Introducing our Team
John DicksonConstruction Director
The storyJohn Dickson, a highly skilled Joiner to trade with over twenty years experience, he incorporated JAD in September 2012. John is responsible for all site operations, quality control and delivery of our projects on time and on budget, has a proven track record of establishing and sustaining excellent relationships with market leading, 5 Star clients like Miller Homes, Marshall Construction and MNM Developments to name a few.
Steven McKenzieOperations Director
The storySteven McKenzie started with JAD in October 2017. He left school in 1994 to join the family Building & Flooring business where he worked for seven years as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor before moving into Recruitment in 2000. Spending almost seventeen years with Now Careers specialising in construction & engineering roles placing both blue & white collar candidates across all sectors including New House Build, Main Contract & Fit-Out.
Steven soon moved up through the ranks to Regional Director for Scotland before deciding to go into consultancy supporting various clients with new sales, account management, business retention and recruitment services. Steven is head of communications, responsible for all internal & external recruitment, leads all new business development, has a proven track record of establishing and sustaining excellent relationships with both colleagues and customers with a flexible approach to win confidence and credibility from site team to operational board level.
Dean OwensOffice Manager
JAD invest and develop their people, all of their Working Foremen are SSSTS or SMSTS approved.
June 20, 2018
The storyDean Owens started with JAD in October 2017. Upon leaving school in 2002 Dean spent six years with Barratt Homes undertaking various roles within the Finance Department including Payroll Administrator and Senior Finance Assistant. He moved in to the Recruitment Sector with Brightwork in 2008, and spent two years leading the Finance Department before embarking on a period of travelling and working throughout the South Pacific and East Asia. After resettling in Edinburgh in 2015, Dean undertook many short-term temporary roles, before joining JAD.
Dean supports both the New House Build and Fit-Out Divisions with their respective recruitment needs as well as assisting with Business Development and also uses his vast experience and expertise to manage various Financial aspects of JAD, organise Staff Training and ensure the company are compliant with current legislative requirements as we continue to grow. Dean’s role is an evolving, ever-changing one and he is an integral part of the team.
Jamie PeacockeContracts Manager
The storyA time served joiner, Jamie served his apprenticeship with the award winning Reywood Construction Ltd of Edinburgh before forming his own multi trade building company which he successfully ran for 11 years carrying out all aspects of new build, fit out and renovation projects for private & commercial clients across the Central Belt of Scotland. This experience allowed him to make the transition into project and contracts management before heading up a team within the busy specialist insurance sector for Lambert Contracts Ltd. He brings us a wealth of knowledge, a proven track record of employee management and much needed support to our Construction Director, John. On starting with JAD in June 2018 Jamie said “ I was really excited to join JAD as we continue to secure great contracts from new and existing clients. The growth has been nothing short of remarkable and it’s all down to the JAD team’s drive and ambition to do more”.
Paul MckeeConstruction Manager
The storyA time served joiner in Northern Ireland. Paul has worked on private residential housing gaining a large variety of experience in new build and renovation projects. Achieving a contract for the erection of timber frame nursing homes throughout the UK took Paul’s career to a different level. He is a proven Supervisor/Site manager, with strong communication and leadership skills with attention for detail, who can work autonomously or as a leader of a team with wide experience in both public and private sectors. Experienced in a multitude of forms of structures, for both private and public schemes. A first aider, well versed in all aspects of Health and Safety on site and extensive exposure on producing quality end products for the client. Adept at finding ways to motivate construction teams to exceed expectations and maintain high standards.
“I have gained Knowledge and experience in production construction programmes at all stages of the development and working in partnership with NHBC, incorporating their building standards on daily basis.”
“Having recently completed my HNC in construction management and also achieving my SVQ level 4 in construction site management I bring an academic and hands on approach to my role. I am very excited to be on board with JAD in this equally exciting time in the company’s history. Having worked with john and JAD joiners on previous sites, I have seen first-hand their high level of quality and standards of workmanship that they bring to a given project.”
William BainProject Manager
The storyWillie began his career as an Apprentice Joiner with Fife council gaining his SVQ in Carpentry & Joinery at the age of 18. After moving briefly into the electronics industry he joined Havelock in 2004 as a General Labourer before being trained as a Welder & CNC machinist. After excelling in this department his work ethic and communication skills were noticed and he was promoted into the busy projects department in 2014 where he oversaw school refurbishments before progressing on to both Site and Project Management of new build Primary Schools, High Schools and Student accommodation throughout Scotland. SMSTS trained, well versed in all aspects of Health & Safety and extensive exposure on producing quality end products for clients and adept at finding ways to organise and motivate construction teams to exceed expectations and deliver projects on time and to budget.
