We are privileged to have a team of extremely talented individuals, many highly experienced in all aspects of tensile fabric design, manufacture, print and installation. Every member of the team plays an integral role in servicing our clients and enabling our collective success, from administrators working behind the scenes to riggers working at great heights, you can meet them all here…
John DaltonManaging Director
John co-founded Base at the end of 2001. With over 25 years’ experience in the tension structure world, he has travelled a path through the industry from sail loft, through rigging, site supervising, project and business management, to MD of the UK’s most interesting and innovative tensile fabric structures company.
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He has been involved, in one capacity or another, with countless projects worldwide, and misses the action of live projects, but now admits that his preferred role is to serve the Company we have created, ensuring we all have the resources we need to fulfill our roles in a healthy, safe and enjoyable working environment. Not bad for a man who has three platinum springs holding his brain together.
Andy TraynorHead of Installations/Director
Andy joined Base in 2002, bringing with him over 27 years experience in the industry. Andy has a diverse mix of skills and has worked on many large-scale tensile installations over the years, both in the UK and overseas.
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Projects include the Julie Rose Stadium; Bayan Palace in Kuwait; Typhoon diverters in Hong Kong; Sunset Beach in Saudi Arabia; and Legoland Windsor. Andy’s work has invariably involved installing and supervising the installation of fabric structures. He now ensures that structures are designed to enable an efficient, safe installation. Andy also oversees all installations at Base, making sure the installation teams are prepared and have everything they need to ensure a successful build. Well, he is an ex boy scout.
Jon MorrisHead of Production/Director
Since co-founding the company with John Dalton in 2001, Jon went on to form the Production Department that produces all of our high profile projects, including Terminal 5 Heathrow Departures Canopies; Lords Cricket Club Mound Stand Canopy; RAF Cosford and Hendon; and Canon Street Station.
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Before joining Base Structures, Jon spent 7 years building the production team for another leading tensile company. He was also responsible for managing the manufacturing department’s growth to the point where they were producing over 10,000m2 of tensile fabric a year. Today, Jon’s extensive industry experience and leadership has helped us build a talented production team, where every member delivers great work and enjoys doing it. Jon’s vision is to keep growing the team and continue building iconic structures that make an impact around the world. Well, he was never going to make an impact through his Tae Kwon Do, having once fought for the Welsh National squad – and lost. You can’t win them all Jon.
Mark SmithHead of Projects/Director
A qualified civil engineer with over 34 years' experience in the construction industry, including 20 years of project management. Mark is a director at Base and responsible for all tensile fabric design and build projects and is the lead contact on bespoke exterior projects.
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Russell SmithFinance Manager
Russell joined Base Structures in 2006 as an accounts administrator. He now heads up our finance team. Russell’s commitment means he’s always looking for new ways to improve processes. Keep up the search Russell.
Raj KumariFinance Assistant
Raj became one of the team in 2008. Organised and persistent in her role, she works hard to run payroll while keeping a keen eye on finances. Apparently, she always wanted to be Wonder Woman. To us, she is.
Heidi joined us in 2009 and plays a fundamental role. As the first point of contact for customers and suppliers, she’s the face and voice of Base Structures. Organised and reliable, Heidi is an avid runner and is also responsible for getting the rest of us biking to work. Thanks Heidi.
Isabelle CollynsAdministration Apprentice
Izzy joined us in February 2012 and has the honour of being the first ever apprentice at Base Structures, working towards her NVQ level 2 in Business administration. When not appearing in music videos she can be found singing in local pubs – and she has certainly proved to be music to our ears.
Base's resident architect with over 20 years tensile fabric experience, Kevin has been responsible for contracting some of the largest and most exciting tensile projects in the UK and overseas, including installations for BAA, Broadgate Estates, MOD, and Railtrack. Kevin's focus at Base is bespoke interiors and our pre-designed range, he is also known to occasionally canoe to work.
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Andy ChivertonCommercial Project Manager
With many high-profile tensile fabric projects under his belt, including Queens University Belfast, Glasgow Airport and the London 2012 Games, Andy takes the lead role on major infrastructure projects. He also has a post graduate diploma in Quantity Surveying.
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Russell GeorgeProject and Safety Manager
Russell has unrivalled knowledge in every facet of the construction process from rigging to supervision, thanks to more than 18 years experience installing and managing fabric structure projects. NEBOSH certified to level 3, Russell also plays a key role in co-ordinating health and safety strategy throughout the company.
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Francis BuchananProject Manager
Francis' experience covers all aspects of the tensile fabric industry from exterior structures and bespoke interior fit outs to maintenance of fabric structures. His portfolio includes the Manchester Regional Athletics Stadium and Merry Hill Shopping Centre, Barclays Canary Wharf HQ atria and the East Winter Garden.
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Fraser ShirleyProject Manager
With a uniquely varied background in administration, specialist rope access and installation, Fraser’s rare skills help ensure projects go as smoothly as possible, playing an integral role both off and on-site. He's also a fully qualified snowboarding instructor.
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Mark WhiteSenior Design Technician
Mark is one of the most experienced tensile fabric designers in the UK. With over 20 years in the industry, his portfolio includes tensile structures at Manchester International Festival, St Barts, Cutty Sark, Lords Cricket Ground, Heathrow Terminal 5 and design work for Artists such as Jan Blake.
Before joining Base Structures in 2002, Mark was responsible for almost all of the interior and exterior patterning for another leading tensile company. Since joining Base, Mark has played a pivotal role in the design and production of our fabric structures and continues to be a major influence. A very rare talent.
