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Meet the team

Stephen Portlock – Company Director

Stephen established Franks Portlock with Phil Franks in 2006. 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 2006. 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

James Brown – Scotland Regional Manager

James began working for Franks Portlock in 2017 as an Asbestos Surveyor/Analyst and was promoted to Regional Manager in 2018 with responsibilities to manage the team and service delivery to our clients throughout Scotland.

He works on developing relationships with new and existing clients and takes a hands on role in overseeing the completion of projects and site works, while directing the running of the office.

James is an experienced Manager with 8 years’ experience within the industry within various Asbestos Consultant and Managing positions.

Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications: P402, P403, P404, S301

Sean Green – Head of Business Operations (Water Hygiene) 

Sean Green joined Franks Portlock in 2019 to establish and spearhead the delivery of our water hygiene services. This includes managing and delivering a range of water hygiene consultancy services from client training, compliance management, risk assessment, monitoring, design and supply, rectification, modification and maintenance of hot and cold water systems, in line with ACOP L8 (2013), HSG274 parts 1, 2 & 3 and (HTM 04-01).

With more than 29 years’ experience in the water hygiene and treatment industry, Sean is a member of the Water Management Society, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme and Approved Plumbers’ Scheme.

Industry qualifications: City and Guilds BS2 Control of Legionella in Hot and Cold Water Systems, City and Guilds BS4 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment of Water Systems within Buildings and IOSH Managing Safety and Water Supply Fitting Regulation.

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

Sharon Warburton – Office Manager

Sharon has worked for Stephen and Phil since 2008 and was their first employee. She started out as a bulk analyst, but as the only person in the office carried out the admin duties while they were out on site working. Over the years Sharon’s role escalated and as the company grew she became more involved in the administration aspects of the role. In 2017 Sharon sat her GCSE Maths, English and IT which she passed alongside acquiring her NVQ level 2 in business Admin.

Sharon was promoted to Office Manager in 2018 with duties involving managing reception, answering the phones, dealing with the clients at all levels, arranging & planning the day to day work of all surveyor/ analysts, raising quotes and costs for clients, raising monthly invoicing and statements and sending these to the clients. Sharon oversees the efficient running of the Sunderland office, in the absence of Stephen and Phil.

Prior to working at Franks Portlock she worked at Ensecon Laboratories as the principle bulk analyst.

Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications: P401

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