NORMAN PIETTE - Key Persons


Andy Heaume

Job Titles:
  • Finance Manager
No stranger to working for local family businesses Andy joined the Norman Piette Group from Bucktrouts (Part of the CI Traders Group) where he worked in many roles from deliver driver working up to Financial Controller for the pan island group. He has been with the Norman Piette group for 10 years, starting out as office manager at Annandale on the 29 th April 2009. He moved to Norman Piette in early January 2011 as a Purchase Ledger supervisor before being promoted to Finance Manager. Andy has also been involved in the development of the ERP computerised system. In his spare time Andy enjoys watching and playing football, as well as coaching the football minis, and recently achieved his Level 1 FA Football Coach qualification.

Craig Gontier

Job Titles:
  • Supervisor
  • Timber Mill Manager
Craig joined in late 2003 as a truss fabricator back in the days before EcoHomes, cutting and fabricating trusses and timber frame panels. After 4 years a job opportunity arose within the timber mill which Craig accepted, becoming timber server in 2007. He thoroughly enjoyed the role, learning a great deal of hardwood knowledge. In 2010, the manager approached Craig regarding a machinist job which he took and loved every minute of, especially making cutters for new profiles and experimenting with the timber. In 2012, Craig was promoted to mill supervisor and also took on additional duties, including the buying side of timber. When NP launched a new computer system, Craig was heavily involved with staff training, which included visits to other Group businesses including Annandale and Blanchards in Alderney. He then took part in an 18 month in-house development programme, which gave him skills and business knowledge which allowed him to transition to mill manager in 2015. Craig now manages two timber departments and is looking forward to growing within the business and taking the timber side of the business to another level.

Jamie Rigler

Job Titles:
  • Ecohomes Manager
Jamie is a City & Guilds qualified Carpenter with 29 years of experience within the industry. On moving to Guernsey with his wife and daughter in 2009 he initially worked for a local builder before joining Norman Piette as EcoHomes Supervisor in 2011. Since then he has progressed to be EcoHomes Production Manager and more recently moved over to design and quotations, a challenging role but very rewarding to be involved in the project from quote to completion. The continued developments within the new build industry means we are always keeping up to date with building methods, aiming to offer our customers the latest and most effective available. Jamie has seen a lot of changes in the short time he has worked for Norman Piette all of which have helped us develop into a customer friendly Builders' Merchant.

Laura Roberts

Job Titles:
  • Human Resources Manager

Lester Forman

Job Titles:
  • Executive Manager
  • Executive Manager - Purchasing
Lester Forman is an executive manager for marketing and purchasing specialising in Heavyside and Joinery and has been with the company since 1979. After leaving Grammar School his employment began at a DIY Centre called Huelins Guernsey Limited and subsequently moved to Norman Piette after it was taken over in 1985. Lester has been in a sales environment for much of his career including working in the Building Centre before moving to the customer services desk. He then moved to the sales office preparing customer quotations before advancing his role to become a sales representative. Following this he became sales manager until 2012 when he moved into his current role. During his time in sales he undertook training in marketing through the Guernsey Training Agency achieving the Certificate in Marketing Award. He also has achieved the City and Guilds Certificate for Specialist Product Knowledge from the Builders Merchants Federation MOL training programme. Lester's current role sees him working closely with the Fortis Merchant Network and is the principal contact for suppliers visiting Norman Piette. He also oversees the management of the Building Centre and more recently has undertaken supervision of the company's staff product training programme.

Lindsey Hart

Job Titles:
  • Executive Manager - Marketing
Lindsey is a Graduate of Newcastle University with an honours degree in Marketing Management who joined Norman Piette in 2013, having never set foot in a Builders' Merchant previously. Initially as Marketing Assistant she is now Executive Manager- Marketing, involved in organising advertising campaigns, customer events, sponsorships and everything in-between! Outside of working hours she is a dog lover, keen skier and enjoys the occasional quiet evening out.

Oliver Newey - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Finance Director

Paul Rogers - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CEO
I have been in family owned Builders merchants for over 35 years now, so I was delighted to be offered the Commercial Director's position on the Board of Norman Piette nearly six years ago. Having led the team in redeveloping the new site layout to a very high standard, I became Managing Director last year. The brief was to drive the existing NP sales forward whilst creating extra business by searching out new products in new markets. The challenge is immense, the satisfaction is even more so. Guernsey is an idyllic island, having never lived near the sea before and having always had a long commute to work, I will never take for granted the benefits of the lifestyle the move from the UK has afforded me.

