Prater is a people organisation.

Our continuing success depends on our ability to develop and listen to our people. We undertake comprehensive reviews of staff requirements on a regular basis, and continually assess and update to align with our strategies targets and commitments.

Richard Unwin CEO Lindner Group - UK Sector

Richard joined Prater in 1983 and quickly progressed to Divisional Director. He was recognised for his ability to efficiently manage resources and dedication to the well being of employees and was appointed Operations Director in 2004 and Managing Director in 2013. 

Richard was then appointed CEO of Lindner Group UK Sector in 2014 and also sits on the Lindner Fassaden GmbH board.

Gavin Hamblett Managing Director

Gavin joined Prater in 2006 as Client Relationship Director. He has been responsible for negotiating major projects primarily in the hospital, schools, Ministry of Defence and railway sectors.

In 2009 Gavin became Pre-Construction Director where he continued to secure business as well as managing the design team of 60 employees.

Gavin was appointed as Managing Director for Prater Ltd in January 2015.

Andy Newman Director Lindner Group - UK Sector

In 1987, Andy joined the company as an Estimator and by 1991 was appointed Divisional Manager for the BUR and single ply division.

With an eye for new business opportunities, Andy's responsibilities increased on all pre-construction activities for the business when he became Business Development Director in 2002.

In January 2015, Andy was appointed to the Lindner UK Group Board.

Richard Davies Non-Executive Director

Richard joined Prater in 1987 from Ernst & Young where he had previously worked in Africa and the Middle East.

A year later, Richard was appointed Finance Director for the company and he has recently become Non-Executive Directore for Prater.

David Whillans Finance Director Lindner Group - UK Sector

David has been Financial Director with Lindner Facades for 11 years and this year has been moved into the role of Financial Director for the Lindner Group - UK Sector.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant, David worked in management consultancy before moving into finance.  He joined Schmidlin (UK) Ltd in 1997 as Finance Director and was instrumental in the deal when Lindner bought the Schmidlin business in 2006.  David is a graduate of the University of Bath and has an MBA from Kingston University.

Chris Roberts Commercial Director

Chris was appointed Commercial Director in November 2017 and he is responsible for all surveying, contracting and procurement within the business.

Chris has 20 years experience in the construction industry which includes 10 years experience as Commercial Director on the board of a diverse specialist sub-contractor.  During this time he has overseen the successful commercial implementation of some major projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 and London Bridge Station redevelopment. He has a a broad range of leadership experience from project commercial and procurement accountability, to managing business transformation and change through acquisitions and business growth.

Steve Foster Operations Director

As of 1st June 2017, Steve Foster became a member of our Board of Directors. Moving into the role of Operations Director, and Director of Health and Safety, Steve will be responsible for ensuring our projects are delivered successfully, safely, on time, and to the highest standards of quality.

With close to 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, Steve joined Prater in April 2014 as an Operations Manager benefitting from a wealth of vital expertise and insight, having worked for both main contractors and specialist sub-contractors, Steve was appointed as Associate Operations Director in April 2015 and this enhanced role saw him take on greater responsibility across a broader portfolio of projects in tendering, pre-construction and delivery.

Kevin Smith Sales Director

Kevin began his career at Prater as an Estimator in 2006 having gained specialist experience in façade construction. 

Over the past 12 years he has held a number of senior roles, most recently as Associate Director for Sales and Estimating. 

In 2015, Kevin oversaw businesses development across all market disciplines and was instrumental in securing a number of prestigious projects, such as the New Southern General Hospital in Glasgow and Embassy Gardens.

Stuart Whiting Technical Director

Stuart Whiting has nearly 15 years of valuable expertise and experience working within the construction sector. Since joining specialist contractor Prater in 2011 as Manager of the Solar PV division and subsequently Pre-Construction Manager Stuart has played a vital role in the delivery of some of the UK’s most challenging and complex projects. These include the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, BSkyB Building 2 (the largest glue laminated timber project in the UK) as well as Phase One of Battersea Power Station.

Appointed as Associate Director of the Design & Technical department at Prater in 2015 and joining the main Board in June 2016, Stuart is also responsible for the company’s successful implementation of digital engineering and Building Information Modelling, together with the management of the company’s factories. 

Featured Projects:

London Bridge Redevelopment

Network Rail 2018

Bloomberg London

Bloomberg 2017

Alliance Manchester Business School

University of Manchester 2018

Moxy Hotel, Stratford

Marriott Hotels 2017