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.
Stephen is a key member of Aura’s management team, he joined as a Contracts Manager in 2014 and brought with him a wealth of industry experience. Stephen’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. Having worked within the industry for over 14 years he has a progressive background in this sector and has established experience overseeing multiple concurrently running projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colin comes from a trade background as a stone mason. He is very experienced in the best use of stone and traditional repair techniques. Colin has progressed to be a very capable project manager utilising his technical expertise, health and safety qualifications and excellent interpersonal skills. Colin is a first choice with clients and the company’s operatives and sub-contractors.
Mark is a qualified stone mason having followed in his father’s footsteps into the industry. He has worked entirely in masonry conservation and has a vast experience of the use of natural stone and traditional lime mortars for repointing and repairs. Mark is experienced in running contracts holding requisite Health and Safety qualifications. His technical knowledge together with his interpersonal skills make him a first choice for many clients.
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.