Our Management Team

Executive Team

Lisa Kerford

Lisa Kerford

Managing Director

Lisa has over twenty-five years’ experience working in the electricity and multi-utilities industries. As Managing Director, she holds responsibility for management decisions within the Aptus Utilities directorate and setting company policy and strategy.

She is responsible for the implementation of multi-utility and street lighting installation programmes on all commercial, industrial and residential projects for Aptus Utilities across the UK. Her role demands ensuring works are delivered to specification, timescales, within budget and meeting stringent health and safety standards. This role requires an analytical and innovative approach, liaising with a wide client base including housebuilders, multinational developers, blue-chip FTSE 100 companies, local authorities and housing associations; internally she works closely with the directorate to formulate and apply working procedures and business strategy to ensure that the Company meets its performance objectives. Lisa was previously Operations Director at Aptus Utilities and has been instrumental in developing and streamlining processes. She spent four years at Bethell Power Services before that, managing the major projects team where she delivered projects ranging from 11kV underground cable installation to 132kV Overhead and Underground component projects.


Describe yourself in 3 words: Organised, determined and sociable

What do you love most about working for Aptus? Leading a company that has a great reputation

Best career advise you have received? Plan for people being hit by a bus!

What was your first job? Milk lady

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Love it

Where is the best place you have visited? Singapore

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Health, Golf, Maps

What is something most people don’t know about you? I manage a motorbike race team

Natasha Clarke

Natasha Clarke

People Director

Natasha Clarke heads up the People functions at Aptus, including Human Resources and internal and external communications. She has assisted in the training and development of a number of key members of staff and has also ensured a number of Business Administration Apprentices have successfully obtained their qualifications.

As Natasha has been at Aptus Utilities almost since the start of the business, she has experienced the exponential business growth and is currently working to develop a bespoke system to assist with streamlining a number of labour-intensive processes within the business. Natasha started at Aptus Utilities in January 2011, when she joined the team from Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions. She has completed an MBA, whilst at Aptus Utilities, which further enhances her business knowledge.


Describe yourself in 3 words: Positive, Dedicated, Gin-Lover

What do you love most about working for Aptus? How much is invested in the people.

Best career advise you have received? Have faith in your own abilities.

What was your first job? Worked on Preston market selling nuts!

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Love it

Where is the best place you have visited? Costa Rica

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Amazon Prime, Instagram and Google Photos

What is something most people don’t know about you? I used to Captain the Ladies University Darts team

Mark Clegg

Mark Clegg

Operations Director

Mark has over twenty years’ experience in multi-utility industries. As Operations Director he oversees the continual provision of delivery on our multi-utility, street lighting and major project schemes throughout the UK.

Mark is responsible for forecasting the upcoming workload and ensuring we have resources available to meet our standards of service and deliver projects safely, on time and in the budget. Prior to joining Aptus as Operations Manager, Mark worked at Scottish Power Energy Networks in both construction and project management roles.


Describe yourself in 3 words: Leader, fair, impatient

What do you love most about working for Aptus? Having a good reputation

Best career advise you have received? To learn as many utilities and different roles within the sector as possible. Keep learning and improving.

What was your first job? Paper round

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Neither, wouldn’t choose it , but can eat it if hungry

Where is the best place you have visited? Barrier reef, Australia

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? SKY super 6, podcasts, what’s app

What is something most people don’t know about you? Scared of heights but once worked as a roofer for 12 months

Ian Winn

Ian Winn

Group Finance Director

Ian joined the business in July 2020. He has over 20 years’ board experience as a Finance Director in both privately owned and listed businesses.

Ian is responsible for the Finance function, ensuring timely and accurate reporting of the business’ financial results, budgetary and financial planning, treasury, statutory and compliance reporting, liaison and management of key financial stakeholders and provision of further analysis and commercial insights into business activities. Ian is a qualified chartered accountant who has operated at board level in a number of high growth business-to-business service providers including financial services, IT services, property letting and management services and contracting. Most recently Ian was the CFO of an acquisitive, fast-growing holiday letting agency where he led the acquisition and finance functions as well as a successful trade sale to the UK’s largest operator in that field.


Describe yourself in 3 words: Tight Northern Accountant!

What do you love most about working for Aptus? The fact that everyone cares about the service we provide to our clients

Best career advise you have received? Do something you enjoy as you spend a lot of time at work

What was your first job?  Paper round

Marmite – Love It or Hate It?  Absolutely love it and eat it with everything

Where is the best place you have visited?  Yosemite

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Spotify, NatWest Bank App, BT Sport

What is something most people don’t know about you?  I can’t say the word ‘specific’

Dan Owen

Dan Owen

Business Development Director

Dan has overall responsibility for Business Development at Aptus, whilst also overseeing the Estimating Department. He has been a key member of the Aptus team since 2014.


Describe yourself in 3 words Affable, Honest, Determined

What do you love most about working for Aptus? The people and the family feel that remains as Aptus’ stature and size continues to grow.

Best career advise you have received? Always believe in yourself and keep moving forward.

What was your first job? Apprentice CAD Technician

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Love it!

Where is the best place you have visited? Lapland (Finland), followed closely by Florida.

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Sky Sports, LinkedIn, Amazon

What is something most people don’t know about you? I’m often thought of as being younger thank I look – even though I’m nearly 40.  I had an easy paper round!

