Colin Aspinall, Commercial Director, I joined Boulting in January 1996 as Production Manager in the Panel Shop at Penketh. My position as Works Manager with my previous company also include commercial reporting as well as production management, so as the Power & Control division grew and Technology was formed as an SBU it was a natural progression onto the commercial side when it became a full time position.
Born and schooled in Liverpool I had always thought my career would be hands on and not office based. Based on this in 1971 I took up an electrical apprenticeship in the Birkenhead ship yards. On completion of my apprenticeship it was evident that the ship building industry was in major decline so I switched sector to the industrial industry.
After moving companies a number of times I stayed with another company for 15 years progressing from Approved Electrician to Works Manger of their MCC panel division. It was then in 1996 I joined Boulting as Production Manager.
As Commercial Director for Technology I am responsible for all things commercial in the day to day running of this division.
This position varies day to day but the role includes managing, monitoring and reporting of projects to cost targets.
I manage the roll up sheets, contract status meetings, cost control sheets, CVR's, forecasting, internal applications and invoicing.
I provide project cash flow projection when required and project cash status monitoring and reporting when required.
I provide advice on contracts and terms and conditions.
I seek to lead the improvement of performance by seeking, reviewing and applying, where appropriate, innovative solutions.
As previously mentioned I joined Boulting as Production Manager to the panel shop in Penketh, most of the work at the time came from our contracting division. I played an instrumental role in obtaining two framework contracts one for Severn Trent Water and the other for North of Scotland Water (now Scottish Water) this would dramatically increase the turnover over in the panel shop as well as the software division at Stafford. This triggered the start of our now well defined growth into supplying panels, software and other services into the water industry.
I relinquished the position of production manager to take up the position of Water Framework Manger. In taking on this new role I continued to be in charge of commercial matters for the Technology and production division.
It was evident that due to our growth in water that both the framework manager and the commercial aspects where becoming full time positions in their own right.
I made the decision to become the Commercial Manager for Technology which was then followed some years later with a promotion to Commercial Director.
Throughout my years at Boulting I have been given the opportunity to develop my career in management through experience and training courses like IOSH safety management, personal awareness, NEC 3 and ILM level 5 Certificate and Diploma of Management.
My colleagues have always been helpful and supporting, which makes Boulting a great place to work. We work hard but all enjoy a good laugh which makes it a great atmosphere to work in.
The consistent growth of the company has allowed me to reach my own personal career aspirations.