Meet the Team
Our Senior Team and Dedicated Customer Service Professionals
Main Duties: Julie wears many hats as the Managing Director. She is responsible for directing the management team, implementing and reviewing company systems, procedures, templates, and solving problems. Her dedication and meticulous attention to detail ensure that everything runs smoothly, providing a solid foundation for the company’s success.
Background: Julie has a rich history in the industry, with 8 years of experience working within the asbestos team at Somerset County Council as an air tester, surveyor, and bulk analyst. In 1999, she took a bold step and established G&L Consultancy. Julie’s journey began on the frontline, working on-site carrying out all accredited activities and gradually expanding the various teams.
Years at G&L / in the industry: Julie has been a pivotal part of G&L since she founded it in 1999, making her a veteran with more than two decades of industry experience.
Career Highlights: Julie is modest about her achievements, but the ongoing success of G&L is a clear testament to her leadership. Under her watch, G&L has grown and thrived, making it a highlight she may not mention but one that is undoubtedly recognised by all.
Best thing about being part of the G&L team: Ask Julie what’s the best thing about being part of the G&L team, and she’ll tell you it’s the people. She loves working with a team that’s not just professional and dedicated to the G&L mission, but also brings a sense of fun and camaraderie to the workplace.
Personal Life: When she’s not steering the G&L ship, you can find Julie gardening, engrossed in DIY projects, or taking long walks with her four pet alpacas. A lesser-known fact about Julie is that she served in the Territorial Army Medical Corp for a decade before embarking on her G&L journey.
With her wealth of experience, commitment to the company, and passion for her team, Julie is the heart and soul of G&L .
Northern Ireland Director
Main Duties: As the Northern Ireland Director, Alan is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Northern Ireland office. His leadership and management skills ensure smooth operations and efficient delivery of services to clients.
Years at G&L / in the industry / similar role: Alan has been an integral part of G&L since joining in March 2000, shortly after its inception. With extensive experience in the industry and similar roles, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his position.
Highlight of Career So Far: Setting up a permanent office in Northern Ireland stands out as a significant accomplishment in Alan’s career. Alan moved to Northern Ireland in 2004, with his wife Karen Lewis, with a view to setting up an office from scratch. Working with a great team of people has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience, contributing to his professional growth and the success of G&L.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: Alan values the conscientious nature of his colleagues at G&L. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals who are not afraid to do the right thing creates a positive and supportive work environment.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of work, Alan is a devoted family man. He enjoys keeping fit through activities such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, and embracing any fun, (or completely mad) challenge that comes his way.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: An interesting fact about Alan is that he has hitchhiked the equivalent of circumnavigating the world, highlighting his adventurous spirit and love for exploration.
Deputy Technical Director & Operations Manager (SW England)
Main Duties: As the Deputy Technical Director & Operations Manager, Darren plays a pivotal role in managing all operations from the Somerset Office. His responsibilities include quoting large surveying and asbestos removal projects, as well as providing support to the Somerset management team in their respective areas of work.
Years at G&L / in Industry / Similar Role: Darren’s journey with G&L began in November 2007 and with his extensive industry experience and dedication to his role, he is now an integral part of the team.
Highlight of Career So Far: One of the standout moments in Darren’s career was his involvement in supporting the Military Support Service with Building Safety in Kabul, Afghanistan. This experience allowed him to contribute his expertise to an important and impactful project.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: Darren finds great joy in the balance between hard work and enjoyment within the G&L team. The team’s dedication to their work is complemented by a supportive and fun atmosphere, creating a fulfilling and rewarding work environment.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: During his leisure time, Darren indulges in various activities. He enjoys playing golf, watching rugby, and following motorsport events, which allows him to relax and enjoy his passions outside of work.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: An interesting fact about Darren is that he achieved a remarkable feat at the age of 16 – he had a hole-in-one, an impressive golf accomplishment that took place 22 years ago. This achievement showcases his skill and adds a memorable aspect to his personal journey.
Deputy Quality Director & SHEQ Manager
Main Duties: Mark is responsible for overseeing, maintaining, and enhancing G&L’s environmental, occupational health & safety, and quality management systems. He also manages the Somerset Bulk Lab, ensuring its smooth operation.
