Meet the Team


Our people are the heart of our business and are the key to our success. As an ethical and inclusive company, we treat all people with respect and integrity, giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential. We encourage employee involvement at all levels of the business. Every employee has an opinion on how they can improve their environment, job, processes or company policy. These ideas are integral to the continuous development and improvement of our business. All employees should feel safe, be fairly treated, understand their role in the organisation and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Thomas Pinington

Managing Director

Thomas was appointed the Managing Director of Pinington in 2017, due to the untimely passing of Mark Ayrton the MD of the company at the time. His role within the company has changed over the years, having initially started the Electrical side of the business during the early 2000s and eventually being appointed Services Director in 2007 following his father retirement.

His ability to adapt to new challenges has seen the company succeed in recent years, having overseen the restructuring of Pinington in 2018 to enable the growth and security of the company that was founded by his grandfather, Victor Ellis, in 1948. As the long history is something that holds high importance to Tom, with the family extended to those who have joined recently, breathing new life into the business. Having started his career as an apprentice electrician and progressing through the ranks, meant learning from those around him and this is the all-round work ethic that can only breed success and promote a healthy place of work.

Nicholas Pinington

Project Director

Nicholas became a member of the board in 2007 having started life at Pinington as an apprentice joiner. He has recently overseen the high-profile Theatre Project at Westmorland Hospital with the ability to coordinate work in high risk areas. This has seen Pinington grow our relationship with the local NHS over recent years. Nick has followed the same path as his cousin, Tom, by working his way from site into a management role and this really shows in his ability to communicate with all the trade professionals. Having also gained IOSH accreditation along the way, has resulted in an excellent Health & Safety record.

Nick progressed to senior site manager, working under his father, David, at the time, before his planned retirement. Now at the forefront of the company as Project Director with the responsibility of ensuring projects are delivered safely to the required standard on time. Having built on his Grandfather’s foundations that were laid over 75 years ago, with family values as his main motivational factor. This is demonstrated in his attention to detail and high standard maintained throughout.

Jeremy Hackett

Financial Director

Jeremy started his career in construction during his sandwich placement year at University in 1995. After obtaining his BSC Honours degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management in 1997, he started full-time employment with a local North West company as a Graduate, progressing his career further by joining another large regional principal contractor, and finally settling at work within the housing sector of the industry as a Senior Quantity Surveyor, before joining Pinington in 2004.

Since joining Jeremy has progressed to being the Managing Quantity Surveyor and was invited onto the board in 2016 as the Financial Director and is now a joint owner of the company. His duties cover all aspects of commercial management and is directly responsible for the Estimating and Surveying operations, as well as PPQ preparations, Business Development and working very closely with all to ensure the longevity of the business.

Jeremy was instrumental in the restructuring process that took place in 2018 and helped establish our close working relationships with the local health authority and within the public sectors, working closely alongside architects and consultants, securing the financial position of Pinington.



Peter Heskine

Commercial Director

Peter started his career with Pinington Ltd immediately after leaving Sixth Form and studied towards obtaining his HNC and Degree on a day release basis. Peter progressed his career working with Pinington Ltd on a day release basis on various different types of projects. Peter Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in May 2010 obtaining an upper class Second Degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying and after stating as a Assistant Quantity Surveyor with Pinington in 2005 has worked up to a Quantity Surveyor then Commercial Manager and now Commercial Director of the company and is also at the forefront of the business development of the company.

Paul Waters

Contracts Director

Paul has over 40 years’ experience working in the construction industry. He started his employment with Pinington as an apprentice Plumbing and Heating Engineer before progressing into site management.  He has gained site experience in all sectors of the construction industry from Social Housing Refurbishment, Private Sector Housing, Educational Facilities and Commercial and industrial factory buildings.   Paul progressed to a Site Manager then to a Contracts Manager and now to Contracts Director after over 40 years service with the company.

Luke Sutcliffe

Services Director

Luke started his career as an apprentice Electrician at a large local electrical contractor and moved to Pinington in 2005.Luke started out as a site foreman gaining experience in all aspects of electrical work. Moving up into site and contract management on various large scale electrical contracts throughout the north west. Luke has now progressed to Services Manager and now Services Director and is responsible for both Mechanical and Electrical Contracts and Project Management within the company.

Jon Sharples

Quantity Surveyor

Jon started his career after graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University working for 2 years with a building contractor and a further 17 years with a large groundworks contractor in Cumbria. Jon joined the team at Pinington in June 2018.

Jon works at Pinington as a Quantity Surveyor working on varying schemes in terms of value sector of works. Jon is responsible for all aspects of Quantity Surveying on projects and also assist with estimating within the company as and when required.

Sam Ayrton

Quantity Surveyor

Sam started his career with Pinington in 2016 as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, working 2 days a week whilst attending Preston College doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction. Sam has also worked full time during any extended college holidays, which is commendable of him showing his dedication to both the company and his chosen career.

Immediately after leaving college, Sam undertook his Degree in Quantity Surveying at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on a day release basis and qualified in May 2022. 

Jane Atkinson

Administrative Manager

Jane joined Pinington in 2014 after working for a smaller main building contractor in the North West for over 10 years on the administrative and accounts side of the business.

Jane is now responsible for the sub-contract verifications and payments along with payroll for directly employed staff and works closely with the Directors managing cashflow and all commercial aspects of the company.

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