We have many years’ experience in building and refurbishing care homes. Most recently, we’ve opened the brand new Wellington Grange in Chichester and completed extensive upgrades at Abbey View in Sherborne and Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst.
A major refurbishment of Canford Chase in Poole is under way and new café areas are in line for Avon Cliff in Bournemouth and Whitecliffe House in Blandford. Colin Clifford’s role is to help make sure all this activity happens on time and to budget.
Name: Colin Clifford
Job title and brief description of role: Contracts Manager, responsible for organising, co-ordinating and ensuring the delivery of Colten Care’s refurbishment requirements across our 20 homes.
Career history: Owner of a carpentry and building company from 2002 to March 2014, when I joined Colten Care.
Interests: Motorbike racing, martial arts, sport in general.
Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: The Masked Rider (1970s action hero in Hong Kong)
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: Weekend city break, I enjoy exploring Europe’s cities with my wife and friends. I would love to take my children to Disney Florida.
Q: What are you superstitious about?
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: The Goons. Spike, Peter, Michael and Harry would be guaranteed entertainment in such a confined space.
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: No one person, but many people have impressed me over the years and continue to do so. During the Abbey View refurbishment for example, I got to know resident John Neal quite well. He’s had a lifetime at sea as a master mariner and has visited more than 90 countries. Amazing.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: Ford Mondeo
Q: What makes you angry?
A: Indecisive people, or is it that, I’m not sure! People who take advantage of well-meaning others.
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: My wife’s cooking, (this is an obligatory answer, under threat of death!)
Q: Cats or dogs?
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: Shower, to try to wake up
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Living in Hong Kong, with a banana tree in the garden. I had a fantastic childhood with a jungle for my back yard.
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: The World at One on Radio Four
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: The variety of people I meet and the work we do.
Q: …And what is the worst?
A: Disturbing the serenity of the homes as we go about our duties.
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
A: Ray Mears, good company and he would ensure we survived in some degree of comfort. Failing that, recordings of The Goons, Round the Horne and Hancock’s Half Hour.
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: Marrying my wife (yes she is behind me again!), having our two children and building our family home with my own hands.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Old school. Steak, chips, peas, mushrooms and a fried egg. With a decent glass of red.
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: Snowboard instructor. But the body couldn’t take it anymore!
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?
A: School leavers who aren’t afraid of a bit of hard work on site.