Differentiated by our experience
With over 20 years in supplying light gauge steel frame solutions, our team have gained tremendous experience and are on hand to help clients maximise their projects in areas such as cost and project timescale certainty, quality and efficiencies.
We are proud of our team.
Meet the Fusion team
Tom is joint director and owner of the company and is responsible for all operational activity from Engineering through to on-site erection of Fusion Projects. Tom takes an active interest in how Fusion can make projects more efficient and effective, with reduced risks both for our clients and for ourselves.
Having acquired Fusion Building Systems in 2010 with partner Mike Fairey, the last ten years has been about building a business through the various ups and downs of the UK economy since then. Prior to Fusion Tom ran transport and warehousing sites and spent a year in a marketing role for a major European Logistics company.
Having initially trained as a mechanical engineer, gaining a BEng from the University of Birmingham Tom followed this up with a Postgraduate Certificate in Design, Manufacture and Management from the University of Cambridge and to help with his strategic roles, he gained an MBA from Cranfield University.
With respected qualifications and industry experience under his belt, Tom is well placed to develop the Fusion offering to be at the forefront of the industry. As Tom passionately says, “I have a great belief that the UK can design, manufacture and build as well as the rest of the world. We do make it more complicated for ourselves by having a culture that places such a high regard on history (with regard to buildings), rather than being more progressive and forward looking. Modern buildings are green – and use less materials when based on a steel structure!”
Outside of Fusion, Tom is a real bandit golfer (currently playing off 23!), he lives in Northampton with his wife and has four children (ages 16-21). He spends much of his weekends attending their sports fixtures, but still manages time for the odd game of cricket.
One of Tom’s favourite inspirational stories is from Aesop’s Fable regarding ‘The bundle of sticks’ with the moral of the story being… ‘unity in strength’
Mike is joint director and owner of Salvesen Insulated Frames Ltd. He bought the assets of Fusion Building Systems with partner Tom Salvesen in 2010 with the objective of firmly establishing it as a UK leader in light gauge steel superstructure offsite manufacturing.
Mike’s engineering career began in the early 1980s when he completed a five-year engineering apprenticeship in prototype automotive design and testing. Metallurgy, design and technical drawing were his areas of specialism before in 1983, Mike moved into new business sales for the IT, communications, print and document management industry. With a clear aptitude for business development, he went on to join Danka Business Systems as UK sales and marketing director for before quickly being given responsibility as Vice President for European operations, covering some 17 countries, managing 560 direct sales staff and handling budgets in excess of $560m.
At Danka, Mike was able to hone his skills in business development, sales targeting, performance management and importantly, corporate level change management. He also drove Danka’s corporate sponsorship programme, heading up contracts with Formula 1, the PGA and Lambourn Stables. Mike’s ultimate objective was to prepare the Company for disposal, which he achieved for some $290m.
In the mid 2000s, Mike took on a strategic role with a leading UK general asset lender to rationalise business operations, preparing the company for disposal. He achieved this in 2009.
At Fusion, Mike is working to grow a customer base in volume housebuilding. He’s developing a dedicated, skilled team which is focused on meeting and exceeding client and industry expectations. He continues to champion the case for offsite construction methods, helping to educate and reshape practices for housebuilding in the UK.
As an experienced and respected member of the light steel frame industry, in February of 2016 Mike was appointed to the board of the The Housing Forum to provide a voice for offsite construction. Then in 2017, following the publication of the Government’s housing white paper: Fixing our broken housing market, he was invited to be part of a cross industry working group exploring how modern methods of construction could be employed. And more recently in 2019, Mike was asked to be a member of the newly-formed Light Steel Frame Association’s Steering Committee – furthering the opportunity for light steel frame in the construction and housing industries.
Mike lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and three children and enjoys cricket, golf and classic car refurbishment.
Head of Sales & Business Development
As Head of Sales & Business Development, David is a pivotal member of the Fusion team. With over 20 years’ experience in the modular/volumetric and load bearing LGSF industry, he has an extensive network of contacts and connections to further grow the business. David is well placed to voice opinion and experience with offsite manufacturing as well as commenting with impartiality, as to the best method of construction for any potential offsite MMC scheme, and has spoken at various conferences, seminars and expos.
David is married with 4 children with an age range of 17 years, so is kept very busy and has very little spare time. However, he does enjoy eating healthily as well as eating out, reading, suffering various DIY projects around the house and keeping fit. In fact, during ‘lockdown’, the ‘Joe Wicks workouts’ helped him shed about 18lbs.
This is David’s 2nd stint at Fusion, and he relishes the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the company in the coming years.
His favourite quote is unsurprisingly, his own… ‘if I do it when I think about it, I don’t have to think about doing it’
With more than 25 years working in the construction industry, Simon has extensive knowledge of light gauge steel, timber frame and traditional masonry construction methods.
