It’s a “Brighton Future”, from Trainee to Director
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Luke Brighton to the position of Estimating Director from the 1st May 2021. Luke will be heading up our Estimating Department where he will be responsible along with his team for overseeing the tendering function that serves Makers Car Parks, Roofing and Structural Refurbishment divisions.
Luke will be ably supported by his team at our Head Office in Shenstone and will no doubt strengthen that team over time as the Company continues to grow and expand as it develops new market opportunities.
Luke’s tenure covers a number of years after he applied for a position as a trainee estimator back in August 2006 having answered an advert in his local Connexions in Solihull. Completing his studies at Solihull Six Form College, Luke was successful in gaining a position and embarked on what would be a successful career path.
Described by the College Principal as honest and trustworthy, Luke has continued to demonstrate those qualities and developed playing a leading role in the department instilling all his skills and knowledge into the junior members of his team. Luke obtained a Batchelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying whilst studying at The University of Central England; later to become Birmingham City University on a day release basis.
Luke has a wealth of knowledge of the workings and operations of the business as well as all the business sectors we work in with specific specialisms in the refurbishment industry. Luke’s 15 year tenure has seen him work with some impressive mentors and none more influential as his first, James Thomas who at the time was Makers Parking Division Commercial Manager later to become Commercial Director. After Luke’s successful probationary period James described Luke as “passive but trustworthy,” but could be motivated if he was interested in a topic.
Well after 15 years contributing to the success of the business, we can honestly say that Luke has demonstrated that he has remained fully motivated resulting in his appointment to Director Level.
Luke resides in Solihull, with his wife Kelli and their french bull dog Shelby, Luke has a keen interest in dining out and sport. It is rumoured that he attends the odd Aston Villa match but recently has been seen at Solihull Moors where apparently the pies are better and you get to see some goals.
Before lockdown Luke became a keen badminton player but as his team has expanded the younger element have become avid golfers and so in order to keep up with the younger element and understand the banter in the office Luke has dusted off his clubs and has returned to hacking up the fairways in the hope of taking on the junior staff.
Over his tenure with Makers, Luke has risen through the ranks within the estimating department taking charge in 2018 and leading his team in many successful multimillion pound tenders including most recently The Podium multi storey car park in Bath where he led his team in securing this prestigious project during the difficult period and issues surrounding the pandemic and Covid 19.
Luke is a larger than life character bringing energy and what can only be described as “acquired humour “ into the office, not short of a clever quip he enjoys a drink with the boys and has a reputation for dressing up whenever he can given the chance and getting into character, but along with this provides the necessary support and guidance to ensure those below him are developing correctly and being the best they can be.
“ I am totally delighted for Luke, Kelli and the whole family, it’s something Luke has been working towards for a while now and his desire to win and be successful has carried him to this point. Luke will now participate in Makers Senior Executive Training Programme which will see him add to his current skill sets which will allow him to develop and make a greater contribution to the cause with his increased responsibility… on behalf of my fellow Directors we offer our sincere congratulations, continued support and wish him every success..”
Simon Lamb MD