Senior Leadership Team

Delicia Maxwell

Delicia Maxwell

HSQE Manager

Describe yourself in 3 words: Reliable, Friendly and Positive

What do you love most about working for Aptus? The people

Best career advise you have received? Find a job you enjoy

What was your first job? Waitress

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Hate it

Where is the best place you have visited? Amalfi coast

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Zara, Bank and Spotify

What is something most people don’t know about you? I have a degree in Contemporary theatre

John Gill

John Gill

Operations Manager – North West

Describe yourself in 3 words: positive , happy and determined

What do you love most about working for Aptus? Being part of an excellent team

Best career advise you have received? Always measure twice and cut once or  You will not be liked by everyone

What was your first job? Carpenter and Joiner

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Hate it !

Where is the best place you have visited? Old Trafford

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Sky Sport, BT sports and Bet365

What is something most people don’t know about you? I had a football trial at Dundee but fortunately for Aptus it wasn’t to be

Vicky Squires

Vicky Squires

HR Manager

Describe yourself in 3 words:  Friendly, committed and conscientious

What do you love most about working for Aptus? The company ethos and every day is different

Best career advise you have received?  Believe in yourself so others have the confidence to believe in you

What was your first job? Business Admin Apprentice

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Hate it

Where is the best place you have visited? Caribbean

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Instagram, Snapchat, Lose it

What is something most people don’t know about you? I have a love for good quality gins!!

Jon Patrick

Jon Patrick

Operations Manager – Midlands

Describe yourself in 3 words: Ambitious, Positive & Calm.

What do you love most about working for Aptus? The opportunity to build a career.

Best career advise you have received? Just keep on learning, no-one knows everything.

What was your first job? Footballer at Walsall

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Hate!

Where is the best place you have visited? Disney World Florida

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Sky Remote (little one hides the remote), Hive (little one keeps changing the temp on the thermostat) & YouTube (keeps the little one quiet)

What is something most people don’t know about you? Use to be really good at cricket back in the day, but chose football instead (which obviously didn’t work out)

Adrian Cunningham

Adrian Cunningham

Street Lighting Manager

Describe yourself in 3 words: Committed,  Conscientious, Approachable.

What do you love most about working for Aptus? The freedom to develop individually and as a business to become better at what you / We do. The pride in how far we have come as a business and being part of something very special.

Best career advise you have received? To look at something and consider if it can be done better – no matter what it is.

What was your first job? 1st Proper job was an electrical apprentice – actual first job was a glass collector in a town centre bar while still at school

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Hate

Where is the best place you have visited? Rome for the history – Caribbean for the beaches & Rum

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Sky Sports, Facebook, YouTube

What is something most people don’t know about you? Riding & Maintaining motorcycles

Sue Wray

Sue Wray

Finance Manager

Describe yourself in 3 words: Reliable, Resourceful and Caring

What do you love most about working for Aptus? The people and the family feel which remains as the company grows, maintaining pride in our work and customer service

Best career advise you have received?  Never completely plan your day leave room in your diary for the unplanned events.

What was your first job? Junior Auditor

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Love it

Where is the best place you have visited? Hong Kong

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Facetime, WhatsApp and Worsley Golf Club

What is something most people don’t know about you? I have different coloured eyes

Liam Story

Liam Story

Operations Manager – Cumbria and Scotland

Describe yourself in 3 words: Thoughtful, thorough and efficient

What do you love most about working for Aptus? Team camaraderie

Best career advise you have received?  If you make a mistake hold your hands up and get it resolved asap before it escalates out of control.

What was your first job? Paperboy

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Never had it

Where is the best place you have visited? Bavaria in Germany.

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Sky Sports, Wim Hof Method and would be lost without my Calendar/Diary/reminders

What is something most people don’t know about you? I was in the Army for 5 years

Grant Smith

Grant Smith

Commercial Manager

Describe yourself in 3 words: Conscientious, Respectful, Loyal.

What do you love most about working for Aptus? Being part of a fast growing company which strives to be the market leader in its industry.

Best career advise you have received? Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, the important thing is that you learn from it so it doesn’t happen again.

What was your first job? After my extremely easy paper round and part-time work at Morrisons supermarket, I was first employed as a Tax Credit Compliance Officer for the Inland Revenue.

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Love it.

Where is the best place you have visited? White Hart Lane, North London (R.I.P.).

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? You mean there are 3…?

What is something most people don’t know about you? I’m colour blind and rubbish at snooker!

Steve Chesworth

Steve Chesworth

Operations Manager – North East

Describe yourself in 3 words:  Honest, trustworthy, reliable

What do you love most about working for Aptus? Core values it brings

Best career advise you have received?  Learn from your mistakes

What was your first job? Worked in garage on YT program

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Hate It

Where is the best place you have visited? Australia

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Sky Sports, Facebook, LinkedIn

What is something most people don’t know about you?  A very good question

Gary Barker

Gary Barker

Design Manager

Describe yourself in 3 words: Dedicated, hardworking, trustworthy

What do you love most about working for Aptus? I thoroughly enjoy everything! We deliver against our core values and the ethos of the business. We have a great team and I consider myself blessed to work with such fantastic professionals

Best career advise you have received? “If it’s not worthy of being installed in your front room, it’s not good enough. Carry on until its right!!”

What was your first job? Delivering the “GreenUn” newspaper every Saturday night around my village. It was a sport only newspaper which included all the days sporting results.

Marmite – Love It or Hate It? Hate it

Where is the best place you have visited? Besides Yorkshire; Sydney, Australia.

If you could only have 3 apps on your smart phone, what would they be? Sky Go, WhatsApp, LFC Official App

What is something most people don’t know about you? I spent 12 months on strike during the miner’s strike in 1984/85 and was at the Battle of Orgreave.

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