Simon started his career as a Construction Technician working for a small company in Oxfordshire. Then, after six years as a Technical Coordinator, he began to carve out his interest in offsite, initially working in design and project management for two of the UK’s largest timber frame manufacturers. In 2015, with his commitment and expertise in offsite construction firmly established, Simon joined Fusion Building Systems as a Project Manager.
As an energetic and self-motivated individual, Simon aims to deliver positive change through a clear vision, focused on targets, customers and commercial awareness. Having developed a strong track recordof delivering P&L targets against long term business objectives for Fusion, Simon’s talent was recognised by the business and he was promoted to Commercial Manager in 2019.
Over the past four years, Simon has worked with many of Fusion’s key clients successfully delivering more than £20million of projects. Now, working with his team, he is responsible for the commercial elements of all Fusion projects, from initial concept through to final account. Simon is focussed on forging close working relationships with both clients and colleagues, to deliver targets and a profitable outcome for all.
Simon’s key areas of expertise are in surveying functions, technical specifications, contract negotiations and bid processes. He also has an HNC in Construction and has studied Management Training with Cranfield University.
Simon is married, has two daughters and enjoys rugby, golf, going to the gym and eating out.
With responsibility for the structural engineering of the Fusion structures and the management of both internal and external Engineering teams, Michael has a crucial role to play in ensuring the safe and efficient design of Fusion Structures..
Michael studied at Coventry University achieving a First Class Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Structural Engineering, which included a 12 month industrial placement working in the Coventry Highways department for Jacobs Engineering.
He went on to join Travis Perkins in 2010 working within their Engineered Wood Products team as an EWP designer where he developed practical commercial awareness and a deep understanding of structural efficiency and was responsible for the creation of automatic pricing systems for the in-house teams.
In 2011 he furthered his academic credentials, achieving a Masters Degree in Timber Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University which was studied via distance learning.
In 2015 he was transferred to Staircraft along with the whole EWP design team and remained with them for a further 12 months.
In July 2016 he joined Fusion as a Trainee Engineer and quickly learnt the Fusion system and details by designing a 7-storey student accommodation block. Michael was promoted to Structural Engineer in Janurary 2017 and worked under the in-house senior Engineers on multiple projects to design structures ranging from 3 storey terraced housing to 10 storey blocks of accommodation.
In December 2017, Michael was promoted to Engineering Manager with responsibilities for managing and growing both the internal Engineering team and the external consultant pool available to Fusion. In August 2018 Michael also became involved with Fusion’s fire testing programme and was responsible for arranging, specifying and attending all fire tests carried out on the Fusion system.
Michael lives just outside Northampton and enjoys walking his dog and a spot of DIY.
Senior Pre-Construction Manager
Jazz heads up the pre-construction activities, which includes aiding the production of Fusion’s systems to meet architect designed plans. Jazz works with the client team and assists in developing the architectural drawings to suit Fusion frame before handing over to the Design and Engineering team.
Jazz has a varied role, which sees him working across all departments and with the many partners on a build project. Jazz loves the variety of his role, which requires him to pay attention to detail ensuring any changes made to the scope of works are carried out on the drawings, are costed appropriately and communicated effectively for production and final installation.
Originally from the Punjab region in India, Jazz came to the UK in 2004 to study Construction Managemenrt at Oxford Brookes University. With most of his family members working in the industry, Jazz was always going to follow a career in construction (his father was an architect, his uncle was a QS, his sister is an architect), Jazz says, “it’s in the blood”. Having completed his BSc Hons. in Construction Management, Jazz worked for a refurbishment company and an eco consultancy firm, before moving onto an offsite timber frame construction company. He joined Fusion in 2015 and offers clients a tremendous understanding and knowledge of the offsite construction market.
As well as his family connections, Jazz was inspired to join the construction industry by the controversial, Swiss French architect, Le Corbusier, who planned the grid system of Chandigarh city in Punjab, where Jazz visiting whilst growing up.
Jazz believes offsite production is the future for construction, it provides a huge amount of time savings over traditional construction methods and ensures the build quality is much higher. He is a big fan of eco friendly products and thinks offsite construction has a massive part to play in providing an environmentally friendly solution for the industry.
Married with a young daughter, in his spare time, Jazz plays field hockey, enjoys watching cricket, up-cycling furniture and DIY.
For Jazz it is the attention to detail in the pre-construction phase that ensures accuracy on the final build. He enjoys the challenge of thinking about the project in advance, what the challenges might be and how best to overcome them. Rather than the traditional approach of sorting out problems as they arrive on site.
Design Office Manager
Andrew is responsible for the design of the Fusion structures and the management of both internal and external Design teams, As well as providing communication to all departments within Fusion, Andrew plays a crucial role in ensuring the efficient and timescale driven design of Fusion Structures. His career started as an apprentice AutoCAD Technician designing power supplies for aerospace and military purposes. After completing his apprenticeship Andrew continued to hone his skills as CAD Technician working in both 2D and 3D.
