Andy Stevens is hanging up his hi-vis vest for the last time at the end of the month. The Blackwell-based Contract Manager is retiring on 31st March 2023.
Andy started his career in traffic management on the tools in 1993. Back then, the company was based in Underwood, Nottinghamshire near junction 27 of the M1. He progressed steadily through the ranks to become a Traffic Management Foreman several years later, leading a team of Operatives on the network.
Fast forward to the early 2000s, and Andy had left HW Martin (Traffic Management) Ltd to become an independent Traffic Safety Control Officer (TSCO). But he returned to the fold seven-months later to work as a full-time TSCO on the National Highways Construction Management Framework (CMF).
His 13-years of experience in traffic management culminated in a move to the office in 2006 when he earned a well-deserved promotion to Contract Manager.
Andy steps down after over 30 years with the traffic management service provider.
David Shaw, Director at HW Martin (Traffic Management) Ltd, has worked alongside Andy since almost day one, he said:
“It’s with great sadness that we wave goodbye to Andy. He has been a constant here for so many years and from a personal perspective very much part of my own life on a day-to-day basis. Throughout the late 90s I probably spent more time with Andy than any other person! He regularly shared far more of his quota of Pick ‘n’ Mix (jointly purchased of course!) than he realised on our long journeys around the country! It won’t feel the same without him.
“Andy’s talents and efforts have been instrumental to our success as a business. He has been a mainstay throughout the company’s growth. When we first branched out to become a national business, we didn’t have the strong regional teams like we do now, we would rely on Andy to manage contracts in the Southeast. Andy’s flexibility and agility were pivotal in developing our presence on the M25 (Area 5), a contract that’s now of significant importance to our southern portfolio.
“I’m personally very grateful for his commitment, dedication and professionalism. I firmly believe we couldn’t have built our national presence so effectively without his contribution. Andy, I know it’s time, but I will miss you. Thanks for the memories, both personally and professionally, and for all of your commitment and effort. It’s been a privilege. Here is too wonky white lines, the secret turbo switch and a prize Christmas Tree – best of luck mate!”
Andy plans to kick off his retirement with a tour of the UK and Europe in a motorhome alongside his wife who also retires this Spring.