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We are experienced, motivated and dedicated experts who drive forward our activity. We’re incredibly proud of the people who make our company what it is. Please see below for profile photos of the team and click to learn more about them. If you have any specific questions for a member of the team, don't hesitate to contact them.

Bill Robson

Chairman

Having served on a PLC board of a FTSE 250 company, being Managing Director of a property services business for over 30 years and achieving an annual turnover of over £600m (part of a £2.4bn pa PLC business); I decided to set up Trident Maintenance Services with a simple Mission and Vision. Our Mission is to provide painting solutions that transform the experience of our customers, employees and the communities in which we work, with a vision of being a trusted partner to both customers and our own people, offering outstanding delivery through dedication, training and sustainable resource.


Kenny Robson

Managing Director

I have been involved in the painting and refurbishment industry for over 20 years after graduating with a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Strathclyde Business School in 1999. I’ve progressed from Quantity Surveyor to Commercial Manager and possess strong leadership skills. During my career I have developed a thorough knowledge and understanding of all market sectors and I’m experienced at assisting clients with specifications and offering advice on alternative cost-efficient methods. I am a motivated team player who is results driven with a clear focus on quality of customer service.

I have a wealth of experience and a proven track record in all aspects of partnering and contract management including mobilisation, service delivery, performance management, value engineering and continuous improvement. I have been involved in multiple £1m+ projects and measured terms contracts greater than 5 years.

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Neill Benham

Director

My formative years were in construction; however, I have more than 20 years’ experience in the social housing sector as head of Asset Management where I was responsible for response repairs, void properties, planned programmes, compliance, Decent Homes and cyclical painting.

In my current role I am the Director of Bids leading on Customer Excellence and Social Value nationally. I work closely with Trident’s fantastic operational teams to develop our customer culture and an enhanced service, including improving and designing performance reporting models. My aim is for Trident to provide a leading service with the highest safety standards as possible and foremost on environmental considerations in our offering.

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Alan Baker

National Account Manager

I am a fully qualified painter and decorator, becoming a painting and decorating apprentice upon leaving school, and have been in the paint industry for 38 years. I have worked in the North West for the last 22 years, 11 of which saw me working for Dulux Paints both as paint specifier and contractor sales. This role involved specifying all suitable products across all sectors (Housing, Property Management, Education, Retail & Leisure, Health and Industrial). I also worked for a specialist fire coating (Class 0 and EN Class B paints) company for over 3 years as a specifications manager, for fire upgrade solutions. I have also worked for over 6 years as a business development manager for the largest UK national paint companies.

I have a strong desire to provide outstanding customer service and I am confident that my extensive knowledge of both paint application and products specification will bring genuine value for money and customer peace of mind.

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Lauren Pringle

Bid Manager

I began my career in bids at Bid Administrator level, working my way up to Bid Coordinator and then onto my current position as Bid Manager with Trident.

I enjoy the fast-paced nature of the bids environment and have a genuine passion for what I do. I pride myself on my strong attention to detail, producing high quality and continuously improving documents to reflect the core values of the Trident business, meeting and exceeding clients’ needs. I am excited to be a part of the Trident team and working together to continue to drive the business forward.

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Claire Robson

Head of Finance

Since qualifying from the University of Nottingham with a postgraduate degree, accredited by the RICS, I gained excellent experience in the construction industry for a larger interiors specialist. I developed a passion for attention to detail and delighting the customer. I love to work in a fast-paced environment and Trident provide me with a great platform to satisfy my ambitions. After leaving the industry to have the best job in the world as a full-time mum I decided to embark on a career change to focus on finance which allowed me more flexibility with my work-life balance.

In my current role as Head of Finance and with support from Gavin Law (Financial Controller), we are responsible for the collection of cash, payroll, purchase and sales ledger, maintenance and recording of all financial transactions in the financial systems, reporting of timely accurate and compliant financial performance for both management and statutory requirements including VAT, assessing credit worthiness of our clients and suppliers, controls and risks to prevent errors, budgeting financial planning and forecasting including Fleet vehicles.

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Andy Kenny

Head of Operations (North East and Yorkshire)

I have worked in the painting industry since leaving school, commencing as an apprentice, working my way up to Branch Manager and to my current position as Head of Operations for the North East and Yorkshire region.

I take pride in delivering a high quality service while ensuring total compliance with our Health & Safety procedures and site management activities. I am committed to ensuring we deliver genuine value for money with complete customer satisfaction.

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Craig Cluney

Head of Operations (North West)

On leaving school I started as an apprentice painter and decorator. Over the last 30 years I have worked throughout the UK decorating on construction sites as well as Retail and Leisure, before returning to the North West gaining invaluable experience whilst working my way through the ranks to Contracts Manager and now in my current position as Head of Operations (North West) for Trident Maintenance Services.

I have managed all aspects of commercial painting and decorating including pre-painting repairs, Social Housing, Construction, Education, Retail & Leisure, Healthcare to name a few. My aim is always to provide outstanding quality in the safest way possible, so I am excited to see where we at Trident are going and the opportunity of meeting and working with new clients.

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Rob Gilbert

Head of Operations (South)

I have been in the painting and decorating industry for 40 years starting as an apprentice and working my way up through various senior managerial positions to my current role as Head of Operations (South) for Trident Maintenance Services.

Throughout my career I have been involved in delivering some of the largest painting contracts throughout southern England and Wales in a safe and pragmatic way, dealing with issues at board level and on the doorstep of residents making sure they get the full benefit from the works being delivered. With my wealth of knowledge I can advise clients on specifications, innovations and access with forward thinking to deliver an outstanding result that exceeds expectations.

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Allan Bustard

Head of Operations (Scotland)

My role is Head of Operations for Scotland with over 28 years’ experience in the painting and decorating industry gaining extensive knowledge of product selection and specifications throughout this time. It’s never been more important to lookout for new innovative products coming on to the market that can provide value for money to our clients.

My aim is to provide a great experience through understanding our client’s requirements and then delivering a quality finish within programme and budget. To achieve this, I carry out thorough pre-start site surveys to deliver the safest and most cost-effective manner to execute the works resulting in a good working environment for our operatives and providing value for our clients.

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Jamie Cowell

Senior QS

Starting as a trainee surveyor and now with over 10 years’ experience in the painting & decorating industry I am now the Senior Quantity Surveyor for Scotland. I have commercially managed numerous projects over my career, varying from short-term small value works to high value long-term contracts. I have a wealth of personal experience across multiple sectors including Construction, Housing, Leisure, Retail and Local Government.

I strive to provide outstanding customer service by delivering projects on time and to budget. I have a strong knowledge of paint specifications and always aim to offer our clients the best value for money.

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Kevin Christie

Senior QS

I have worked as a quantity surveyor in the paint industry, commencing in north Scotland, for over 20 years. After moving to Glasgow, I spent 5 years as part of the national Bid Team responsible for major tender opportunities across the UK. Having spent some time working in the North West in my national role, I took the opportunity to move to the area and resume the day-to-day responsibilities of a senior surveyor for the region.

During my time I have gained considerable experience of Local Government, Housing, Health, Construction, Leisure and Retail, Manufacturing and Education sectors working on large complex projects.

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