In 2003 he joined the design team at Advance Housing (Offsite construction) where he was introduced to MMC (Modern methods of Construction) and the design methods associated with it. From 2007 Andrew broadened his experience and skill set further working for housing developers and other offsite construction companies mainly as contractor CAD technician.
Andrew joined Fusion Building Systems in 2011 as a technical designer and went on to become a design team leader before being promoted to the role of Design Office Manager in 2016.
Today, Andrew’s role includes designing projects, planning resources and liaising with all departments to ensure key deadlines are met. Andrew and the design team at Fusion adopt an efficient right first-time approach to their design work.
Andrew lives just outside of Northampton and enjoys spending time with his family, holidays, sport and DIY.
Head of Estimating, Health & Safety Manager & Appointed person for lifting operations
David is responsible for managing our estimating department, health & safety and the lifting operations for the business. He joined Fusion from Framing Solutions and then couldn’t stay away so re-joined the Fusion team after we set up in Northampton. With a main contractor construction management background David holds a NEBOSH certificate in construction and an HND in Business & Finance.
In his spare time, David enjoys foreign travelling and to experience different cultures, cuisine, architecture and nature.
David’s favourite inspirational quote is from Plato, “the price good men pay for indifference to public affairs, is to be ruled by evil men”
Manufacturing Operations Manager
Mark overseas all aspects of production from scheduling all the way through to dispatch. He originally joined Fusion as a roll forming supervisor in 2016 and since then has gained great experience moving around departments. Mark has a thorough understanding of the Fusion manufacturing process which enabled him to step up into the role of operations manager.
Mark is very proud to work at Fusion, stating, “From the first moment I stepped into Fusion it felt right, the noises the smell the atmosphere. It always amazes me, how we can take a coil of steel and turn it into a building. We have a great team at Fusion all focused on moving forward, improving and innovating, I for one am proud to be a part of that team.”
Mark comes from an automotive background with over 20 years experience of assembly and manufacturing working to the highest standards, suppling high end automotive companies such as Bentley, Roll Royce, and Aston Martin.
Outside of Fusion, Mark is a keen wood worker and loves to spend time in his workshop making items for craft fairs. He enjoys time with his wife, two children and their crazy Labrador. He loves supporting (who he thinks is the best team in the midlands) Northampton Saints Rugby.
Mark’s inspiration quote, “Life is full of setbacks the trick is to pick yourself up learn from your mistakes and move on”
Head of Construction
With responsibility for maintaining effective management of the Construction function within Fusion to communication and providing complete transparency across all members of the team, Drew has a crucial role to play in ensuring the effective delivery of Fusion contracts.
Drew studied at the Cork Institute of Technology achieving a Diploma in Architectural Technology. He went on to join Fusion in Ireland in 2002 and, working his way up through a number of different roles in the design office, Drew developed both his practical and commercial experience to be promoted to Design Office Manager.
In 2008 he furthered his academic credentials, achieving a Diploma in Applied Project Management at the University College Cork (UCC). This enabled Drew to move from a site based role to becoming a qualified project manager within the business.
Following the change in ownership of Fusion in 2010, Drew moved to the UK and as one of the first members of the new team, he had the opportunity to immerse himself in a number of different roles – broadening his skill set further. Starting in estimating, moving to technical design and becoming design and structural manager in 2013, the role of technical quality manager was offered to Drew in 2015 and extended further to included pre-construction planning in 2016.
In January 2019 Drew was promoted to Head Of Construction. His role includes the identification of critical path issues, planning for key deadlines and advance scheduling of information required to meet the build programmes.
Drew also assists in managing the appointment of suitable sub-contractors and suppliers to ensure adequate resources and expertise are in place to meet Fusion’s high standards, within agreed timescales.
Drew lives in Northampton with his wife and son, is a keen motorcyclist and enjoys classic motorcycle repair and maintenance, keeping abreast of current affairs, walking his dog and a spot of DIY.
Head of Finance
As head of finance, Jakie is a critical member of the Fusion team. With extensive industry experience and a talented team supporting her, she has helped the company continue to enjoy impressive year on year growth since the start of her employment.
Jakie began her finance career in 1992 working for a well-known blue chip company Corporate Services Group/Blue Arrow. From here she moved to a family-run metal fabrication business Streets, where a company merger opened up the opportunity for her to be promoted to group financial controller.
She joined Fusion in 2013 and through developing her team and the processes used within the business, Jakie is helping to lay the foundations the Company needs to achieve its aspirations for future growth.
Jakie is AAT qualified and a CIMA Finalist. She has five children and six grandchildren, and in what spare time she does manage to find, she enjoys going to the gym and travelling.