Parker People

The people we employ are our most important asset

Our people are key to our business; WT Parker employ over 300 employees nationwide and it is their drive, dedication and passion that lead to excellent results. The profiles shown below illustrate a cross section of the skill sets owned by our people.

Sean Smyth

CEO WTParker Group / WTParker Ltd

Like many others at WT Parker, Sean started his life with the company as an electrical apprentice, before working his way up through the business. Today, he puts that hands-on knowledge and experience to daily use as our Group CEO.

Stuart Driscoll

Operations Director / Deputy MD WT Parker Ltd

An Operations Director with great experience in the M&E sector, Stuart has been with WT Parker since 2014. His role involves supporting all aspects of our business; recent projects have included the WT Parker headquarters redevelopment in Burton upon Trent, and supporting the development of the new Cambridge office.

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Sean’s career at WT Parker began in 1973, when he embarked on a fast-track apprenticeship scheme, passing with distinction. He went on to gain experience of the construction industry as a Site Engineer, responsible for running multimillion-pound contracts across a variety of sectors. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Contract Manager in 1989, and to Managing Director in 1997. He then joined the Group board in 2003, and was appointed Group CEO in 2007. During his tenure, Sean has steered WT Parker successfully through the recession, and indeed into a time of sustained growth – a period that has included the building of Parker House, our company headquarters, and a new workshop and office complex at Musk Engineering. Today he is responsible for setting our vision and strategy for the future. Central to this vision is seeing WT Parker growing as a sustainable, profitable Group with a £100 million turnover, and with a multi-skilled workforce that can operate in the UK’s key growth markets.

Externally, Sean has been heavily involved in the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), serving as a Branch Chairman and Council Delegate. He was appointed to the ECA board in 2012 as a Non-Executive Director. He has also been involved with the Joint Industry Board’s (JIB) Modernisation Forum, and more recently with the Joint Major Contractors (JMC) Forum, playing a part in the future of the industry at the highest level.

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Stuart has held a number of senior roles within the industry, in various parts of the country and across a diverse range of sectors. Prior to joining WT Parker, he spent 26 years with a major M&E contractor in north-west England. Early in his appointment here, together with our Managing Director and the estimating team, he helped to secure a number of key projects for the business, including a prestigious new manufacturing facility at Barrow-in-Furness. He is currently involved in that project on a full-time basis, supporting the project team with their work there. Since joining WT Parker, Stuart has been integrating himself with most of the Group’s business streams. He is a strong advocate of our in-house expertise and diversity, working to foment opportunities for other staff teams across the business. While maintaining a base in the north-west, Stuart now lives in Repton, close to the head office in Burton upon Trent.

Rafe Bateson

Special Projects Director

An experienced engineer with a wide-ranging career profile, Rafe has been a driving force at Seymour & Castle since it became part of the WT Parker family in 2015. In his role as Interim Managing Director at S&C, he is helping to integrate the company’s back office and best practices with the wider Group.

David Cox

Managing Director, Musk Engineering

Originally a graduate engineer, now with two decades of leadership experience in the manufacturing and engineering industries to his name, David is the Managing Director of Musk Engineering and a member of the WT Parker Group board.

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Rafe originally trained as a contracts engineer for H&V Building Services. He then moved into distribution with the Wolseley Centre and WF Electrical, before joining WT Parker in 2013. His early work with us centred around the development of renewable energy alongside small works, from heat pumps to solar thermal solutions. Since the government’s change of policy in this area, his focus now centres on lighting and photovoltaic. At WT Parker, Rafe works closely with our Contracts Manager, David Plested, and his team. Together, they are helping to develop our sales lighting projects and general installation work, providing first class electrical services to local businesses, and direct to the NHS via smaller projects. In his role at Seymour & Castle, Rafe is also helping to develop the business by growing our customer base and forging new markets.

Read More David gained his leadership experience at both blue-chip multi-nationals and small and medium-sized enterprises. He began his career with 15 years of service at a global packaging corporation, which included a five-year period on location in Asia, where he worked on a range of major capital projects and factory expansions. Before joining Musk as Managing Director, he ran two businesses in the building products manufacture and supply sector – one involving architectural glazing, another involving packaged water and wastewater systems. He also ran Norgren Pneumatics UK and Ireland for IMI Plc. David is married with two teenage children. He enjoys following all kinds of sport, especially when accompanied by a good craft beer.

