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 for the re-drafting of industry standards.
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.
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 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.
Simon has 35 years+ experience within the client-side construction and civil engineering sector. He has been involved with a wide range of projects from varying industries; from nuclear to domestic refurbishment. Over the past 10 years Simon has narrowed his field to mainly conservation projects, focusing on Listed buildings often with challenging budgets for the specialist artisan works involved. His PQS background permits a balanced stance in reviewing the commercial aspects of projects, removing the traditional ‘them and us’ divide between clients and contractors.
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.
Ken has been in the construction Industry for nearly 40 years. Starting work as an assistant in a workshop building television scenery, he progressed through Estimating and Quantity Surveying to become a Regional Commercial Manager for several multi-national companies. Ken has vast experience of the construction industry and lends depth to the estimating side of Aura, as well as assisting in the marketing of the company.
Jonathan is a motivated and conscientious Estimator with extensive experience in high profile restoration contracts and a reputation for rigorous attention to authenticity and quality. With years of experience in managing conservation projects and an MSc in Building Conservation and Regeneration, he is an expert within his field.
Pete 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 is highly experienced in managing large complex contracts running concurrently. Not only does Pete have the technical knowledge and technical experience within the industry, he also excels in the management side of contracts.
Gary is a highly experienced contracts supervisor. He has been managing conservation sites for over 15 years but has been working within the conservation industry all of his adult life, starting out as a stone mason upon leaving school. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) and was appointed by them as the ‘Restoration Manager of the Year’ in 2013.
Pam has been with Aura for over 11 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.
Dave is an experienced site manager and has successfully managed several restoration projects on high profile listed buildings, with many receiving heritage awards. Having started his career as a bricklayer/fixer mason, Dave has over 30 years’ experience in the heritage sector. As well as being an expert in the use of traditional techniques and materials in building conservation, he is also very experienced in ensuring the smooth running of all site operations.
Katie is relatively new to the business and conservation industry as whole and is involved with all aspects of site and office administration. She works closely with site and office staff to ensure materials and plant arrive to site when required, as well as looking after general admin. From being the first point of contact for all enquiries through the office to managing the procurement process for site operations, Katie has become an invaluable member of the Aura team.