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Email us at: enquiries@franksportlock.co.uk

Meet the team

Stephen Portlock – Company Director


Stephen established Franks Portlock with Phil Franks in 2007. As company director, Stephen is responsible for allocating and coordinating the work undertaken by Franks Portlock.
Prior to Franks Portlock, Stephen worked at Ensecon Laboratories where he began as a survey analyst before being promoted to regional manager and then operations manager.
Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications:
P401, P402, P403, P404, S301, CoCA

Phil Franks – Technical Director


Phil established the company with Stephen Portlock in 2007. As well as being responsible for Franks Portlock’s technical operations, Phil works on business development, and oversees marketing and sales activity. He has also recently established the company’s research and development division.
Prior to founding Franks Portlock, Phil worked at Ensecon Laboratories as a quality manager for four years and within the wider environmental testing field prior to that. He holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Analysis from Huddersfield University.
Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications:
P402, P403, P404, P405, M103, S301

James New – Regional Manager/ Sellafield Site Manager


James has worked for Franks Portlock since March 2010, when he joined the company as a quality manager. As regional manager/ Sellafield site manager he is responsible for overseeing the work Franks Portlock conducts at the Sellafield nuclear site. This includes site management; contract and commercial management for the Sellafield Asbestos Analysis Contract; business development, and management of the analytical and survey project works for the chemical and energy sectors.
James works at the forefront of developments and improvements in the asbestos management sector.
Prior to his role at Franks Portlock, James has eight years experience carrying out asbestos surveys. testing and project management.
Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications:
S301 CCP, S301, P402, P401, IOSH Managing Safely, currently working towards NEBOSH Occupational Health & Safety, SSCE/IA1 Internal Quality Auditor, Environmental Management Systems Implementation (Environmental Consultancy University of Sheffield) and ILM Management Certification

Gordon Cardno – Regional Manager for the South of England


Gordon has worked for Franks Portlock since 2008. Initially working in a consultancy role for the business, Gordon is now regional manager for the South of England and is responsible for managing the team and overseeing all projects in this region. With over 15 years’ experience in the asbestos industry, Gordon previously worked as the South East regional manager for Bodycote Ensecon. Prior to this, Gordon worked in the water industry.

Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications:

S301, P402. Gordon also has chartered status as a water and environmental manager (MCIWEM C.WEM)

Lawrence Clack – Commercial Manager


Lawrence joined Franks Portlock in 2017. In his role as commercial manager, he is responsible for business growth – both financially and expanding the company’s portfolio of services.

He also works with current and potential clients, helping to identify their needs and ensuring they are met, as well as identifying new business leads and working with teams across the business to complete tender applications.

Lawrence has worked in the asbestos industry for 13 years in various analyst, project management, quality assurance and senior management positions and brings a wealth of industry experience to the team.

Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications:

P402, P403, P404, P405

Nicola Warburton – Quality & Environmental Manager 


Nicola joined Franks Portlock in 2008 as a lab analyst. She has moved up through the business to become Quality Manager, responsible for the management our company SHEQ systems, as required by the relevant international standards, and adapting them to changes in guidance.

She tightly controls QC schemes and auditing schedules, coordinating the efforts of appropriate staff to ensure that our systems and processes continually and demonstrably improve.

As a vastly experienced bulk analyst for 14 years, she also oversees the technical competency of this element of the business and is responsible for training new lab analysts.

Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications:
P401, P402, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Internal Auditor

Lesley Winn – Scotland Regional Manager


Having joined Franks Portlock in 2008, Lesley is the regional manager for our Scotland office, located in Rosyth. Vastly experienced in the industry, Lesley oversees the running of the regional office, from customer liaison and advice to management of consultant diaries and quality checking reports.
Prior to working at Franks Portlock, Lesley also worked at Ensecon Laboratories as the Scotland Regional Manager having been within the industry for 15 years.
Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications:
P402, P405, S301 and CCP

Sharon Warburton – Main Receptionist


Sharon  joined the company in 2008, and is the main receptionist at Franks Portlock. Her responsibilities include managing all of the booking and works, planning, invoicing, and client liaison. Prior to working at Franks Portlock she worked at Ensecon Laboratories as the principle bulk analyst.
Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications:
P401

Alison Coffey – Senior Administrator (Company and Technical)


Alison joined the Franks Portlock team in 2012. In her role as senior administrator, Alison oversees the admin team that produce and complete survey reports and oversees company accreditation’s, memberships and tenders. Alison also specialises in processing and interrogating clients’ existing data and is very competent in the use of a number of external asbestos database systems, particularly Micad’ IPR. 
Prior to her role at Franks Portlock, Alison worked as senior administrator for Chairmarn (Surveying) Ltd – an asbestos testing service firm.

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