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Management Team

People and Property are our Passion

At Apest we are pleased to have many of the property renovations industries best people! We pride ourselves on securing and working with talented individuals from across the industry.

Daniel Dawkins
Managing Director

10+ years

Daniel has over 20 years of experience running various businesses, starting his working life as a buyer for a construction company, he has the ability and skill set to build the team here at Arvag. Being key in recruiting all the key management team. His role within the business tends to be a commercial role securing new business and clients and agreeing rates and costs for the projects. He is very proud of the staff and client retention within the business and will continue with the growth of the company.

Steve Templeman
Operations Director

10+ years

Steve Templeman is our Operations Director who has been in the industry for 30 years, covering various different projects from housing to high-end commercial. Steve is involved from start to finish, to assist our management with his knowledge and tireless energy to make sure all projects are of a high-end quality that we promote as a company.

A very assertive person yet easy to get along with, Steve is a good listener and communicator. This helps him collect all the details from the client to make sure they end up with a finished project just the way they intended.

Fred Dyer
Electrical Manager

6+ years

Freddie is a motivated, conscientious and dependable member of the team.  He is the Principle Duty Holder for our NICEIC & BAFE Accreditations and is currently studying for his NEBOSH in Construction. This comes on the back of successful years of managing our SSIP accreditations achieving Arvag Ltd our Constructionline Gold status.

He is a Level 5 HNC Qualified Electrical Engineer with 20 years of experience in both Electrical and Fire Alarm installations. His expansive work portfolio ranges from Social Housing to High-End Residential to Commercial Projects in both Hospitality and Education.

Being a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology shows Freddie’s level of commitment to the Industry. He is also engaged with both the ECA and FSA and is part of the Tunbridge Wells & Eastbourne Branch.

Matt Fuller
Fire Alarm Manager / Electrical QS

6+ years

Having started his apprenticeship as a teenager and worked his way through the tools, working in several different sectors within the electrical industry, Matt has now worked his way up to become the Fire Alarm Manager and Electrical Qualified Supervisor within ARVAG. Matt has been with ARVAG for over 5 years and has become a valued member of the team. Matt’s role within the Fire Alarm Department is to design and implement Fire Alarm systems for the client, starting at the initial conception of the idea and seeing it all the way through to the handover to the client. Matt, also being the Electrical QS for the Electrical department, will offer technical support to the engineers, price up the work the engineers attend and will also go through the engineer’s certificates, applying his extensive knowledge of BS7671 to make sure that all work complies and is safe for the client.


  • BS 5839 part 1 and 6 Level 3 in Design, Commissioning, Installation, Maintenance.
  • Level 3 periodic Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations.
  • Level 3 Initial Verification and Certification of Electrical installations.
  • BS7671 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.
  • BAFE registered Designer for Fire Alarm Systems
  • NICEIC approved QS

Florin Amarandei
Refurbishment Manager

6+ years

Florin is one of the managers of the refurbishment department of Apest. He's worked in the company for more than 6 years starting as an operative and today being one of the managers of the company. Throughout his time in the company, he had been supported and inspired by the management he worked with. Learning from others and progressing through the company has kept him motivated and hungry for more responsibility.

When offered the position to be one of the managers, it was his dream come true. Through the expansion and growth of Apest, Florin has been given the opportunity to expand and develop his career. The training received as a manager has given him the skills and knowledge to be successful.

Chris Stevens
Waste Manager

5+ years

Chris started working at Arvag 4 years ago as a waste operative and 7.5-tonne driver. He spent 2 years in this role before progressing up to become the manager of the department. He has spent his time dealing with clients, handling and solving issues, scheduling and more. He works closely with the clearance teams and will even jump on the truck himself. Chris has now also started to work alongside other refurb managers to progress into this department of management. 

