Our People

Meet Our

A dedicated team of managers delivering a professional service

All of our Management team take a hands-on approach in terms of delivering projects, a method which has been passed from our directors right the way through the team.

Many of our management team began their careers with Princeenergy as engineers and have worked their way into their current role gaining vital experience, training and qualifications as part of that progression.

As a result our managers have in-depth knowledge of their industry and experience of delivering projects of all sizes across many sectors. This means that alongside our engineers and administration team they are able to deliver a service that is second to none.


Mark Asplin, Director

Mark Asplin

Director – Retail Projects and Princeenergy

Mark commenced his employment with the company in 1994 as a bench joiner and progressed his career through the running and management of commercial and retail projects.

Over the years Mark has gained a vast knowledge of the construction industry, from pricing tenders to planning works and delivering them on site. In 2008 he became the director of retail projects for Princebuild.

Although capable of running any type of construction project, Mark’s particular speciality is the retail sector, where he now leads a professional team capable of delivering multiple projects at any given time with values ranging from £50k to £8 milion. Mark has always prided himself on providing a high quality service with works being delivered on time and on budget with minimal snagging. This level of service has been reflected in the amount of repeat business he and his team have generated.

In addition to heading up the retail section of our Works Department, Mark has the overall responsibility for Princeenergy, our Building Services and Renewable Energy Division which delivers a diverse range of services both in-house and to external clients.

James Manning, Director

James Manning


James joined Princebuild in 1993 as a heating engineer and very quickly advanced his career with the company by gaining further experience and a raft of qualifications relevant to his profession.

In 1999 James became a supervisor for our Mechanical Services Department and in 2005 was promoted to term contracts manager taking responsibility for several domestic and commercial mechanical contracts.

Such was James’ dedication and commitment to the company that in 2009 he was promoted again to head both our Mechanical and Electrical Divisions. In 2012 he took responsibility for our Renewables Division Princesolar, which was then rebranded as Princeenergy due to the additional renewable technologies that had been introduced.

James’ career progression with the company continued when in 2014 it was decided to amalgamate our Mechanical and Electrical Division with our Renewables Division bringing it all under the one trading name of Princeenergy. At this point and as a result of his continued development of our Building Services Division James was appointed Associate Director of Princeenergy.

Now with almost 30 years’ experience in the industry, James oversees our team responsible for delivering mechanical, electrical and renewable services, to both our Building Maintenance and Construction Services Divisions, and also independently to Princeenergy’s own external clients.

In addition James ensures compliance is maintained with all of our relevant trade accreditations and also specialises in providing a consultancy service to many of our clients.

Management Team

Alan Cole, Executive Manager (Mechanical)

Alan Cole

Alan Cole -Executive Manager (Mechanical)

Gavin Harrison, Lead Building Services Manager (Electrical)

Gavin Harrison

Building Services Manager (Electrical)

Jonathan Brown, Executive Manager (Fleet and Facilities)

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown - Executive Manager (Fleet and Facilities)

Joshua Howarth, Building Services Commercial Contracts Manager

Joshua Howarth

Building Services Commercial Contracts Manager

Nathan Gurbutt, Sales Manager

Nathan Gurbutt

Nathan Gurbutt - Sales Manager

Rowan Booth, Marketing Manager

Rowan Booth

Rowan Booth - Marketing Manager

Rowan joined our company in 2014 to bring a new edge to the marketing of our business, along with the task of improving our presence and communication within social media and the general market place.

Prior to this, Rowan’s career involved managing the design and development of web-sites and co-ordinating the logistics of conferences, presentations and corporate video shoots. Her passion for delivering great results on time means that she fits perfectly with our company ethos.

Since joining Princebuild, Rowan has dealt with the rebranding of the business and the review of our marketing material. She is always on the lookout for the latest piece of news from around the company, and can often be found on our sites snapping photographs for the next case study, or working with our teams to help them promote their next business venture.

IT and Communications

Chris Bell, IT & Communications Manager - Hardware & Projects

Chris Bell

Chris Bell - Company IT and Communications Manager

Chris joined our company in 2001 as a qualified contract manager working on one of our term maintenance contracts. However, it wasn’t long before we noticed his flair for IT, and although his skills as a contract manager were exemplary, we took note of his seemingly unique ability to solve IT-related issues and steered him in a new direction.
Initially Chris moved into the position of office manager with responsibility for dealing with many different tasks, including day-to-day IT issues, but as our reliance on modern IT and communications grew it became necessary to concentrate Chris’ role solely on this area.
Now with more than 15 years of service, Chris heads up our IT and Communications Department and has been responsible for developing and implementing a robust IT and communications infrastructure for the company that is second to none. This allows efficient working for all employees with the ability to access our systems from anywhere with an internet connection.
Chris now spends the majority of his time continuously researching, developing and improving our systems to ensure that we are always one step ahead of the game!