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Highly decorated site manager prepares to hang up his hard hat in Leicestershire

Highly decorated site manager prepares to hang up his hard hat in Leicestershire

A Senior Site Manager for David Wilson Homes East Midlands has taken a look back on his career full of industry honours after going part-time ahead of his retirement.

Henry Patecki first joined the Coalville-based housebuilder in October 1997 and, 25 years down the line, is now preparing to bid farewell to the industry he’s achieved so much success in after taking on a part-time role with his long-standing employer.

During his time at David Wilson Homes, he’s won 20 Pride in the Job Quality awards from the National House Building Council (NHBC), nine Seals of Excellence, four Regional accolades, a Supreme Award and Lifetime Achievement recognition. He was also runner-up in the Supreme Awards in 2021.

Henry was most recently based at David Wilson Homes’ Wigston Meadows development in Wigston, but will soon be able to enjoy his retirement having become one of the very best in the business.

He said:

“There have been so many great memories during my career but my most proud moments have been winning the NHBC Supreme award in 2018 for our Forest Chase development in Leicester Forest East, as well as my Lifetime Achievement award last year.

“My advice to any budding site managers starting out in their career would be to always be focussed and passionate about your site, and care about your workforce. Always work towards maintaining the high standards of David Wilson Homes, and ensure that you learn from your mistakes.”

Among the developments Henry has worked on, his two favourites were Forest Chase and Ivy Farm, a site in Coventry, which he called was a challenging one-off development in a high conservation area.

He continued:

“I would like to thank John Reddington (Managing Director), Darren Langton (Construction Director), Ian Bentley (Contracts Manager) and Ivan Towson (Contracts Manager) for their help and support during my career.

“I would also like to give thanks to everyone who helped me in the early part of my career, namely Jason Glover and Richard Wozniakiewicz for all of their guidance and support.

“A special mention goes out to all of my colleagues onsite, especially my assistants, all of whom have very bright futures ahead of them. There’s also an incredibly talented team of tradespeople that I have had the privilege of working with for many years.”

Whilst working part-time ahead of his retirement, Henry is now looking forward to his weekends away and holidays abroad. He enjoys keeping fit, and now hopes to continue with his hobbies of fishing, gardening, weight training and practising his music.

John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said:

“We’re going to miss Henry’s character within the company, in addition to the professionalism and high standards he brought to the job. It’s great that we’re able to offer him a part-time role to provide a comfortably transition into his retirement.

“He’s been exemplary for our site teams over the years, and the honours he’s received throughout his career have been a testament to his hard work and commitment to the industry.”

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