Kirsty Hook
Pest Control & Cleaning Manager

10+ years

Kirsty is the longest-serving member of staff here at ARVAG and is at the center of the operations within the company. Her main roles are Company Administration and Leading the Pest Control Department. As the Company Admin, Kirsty deals with duties such as Dealing with the company’s fleet of vans which entails booking the servicing, MOTs and tracker installation. She also deals with payments, and stock orders and is usually the 1st voice you will hear when calling ARVAG.

Her role as leading the pest control department involves booking and scheduling work for her engineers to attend, dealing with clients and their residents and liaising with other trades for joint visits to sites for the works to be completed. Kirsty is an integral part of the ARVAG chain and her vibrant personality shines through in the work she does.

Jo England
Finance Manager

10+ years

Jo is our Finance Manager. She has worked in Finance for 35 years. Jo has been with us for 10 years and reports directly to the Financial Director.

She prepares all our Month End reports, carries out the VAT and CIS returns, monitors our profit and loss with each contract, maintains the bank accounts and ensures accuracy.

Lisa Whitcomb
Resident Liaison Officer

2+ years

Lisa has been Working for Arvag for approximately 2 years, initially taking on the role of administrator for the refurb department. Her role was expanded to also include the electrical department.

The key element of Lisa's role is to work directly with the large housing associations and their residents, whilst coordinating our operatives on task and tracking and recording activities through our internal SIMPRO application, to enable Arvag management to monitor and interrogate, workloads and individual tasks.

Prior to taking up the role of Resident Liaison Officer Lisa qualified as AAT and worked in a number of other companies.

Cliff Knight
Contracts Manager

3+ years

Cliff has been in the building industry since leaving school at the age of 16 starting doing general building with his father for 5 years then going into the glass and glazing industry. At the age of 37, he took over the day-to-day running of a Surrey-based glazing and window fitting company where he remained as the General Manager for 13 years until his redundancy. He then went into managing repairs in the social housing sector working on large contracts like Southwark Council. During his time there he dealt with voids, disrepair and complex cases. He left after 3 years and went to Hillingdon council as a team leader for day-to-day repairs. For the last 3 years, he has worked with Arvag Ltd as a contracts manager dealing again with large contracts within the social housing sector.

Grace Taylor
FRA Administrator

3+ years

Grace has worked for Arvag for three years, first starting within the electrical department as their administrator, she then was offered a role within the FRA Department as their administrator and planner for fire door installation, fire maintenance and fire-stopping works. As we are BM Trada accredited, she deals with all relevant paperwork and ever-changing regulations. She liaises with housing associations and their residents to ensure all works are coordinated and put through our in-house booking system.
Grace has worked within in an office environment for 5 years.

Lulu Templeman
HR Manager

4+ years

Lulu is our Human Resources Manager, she is responsible for coordinating all administrative activities related to an organization’s personnel. Some of her main duties include developing recruitment strategies, implementing systems for managing staff benefits, payroll and behaviour, onboarding new employees, managing complex employee relations casework including dispute resolutions, disciplinarians, grievances, absence, retirement and redundancy and continuously monitoring and reviewing HR policies and processes and implement changes when necessary. Lulu also is a float administrator for the office and has helped in every department so knows how they all run.

Vanessa Concelcao
Sales Ledger

3+ years

Vanessa has 8 years of experience within the financial world, she mainly focuses on accounts receivable and credit control within Arvag. Her daily roles consist of generating invoices as per each client format, monitoring debt and chasing overdue invoices, allocating payments, and liaising with clients and internal staff to resolve any invoice-related queries, she is energetic and brings a lot of fun to the office environment.

Chris Harman
FRA Manager

2+ years

Chris is our FRA Contracts Manager he instrumentally manages multiple contracts and leads a team of site supervisors, site managers and multi-disciplined tradesmen. Properties can be single houses or low and high-rise blocks. He ensures the delivery of the project within the budget and time scales specified. Chris maintains excellent client and tenant customer satisfaction this means focusing on the motivation of the workforce to deliver on time and to budget and quality control of works. Chris has an understanding of the financials of the contract and also drives the profitability of the contract to include pricing and delivering of extra works.

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