“After the sad demise of Havelock I was determined to start work immediately and once JAD made contact I had no hesitation of starting my Project Management role with the growing Fit out & FF & E Division. Since starting with the business mid August 2019 I’ve felt nothing but supported with the JAD culture and work ethic shining through”.
Bryan Howard joined JAD in March 2019 to head up our growing commercial department. After working several years throughout different industries he decided to go back to university where he studied Quantity Surveying successfully graduating in 2012. Over the last eight years he has gained project experience whilst working across Construction, Infrastructure and Energy sectors for various main contractors, sub-contractors and consultancies and has made an excellent start to his journey with JAD supporting our Housing , Fit Out Divisions and mentoring our Graduate QS, Matthew Legge. He is fast becoming an integral part of the management team and we all look forward to a very bright future together.
An excellent All Rounder and SSSTS qualified Joiner, Daryl completed his apprenticeship with JAD in 2004 and has been with the business ever since. During this time he has been involved in all aspects of new build housing, flats, fit out & renovation projects for private & commercial clients across the Central Belt of Scotland. He brings us a wealth of experience and proven track record of managing teams, delivering projects on time and to budget.
A highly skilled, SMSTS qualified Joiner for over 35 years Neil served his apprenticeship manufacturing purpose made doors, windows and stairs in a workshop to an extremely high standard. He developed his trade working throughout all industry sectors including new housing, renovations & commercial fit outs. “Since joining JAD in 2014 our Construction Director John Dickson and his team have always encouraged me to lead by example, promote a quality standard of work and a safe environment for our team, clients and other trades on all projects and I look forward to our ongoing journey”.
After leaving school in 2002, Claire moved on to further education at Edinburgh’s Telford College, achieving a HNC in Business Management, then completed her degree at Edinburgh’s Napier University. She has been a great addition to the office team and supports Steven and Dean in various compliance tasks, as well as contractual works and many important administrative tasks.
Trainee Quantity Surveyor
After leaving school in 2005 Darren started a three year apprenticeship NVQ Level 3 in Wood Turning machinery for Thornbridge Sawmills, Grangemouth. Sadly due to the decline in the building industry his position was made redundant. However after a short break he joined Carillion’s busy Energy Services Division where his work ethic was quickly identified and rewarded with an opportunity to join the surveying department. After 4 years with the main contractor Darren moved on and has since worked for a Glasgow based decorating contractor overseeing commercial & school refurbishment projects and more recently with a small light civils & maintenance company. After noticing the rise of JAD and learning of their proven reputation from throughout the industry I approached John and Steven for an opportunity to join the commercial team and I’m now delighted to find myself working for a company with such a great culture, togetherness and “Can do attitude” where I can develop and excel in my career.
Graduate Quantity Surveyor
Matthew Legge started with JAD in December 2018. Upon leaving school in 2014 Matthew spent four years at Edinburgh Napier University studying Quantity Surveying, graduating in June 2018. He comes from a long construction background. Matthew enjoys playing football as well as golf in his spare time.
Allan Linton (AV Safety)
Health & Safety Consultant
Allan Linton (AV Safety) has partnered JAD since 2012 and oversees all H & S compliance, SMAS accreditation, CSCS registration & Risk Assessments/Method Statements. His attention to detail, personal standards and his knowledge of safety is always of the highest calibre. A consummate professional who will always go the extra mile to delivery on every project he is involved in, JAD are proud to have his alliance.
Julie Robertson has worked with JAD on a consultancy basis since early 2018 and oversees all Estimating requirements for our Fit-Out Division. Julie has a great pedigree and is respected throughout the industry after working direct to Thomas Johnstone Ltd for 13 years and supports Steven with developing JAD’s newest division on a daily basis.
Grant Cameron began working with JAD on a consultancy basis in November 2018. He is a vastly experienced Quantity Surveyor and Operations Manager, and he provides JAD with advice and support on a variety of topics – ranging from Contract Risk Reviews, Negotiation and Administration; to Dispute Avoidance, Resolution and Final Account Preparation. Grant has a BSc in Quantity Surveying, as well as a LLM Master of Laws (Construction Law), and his guidance is invaluable as JAD continues to grow.