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Meet The Team

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Meet The Team

Shaun Finnerty

Managing Director
With over 15 years’ sales experience in the office furniture industry, Shaun moved over to IPL Design and Build in 2018 bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Becoming Managing Director is 2020 he remains as passionate as ever about Commercial & Industrial Fit Outs, striving to see things ‘done right’ and always aiming to build relationships with clients to truly understand their requirements. Shaun & IPL have always shared the same ethic of always putting the client at the forefront of every project. Outside of work, As a born and bred Oldham’er, Shaun is an avid Oldham Athletic supporter. If he isn’t on the terraces of Boundary Park you will usually find him on a Golf Course & spending time with family & friends.

Ralph Hughes

A time-served mechanical engineer with 35 years’ experience in design, sales and project management in the storage and materials handling industry and the commercial and industrial fit-out market. Experience of design, implementation and management of projects up to £1.5m in all industry sectors. Married with 2 grown up sons and a group Scout Leader for over 15 years in Warrington, teaching outdoor and survival skills to Scouts of all ages. A qualified instructor (NSRA) for target shooting, rifle, pistol and sporting crossbow as well as an archery instructor (Archery GB) for Scouts.

Alan Houghton

Head of Design
Alan has been in the construction and design industry in various forms for the last 23 years, concentrating on commercial interior design for the last 16 years. AL’s role at IPL is Head of Design and involves producing all the drawing and design work for the company. He is responsible for the output of all 2D conceptual and speculative plans, detailed construction drawings and full 3D visualisations. Out of work he is a self-confessed cruise addict visiting various countries with his wife and an avid cyclist, a member of his local cycling club and take part in various long distance sportive and triathlon events around the country.

Steve Lears

Contracts Manager
Having joined us here at IPL in September 2022 Steve brings with him a wealth of experience, having contract managed for over 20 years. Steve’s role involves a lot of multi-tasking from some elements of design to installation & completion of scheme. A love of problem solving & seeing a project come together means that Steve is a perfect addition to the IPL Team. Outside of all things fit out Steve loves nothing more that family gatherings & spending time with his grandkids.

Rachel Jones

Head of Furniture Sales
Rachel joined IPL in November 2020 having spent 17 years heading up the furniture division for an office supplies company. What Rachel doesn’t know about furniture isn’t worth knowing. Here at IPL she is on hand to guide customers through the Office Fit out process leaning on her furniture knowledge to ensure the offices look as impressive as possible on completion. Never one to shy away from a challenge the best advise Rachel has every been given is Never afraid of change, you may lose something but gain something better.

Victoria Finnerty

Office Manager
Joining the IPL Team in July 2022. Vicky joined us as Office Manager. Her love of organisation & keeping people on their toes means no day is the same & she has a hand in ensuring all our teams are working together & as streamlined as possible. Her love of meeting up with friends over drinks makes her the perfect person for arranging any of our social events demonstrating her Work Hard, Play hard mentality whenever possible.

Alexander Kerr

Contracts Support
At IPL Design & Build Alex works within our Contracts Team, Alex helps to look after the management and progress of all construction projects. Working with suppliers ensuring a high level of customer care. Alex says his role is incredibly important to him, not only do I take great pride in what I do, I have a huge passion for the construction industry in general. Outside of work He is a passionate family man, loves to travel, try new food and likes to pretend he goes to the gym.

Martyn Waterhouse

Head of Finance
Martyn joins IPL with over 40 years’ experience in Finance, being with his previous company for 24 years. Martyn oversees the day-to-day running of the Finance department here at IPL. Upon leaving school Martyn embarked on a painting & decorating apprenticeship before realizing he was more comfortable with a calculator than a paint brush. Outside of work you will find Martyn socializing with Family & Friends, trying out new places to eat & drink as by his own admission he is a terrible cook. The best pieces of advice Martyn has even been given is to don’t have regrets, don’t hold grudges & never look back.