Years at G&L: Mark has been a valuable member of G&L since joining in January 2001.
Highlight of Career So Far: Mark’s notable achievement is successfully designing and implementing various management systems that have greatly contributed to the company’s success.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: For Mark, the best part of being part of the G&L team is simply being part of the team itself. He cannot imagine working anywhere else, emphasising the strong sense of camaraderie and unity within the organization.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending quality time with his family. He also finds pleasure in reading and engaging in wargaming.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: An interesting fact about Mark is that he won the Gold medal in his age category at the South West Judo Championships in 1990, showcasing his martial arts prowess.
Finance & HR Manager
Main Duties: As the Finance & HR Manager, Sally oversees all aspects of the company’s finances, ranging from VAT to payroll, across both office locations. Additionally, she takes charge of recruitment, contracts, and ensuring the welfare of all employees, promptly addressing any potential concerns.
Years at G&L / in Industry / Similar Role: Sally’s commitment to G&L spans an impressive 19 years, having joined the company in October 2004. Her extensive experience in the industry, particularly in finance management, makes her an asset to the team.
Highlight of Career So Far: Sally cherishes her entire career at G&L, and her dedication to the company stands out as a noteworthy accomplishment. Throughout her tenure, she has consistently contributed to the smooth financial operations and welfare of the employees.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: Sally finds the G&L team to be exceptionally friendly, caring, and supportive. The welcoming and nurturing work environment is a significant factor in her enjoyment of being part of the team.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of work, Sally indulges in various activities. She enjoys traveling, spending quality time with friends, children, and grandchildren, cherishing the moments shared with loved ones.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: An interesting fact about Sally is that she is a trained chef and has an extensive background in the hospitality industry. She ran a pub for 18 years, showcasing her skills and experience in culinary arts.
Deputy Branch Manager (Northern Ireland)
Main Duties: As the Deputy Branch Manager for Northern Ireland, John’s primary responsibility is to ensure the efficient and productive functioning of both the air monitoring and surveying departments. He dedicates his time to developing the skill sets of the staff, providing training to enable them to deliver surveys of the highest profile and quality.
Years at G&L / Industry Experience / Similar Role: John joined G&L in 2007 as a surveyor, initially working on Housing Executive contracts. Over the years, he honed his expertise, progressing to conduct high-profile surveys. In 2012, John ventured to Brisbane, Australia, where he made significant contributions to the industry by training local staff to meet UKAS standards in surveying. He later transitioned to the Analytical division, performing comprehensive clearances on various industrial and commercial properties and obtaining his Asbestos Assessors License. In 2012, he returned to G&L, focusing on the development of the surveying and Air Monitoring teams.
Highlight of Career So Far: One of John’s notable achievements was delivering surveying services for Van-Oord on large dredging vessels at sea. He had the unique opportunity to travel to and from the vessels by helicopter, showcasing his expertise in challenging and dynamic environments.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: John finds immense joy in being part of the G&L team, primarily due to the strong spirit, support, and camaraderie shared among the team members. Working with like-minded individuals who strike the perfect balance between passion for their work and enjoyment within the industry is truly rewarding for him. John highly appreciates the team’s commitment to upholding high standards of operation and delivering excellence to clients.
Hobbies / Personal Interests: Outside of work, John prioritises spending quality time with his family. He maintains an active lifestyle by regularly attending the gym and indulging in hobbies such as hiking and cold-water sea dips. Additionally, he finds relaxation and enjoyment in video gaming.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: In his youth, John was an accomplished swimmer, winning numerous medals in both solo and relay events at swimming galas. This hidden talent demonstrates his past achievements and competitive spirit.
Business Development & Personnel Manager (Northern Ireland)
Main Responsibilities: Karen takes care of day-to-day personnel matters at our Northern Ireland (NI) office, ensuring smooth operations. She actively engages with clients, focusing on business development through bid writing and tender management.
Years at G&L / Industry Experience / Similar Roles: With a remarkable 18 years at G&L and prior experience in audit and quality roles within local and central government, Karen brings extensive knowledge and expertise to her role.