Sean Smyth

CEO WTParker Group / WTParker Ltd

Like many others at WT Parker, Sean started his life with the company as an electrical apprentice, before working his way up through the business. Today, he puts that hands-on knowledge and experience to daily use as our Group CEO.

Read More

Sean’s career at WT Parker began in 1973, when he embarked on a fast-track apprenticeship scheme, passing with distinction. He went on to gain experience of the construction industry as a Site Engineer, responsible for running multimillion-pound contracts across a variety of sectors. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Contract Manager in 1989, and to Managing Director in 1997. He then joined the Group board in 2003, and was appointed Group CEO in 2007. During his tenure, Sean has steered WT Parker successfully through the recession, and indeed into a time of sustained growth – a period that has included the building of Parker House, our company headquarters, and a new workshop and office complex at Musk Engineering. Today he is responsible for setting our vision and strategy for the future. Central to this vision is seeing WT Parker growing as a sustainable, profitable Group with a £100 million turnover, and with a multi-skilled workforce that can operate in the UK’s key growth markets.

Externally, Sean has been heavily involved in the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), serving as a Branch Chairman and Council Delegate. He was appointed to the ECA board in 2012 as a Non-Executive Director. He has also been involved with the Joint Industry Board’s (JIB) Modernisation Forum, and more recently with the Joint Major Contractors (JMC) Forum, playing a part in the future of the industry at the highest level.

Stuart Driscoll

Operations Director / Deputy MD WT Parker

An Operations Director with great experience in the M&E sector, Stuart has been with WT Parker since 2014. His role involves supporting all aspects of our business; recent projects have included the WT Parker headquarters redevelopment in Burton upon Trent, and supporting the development of the new Cambridge office, alongside Regional Director Andrew Benton.

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Stuart has held a number of senior roles within the industry, in various parts of the country and across a diverse range of sectors. Prior to joining WT Parker, he spent 26 years with a major M&E contractor in north-west England. Early in his appointment here, together with our Managing Director and the estimating team, he helped to secure a number of key projects for the business, including a prestigious new manufacturing facility at Barrow-in-Furness. He is currently involved in that project on a full-time basis, supporting the project team with their work there. Since joining WT Parker, Stuart has been integrating himself with most of the Group’s business streams. He is a strong advocate of our in-house expertise and diversity, working to foment opportunities for other staff teams across the business. While maintaining a base in the north-west, Stuart now lives in Repton, close to the head office in Burton upon Trent.

Rafe Bateson

Special Projects Director

An experienced engineer with a wide-ranging career profile, Rafe has been a driving force at Seymour & Castle since it became part of the WT Parker family in 2015. In his role as Interim Managing Director at S&C, he is helping to integrate the company’s back office and best practices with the wider Group.

Read More

Rafe originally trained as a contracts engineer for H&V Building Services. He then moved into distribution with the Wolseley Centre and WF Electrical, before joining WT Parker in 2013. His early work with us centred around the development of renewable energy alongside small works, from heat pumps to solar thermal solutions. Since the government’s change of policy in this area, his focus now centres on lighting and photovoltaic. At WT Parker, Rafe works closely with our Contracts Manager, David Plested, and his team. Together, they are helping to develop our sales lighting projects and general installation work, providing first class electrical services to local businesses, and direct to the NHS via smaller projects. In his role at Seymour & Castle, Rafe is also helping to develop the business by growing our customer base and forging new markets.

David Cox

Managing Director, Musk Engineering

Originally a graduate engineer, now with two decades of leadership experience in the manufacturing and engineering industries to his name, David is the Managing Director of Musk Engineering and a member of the WT Parker Group board.

Read More David gained his leadership experience at both blue-chip multi-nationals and small and medium-sized enterprises. He began his career with 15 years of service at a global packaging corporation, which included a five-year period on location in Asia, where he worked on a range of major capital projects and factory expansions. Before joining Musk as Managing Director, he ran two businesses in the building products manufacture and supply sector – one involving architectural glazing, another involving packaged water and wastewater systems. He also ran Norgren Pneumatics UK and Ireland for IMI Plc. David is married with two teenage children. He enjoys following all kinds of sport, especially when accompanied by a good craft beer.

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