Essex Site Managers named as best in the country for quality

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Rob Ruffy, Project Manager at Mortimer Place (Right) and Jordan Cannon, Senior Site Manager at Riverside Grange (Left)

Rob Ruffy and Jordan Cannon have each won a Pride in the Job Quality Award from the National Housebuilding Council (NHBC), marking them as among the very best site managers in the country.

Across the country, site managers working for David Wilson Homes’ parent company, Barratt Developments, have won 96 Pride in the Job Quality Awards in total this year. This is the 19th year in a row that Barratt Developments site managers have won more of these awards than any other housebuilder.

This achievement underlines just how important the developer sees building high quality homes and its long-term commitment to being the best in the industry.

Rob (48) is overseeing the construction of David Wilson Homes’ Mortimer Place development off Birkdale Rise, and, as the longest serving Project Manager at the division, has been working for the developer for over 25 years.

Last year, Rob secured a Regional Award with the NHBC, marking him as the best site manager in the South East of England, and one of the top nine site managers in the country in the Large Builder category.

Rob said: “It’s brilliant to be recognised again for leading the team at Mortimer Place to deliver exceptionally high-quality homes.

“This award win is a real testament to how hard my team has worked to provide top quality homes in Essex for our customers.”

The youngest Senior Site Manager to have received an award at the division is 26-year-old Jordan Cannon, who originally joined the company as an Electrical Apprentice 10 years ago, before managing the Riverside Grange development in North Fambridge. 

He said: “This is my third consecutive Pride in the Job award, and to have won again this year is an absolute honour.

“I’m incredibly proud of how far I’ve come during my time with David Wilson Homes, and I want to thank everyone on the site team who has helped me to climb up the ranks since I joined when I was 16.”

The awards rate site managers against key criteria such as technical expertise, health and safety, consistency, leadership and attention to detail. The awards celebrate the vital role site managers play in ensuring new homes are delivered on-time, on safe sites, and to the highest quality standards.

Each site manager who is registered with the NHBC is automatically entered into the awards, with just 450 winners selected from over 11,000 entrants, demonstrating the challenges involved in attaining the accolade.

A Barratt Developments site manager, Kirk Raine, was named as the Supreme Winner of last year’s NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Awards. In January this year, Kirk was crowned as the winner in the Large Builder category for his work managing The Grove at Doseley Park, near Telford. This is the sixth time that a site manager working for Barratt Developments has won the Supreme award in the past eight years.

Tom Wright, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties, said: “It’s great news for our customers and the business that Rob and Jordan have won a prestigious Pride in the Job Quality Award.

“The awards showcase what it takes to be a top site manager and demonstrates our long-term commitment to looking after our customers and building high quality homes. We are very proud to have won more of these awards than any other housebuilder for 19 years in a row now.”

These awards closely follow Barratt Developments attaining a five-star rating for customer satisfaction in the annual Home Builders Federation (HBF) new homes survey.

To be rated five stars means that more than 90% of the developer’s customers would recommend buying with David Wilson Homes to a friend, with Barratt Developments being the only major national housebuilder to be rated five stars for 14 years in a row.