Highlight of Career So Far: Karen’s notable achievement includes overseeing the development of our current office building, from site acquisition and planning to establishing it as a welcoming workspace for the NI team.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: For Karen, it’s all about the people who make up the team. She enjoys getting to know individuals, witnessing their growth, and supporting them in acquiring new skills and gaining confidence in their roles.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of work, Karen’s passion lies in triathlons, and everything related to it. As a qualified triathlon coach and a Triathlon Ireland ‘Beyond the Finish Line’ Advocate for Women in Sport, she actively promotes triathlons and encourages women to take on leadership roles. Additionally, Karen cherishes her roles as a parent and a wife.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: In 1997, during a solo trip to Australia that lasted a year, Karen had a chance encounter with her now-husband, Alan Lewis, within a few hours of arriving in the country.
Client Liaison Manager (SW England)
Main Duties: James is the most client facing member of staff at G&L with client relations as his main focus. He looks after all the key managed site clients and keeps in regular contact with them to ensure all their asbestos needs are met. James takes the time to explain all aspects of the management plans to clients and what they need to do to comply with the regulations to ensure their sites are managed safely. He organises and oversees the reinspections and also carries out annual reviews at each site to ensure ongoing compliance. James really cares about the clients and their needs and always has time to listen and explain what is required.
Years at G&L / in the Industry / Similar Role: James joined G&L in 2005 as a trainee asbestos surveyor having worked previously as a building surveyor.
Highlight of Career So Far: James highlighted many years ago that asbestos management is not just about a one off survey, but the ongoing assessment and review of asbestos with reinspections and management plans. James was the driving force in setting up the G&L reinspection services and management plan services so clients were not just told what to do, but educated so they had the tools to actively manage the asbestos on their sites.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: We have such a lovely team of staff that are committed and good friends.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Anyone who has worked with James will know that he spends a lot of time with his beloved cockapoo Bobby, generally out cycling with Bobby sat in his rucksack on his back. James also likes to spend time with his daughter, redesigning his garden or at his local gym doing circuits and kickboxing.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: James spends most of his weekends at weddings and social events, helping run a fun casino and photobooth.
Asbestos Removal & Air Test Manager (SW England)
Main Duties: Jason plays a crucial role in pricing, planning, and coordinating G&L’s site asbestos removal team. He works closely with licensed asbestos removal contractors and clients to determine asbestos remediation scopes and organizes site consultancy work and air testing.
Years at G&L / Industry Experience: With 11 years at G&L since March 2012, Jason brings extensive industry experience to his role as Asbestos Removal & Air Test Manager.
Highlights of Career So Far: Jason has two notable career highlights. Firstly, he was the lead consultant for a challenging two-year-long project involving the removal of a 4000 square meter roof with an asbestos sprayed coating. The successful completion of this project required meticulous planning and execution within a working enclosure. Secondly, earning his promotion within G&L stands as a significant achievement in his career.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: For Jason, the best part of being part of the G&L team is the trust placed in his judgment, both by G&L and their valued clients. This trust underscores the collaborative and professional environment he works in.
Hobbies / Time Spent at Home: Outside of work, Jason enjoys spending time with his partner Kim and their 7-year-old daughter and their energetic Jack Russell. They often embark on long walks, exploring new places. Jason is also passionate about brewing his own beer and has plans to establish “Beermongers” as a unique venture.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: Prior to his career in the asbestos industry, Jason spent a significant amount of time in sports coaching. He volunteered for 12 years at a local youth team and even completed a season coaching football in Philadelphia, USA.
Joanna Haigh (Jo)
Survey Manager (SW England)
Main Duties: As the Survey Manager, Jo is responsible for overseeing all-round general surveying, surveyor welfare, conducting audits, and providing training to surveyors. She also actively participates in surveying projects herself, ensuring quality and accuracy.
Years at G&L / in the Industry / Similar Role: With an impressive 19 years of experience, Jo has been an integral part of G&L. Her expertise in the industry and similar roles make her a valued team member.
