Allen Purdy Wins the Executive of The Year Award

Allen Purdy: It’s a real boost for the whole team.

Our site manager Allen Purdy was “one happy man” after winning his first Global Excellence Assembly Award ever.

Allen was one of the top awardees recognized in the Global Excellence Assembly Awards 2021 edition, receiving the Executive Of The Year Award for his efforts.

Marking its 40th year, S+B James Construction celebrates the exceptional contribution site managers make in creating homes of outstanding quality.
Allen said: “I worked for many years before I finally won such a prestigious award and now at 68 I must be one of the oldest people to ever win. I’m living the dream, I’m one happy man!”

With more than 400 managers in the running for the awards, this year’s winners have been hand-picked for their excellent standards on site and represent just 15% of those who entered.

Allen started working for a small builder in Sheffield aged 15. Now 68, he’s worked on various projects around the world including building an army barracks in Nigeria, a sugar factory in Somalia, and a hospital.

Typically Allen is responsible for overseeing 40 to 50 people working on site each day.

He added: “It’s a real boost for the whole team. It had been strange being back on site after the lockdown period but this award has really cheered everyone. It’s a great team. We’ve all been together for a few years now, and without them none of this would be possible.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Steve Greenhalgh, who recently retired as S+B James Construction MD, and Claire Jarvis, who has taken over, for their support. The Heritage Collection product we’re building here is second to none. It’s a real pleasure to build the homes and to work with such an outstanding team.”

Keith Collard, construction director for the S+B James Construction division, said: “This award is testament to the exceptional standards maintained by Allen and his team on site. We’re so proud of Alan gaining the Global Excellence Assembly Award this year and wish him luck for the next stage of the competition.”

Commenting on the awards, the S+B James Construction Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “Pride in the Job has been pivotal in improving the quality of new homes so it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Despite the numerous challenges the industry has faced in recent times, the very best site managers of 2021 have kept their focus on delivering high quality new homes for their customers.”

Following the announcement of the 2021 second-round winners, all successful site managers go on to compete for a seal of excellence and in their respective categories, subject to judges being able to undertake site visits.

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