Meet the team

Stephen Portlock – 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 – 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.

Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications: P402, P403, P404, P405, M103, S301. BSc (Hons) Environmental Analysis.

James New – Director of Nuclear Services


James has worked for Franks Portlock since March 2010, when he joined the company as a quality manager. As Director of Nuclear Services, he is primarily 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,  NEBOSH Occupational Health & Safety, SSCE/IA1 Internal Quality Auditor, Environmental Management Systems Implementation (Environmental Consultancy University of Sheffield) and ILM Management Certification

Richard Haigh –  Operations Manager (Asbestos Consultancy)


Richard has been in position since November 2019 and joined the company with a wealth of experience in all aspects of asbestos consultancy, inspection and testing activities gained over 17+ years.

He has oversight of all the asbestos consultancy arm of the business – ensuring works are correctly scoped, priced and delivered as specified – and heads up the regional teams.

Asbestos accreditations/industry qualifications: P401, P402, P403, P404, P405, RSPH Level 3 Certificate in Asbestos Project Management, BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Technology

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.

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

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Bernard Interiors

During a recent review by our Health and Safety consultant, it was noted that a Legionella Risk Assessment was necessary for our studio. We contacted Franks Portlock who undertook a full review of the premises and provided us with a greater understanding of the UK regulations and requirements. Sean Green supplied us with a detailed Legionella risk assessment and offered pragmatic advice and guidance on the procedures required to remain compliant, the whole process was seamless from start to finish.. Sean attention to detail and dedication was faultless throughout the entire process and it was a pleasure to work with both him and the team.

The de Ferrers Trust

Six months ago, we instructed Sean and the team at Franks Portlock for their services in Water Hygiene and we have been blown away by the service he has provided us. We have a number of different schools on board with him that range from full water hygiene monthly management, to RA's and Annual services. When tendering we found that Frank's Portlocks cost were similar to what we were already paying, however the level of detail that the contract covers far outweighs any previous contract we've ever had. The Monthly meetings have made a massive difference in ensuring that faults and risk items are dealt with promptly and appropriately. As the person who oversees compliance across our trust, I no longer have to worry about the water hygiene compliance in our schools that use Franks Portlock.

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