PEOPLE

Our people are our greatest asset, and over the years we have had some exceptional people join our team. We are proud of our strong staff retention rate and actively support those who wish to develop their career with the company.

Board of Directors

CIARAN DONNELLY

GROUP CHAIRMAN

A qualified civil engineer with over 20 years of experience, Ciaran established Cidon Construction in 2000 after 5 years working up to Project Manager with Balfour Beatty on a number of major projects. He has an active role in the business as part of our commitment to offer a high level of customer service to our clients, and is responsible for ensuring the company grows in a sustainable manner, with particular focus on the recruitment and development of new entrants to the company, driving forward efficiency and engineering levels. 

PATRICK BRYAN

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Patrick was appointed as Managing Director in 2017, and is responsible for overseeing all Cidon Group's operations. He has an active role in all aspects of the business, closely monitoring the Group's financial position, reputation and encouraging the best possible results from staff at all levels. Patrick is an excellent communicator, commercial leader and strategic thinker, ensuring steady growth for the Company. 

Prior to joining Cidon Construction, he spent 16 years with Birse Civils and Balfour Beatty in the role of Construction Manager, where he worked on a range of diverse and complex civil engineering projects.  Patrick joined Cidon Construction in 2015 as Operations Director, as which he oversaw a number of civils and build projects simultaneously, also managing site labour resource requirements throughout the business.

STEPHEN SIMPSON

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Stephen has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years predominantly working on behalf of principal contractors and subcontractors on a variety of building and civil engineering projects throughout the UK. His experience has brought great value to the company and was appointed Operations Director in 2012.

Stephen has a broad range of experience, initially starting out as a site engineer and proceeded to work his way up the ranks through to senior management. He is involved in our projects from inception through to final account ensuring the interface with our clients is consistent throughout the life cycle of the project. Stephen encourages close communication to ensure projects are managed safely and efficiently and the project programme expectations are maintained and hopefully exceeded. Stephen manages the teams at all stages and is able to solve problems quickly and efficently both on site and from head office.

ROB SMITH

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Rob Smith has over 20 years' practical experience within the construction and civil engineering sectors, initially starting out as a Site Engineer and now operating as the Technical Director for Cidon since 2011.

Rob leads the Technical team from the Pre-Construction Phase, to a completed set of Construction Phase information throughout the project. He is responsible for ensuring the team produce accurate and commercially sound temporary and permanent works' design solutions. This includes crane plans, and other technical drawings and information to allow Cidon to challenge and win tenders, and also continue with the project during the Construction Phase. Overall, this will ensure the detailed design and build solutions are safely and correctly implemented on site.

LIAM HALL

ESTIMATING DIRECTOR

Liam joined Cidon Construction in September 2007 as a trainee Quantity Surveyor and after ten years of service, he was appointed as the Estimating Director.  Whilst qualifying for his Degree in Quantity Surveying, he has worked diligently crafting his trade with our construction teams both site and office based, and now a strong leader and valued member of the senior management team.

Liam's solid knowledge of construction practices, specialising in reinforced concrete construction enables him to lead the delivery team in producing concise take-offs and bill preparation in accordance with both SMM7 and CESMM3. Contractual and commercial awareness is a necessity in construction, especially at tender settlement.   Liam is always at the forefront of these discussions, which we find invaluable.

Key Personnel

STEVE AUTON

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Appointed as Operations Manager in 2017, a role which facilitates the ongoing liaison between company Directors, project site teams and clients, Steve entered the industry in 1993 as a joiner and has worked with Cidon since 2005. Steve initially joined the Company as a Foreman, working on a wide range of projects including High Rise Commercial Buildings, Energy from Waste Facilities and Special Finish Projects. Over the years, Steve has progressed his career through to Senior Management, and promoted to Operations Manager, with the responsibility for delivering allocated site operations. Steve is a strong and effective leader and has a very good technical understanding of the construction sequence, programming and temporary works, enabling him to adapt site requirements. Strong communication skills are one of Steve's key strengths which has gained him respect not only within Cidon Construction, but with our Client's.

CON O'SHEA

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Appointed as Operations Manager in 2018, Con is responsible for the overall delivery of allocated site operations, ensuring communication is paramount at all times. This includes co-ordinating the design information, program milestones, ensuring all operations are delivered safely and efficiently. The role facilitates the ongoing liaison between company directors, project site teams and clients. Con started his career with Cidon Construction in 2010 as a Construction Manager, since then he has managed a wide range of projects throughout the UK such as Energy from Waste Facilities and High Rise Commercial Buildings. Prior to that, Con was based in the Middle East for six years where he worked as a Works Manager. Communication between the client and colleagues is a priority as well as managing the co-ordination of works within the site environment. Con is a very experienced and valuable member of our senior team, known for his strong character and assertive leadership skills.