Highlight of Career So Far: Jo cherishes the opportunities to work on remarkable sites and with diverse clients. From exploring stunning historical properties to meeting interesting people, every project brings unique experiences and rewarding moments.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: Jo finds immense satisfaction in the variety that her role offers. Each day presents new challenges and exciting opportunities. She values the flexible work ethic and the camaraderie shared among her colleagues. The supportive and collaborative environment at G&L contributes to a fulfilling work experience.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of work, Jo’s passion for travel continues to thrive. Having explored various destinations during her younger years, the love for adventure remains strong. She enjoys spending time outdoors, engaging in activities like paddleboarding on the canal or along the coast, cycling, and nurturing her allotment where she grows vegetables. Additionally, Jo has taken up beekeeping and currently tends to three beehives. All of these endeavors are shared with her two children, making for cherished family moments.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: In her earlier years, Jo was a talented gymnast and even represented her county. She still retains her gymnastic skills and can effortlessly perform a backflip, especially after a couple of ciders!
Training Manager (SW England)
Main Responsibilities As the Training Manager at G&L, Jack plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth operation of the Somerset training department. He takes charge of presenting all courses and possesses a deep understanding of the subjects being taught. Jack’s expertise and experience allow him to effectively train new trainers, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality training programs. In addition, he actively contributes to the development of new courses, staying up to date with the latest industry trends and advancements.
Years at G&L / Industry Experience / Similar Roles: With a total of 8 years of industry experience, including 5 years dedicated to G&L, Jack has built a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise in his field. Prior to joining G&L, he gained valuable experience in various roles. This extensive background enables him to bring a wealth of insight to his role as Training Manager.
Highlight of Career So Far: Jack’s standout achievement in his career was successfully passing the NEBOSH General Certificate and being signed off as an approved IOSH Trainer. This accomplishment showcases his dedication to professional development and his commitment to maintaining the highest standards in training delivery.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: The camaraderie and collaborative spirit within the G&L team are what Jack appreciates the most. He feels privileged to work alongside like-minded individuals who share his passion for delivering exceptional training. The supportive and friendly environment fosters a sense of unity and allows everyone to thrive both personally and professionally.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of his professional endeavors, Jack enjoys indulging in his favorite hobbies. He is an avid football enthusiast and can often be found on the pitch, either playing or spectating the sport. Additionally, he has a fondness for golf, relishing the challenge and tranquility it provides.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: An interesting fact about Jack is his love for immersing himself in a captivating murder mystery book.
Laboratory Manager (Northern Ireland)
Main Duties: As the Northern Ireland Laboratory Manager, Colin is responsible for sample analysis, the day-to-day operations of the lab, and calibration of lab and site equipment. His expertise and attention to detail ensure accurate and efficient testing processes, contributing to the overall success of the company.
Years at G&L / in the industry: Colin has been an integral part of G&L since joining as a trainee analyst in July 2011. With his extensive experience, he excels in managing the lab and overseeing various analytical tasks. His dedication to maintaining high standards in sample analysis is highly valued within the company. His longevity in the industry has honed his skills and deepened his knowledge in asbestos analysis.
Career Highlights: Colin takes pride in successfully managing the lab, ensuring smooth operations, accurate testing, and reliable results. His contributions play a vital role in maintaining the company’s reputation for excellence.
Best thing about being part of the G&L team: Colin cherishes the camaraderie and positive atmosphere among his colleagues. Being part of the team fosters a sense of belonging and a shared purpose. Additionally, he finds fulfillment in playing a role, alongside his colleagues, in identifying and helping remove asbestos from the environment.
Personal Life: In his spare time, Colin indulges in his passion for video games, making him an avid gaming fan. A lesser-known fact about Colin is that he was a nightclub DJ in his younger days, showcasing his diverse interests and talents.
Laboratory Supervisor (SW England)
Main Duties: As the Laboratory Supervisor, Abby is responsible for managing various aspects of sample analysis. She handles sample booking, analysis, report generation, service agreements, and client communications. Additionally, Abby takes care of bulk sample invoicing and coordinates with the surveyors and surveying team. She prioritises daily tasks, resolves any issues faced by other analysts, and ensures the availability of necessary equipment and consumables. Abby also manages equipment calibrations for the lab, air testing, and some surveying.
Years at G&L / in the industry / similar role: Abby joined G&L in November 2018 as a trainee analyst after completing her degree in Biological Sciences. She quickly progressed to become the Laboratory Supervisor in May 2019. Before joining G&L, she briefly worked in a microbiology lab.
