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.
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.
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 Grade 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.
Carl joined Aura 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.
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.
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 joined 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.