MARK ASHWORTH

HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSULTANT

Mark is an experienced Health and Safety professional with over 18 years' experience in key Health and Safety roles within the major industry sectors. He offers a common sense approach to advising, training and the varied complexities of current legislation, to ensure compliance in all areas of the business.

He coordinates weekly site audits to monitor compliance, and produces a full health and safety report at the time of audit, along with a monthly summary which is communicated to the Board of Directors.

Quarterly Health and Safety review meetings are also carried out between Mark and the Directors to get a full overview of the Group's position and compliance, and ensure all concerns and adjustments are communicated. Mark also identifies recognition awards to individuals on site who have gone above and beyond to ensure that a safe working environment is achieved at all times.

IMOGEN BROOKS

HR & TRAINING/MARKETING

Imogen began her career at Cidon Construction in 2010, progressing through a number of areas of the business. She has proceeded to manage the HR and Training department, dealing with many facets of workforce engagement.

Since 2014 Cidon Construction have been recruiting and training apprentices in Formwork Joinery and Steel Fixing which is managed by Imogen in partnership with a specialist training provider. Recruitment needs for the business are identified and actioned, appropriate job descriptions along with knowledge, skills and behaviour expectations identified and formalised from the outset to match the appropriate candidates to the role as closely as possible.

Due to Imogen’s rounded experience within the company and strong character, she has become a key member of the office management team at Cidon Construction.

JANE GALLOWAY

PROCUREMENT MANAGER

Jane began her career at Cidon Construction in 2012 as an Administrator and Accounts Assistant. After two years, she progressed in to the Purchasing Department, and now oversees all the procurement requirements for the business. Jane diligently manages all the external suppliers, from pricing agreements and subsequently issuing unique site purchasing manuals, through to authorizing supplier invoices including dealing with queries and processing payments. Maintaining good relationships with the suppliers and building new ones is instrumental in this role.

She is a diligent member of our management team, able to take on new challenges and see them through to completion.

ROBERT GARBULA

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Robert joined Cidon Construction in 2013 as Financial Controller. With 25 years working in the finance industry, Robert is an FCCA Chartered Accountant, overseeing all the financial operations for the group. He is responsible for forecasting and communicating quarterly reports for management accounts to the board of Directors, as well as day to day reports for the heads of departments as required.

Robert oversees all the financial operations from cash flow and invoice processing to payroll and VAT returns. He is a key member of the management team, able to communicate in a clear and accurate manner and ultimately ensure that the business retains is secure and healthy financial position at all times.

KEVIN GRAHAM

SCOTLAND REGION - GENERAL MANAGER

Kevin joined us in 2019 as a General Manager, responsible for Cidon Construction's Scotland operations.

With over 30 years' experience in the industry, Kevin has developed his career from the outset to understand the attributes and requirements for a successful commercial and operational delivery within both client and contracting based environments. He is very much a people person, with significant experience in managing the delivery of work winning opportunities, and developing new business streams.

Kevin will represent the Group's presence in Scotland, continuing to build a portfolio of clients and projects in the region. He will work closely alongside the board of directors to strategically build the business in line with our growth plan, ensuring our ethos and reputation is represented at all times.

JIM MAYCOCK

SENIOR QUANTITY SURVEYOR

Jim is an integral part of the delivery team responsible for all aspects of commercial and contractual administration for the construction projects undertaken by Cidon Construction. He is involved at every stage of the process, ensuring that the client remains fully aware of all the cost implications from inception through to practical completion, and final account agreed.

Jim will produce accurate cash flow forecasts, and act as the employers advocate, ensuring that the pitfalls that lead to so many unnecessary claims on building projects are managed out and avoided.  He graduated as a Quantity Surveyor in1986, and acquired over 25 years’ experience working within the commercial management teams for Developers and Principle Contractors on varied range of project types and scale.

CARL MAYCOCK

TECHNICAL

Carl joined the team in 2015, as a Technical Assistant.  He works closely with the Technical Director, generating formwork designs, liaising with the suppliers, and designers to ensure the best possible outcome for the build.  Carl will draw up a design for each individual project, and from there generate an equipment picking list to ensure that all the equipment is readily available as each section is called off for delivery. 

He has a strong understanding of various formwork Systems, and build sequences, therefore able to determine the best approach.  He is also a CPCS trained Appointed Person, able to evaluate craneage needs, and draw up plans for site lifting operations.

