MEET THE TEAM

WHO WE ARE

Tom Locke
Director of AW Construction

Oversee operational and commercial activities of the business
Recruiting new staff, both in the office and on the ground
Identify opportunities for growth

After studying engineering at University, I chose to pursue my own path and embarked into property development. Through this, learnt about construction, managing people and finances, the importance of good planning and efficient delivery. Wanted to expand upon these skills and apply them on a bigger scale, did so through AW Construction

Interesting fact
- In 2017 suffered a near fatal accident after falling off the roof of my house. Thanks to my partner, the air ambulance, and the amazing staff at Kings College Hospital, I was lucky enough to be able to make a full recovery, albeit with some missing teeth and a slightly wonky face! I'm also a keen squash player and cyclist
Kahraman Ongul
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Drive all aspects of business development with existing and new clients to create and maintain workstreams. Build the AW brand to be leaders in safe delivery of works.

I started on the railway at the age of 18 and worked my way up from Trackman/Civils labourer. I covered all competencies of Safety Critical and Site Supervision to then move into Site Management. I have been involved in some very significant projects across the rail network working for and with the major PCL companies to deliver works for Network Rail in those 12 years before starting AW Rail

Interesting fact
Every house I have owned has been unknowingly next to a railway line. Currently next to a disused line with a century old tunnel at the bottom of the garden
Jason Stokes
Rail Manager

Overseeing operational activities of AW Rail Services Ltd.
Managing RISQS compliance and Sentinel Co-ordinating.
Working with the team to deliver contract projects.
Health and Safety compliance.
Safety Critical labour supply.

After studying as an Electrical Engineer at Kent College in 2010, I joined the team at AW Rail in a hope to expand my electrical knowledge and put it to work on the Railway. Starting as a general track worker in 2012, I gained a position in the office 1 year later where I furthered my rail career in the direction of Safety Critical and Health and Safety gaining SMSTS, Engineering Supervisor & CSCS Gold Qualifications to name a few.

Interesting fact
I enjoy nothing more than being with my family when I have free time. We enjoy walks in the woods, holidaying around the world and making great memories.
Ryan Nash
Trainee Quantity Surveyor/ Site Manager

Measure and analyse the worksite to know what plant/material we will need to complete the repair/works
Undertake cost analysis for repair and maintenance project work
Perform risk, value management and cost control
Identify, analyse and develop responses to commercial risks
Analyse outcomes and write detailed progress reports
Understand the implications of health and safety regulations.
Can act as an operative and help complete the works
Making sure the work force has the necessary paper work and information to complete works

I am a 22 year old ex Harvey Grammar pupil and have recently graduating from the university of Kent. I've been a member of the AW team since November 2019 and will be looking to apply for a 2nd degree that will further my knowledge of the industry.

Interesting fact
I was ranked 3rd in Kent at badminton back in 2012/13.
Tom Galbraith
Contracts Manager

Responsible for pricing, planning & overseeing a wide range of projects from inception to completion

Nearing 10 years’ experience, I Graduated from London South Bank University with a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management. Started career with Kier Construction on their Graduate Programme, where I worked on a number on new build education projects throughout the South-East. Then worked for New Zealand’s number 1 contractor, Fletcher Construction, on a £70million pound project for the University of Auckland in the heart Auckland’s CBD. Have been working as a Contracts Manager for AW Construction Services for over 3 years, contracting to top tier contractors (Wates, Styles & Wood, Mclaren)

Interesting fact
I have self-funded a number of backpacking trips abroad – one which inadvertently lasted 4 years - my favourite of all being in Central & South America.
David Charles Aram
Group Financial Controller

Managing the day to day accounts, payroll, pensions, PAYE, CIS, VAT, cashflow & banking for the group of 3 companies.
Preparation of monthly management accounts for the Directors
Yearend closedown and liaison with auditors for the Companies Accounts

45 years of Finance experience across a wide range of companies and industries.

Interesting fact
I am a 4th Dan Black Belt in Karate having trained for over 50 years. I also like all things Italian, the country, the weather, the food and the wine.
Allan Bryant
Purchasing and Fleet Manager

Oversee the day to day running of the AW Group vehicles. Control stock and plant movements for AW Rail

Started my career in Tool Hire 20 years ago, working for numerous national companies. Then moved into plant procurement for Walker Construction for the UK, and most recently, ISG Retail. Made the move to AW to help them grow and enhance my knowledge of the rail industry.

Interesting fact
I can do press ups on my finger and thumbs haha!
Kaya Amor
Administration Assistant

Enter into SAGE all weekly CIS timesheets and make payments for approx. 100 subcontractors
Enter into SAGE all sales invoices
Daily Banking/ BACS payments
All reception and administration for both companies

I have worked in banking and finance for 14 years. I have a level 3 AAT Qualification.

