Who Were Our Employees of the Month for July and August?

Published on 28th September 2021
Sophie Hancock and Heather Mee Avonside Group's Employees of the Month July and August

We’re pleased to report that Sophie Hancock, Commercial Manager at Avonside Plumbing Services Cambridge was our Employee of the Month for July. Meanwhile, Heather Mee, Operations Administrator at Avonside Roofing Wigan earned the title in August!

About Sophie

Sophie’s role as Commercial Manager involves pricing projects and negotiating them through to the order stage for Avonside Plumbing Services. Her skills include Project Management and Planning, Customer Services, New Business Development, and Management.

Sophie revealed that it was a pleasant surprise to be nominated: “I have built up some good relationships in the 23 years I have worked at M Rogerson Ltd which I have made sure I kept during the transition to Avonside Plumbing two years ago.

“To be made Employee of the Month was very unexpected to be quite honest but it just shows I am appreciated.”

Why Was Sophie Nominated?

It was her proactive problem-solving mindset and dedication that made her stand out for Avonside Plumbing Services Divisional Managing Director Chris White.

“Commitment, drive, and passion are what spring to mind when Sophie’s name is mentioned. She deals with any challenges that come her way professionally and efficiently, always moving forward. She’s always got the solution.”

About Heather

At the time of writing, Heather’s job title is due to change from Branch Accounts Administrator to Operations Manager. Her day-to-day duties include working closely with the operations team, which features Contracts Managers / Branch Managers.

Heather has been with Avonside Group since October 2018. Before that, she was Construction Administrator for McGoff & Byrne (now McGoff Construction) and a Commercial Administrator for Morris and Spottiswood, a family firm and provider of fit-out, refurbishment, M&E, facilities management, and construction services in the UK.

Recently, since her role change, she has been working specifically and in detail on the new system NetSuite that is now being implemented across the Group. This work has involved preparing budget files and budget templates for every live site to be uploaded to the new system to ensure a smooth process for placing orders for sites. This is for Avonside Roofing Wigan and Warrington branches.

“Being awarded Employee of the Month is a very proud achievement and I look forward to adapting further to my new role,” Heather enthused.

Why Was Heather Nominated?

Ian Clarke, Branch Director at Avonside Roofing Wigan shared why he thinks Heather deserves the award:

“Heather is a key member of the team and has really embraced the changes that are happening with the implementation of NetSuite.”

He added: “She will be the go-to person within our branch for Netsuite and will be supporting the staff in the branch.”

Chris McLean, our Regional Director for the Northwest and Scotland nominated Heather. He explained his decision was mostly influenced by Heather’s optimistic attitude in the face of change.

“It was fitting to have Heather rewarded due to her exemplary attitude in particular with regards to the implementation of our new ERP system, NetSuite. Change is not straightforward, and Heather is showing initiative and a can-do spirit towards the NetSuite adoption along with the regular branch challenges that come thick and fast on a daily basis.”

Well done Sophie and Heather!