Brakel Airvent Profile – Tony Readdy
Welcome to the next instalment in our Brakel Airvent profile series. Last time we focused on the company’s longest-standing employee, Tony Barry, but this time we’re switching to another Tony who’s only been with us a few years so far.
Tony Readdy is our resident Damper Engineering Manager and works to highlight just how important this part of the business is – not just to us as a commercial entity but to the building owners, facilities managers and general public of this country.
Educated in Kent and a keen fitness fan, Tony started in the M&E industry way back in 2002 working for a ductwork firm as an apprentice heating and ventilation engineer before moving on to tackle projects including Gatwick Airport and Whittington Hospital.
“I followed up this period of apprenticeship by working for myself for a few years,” explains Tony. “It was a great way to develop experience and pick up some business acumen, but eventually I moved on to work with a number of specialists on ductwork installations, fume extraction systems and did extensive works on the Heathrow Terminal 2a project.”
The next step for Tony was Brakel Airvent.
In 2014 he joined as a field service engineer but it only took two months to be promoted to Field Service Supervisor in London and the south east, managing a team of engineers and surveying jobs for quotations in addition to remedial work of dampers to BS9999 and installation of ductwork to DW144 standards.
We asked Tony to tell us a little about how his role plays out at Brakel Airvent at the moment:
“I’ve moved towards a managerial role, rather than being involved with the day to day maintenance activities, actively managing my team and aiding the development of the business. I’m now recruiting additional personnel to replace myself in the field and bolster the site team and – with the continued planned expansion for the region – there is a greater need for me to be able to pass some of the day to day activities to my growing team and ensure that the engineers are well-trained and motivated.
“The positive for me is that my role now offers more variety, flexibility and freedom, rather than being involved with a fixed structured schedule, which I personally enjoy.”
Tony is now in charge of managing an engineer team, training and recruitment – so if you’re in the south east and need work on your damper or smoke control system, he’s the guy to call!