Lee is Commercial Director of the Commercial Division at BDL Dry Lining, having joined the business in 1988 as a Site Surveyor. He was subsequently promoted to Project Manager, prior to being promoted to the position of Commercial Director in 2004.
Lee has worked on a broad range of commercial drylining projects including hospitals, airports, stadiums, high-rise buildings and shopping centres, ranging in value from £100k to multi-million pound schemes.
We’re a very positive company – very solution-oriented and supportive which leads to good staff retention. We also have a very longstanding core group of clients that have been with us for years; possibly as a result of our helpful approach to contracts. Personally, I’m a big supporter of young talent – we train apprentices and school leavers and invest a lot of time and energy in them to give them a good career with us.
For me, a big part of providing value relies on our ability to be proactive in getting the customer the result that they want. We’ve got a great supply chain and great tradespeople and that leads to a very high-quality, reliable set of outcomes for our customers.
Dry lining doesn’t necessarily change in the same way that construction or demolition does, but we’re still affected by changes in the market. Anyone that’s involved in the industry knows that we’ve been facing an acute skills shortage for years – there are a huge swathe of specialist tradespeople that are coming up to retirement age, and when they get there the industry is going to lose a lot of skilled people.