Interesting fact
I have 3 Children and I enjoy having days out with them, socialising with friends and going to the gym.
Sam Sharpe
Contracts Manager

Face to face meetings and site visits to help build a good repour with all clients to ensure smoothly run contracts
Assist on projects with planning and pricing
Manage plant & materials
Working alongside labour management to plan staff for up and coming works
Regular audits on site for AW staff to ensure correct procedure are being followed out
Overall general management of majority contracted works on the rail side

Will be coming up to 6 years working within the rail industry, started off as a general PTS op on various projects. Within this time I starting to build up my tickets whilst gaining valuable experience from jobs and other members of staff, whilst also obtaining my COSS.ES, CSCS & SSTS, I then spent a few years as an assistant site manager on some bigger ongoing projects such as Tunnel maintenance, culverts and handrail, this lead me with organising the staff, plant & materials and also scoping for up and coming works. This lead to me to start a position in the office helping with labour supply, scoping works and organising up and coming works, after doing this for around 6 months have now been moved into the position of contracts manager for minor projects & all tunnel, culvert and handrail projects.

Interesting fact
I have been lucky enough to travel and see the 7 wonders of the world and enjoy my time off by going on holiday and playing golf with friends.
Anthony Buckley
Contracts Manager

• Manage a variety of worksites ensuring that all Health and Safety Protocols are followed.
• Ensure that all works are conducted to the highest standard and delivered on time.
• Regularly visit new sites to assist with tendering for future works.
• Work within an experienced team at Head Office to ensure that all jobs are adequately manned.
• Assist in recruiting new skilled workers.

• Studied at Canterbury College where I gained my City & Guilds Level 3 in Carpentry.
• Later worked on Civil Projects where I obtained my NVQ level 2 in Formwork.
• Over the last 10 years I have worked on various Civil Projects in the UK and Australia.
• Obtained my PTS with AW Rail in 2015 for additional income to help fund my wedding and trip around the world.
• On my return to the UK I recertified my PTS along with further Safety Critical Tickets.
• Promoted to join the AW Management Team on a permanent basis.

Interesting fact
Spent 2 and a Half Years on my honeymoon travelling across China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia ending the trip driving around Australia with my wife in our campervan.
Jordan Corbett
Trainee Contracts Manager

My role within AW Construction Services is fairly broad, mainly assisting the Director and Contracts Manager with the delivery of projects as part of the commercial team. My other roles consist of producing quotations for projects, surveying works for projects both independently and with other members of staff within AW Construction, producing and editing RAMS to suit the diverse category of construction works we undertake, ensuring health and safety rules and regulations are adhered to at all times, procuring the necessary for projects with regards to materials, labour and plant, and assisting the administration department with general admin duties.

I have been in the construction industry for around 3 years, initially starting my career as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor commencing my study down this career path in early October 2017, attending MidKent College in Maidstone I studied for 1.5 years towards my HNC (Higher National Certificate) Construction Qualification, in which I achieved an overall grade of Merit. From then, I have changed employer and job role, moving to AW Construction in July 2019, and changing my role to a Trainee Contracts Manager, I continued my studying with AW Construction after achieving the necessary grade to progress, working towards my HND (Higher National Diploma) Construction Qualification, concluding in July 2020, I am on course to achieve a further Merit grade for this qualification. Enabling me to progress onto University level, which I will work towards a BSc in Construction Management until July 2022.

Interesting fact
I once placed 2nd position in an amateur poker tournament out of 185 people.
Ian Purdie
Operations/HSE Manager

Ian is one of our newest staff members from a recent recruitment drive and brings to the company a wealth of expertise & knowledge from all disciplines of the railway & construction.
Ian has both, Uk & International experience in Health & Safety & Operations and supports both Nebosh & Iosh accreditation.
With AW Rail’s projected portfolio for 2020/21, Ian will require assiduousness in both planning & delivery and we know Ian will exceed in all these areas and provide the company with an internal solid foundation in HSE for all perspective clients

Starting life in the Motor industry I completed an apprenticeship in light & heavy mechanic. Completing a construction foundation degree from 1991 - 1994 I changed direction although still managed to do part time work in the vehicle industry. I joined the railway in 2001 as a senior technical officer and progressed through the ranks & departments from Principle Technical Officer to Project & Facilities Manager for HS1 managing million pound contracts. Moving into the HSE field in NWR maintenance I was privileged to then be asked to join Network Rail Consulting (NRC) in Saudi Arabia, these were trying times to enhance & promote H&S however I believe we were successful and the NRC Contract was a total success.
I have been nominated for ‘You Make A Difference’ award 3 times during my career with NWR which I believe speaks volumes to my commitment to the rail industry. 2017 I joined a family business supplying on-track plant to the rail industry. This company changed my perspective view to being a contractor working for the client and has given me the drive to change the culture & mentality and bring the much needed confidence to all clients that we at AW Rail are serious about QHSE & Delivery to the highest standard.
During my spare time I am Chairman of a local Social Club that hosts Snooker, Pool & Dart teams along with in-house support for a local boxing club. I also enjoy working on one of the 14 motor bikes I own from Italian to Japanese classics. (Most have never heard of Benelli)
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