Highlight of Career So Far: Abby takes pride in her role as a mentor and trainer. She has successfully helped six individuals pass their P401 exams on their first attempt, highlighting her dedication to supporting her colleagues’ professional growth.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: Abby appreciates the exceptional team dynamic at G&L. From the laboratory to the entire company, she finds her colleagues to be not only hardworking but also great fun to work with. The weekly lab polls always bring entertaining moments.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of work, Abby enjoys following football as a passionate Aston Villa fan. She watches football matches regularly and tries to attend games whenever possible. Abby is also a music enthusiast and makes it a point to attend festivals each year.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: An interesting fact about Abby is that she can moonwalk, showcasing her hidden talent for dancing.
Asbestos Consultant/Trainer (Northern Ireland)
Main Duties: Stephen plays a pivotal role as an Asbestos Consultant/Trainer at G&L. His responsibilities include delivering training sessions, fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE), conducting analytical works, and performing air testing.
Years at G&L / in Industry / Similar Role: Stephen has been a valued member of the G&L team for over 6 years since March 2017, contributing his expertise and knowledge to the field. His experience in the industry makes him an asset to the company.
Highlight of Career So Far: Stephen’s career highlight thus far is successfully passing the NEBOSH construction qualification. This accomplishment showcases his dedication to professional development and expertise in the field.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: Stephen’s favourite aspect of being part of the G&L team is the opportunity to work with a group of cool and like-minded individuals. The camaraderie and collaboration among colleagues make the work environment enjoyable and fulfilling.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of work, Stephen enjoys engaging in various physical activities. He is passionate about football, cycling, swimming, hiking, and squash. These hobbies keep him active and energized.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: An interesting fact about Stephen is that he taught himself to play the acoustic guitar through online tutorials on YouTube. His determination and self-motivation enabled him to develop a musical skill in his spare time.
Asbestos Analyst/Trainer (SW England)
Main Duties: Archie’s primary responsibilities include conducting air monitoring, delivering training on asbestos awareness and non-licensed removal courses, and actively participating in non-licensed removal projects. With his expertise, he ensures accurate monitoring and provides valuable training to promote asbestos safety.
Years at G&L / in industry / similar role: Archie started his career in the asbestos industry at G&L in October 2020. G&L has been the sole place of his employment in this industry, allowing him to grow and excel in his role.
Highlight of Career So Far: One of the standout moments in Archie’s career was when he ventured into his first significant enclosure as a trainee analyst during a large scale sprayed asbestos removal project at a local University. This experience marked a significant milestone in his professional growth.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: For Archie, the best thing about being part of the G&L team is the incredibly nice and supportive atmosphere. He feels privileged to be surrounded by an amazing team that works together cohesively and shares a common goal.
Hobby / What You Spend Your Time on at Home: Outside of work, Archie enjoys playing football and golf, as well as watching various sports. He also finds relaxation and entertainment in playing video games, indulging in his passion for gaming.
A Fact We Don’t Know About You: A fascinating fact about Archie is that he couldn’t speak until he was 5 years old. His journey from overcoming this challenge to becoming a trainer is an incredible personal achievement and testament to his determination and growth.
Admin Officer (SW England)
Main Responsibilities: Kim’s main duties revolve around managing air monitoring bookings. She efficiently handles booking requests from our valued clients and site contractors, overseeing the diary to ensure seamless scheduling and then sending the final reports.
Kim also takes care of booking courses for our clients, ensuring they have the necessary resources to enhance their skills and knowledge. Kim then produces all the identification cards and certificates, ensuring all training participants receive the recognition they deserve.
When she’s not managing bookings and training, Kim takes on reception duties, warmly welcoming visitors and answering phone calls with professionalism and a friendly demeanor. Her exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail make her a valuable team member.
Years at G&L / Industry Experience / Similar Roles: With 2 years of experience at G&L, Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her position.
Highlight of Career So Far: One of the highlights of Kim’s career so far has been the opportunity to meet celebrities. Prior to joining G&L, she had the privilege of encountering renowned personalities such as Peter & Emily Andre, Sophie Ellis Bexter, and Kevin Bridges.
Best Thing About Being Part of the G&L Team: Being part of the G&L team, Kim particularly enjoys engaging with our clients. She takes pride in building strong relationships and providing exceptional customer service. Her dedication