Former electrical apprentice joins the board

Clarkson Evans Colin Pike

Cheltenham-based electrical contractor Clarkson Evans has promoted a former apprentice to board director.

Chris Pike has been promoted to the role of Production Director at Clarkson Evans, taking a seat on the board of the company where he began his career as an apprentice electrician almost 14 years ago.

Making the decision to take on a trade rather than going to university, Chris joined Clarkson Evans, the UK’s leading specialists in wiring new homes, in 2006 at the age of 18. Since completing his apprenticeship, Chris continued to develop his skills working on the tools and in 2015 took the opportunity to apply for a management position.

With the company continuing to expand, Chris has risen quickly through the ranks from Area Supervisor to Area Manager, then Head of Production to National Head of Production. In January 2020, Chris was made Production Director and joined the company’s board of directors.

“When I joined Clarkson Evans as a young apprentice, it quickly became apparent that I had joined a company with huge ambition and if I worked hard and applied myself there would be plenty of opportunities open to me,” says Chris.

“Within three years I was a fully qualified electrician and I was 21 years old when I took on my first team leader role. After around nine years on the tools I’d worked my way up to the position of Senior Team Leader, I believe this time was fundamental in developing my understanding of the business and the challenges we solve on site for our customers every day.

“Since day one, the company has supported my ambition to go as far as possible and I’m proud to have achieved all I have to date. As I take on this next role and a board position, I hope it demonstrates to others in our business that as we continue to evolve and expand, the opportunities are there for the taking for anyone, in any department. As you’d expect, I’m also a huge advocate of our apprenticeship programme and work with the team to help others realise what’s possible as they start their careers.”

Nathan Evans, Managing Director at Clarkson Evans, says: “Our business is built around our people and we’re proud to support the development of staff and to recognise and reward talent. Chris is a great example of what we’re all about, we’re delighted to have helped him progress through his career and look forward to seeing what he’ll achieve in his new role.”