R&C Williams | Promotion from within culture provides new opportunities in management
They say all good things must come to an end and at R&C Williams, the end of an era dawns.
After more than 20 years with the business, the company’s SHEQ Manager Ian Yardley has called time on his career and will now enter retirement, leaving the company with his mark well and truly left.
“The industry itself has seen dramatic changes during Ian’s time with R&C…” says Business Director Sam Drew, “ and his ability to adapt and evolve with the times is a credit to his work ethic and skillset.”
With Ian enjoying a happy retirement, R&C looks to the future with promotions for two of its current workforce. Alex Colesby is to be promoted to Compliance Manager, meaning he now takes on the mantle of overseeing quality, training, environmental and IT/communications.
Additionally, Arron Roberts has been promoted to Health & Safety Manager from his previous role as Contracts Manager.
We spoke to both men about their journey’s with R&C so far, as well as their hopes for their new roles with R&C into the future.
“I started with R&C in August 2018.” Alex told us.
“Since then, I have been supporting various parts of the business – but predominantly the SHEQ Manager and Purchasing Manager.
“In my 3 years with R&C I have been undertaking various tasks in key areas of the business such as Health & Safety, Environmental, Quality, IT and Training.”
We asked Alex what his new role means to him, as well as his ambitions and R&C as he takes up the position going forward:
“To be given this opportunity so early on in my career is fantastic and speaks volumes for how good R&C are as an employer.
“It is great to have the backing and trust of the company, and I look forward to putting my own stamp on this role.
“Maintaining our high standards is priority number one, but I will also be looking to see how we can continue to improve at every opportunity.”
Arron’s journey is along a slightly longer road, having joined the business in 2005 as a 19-year-old.
“I started in 2005 and have worked here ever since.” Arron told us.
“I’ve seen the company and management team develop and grow significantly over that time.
“I took up the Contracts Manager role in 2010 and have been well introduced to the world of SHEQ by Ian during that 11-year period.
“I’m hopeful that I can now use the experience of the last 16 years managing sites into making me a better Health & Safety Manager, as I possess the practical knowledge of how things work day to day on site.
“Filling Ian’s boots will no doubt be a challenge, he’s been a mainstay of this business for over 20 years, but I hope to continue to flourish at R&C and I plan to grab this opportunity with both hands. I’d like to thank Ian for all his advice and help over the years. His retirement is well earned.”
And Arron’s hopes for the future?
“I’d say my main aim is to maintain the stellar reputation the company has when it comes to working safely, while at the same time introducing some new initiatives focusing on employee wellbeing as a whole. As a mental health first aider I think over the next few years this is an area that will see huge strides made and I aim to keep R&C at the forefront of that.”
Business Director Sam Drew added:
“We’re very pleased and very proud to promote both Alex and Arron into their new positions. Both men have been excellent assets to the business since their respective start dates, and we have no doubt that they will be great successes in their new roles.
“Finally, I’d like to thank Ian Yardley for all of his hard work and service over the last 2 decades. His commitment, loyalty, dedication and skills have been nothing short of excellent, and we realise as a company that we have been fortunate to have an employee, and a man of his calibre working with us for such a great length of time. Happy retirement Ian.”
The R&C GIV£1 initiative sees company employees make a £1 a week donation from their salaries, then matched by the business and donated to a local charity on a monthly basis.