NATHAN NEWMAN

QUANTITY SURVEYOR

Nathan joined the Delivery Team in 2019 as Quantity Surveyor, working with our team of Surveyors and Estimators. Nathan closely monitors allocated live projects, submitting monthly payment applications on time, including any associated forecasting. He will regularly liaise with both Project Managers and site team Supervisors on the progress of works, an essential part of the role to ensure all variations are recorded and addressed in a timely manner.

After completing his HND Construction & The Built Environment qualification, Nathan has over five years' industry experience within the Groundworks / Civil / Retail and General Construction Sectors. His experience from independently running live projects, negotiating final accounts, and producing large value tenders has set him in good stead in his career with Cidon Construction.

SARAH O'MARA

PAYROLL AND ACCOUNTS

Sarah joined the team in April 2013 as our Payroll Administrator. Since then she has progressed with the business, implementing new monitoring processes for site hours, including the use of face recognition equipment on all sites. Sarah processes the weekly and monthly payments for all site and head office staff, using a number of software and accounting packages. She also works closely alongside our Financial Controller, producing reports.

Sarah is Level 3 AAT Qualified.  She is a diligent and trustworthy member of our team, able to communicate with both the workforce, and senior team in an approachable, and precise manor.

ANETA OWENS

PLANT ADMINISTRATOR

Aneta joined the team in 2016 with our Plant Department as an administrator.  Using a specialist piece of software, Aneta monitors the movement of plant and equipment between our Depot and sites, ensuring that both the location of the equipment tracked, appropriate certification is up to date, and the paperwork can be supplied to the project team.  She ensures that all servicing and maintenance regimes for the equipment is up to date, damages are repaired and all the costs are recorded.  With this information, Aneta can then produce monthly reports for the Directors attention and raise invoices where necessary.

JOHN SCHOLEY

PLANT CO-ORDINATOR

John has been working in the industry for over 40 years, starting out at an apprentice plant engineer.  He has a wealth of experience, including over 20 years at Hewden Hire as a Service Manager. 

John began his career with Cidon in January 2018 as the Plant Department Co-ordinator. He oversees the department to ensure site requirements are met, coordinating transport logistics and ensuring the servicing and maintenance regime is adhered to for all operated and non-operated plant.  John will also assess asset purchase requirements where necessary for the overall department to be run efficiently. 

As a qualified trainer he is able to train our workforce in working at height, harness inspection and PAT Testing.  His LOLER qualification also enables him to carry out inspections, signing off and certifying lifting equipment accessories in-house.

JANE SEARLE

COMMERCIAL ADMINISTRATOR

Jane began her career with Cidon in 2016 as a Front of House Administrator, and after 2 years she has progressed in to the Commercial Department. Her role with the Delivery Team assists the Quantity Surveyors and Estimators with tasks such as document control and pre-qualification information. Jane is also involved in sourcing material quotations, and auditing supplier invoices, ensuring that the team are working with the most up to date project information.

Jane takes a professional and diligent approach in all she does, and an integral part of the Head Office team.

EBONY WILKINSON

FRONT OF HOUSE ADMINISTRATOR

Ebony began her career with Cidon as a Front of House Administrator in 2019. She is the first point of contact for visitors at Head Office and telephone enquiries.

As part of her role, Ebony supports a number of departments, including Human Resources and Accounts, ensuing all supplier invoices are processed and filed appropriately to be signed off for payment.

Ebony's polite and professional approach in this client facing role is key, and she is an integral part of the Head Office team.

Construction Team

FRANK MARKEY

PROJECT MANAGER

With over 12 years' experience within the Reinforced Concrete Sector, Frank began his career as a Civil Engineer, working on prestigious projects exeeding £800 million in value. He joined Cidon in 2019 as key member of our Management team, operating as the lead Project Manager on large scale projects.

Frank has a wealth of experience in Reinforced Concrete works, able apply his Technical knowledge to advise and implement design solutions where required.

Frank will lead the site team in Scotland, working closely with the Operations Manager to ensure the projects are maintaining programme, and communication between the Client, Designers and Site Team remains consistent to achieve a successful project delivery.

DAVE ROBINSON

PROJECT MANAGER

Dave has over 20 years' experience within the civil engineering sector, working with the construction teams in a Management role.

Dave joined us in 2018 after 20 years with Balfour Beatty.  He prides himself on delivering a safe and high quality project within tight financial constraints, and particularly enthusiastic about the opportunities that Value Engineering can deliver to a scheme, with experience of work implementing over £1m of ideas.  He is approachable with a good technical understanding, and ensures communication between Client, Designers and Site Team remains consistent, in order for a successful project delivery to be achieved.