Jenna MitchellDesign Manager
Since joining Base in 2007, Jenna’s hard work has seen her promoted to Design Manager. Jenna takes a leading role to ensure the design department runs smoothly – coordinating with production, project managers and the installation teams. She used to lead her school orchestra too.
Adam NowadczykDesign Technician
Adam has been with us since 2006. He spends most of his time drawing lots of weird and wonderful shapes and testing fabric samples. His efforts help us build some of the most innovative structures in Europe. Self-driven, Adam enjoys the challenges his role brings. Although he says it must be a lot easier than the first job he was offered after graduating which was as a prison psychologist in Poland’s 3rd most dangerous prison!
Liam MartinDesign Apprentice
Twin Liam dreams of a life down under…but for now, he is happy being our CAD Draftsman, gaining knowledge about tensile fabric structures with each passing day. He joined Base as an apprentice back in September 2012 and is a valued member of the team who always gives 100%.
Derek BrightyFactory Manager
With 14 years in the tensile fabric industry, Derek’s invaluable experience ensures the factory runs as efficiently as possible both inside and out. He also plays a vital role in keeping the team safe, by making sure all health and safety standards are met. He also once worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. Impressive.
John ShailShift Supervisor
John joined us in 2002. He helps ensure our production team keep production running as smoothly as possible. He’s pretty good and it shows, as Base is renowned for delivering projects on time, on quality and on budget. His awesome hand/eye coordination also makes him the proud ping pong champion of Base Structures.
Mariusz RowinskiProduction Shift Leader and Maintenance Technician
Mariusz has been with us since 2007. Coming from an engineering background, his experience helps ensure our production and manufacturing departments run like clockwork. A far cry from his first job as a fur tailor. It just didn’t suit him.
Nerijus ArlauskasLeading Hand
Nerijus joined Base in 2005 as a trainee. He’s now moved up the career ladder and is an established member of the fabric manufacturing team. When he’s not moving up the career ladder, Nerijus is focused on getting a foot on the property ladder. His dream is to buy his own home.
Lee LoveridgePlotter Cutter Team Leader
Lee joined the team in 2009. As our most experienced plotter cutter, Lee ensures the cutting department runs like clockwork. When he’s not doing that, he’s helping to coach Whitchurch JFC under 9s football team to (hopefully) their first ever trophy.
Sue ClarkStores Person
Since joining us in 2002, Sue has overcome many challenges. One has changed her life; another has changed how she does her job. Two years ago Sue couldn’t operate a computer. Now, after many evening classes and Sue’s hard work, she runs our computerised stock control system full time. Go Sue.
Thomas AkamavisciusLoft Fabricator
Tom joined the team in 2007. His creativity and keen eye for detail makes him a skilled PTFE and PVC fabricator. Which isn’t surprising, as Tom’s also an artist. He used to compete as a breakdancer too. Show us your ‘windmill’ Tom.
Mark FilerLoft Fabricator
Since joining us in 2010, Mark has proved to be a skilled loft fabricator, helping us create some of our most innovative structures. He’s a keen team player too. Well he was captain of the school football team. He’s also an avid Bristol Rovers and Liverpool fan.
Craig OwenLoft Fabricator
With an extensive background in engineering, Craig brings a great mix of knowledge and skills to the Base team. A talented Loft Fabricator, Craig is one of our PVC welding specialists. Craig’s a great team player too. Not surprising as he’s also an ex footballer.
Duncan BairdInstallations Manager
Duncan joined the team in 2007. Having worked in the tensile fabric industry for over a decade, Duncan has amassed extensive experience in all aspects of structure design, manufacture and installation. At Base he has managed a range of high profile installations from the O2 Arena to Heathrow Terminal 5.
Carl BroderickSite Manager
Carl joined us as a rigger in 2005. Having worked in fabric structure installation for many years, his broad experience has helped us successfully install a wide variety of projects. Carl has even worked with animals. He once ran a pig farm. Random but true.
Nick CrockerSenior Site Supervisor
Besides being our senior site supervisor, Nick is also one of our riggers and has worked on and supervised a broad mix of installations during his 10 years in the industry. What more can we say, Nick is a real talent.
Paul ThomasSite Supervisor
Having supervised tensile fabric installations all over the world, Paul’s extensive experience makes him a top site supervisor. Under his expert eye, structures are built safely and to agreed timescales. However, the structure Paul would really love to supervise is the building of his own dream eco house.
Steve RutterRope Access Supervisor
Steve joined the Base team in 2009. With over 6 years in the industry, he’s supervised a range of fabric installation projects and rope access jobs. Steve’s calm and collected attitude helps him keep a level head under pressure. He’ll need it if he ever gets to fulfil his ambition to fly a jet plane.
Piotr KrzysiekRope Access and Maintenance Supervisor
Piotr used to work for us on a temporary basis and did such a great job we hired him permanently. As an experienced rigger and Irata L3, there aren’t many places Piotr and his ropes can’t reach. He also looks after the rest of the rigging team on site. Besides installing grand designs for clients, Piotr has a grand design of his own. He’d like to build an eco-friendly family home.
Colin MooreSenior Rigger
Colin joined us in 2009. With over 10 years in the industry, he’s one of our most experienced riggers and a key member of the rigging team. Colin’s work can take him all over the world. But the place he really wants to be is New Zealand. It’s all in his retirement plan.
Mark joined Base in 2009 as a rope access technician and rigger. His previous employment as a tree surgeon means heights aren’t a problem!
Mark WebsterWorkshop Manager
Mark looks after the workshop and ensures our riggers have everything they need on-site. With many years of fabric installation experience, Mark also brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. He is a passionate windsurfer too, often to be found off the coast of Wales in the middle of winter, now that is dedication!