Paul Vinning

Job Titles:
  • Sales Representative
Paul joined Norman Piette in 1999 following a vast career change from a pub landlord. Initially as a driver, before a move to the Trade Counter and then finally to the Sales Team in 2003. This experience in various departments meant Paul was able to build an exceptional product knowledge across all ranges. This knowledge combined with an great customer service ability were reasons behind Paul becoming a Sales Rep, which is his current role.

Peter Whales

Job Titles:
  • Plumbing & Heating Manager

Richard Dudley

Job Titles:
  • Sales Representative
Born in Wales Richard moved to Guernsey in 1989 and joined Norman Piette in the late 90's, initially in the Joinery Store and then as a Sales Negotiator. In 2006 he relocated to the Isle of Wight working for Travis Perkins as an Assistant Branch Manager and then Branch Manager. The great way of life in Guernsey tempted his family back in 2014, where he again worked for Norman Piette, this time on the Trade Counter. Since 2015 Richard has been out on the roads as a Sales Rep, visiting customers and driving business. It's a challenging and fulfilling role, especially with the current economic challenges.

Sarah Gontier

Job Titles:
  • Showroom Manager

Shaun Thoume

Job Titles:
  • Sales and Operations Director
Shaun joined the NP Group in 2001, initially with Quayside, having previously been employed within the construction industry for most of his working life. During his time with the NP Group, Shaun has been involved with many of the NP Group companies. In 2011 Shaun moved within the NP Group to Norman Piette to become Operations Director. Working with the management team, he was able to play a part in shaping the business whilst it underwent a major redevelopment over a few years. He played a fundamental role in developing new areas of business including a kitchen and bathroom showroom. Shaun is currently the Sales and Operations director at Norman Piette.

Simon Nelson

Job Titles:
  • Building Centre Manager
Simon is currently the Building Centre Manager and has been in his current position for over 7 years. He first joined Norman Piette in 1989 and has always worked within the Building Centre, going from Shop Assistant to Supervisor before finally taking over as Manager. He has a Business Management degree which is studied for whilst at Norman Piette and is also a member of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery. Simon is very passionate about his job and prides himself on leading a successful team and introducing a steady flow of new and innovative products into the business.

Simon Taylor

Job Titles:
  • Executive Manager - Sales
Simon joined Norman Piette in early 2019 after an impressive career, having joined the timber trade in 1990 after a spell in the Royal Navy. He began his career as a lorry driver for a timber merchant in Bristol, but soon moved into sales and became a timber sales representative and product manager. He worked as branch manager at a timber merchant in Bristol before moving on to manage an engineered timber company that designed and manufactured joists, trusses and timber frames houses. Simon has worked for many well-known brands in the UK timber industry such as Robbins Timber, James Latham, Timbmet & Premier Forest Products. He moved to Guernsey to take up his post and was attracted to the Island by the opportunity to make new friends, take up new hobbies and work with Norman Piette.

Steve Desperques

Job Titles:
  • Executive Manager
Steve began his career with Norman Piette an impressive 47 years ago! Working initially at Charroterie Mills Timber Yard, putting the timber cargoes away, he then became a trainee machinist before moving to the Piette Saw Mills. When relocating to the current NP site Steve was asked to become a Supervisor of the Hardwood section in the Mill, before being promoted to Sales Rep visiting Joinery Shops and later moving back to the dark side as Timber Buyer. He finally became Timber Manager and then onto his current role as Executive Manager for Timber and Heavyside.

Steve Powell

Job Titles:
  • Executive Manager - Ecohomes
Steve is the Executive Manager for Ecohomes and looks after the day to day running of the department including estimating, design, manufacture and on-site installation of a range of timber engineered products. He is also the contact for Architects, Engineers and Specifiers for all products. Steve has over 20 years' experience in the construction industry and graduated from London Southbank University with an honours degree in Construction Management. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and is heavily involved with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) where he has been on committee for a number of years and more recently held the position of Chairman of the local branch. In his spare time Steve is a keen photographer and enjoys researching history with particular interest in the occupation of the Channel Islands during World War 2.