About Our People

Ian Sword

Chair of the Board

The Company’s Chair of the Board Ian Sword, has more than 50 years of experience in the Construction Industry.

Ian came from humble beginnings as a steel-fixer, to establish his first company in 1977.  He has seen the expansion of his companies and services offered even through difficult economic times, always priding himself on providing a quality service, on time, within budget and in a safe working environment.

Anil Patel

Managing Director

Anil has more than 30 years’ experience in the Construction Industry.  Qualifying as, and progressing from Quantity Surveyor to Consultant, to Commercial Manager, including the management of commercial departments on major multi-disciplinary projects for a leading international contracting organisation before joining Sword.

Anil is very commercially aware with experience and proven record in strategic planning, contract administration and costs and project management, and as Sword's Managing Director believes in a hands-on approach to the management of all projects,.

Melissa Sword

HSEQ Director

Melissa joined the family business in 2002.  She holds a BSc (Hons) Safety and Environmental Management Degree, as well as NEBOSH diplomas in Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management. She is a graduate member of IOSH and Practitioner member of IEMA.

Melissa has been managing the Company’s Health, Safety and Environmental responsibilities since 2007.  Melissa constantly monitors and seeks to improve the Company’s Health, Safety and Environmental Management and performance.

Luke Daley

Operations Director

Luke is a time served tradesman with more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, he has progressed through all levels of the industry.   Luke is able to provide hands on technical input at all stages of a project and has a wide base of experience within heavy civils, including bridges and structures on road and rail networks, water treatment facilities and power stations. Through his career he has managed contracts up to in excess of £20 million.

Andy Lambert

Operations Director

Andy started in the industry as a formwork carpenter.  Throughout his career he has progressed his expertise and gained industry knowledge to rise through the ‘ranks’, he has built his experience with key clients on rail projects, and has particular experience of waste to energy facility projects. Andy is also a qualified CPCS Lifting Appointed Person.

Ant Cunningham

Operations Director

Ant started his career in the industry as a steel-fixer.  He has climbed the ladder through his career in the industry to Site Supervisor, Site Manager to Contracts Manager and now holds the position of Operations Director for Sword.

Ant is able to bring practical experience and Management Skills together on a variety of civils projects including rail head facilities and tidal flood barriers.