david saxby

David Saxby

A highly skilled and experienced Managing Director with a vast knowledge in all aspects of contract management. Possesses strong skills in the planning, implementation, evaluation and control of systems and procedures. Has a proven record in setting and achieving goals through the effective management of resources, motivation of staff, and in the development and maintenance of a network of client and subcontractor relationships. Skilled in the effective management of company resources with an adept ability to assimilate information at all levels and utilise this information to reduce risk, make decisions and achieve desired goals. A hardworking and personable individual, used to meeting tight deadlines whilst remaining good humoured and unflappable under pressure.

Key Skills

  • Over thirty years experience in the contract management of over 60 athletic tracks and over 250 synthetic sports pitches
  • Successfully managed the construction of sports facilities during 9 month period to 31/12/2005 resulting in a company turnover of £14m
  • Responsibility for the day-to-day management of numerous contracts through the complete process of design, planning, procurement, construction and ongoing after sales service
  • Commercially minded and skilled at ensuring that optimum contract solutions are delivered on time and within budget to meet clients' precise requirements
  • Strong knowledge of health & safety practices, quality control requirements and contract legislation
  • Proficient in the accurate implementation of systems and procedures
  • Demonstrable experience in the hands-on preparation of risk assessments and method statements
  • Competent at maintaining and developing long-term relationships with clients, subcontractors and suppliers
  • Effective at managing and supervising staff

Career History

2005 - Present
G Thornton (Contracts) Ltd
Managing Director

A dynamic leader with a proven record in the successful planning, implementation and control of realistic strategic business plans, resulting in increased business activity, market share and profitability. Organises and has overall responsibility for the effective operations of the company.

1995 - 2005
G. Thornton (Contracts) Ltd
Contracts Director

Overall responsibility for the construction of sports facilities within the UK. Role covers the management of planning, procurement, construction, valuations, quality control, health & safety, administration and site staff.

1985 - 1995
Balsam (UK) Ltd
Senior Contracts Manager

Responsibility for the management of procurement, planning, construction, final account and quality control on assigned contracts.

1979 - 1985
En-tout-Cas Plc
Office Manager/Contracts Manager

As a key member of the management team the role involved the day-to-day management of the office, construction sites and staff.

1975 - 1979
John H Berry Ltd
Contracts Manager

1971 - 1975
En-tout-Cas Plc
Trainee Surveyor

Key Qualifications

7 O Levels
2 A Levels (Engineering Drawing & Design)
City and Guilds Surveying and Levelling

Personal Details

Date of birth: 10th January 1953
Car driver: Full UK Licence
Health : Good


David Saxby, Managing Director, Thornton Sports