SCOTT RODGERS

PROJECT MANAGER

With over 15 years' experience as a Senior Engineer, Scott is a key member of our technical team now operating as a Project Manager. He has been involved in a wide range of projects including Energy from Waste, High Rise Commercial Buildings and elaborate sites within City Centre environments, able to engineer on the most complex of schemes in Cidon's portfolio.

Scott is involved in the projects from the pre-start meetings to completion, carrying a consistent approach throughout. He has a close working relationship with our technical team, able to advise and implement design solutions where required. Scott has the ability to adapt quickly to different working environments, managing site teams and communicate tasks at all levels. He has an extensive technical understanding, but also on a management level ensuring that any issues are resolved quickly and efficiently.

RIA SMYTHIES

ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER

Ria joined Cidon in 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager.  Based in Manchester Ria has worked on a number of high rise concrete frame projects, assisting the Construction Management team with tasks such as buying, document control, site inductions, and general communication between the head office and site.

Prior to this Ria worked with Morris Roe on a number of large scale projects throughout the North West.  She is organised and personable, key contributing factors for a successful project delivery.

PAULA McCONVILLE

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

Paula joined Cidon in 2018 as a Site Administrator. Based in Liverpool, Paula is working a number of prestige concrete frame projects in the North West region. She assists the Construction Management team with tasks such as document control, site inductions, client reporting and general communication between the head office and site.

Paula is diligent and organised, all key contributing factors for a successful project delivery.

Delivery Team

MARTIN McDONAGH

GENERAL FOREMAN

Martin joined Cidon in 2013 as a Section Foreman.  With over 25 years' experience in the construction industry, he is now one of our Site Management Team, working as a General Foreman.

Prior to this, Martin worked as a Skilled Joiner on projects throughout the UK and managing a small team on large scale civils projects.

Martin is currently leading a team in Manchester, coordinating the day to day operations.  He will oversee the Section Foreman, ensuring the project is running to program, and any issues are quickly resolved.

CATHAL OWENS

GENERAL FOREMAN

Cathal joined the team in 2018 as a General Foreman.  With over 20 years' experience in the industry, his role as part of the Site Management team has been established for years on projects throughout the UK and Ireland.

He is a skilled joiner, with experience in the trade and management on special finish projects.  He leads with a practical approach to the management of site activities and work with the team to identify the best path for the delivery of the build.

STEPHEN OWENS

GENERAL FOREMAN

Stephen joined Cidon in 2013, as a Section Foreman.  With 20 years' experience of the industry behind him, he was identified and promoted to General Foreman.

Prior to this, Stephen worked on projects throughout the UK and Ireland managing a small team of shuttering joiners on large scale civils projects.

He is a skilled joiner, and leads with a practical and non-confrontational approach to the management of site activities.  Within the last six years, he has successfully managed both small and large teams, and more recently a site in Sheffield.

ANDY GIBNEY

STEEL FIXING FOREMAN

With over 20 years' experience in the construction and civil engineering industry, Andy joined Cidon in 2015.  He is a Steel Fixing Foreman, who has led a small team on a number of projects throughout the UK.

He leads small gangs of to carry out the Steel Fixing across the site, able to interpret the drawings and communicate to the team.

Andy is knowledgeable and approachable, leading the way for a number of trainees and apprentices, ensuring they have the skills to produce a quantity finish.

SHAUN HEALD

STEEL FIXING FOREMAN

With over 20 years' experience in the construction and civil engineering industry, Shaun joined Cidon in 2011.  He is a Steel Fixing Foreman, who has led a team working on the most complex of schemes including Glasgow School of Art and South Shields Digital Media Centre to name a few.

He leads small gangs of to carry out the Steel Fixing across the site, able to interpret the drawings and communicate to the team.  With Shaun's experience, he is relied on by the site team for his strong industry knowledge, and identify any design issues so that they can be resolved as quickly as possible.

ROBERT BERTRAM

FOREMAN

Robert joined the team in 2014 as a Ground Worker.  He has gained a wealth of experience over the years in ground works and drainage, able to confidently lead a team to ensure all works carried out in a safe and timely manner.

SHANE DONNELLY

FOREMAN

Shane joined Cidon in 2014 as a Section Foreman.  As a trained joiner, he has worked in the industry for over 25 Years, managing a small gang throughout the UK.  Shane has brought a number of apprentices through the ranks, investing time and interest in to the future generation.

VIRGULINO ESCUMALHA

FOREMAN

Lino joined Cidon in 2014 as a Section Foreman.  As a trained joiner, he has worked in the industry for over 25 Years, managing a small gang throughout the UK.  He has a wealth of experience in the concrete sector, working on large scale civils works to special concrete finish projects.

