels, restaurants, nurseries, schools and sports premises. At DCB (Kent) Limited, Martin is responsible for our new build and refurbishment projects and brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the construction industry as a tradesperson and in site and contract management, wide-ranging project experience, excellent project management and client liaison skills and the ability to deliver high quality results, on time and to budget.


Paul Hadler - Contracts Manager

Paul began his career in the construction industry 30 years ago as an assistant surveyor and gained extensive knowledge during this time, before joining us at DCB (Kent) Limited in 2009. Paul has had responsibility for some major refurbishment and new build projects (including the £1.5 million refurbishment and extension of Goldie Leigh Hospital in Abbey Wood for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust) as well as the management of our kitchen and bathroom replacement programmes. He has built excellent relationships with our all of our clients and regularly meets and exceeds KPIs for resident customer satisfaction in our kitchen and bathroom upgrade programme.