From day one, Interface has been a hands-on operation involving its three founders – and remains so to this day even though the management team has expanded significantly since. The hub of the Interface operation today can be found at the company’s headquarters in Greater Manchester from where all nationwide and overseas projects are controlled and clients provided with full technical and administrative assistance. It is from here that a highly qualified team of design engineers undertake the pre-installation planning to ensure each nationwide project can be implemented by the company’s skilled installation teams on cost and on time.
“They (Interface) have a very experienced Management team and are competently supported by experienced site staff who are proactive, forward thinking and drive the project to the programmed completion” ~ Alan England, Projects Installation and Commissioning Engineer, United Utilities
Key Members Of The Team
David B Tayor
David Taylor started his career as the first outside assistant electrical engineer to be hired by W. H. Smiths Electrical Engineer – then one of the UK’s leading electrical contractors – for their overseas division. Read More
Until the arrival of David Taylor, the company had always promoted from within the ranks of its graduates from its in-house apprenticeship scheme.
The young electrical engineer repaid the company’s trust in him as he eventually ended up as the Overseas Division Manager some 11 years and a lot of globetrotting later.
During his time with W.H. Smiths, David Taylor was involved in a number of projects at exotic locations including Greater Cairo Waste Water, an Aluminium Smelting Plant in Shanghai, a power station in Sudan and a steel works in Morocco.
He subsequently moved to J.R. Williams electrical engineers in Stockport as projects manager for UK and overseas which saw him work in Pakistan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Guatemala.
It was during his time at J.R. Williams that he met up with Paul Mullender, his fellow Interface Director, and plans were laid to start their own company.
Paul Mullender began his career as an apprentice electrician with J.R. Williams Electrical Engineers in Stockport after leaving Wilmslow Grammar School, ending up there as a Senior Contracts Engineer. Read More
He soon found himself called upon to work on projects as far afield as Gibraltar, while at the same time picking up a series of qualification including his HND in electrical engineering.
Over his time with J.R. Williams, Paul developed a significant work knowledge of the electrical requirements of ship to shore cranes and became a specialist in this field. He also obtained considerable working experience on water related projects, both clean and dirty water.
On joining Interface as a Director, Paul focused on establishing the company as a leading force in the electrical installations on Quay cranes. This saw the company forge excellent relationships with Morris Cranes of Bedford, OMG of Italy and Ipseco of Madrid, with Paul supervising work in such diverse locations as Panama, Nigeria, Egypt, Malta and Panama.
However, worldwide currency fluctuations and the emergence of competition from China, meant the crane market was lost almost overnight. This forced Interface to concentrate on the other area of work in which they had the most experience – Water and its allied industries.
Paul is now Technical/Proposals Director for Interface.
Senior Projects Manager
Pat McManus, like all Interface Project Managers, is “a safe pair of hands”, having spent more than 30 years in the electrical and mechanical subcontracting sector. Read More
Starting his career with Barratt Electrical back in 1978, he spent the next nine years working on projects ranging from hospitals and schools through commercial premises to British Nuclear Fuels.
Pat then moved to LEC Marine in Felixstowe for six years where he found himself working on both ships and US Air Force bases.
In 1994, he was recruited by Thames Environmental Services to work on Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station and a waste incinerator in Bermuda.
Over the years, he developed specialist skills in ship to shore crane installations, working on projects including the Port of Haifa in Israel. It was this experience that initially brought him to Interface in 1997 when the company won a contract at the Malta Free Port.
Since then he has been involved in all aspects of the Interface work, in particular the Water and Wastewater sectors, for many of the UK’s leading contractors.
Starting his career as an apprentice for Fairbrother, he then moved on to site projects for them. His employers recognised his potential for management and he was offered the opportunity to work in the office for six months. Ten years later, he was still there and had become a specialist in estimating. He even found time to go back to college to get an ONC in construction and an HNC in building services before joining Interface.
John has recently joined the Interface Project Engineering team having worked on their sites as a electrical installation engineer.
John brings along a great deal of enthusiasm and experience to his new role and is enjoying the new challenge that running projects encompasses. John is currently undertaking further education to HNC level to enhance his skills.
Principle Design Engineer
Daniel Kelly is a graduate of the Interface apprenticeship scheme and is a significant success story for the company’s policy of cultivating home grown talent. Read More
Leaving Oldham Training Centre in 1998 with both an ONC and HNC, he entered Interface as a trainee electrical design engineer and now, more than a decade later, he is the Senior Electrical Design Engineer.
As such, he has overall responsibility for the designs of contracts worth millions of pounds each year, his eye for detail ensuring that the installation teams face minimum on-site issues.
Interface has built much of its reputation over the years on its office design skills and Daniel’s role today is to ensure that the high standard is maintained.
Whether he is called on to provide 50 drawings for a small contract or more than 300 for a complex major project, Daniel treats each job with the same level of skill and professional integrity.
Currently completing Level 3 in Electrical Installation, this has seen him called upon to write up two of the site projects on which he has been involved with Interface. Somewhat oddly, his younger brother by three years is ahead of him on the electrical course – having opted for the career before him – and one of his two sisters is a project engineer in the water industry. He hopes to focus his career on design and drawing. A keen swimmer, he has trained with the UK team.
Senior Proposals Manager
A specialist estimator for most of his career, Michael Hague’s role as Senior Proposals Manager for Interface is now a platform for his many years of experience. Having started out on the tools at BS Entwistle Electrical Contractors, he eventually rose to the position of General Manager for the company. He also ran his own company for five years, employing 16 people before joining Interface Contracts, where he oversees a dedicated team of professional estimators to deliver cost effective proposals to the Company’s many valued clients.
Health and Safety / Inspection and Testing
Health & Safety / Testing and Inspection Manager
Administration & Accounts
Senior Management Accountant
Having learned management accounts working at her family’s sheet metal company which she joined at the age of 16, she then spent 20 years there alongside her brother and sister until the business was sold. She went on to work as a company secretary before joining Interface. Now holding an integral senior role within the accounts department, she has settled in well at Interface which she sees as offering the same “family atmosphere” she enjoyed when she started out on her career.
The first point of contact at Interface will almost certainly be Sarah Lane, the Administration Manager. She ensures every call, email or fax gets through to the right person. Sarah joined Interface in 2011 after previously working as a collections officer, recovering debts for banks.. As the Administration Manager, Sarah is pivotal in ensuring the smooth running of the operation.