JDP News

July 2022 - Promotions & Changes

In our 50th Anniversary Year, and going into the second year of our Employee Owned Trust, we are delighted to announce changes to the management of JDP as of 1st July 2022. David Mather, who first joined us in 2005, is now a Director of the Company. He brings his enthusiasm, skills and knowledge for the long-term benefit of the Board and the Company. At the same time, Andy Lovejoy and Jacques van der Westhuizen are appointed Associates in recognition of their contribution to the business. Whilst remaining on the Board, Nigel White, who has been Managing Director since 2004, has handed over the responsibilities of Managing Director to Steve Dixon. We thank Nigel for his leadership over the last 18 years, a period of challenges but also great success for the business. Steve, who joined the Board in 2009 and has been with JDP since 1998, will lead the Company forward, with the support of Richard Parkins, Brian Cherowbrier, David and Nigel, as we adapt our business to one that benefits from employee ownership.

Posted on 1 July 2022, 10:18:38

December 2021 - Jacques Elected as Employee Trustee

Following the transfer of ownership of JDP from the former shareholders to a Trust set up for the benefit of all employees, Jacques van der Westhuizen has been elected through a ballot of all employees to become the employee representative on the Board of Trustees.

Posted on 20 December 2021, 09:38:18

September 2021 - JDP Moves Back into Reading

After nearly 40 years in Sonning Common, JDP has returned to Reading (having started in Caversham in 1972) and is now based in Davidson House, an office that better suits our way of working.

Posted on 1 September 2021, 14:19:26

July 2021 - Tom Griffiths to Senior Mechanical Engineer

Tom joined JDP as an Apprentice in 2013, since when he has gained experience across sectors whilst studying part time. Following an NVQ Level 3 in mechanical engineering, he has studied at London South Bank University for an HND before moving on to the BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering, in which he has just graduated with a First Class degree. Tom is an important member of the team and we are pleased to recognise this.

Posted on 1 July 2021, 18:35:19

June 2021 - JDP transfers ownership to an Employee Ownership Trust

The Directors of JDP are delighted to announce that as of 30th June 2021, the total shareholding of the company was transferred to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). This decision aligns with our aim to enable everyone who works at JDP to benefit more directly from the success of the business and to have the opportunity to be more engaged with the future of the company, ensuring JDP continues to thrive as an independent entity. This will safeguard the culture that JDP has built over the last 50 years: providing value to clients through practical and efficient designs and advice, providing a working environment that nurtures development and job satisfaction. The day-to-day management of the business will continue to be led by the current Directors, with a Board of Trustees created to oversee the direction of the company and which will enable and encourage all employees to be more active in contributing to the growth of the practice.

Posted on 30 June 2021, 18:30:16

February 2021 - Jacques Speaks About the Benefits of Apprenticeships

This week is National Apprenticeship Week (8 Feb to 14 Feb). Over the last 10 years, JDP has recruited through the Apprenticeship route, with the assistance of The Engineering Trust for Level 3 and LSBU for Level 6. Senior Engineer, Jacques van der Westhuizen, recently spoke of his experience: https://www.theengineeringtrust.org/apprenticeships/askanapprentice/

Posted on 9 February 2021, 13:18:34

October 2019 - David Mather Receives CIBSE Bronze Medal

David Mather has been honoured with a CIBSE Bronze Medal for his services to the Young Engineers Network (YEN), during which time he served as Chair of London and Global Chair working with others to provide a forum and encouragement for young building services engineers. There were two other Bronze Medals awarded this year: to Andrew Forrest and Steven Hunt for their services to the Merseyside and North Wales region. We congratulate David on this honour and are pleased that he continues to encourage and support the young engineers that we have at JDP.

Posted on 23 October 2019, 14:20:12

September 2019 - Kieran Joins JDP As Our Next Apprentice

We are delighted to welcome Kieran Pentland, the fourth Apprentice that we have employed through our Apprenticeship scheme. Kieran will be studying for a degree at London South Bank University on day release.

Posted on 24 September 2019, 11:21:47

July 2019 - Dan Webb completes Apprenticeship

We are delighted to announce that Dan Webb has completed his 4-Year Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship, though Dan will continue his studies through studying for a degree, supported by JDP.

Posted on 1 July 2019, 09:36:17

June 2019 - Apprentice Required

JDP has launched an advert on the National Apprenticeship Service Website to find our next Apprentice. Having previously taken on Apprentices at Level 3, we are now seeking a Degree Level 6 Apprentice in conjunction with London South Bank University. If you are interested, or know someone who may be, more information can be found at: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-422932

Posted on 28 June 2019, 16:24:37
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