Meet the team

Team Birkin is packed with commercial cleaning and facility management specialists, and many of us have spent over 10 years at the top of our game.

There are too many of us for you to meet everyone, but we’ve highlighted a few key members below.

  • Paul Ashton

    CEO & Co-Owner

    Before becoming involved with Birkin, Paul held a number of senior roles within market leaders such as ISS, Norland and Bilfinger Europa.

    Paul understands the operating complexities of the commercial cleaning industry, and what it takes to be able to deliver outstanding service. He enjoys building successful teams and many of his previous management teams have followed him from business to business.

  • Dan Gardner

    Director & Co-Owner

    Over the last 10 years Dan has gained a significant amount of experience in both the Facilities Management & Property Management sectors in Central London. He has been involved in complex PFI schemes as well as Corporate accounts across a variety of sectors. He understands the importance of long lasting relationships in this market and has used this to his advantage when turning loss making contracts into profit generating flagship accounts. He remains passionate about developing teams that will be able to provide Birkin with the ability to grow consistently over in the future. He will be focussing on developing new markets to ensure Birkin becomes a long term partner of choice in the commercial cleaning market.

  • Sandra Parr

    Sales Director

    Sandra joined Birkin in February 2017 heading up our sales team. With over 25 years industry experience working across multiservices and disciplines Sandra is passionate about developing new markets.

    She is committed to transparency and delivering exceptional ‘after sales’ service to assist in driving Birkin’s growth strategy.

    Sandra is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners and a member of APMP UK and BICSc.

  • Lyn Baird

    Bid Writer

    Lyn is our Bid Writer. She has 25 years experience compiling PQQs, RFIs, ITTs and Supplier Questionnaires for both private and public sectors. Known as “Dynamo”, Lyn lights up our lives here at Birkin.

  • Nigel Dimmock

    Head of Specialist Services

    Nigel’s inherent ability to work under pressure is a vital Birkin characteristic. Nigel has worked in the industry for 19 years – joining us in 2012. In that time he’s seen our business go from strength to strength.

  • Soo Bartholomew

    Head of Operations

    Soo has been involved in the cleaning industry for over 30 years and has built up an enviable level of specialist knowledge. As a BICSc Council member and a qualified BICSc Trainer and Assessor, Soo is a wonderful asset. Soo joined Birkin Services in October 2015 as part of our growth strategy and operational restructure.

  • Barry Jones

    Specialist Services Division

    Barry has been involved in the Construction Industry for over 30 years so he has a wealth of experience in the builders cleaning sector. Barry has worked with small local companies to the multi-million pound corporate companies such as Kier, Carillion & Lang O’Rourke so there is very little Barry hasn’t seen during his time in the industry.

  • Terry Havens

    Account Manager

    Terry has won the 2016 BICSc sponsored Hill Award for ‘rising stars’. The awards are focused purely on the delivery of excellence in cleaning services and are a true reflection of outstanding service to clients.

    Linda Jones at London Borough of Merton says Terry is “a breath of fresh air; he is organised, enthusiastic, trustworthy, respectful, professional and most of all reliable.”

  • Stephen Dove

    QuEST Manager

    Stephen joined Birkin in March 2016. An accomplished Trainer with 15 years experience, he has numerous qualifications including BICSc COPC stages 1–5; BICSc CPSS – all skills; BICSc Assessor; NVQ Assessor; CIEH Professional Trainers Certificate; CIEH Food Safety Level 2 and CSSA Management Diploma.

  • Mark Durbridge

    Regional Manager

    Mark has superb school contract management credentials. With 35 years leadership experience, he has superb people management and communication skills, enabling him to obtain the best out of his cleaning teams - making sure they go the extra mile when required.

  • Gary Havens

    Regional Manager

    Gary joined Birkin in April 2015 and has been a tour de force in the East London region ever since. Gary has a deep enthusiasm for doing the right thing and continually learning to improve the customer service experience. His start point is always to support the operational teams on each contract, and ensure that they have the tools that they need to do their job.

  • Linda Baker

    Account Manager

    As one of our longest-serving Account Managers – Linda has a wealth of experience and her commitment to Birkin and her team knows no bounds. She is always on hand to provide key operational support and guidance. Linda’s hard work means we’ve been able to retain customers for decades.

    She is someone the newer members really look up to.

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