Meet the team: Graeme Guy, Director of Northern Sales and Operations
We are thrilled to welcome Graeme Guy to the team at Paramount Timber. Graeme will be heading up our Northern division as Director of Northern Sales and Operations.
Graeme will be responsible for all aspects of growth in the North. He will oversee all areas of projects, from the initial enquiry right through to the design, manufacture and build, in sectors such as social housing, private housing, care homes and hotels.
Graeme has worked in the timber frame industry for 30 years now, bringing a wealth of knowledge from his roles in various leading companies in the UK and America.
We speak to Graeme about his experience in the industry and what drives him forward when it comes to building for tomorrow.
How long have you been working in your field?
I have been working in the Timber Frame industry for over 30 years now and I am so lucky to have had success in a career that I really enjoy. I started my career after completing my HNC in Building Construction and Construction Management and went on work my way up through the industry. I have worked at many leading Timber Frame companies in the UK and in America across a range of departments including sales, estimating, drawings and overseeing the project management of builds. It has been this breadth of experience that has afforded me with the knowledge I bring to my role today in paving the way for Paramount Timber in the North.
What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
Professionally, my passion for the industry stems from the ability to leave a mark and be a part of something that is building towards a better tomorrow. From my previous work in the industry, what I find most rewarding is seeing the tangible evidence of how the work I have done has positively impacted lives. From creating homes for other families to thrive in and rebuilding areas of a town to create more opportunities for the people living there to directly contributing to moving the construction industry forward to adopt sustainable, carbon neutral methods.
In my personal life, my family comes first. It is incredible to watch my children grow and succeed and I feel honoured to have inspired my son to pursue a career in the timber frame industry.
What’s the biggest proof that you’re good at what you do?
My core values include integrity, quality and always delivering on what has been promised and I feel this has set me in good stead for helping me achieve those milestones in my career. The proof definitely lies in the customer relationships that I have fostered over the years. I have a loyal customer base, resulting in repeat orders and I pride myself on building long-term business partnerships with Quantity Surveyors, who speak to my expertise and recommend my services.
What attracted you to the Timber Frame industry?
I have always had an interest in working with timber and after leaving school I decided to start an apprenticeship to become a carpenter. I quickly realised this career path wasn’t for me, so I returned to school to study for my HNC in Building Construction and landed a role as a Construction Manager. From there I moved to California for a year and got a job as a joiner contractor working with Timber Frame and I’ve never looked back.
Working in the US gave me so much valuable knowledge about the Timber Frame industry that I bring with me in my career to this day. The construction industry in America is led by timber, bricks are rarely used here due to heightened risks of earthquakes, and it’s here I learnt just how versatile timber is as a construction material.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Aside from my family, one of the best projects I’ve worked on recently was the construction of six large homes on the Wirral. The thing that really makes this project stand out to me, was the exceptional quality and design of the homes that were built. When you build homes that are architectural masterpieces that really show the beauty of building with timber frame, from a design and quality point of view, that is what makes me feel accomplished.
Who is your ideal client and why should they connect with you?
An ideal client and project for me is working with housing associations to create good quality and sustainable social housing that not only builds homes, but contributes to the surrounding communities. For example, another one of my biggest achievements was working on a project near Liverpool’s Anfield stadium. It was a regeneration project, which involved building a whole community of new homes around the stadium which had a direct impact on reducing crime rates around the area and contributing to the regeneration of the local area. These are the clients and projects that make my job more than just my career.
What attracted you to the role at Paramount Timber Group?
I made the move to Paramount Timber because it is a company whose goals align with mine. I am always looking for ways I can further my career in an area that is making positive strides to creating a better environment for our families and the generations of families to come to live in. It’s an exciting time to be working at the forefront of the timber frame industry in the UK as we move towards a carbon neutral construction industry.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Paramount Timber team, working alongside Richard Swayne, our Managing Director, to drive forward the company at a time of immense growth as we push to become the leading supplier of timber frame and engineered wood products.