Trainee Delivery Team

JOSH JOHNSON

SECTION FOREMAN

Josh joined Cidon in 2011 as a labourer.  He has worked on sites throughout the UK and developed his skills in Formwork Joinery and Steel Fixing.  Josh has completed his Formwork Joinery Level 2 NVQ, and gained a wealth of experience over the years, progressing his career through to Management working as a Section Foreman.

He is trained as competent operator in a number of CPCS categories as well as Site Managers Safety Training (SMSTS).

JOE MARSHALL

SECTION FOREMAN

Joe joined Cidon in 2013, as part of the first intake for the Level 2 Formwork Joinery Apprenticeship. This was a two-year programme which he completed in 2017. Joe completed his Level 1 Carpentry course at Leeds College of building, and then progressed on to the block release apprenticeship training, working on site when not attending College.
In the last few years, Joe has worked on a number of sites throughout Yorkshire and the North West, and completed courses such as CPCS Slinger Signaller and Site Managers Safety Training (SMSTS). He is now progressing his career through to Management working as a Section Foreman.
Joe has taken this opportunity and made the most of it. He is very reliable, and keen to be the best he can be.

NATHAN MOSS

ASSISTANT QUANTITY SURVEYOR

Nathan joined Cidon in April 2017 as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor.  He completed his Level 3 in Construction and Built Environment apprenticeship in 2018, and now studying a BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying at Sheffield Hallam University.  Each course Nathan has studied part time, working in the office 4 days per week.

His role with the Delivery Team assists the Quantity Surveyors and Estimators with tasks such as measurement and valuation, and ensuring that the team are working with the most up to date project information.

Engineering Team

RAFAL KONOPKA

ENGINEER

Rafal joined the team in 2017 as a Setting out Engineer.  He graduated with a Civil Engineering MSc from Cracow University in Poland, and moved to work in the UK in 2014.  Rafal has become a key member of our technical site team, able to work independently and contribute to the team assessing the works and resolving discrepancies.

Rafal is a diligent and Interpersonal member of the team, who has proven to lead a small site and continuing to develop his career with Cidon.

ROBERT RYAN

ENGINEER

Robert joined the team in 2018 as a Setting out Engineer.  He graduated with a M.Eng in Civil Engineering from the University of Bristol in 2014, and immediately began his career in the Offshore industry as a Graduate Engineer.  In 2015 He was promoted to Project Engineer / Site Agent, accountable for projects through the entire lifecycle up to £10 million in value.

Robert is an ambitious and thorough member of the technical team, working on a number of prestigious projects to date, and ready for new challenges to grow his career with Cidon.

 

PAUL SMITH

ENGINEER

Paul joined the team in 2014 as a Setting out Engineer.  He Graduated from Leeds University with a Building Surveying Degree, starting his career with Cidon assisting the Senior Engineer on small frame project in York.  Paul quickly progressed, and over the years has worked various types of projects from small frames, to large scale civils, and special finish projects.

He has adapted his role where required, working as a Project Manager on small projects, therefore being exposed to both site engineering requirements and the day to day site operations and client expectations.  Paul is a key member of our engineering team, always willing to be developed personally and mentor others.

GLENN JACKSON

TRAINEE ENGINEER

Glenn joined us in 2016, initially as part of the trade apprenticeship intake.  Glenn quickly realised that his true passion was to pursue a career as a Civil Engineer.  With no previous experience Glenn has worked very hard, and with the support of our senior team, is now able work independently as a Site Engineer.  He is gaining valuable site experience, as well as studying a Level 4 Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship at Leeds College of Building, one day per week.

MASON TONKS

TRAINEE ENGINEER

Mason joined us in 2017, as part of our Joinery apprenticeship intake.  Retired Rugby Player showed his true commitment and tenacious character by completing his apprenticeship within 14 months.  On completion, Mason chose to pursue his career as a Civil Engineer.  He is gaining valuable site experience, as well as studying a Level 4 Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship at Leeds College of Building, one day per week.

REECE WILLIAMS

TRAINEE ENGINEER

Reece joined us in 2018, as a Trainee Engineer. After working with a Groundworks team for 12 months, gaining experience with drainage and other aspects of Groundworks, he decided to pursue his dream to become a Civil Engineer. Since beginning his career at Cidon, he has worked closely with an experienced Engineer, and now able to set out independently on site. Whilst gaining valuable experience, Reece will be studying a Construction Site Engineering Technician Level 4 HNC at Liverpool City College, one day per week.