Aura is headed by Craig Liddle who has been working to conserve many of the UK’s most important listed and historic buildings since 1973. Craig has worked throughout the UK during his career and whilst living predominantly in the North West, he lived in Scotland for over 5 years working on many landmark buildings in Glasgow and Edinburgh and also spent 3 years involved with high profile projects in London. Craig is a past president of the Stone Federation of Great Britain and over the years has contributed to industry research projects with English Heritage and Historic Scotland. Craig has been a member of BSi technical panels.
The Liddle family have been involved in the masonry industry for generations and the family quarry (Liddle’s Quarry) in the Orkneys has recently been reopened. Aura is very much a family business with Craig’s son following in his father’s footsteps, with the help of a young and dynamic management team that has carefully been put together to cover all aspects of modern business.
Craig has worked entirely in the field of restoration and conservation helping him build up an in-depth knowledge of the sector and particularly the correct and best use of natural stones, terracotta, faience and traditional materials. Craig works closely with his clients to ensure each project is carried out to a supremely high standard with a focus on quality, attention to detail and teamwork.
Gareth has worked in the conservation industry since 2004 initially gaining site management experience before becoming a key member of Aura Conservation’s management team since its establishment in 2006, looking after operational and commercial issues. Gareth’s role also entails assisting with the general management of the company. His involvement in most areas of the company’s activities over the years of his development has given him a strong foundation to manage the business in the future.
Bob is the latest addition to the team joining us earlier this year with over 30 years of experience predominantly from within the main contracting environment. He has a proven track record of delivering an extensive range of profitable construction projects using a variety of techniques. Managing the Commercial aspect of the business, his ethical approach to business has enabled him to build strong relationships with Clients, fellow Professionals & Contractors alike. He is an experienced manager with a hands-on approach to detail, that focuses on a quality product delivered on time within strict commercial controls.
David joined the company in 2016 as Finance Director and is responsible for the companies finance function along with working with the management team to develop company strategy across all areas of the business. He is a qualified accountant with a degree in economics and has 17 years’ experience working within the construction industry, therefore moving into the Conservation field has been a smooth transition. David is keen to promote strong working relationships within the business along with customers and all external parties.
Ben joined Aura in 2015 to head Aura Monumental. Ben is degree qualified and has a Diploma in Conservation and works within the ethos and practice of the conservation profession and has maintained, conserved and restored a wide range of objects from traditional marble statuary and contemporary bronze public sculptures to ornamental iron gates and railings. Ben has a broad knowledge of specialist restoration techniques in this area of conservation. Ben adds additional expertise to the Aura management team.
Tim is a Chartered Builder with 30yrs experience in a wide range of historic building and conservation projects with extensive experience within the roofing industry. Tim’s position carries the responsibility of overseeing the company’s contracts department, concentrating on heritage, historical, listed and high-end buildings including managing client relationships, project delivery and commercial profitability.
Carl joined Aura earlier this year as part of the estimating team with over 18 years’ experience in the roofing industry and with a keen interest in conservation. Carl entered the industry straight from school as a trainee estimator and over the subsequent 18 years has adopted a number of roles whilst gaining a vast amount of knowledge within trades associated with listed and historic building projects.
Roy is relatively new to the company joining Aura last year, however he is not new to the construction industry having previously spent several years in the specialist flooring sector. A degree qualified quantity surveyor with a keen interest in estimating, Roy works under the wings of the Commercial Manager putting together quotations and tender submissions.
Peter comes from a trade background and has worked with the current management team for over 30 years developing a broad based knowledge of conservation and heritage. He has good interpersonal skills and capable of managing several trade contracts running concurrently.
Jonathan is a motivated and conscientious Project Manager with extensive experience in high profile restoration contracts. He joined the company at the beginning of the year and is an expert in his field with a MSc in Building Conservation and Regeneration. Jonathan in very hands-on managing our large and complex projects based on site.
Mike is an experienced site manager, he is conscientious and manages successful and productive teams able to work to and meet each client’s individual requirements. Mike’s key strengths are communication, motivation and an organised creative and practical approach in overcoming and solving project problems. Mike has over 10 years’ experience within the conservation industry and 15 years’ experience within the general construction industry.
Vicky joined the company in 2014 as Administration Manager. She manages the administration team handling all internal procedures, accounts, purchasing, HR & general administration. Whilst Vicky is comparatively new to the construction industry, her proven interpersonal and management skills are an asset to the company.
Jess is new to the company in 2016 taking up the role of Business Development & Marketing Manager. Having attained a Law Degree, Jess worked in the construction industry for seven years before joining Aura. A keen interest in Heritage was a key factor in moving into the conservation sector. Jess is responsible for all aspects of the company’s marketing, sales, bid writing and development.
Pam has been with Aura for over 9 years and therefore has considerable experience within the conservation industry. Pam is involved in contract administration, purchasing and bid writing. She works closely with the estimating team in tender preparation submissions and analysis. Pam also deals with all aspects of the company’s insurances.
Hayley has experience in all aspects of administration and has and NVQ in Business Administration Level 1. She is the first point of contact by phone and maintains a close liaison with site teams ensuring contracts are serviced and procured correctly. Hayley also assists in the accounts department.