Building on a successful career

A qualified building professional, new recruit Chris Adams has worked on the essential maintenance of everything from museums to monuments and lifeboat stations to schools.

Born and brought up in Oxford, the 55-year-old started out as a carpenter and worked his way up to be a contracts manager.

A move into consulting saw Chris work for the multinational building services firm WS Atkins. He has also been property manager at the top Oxford boarding school, St Edward’s, and facilities manager at the David Chipperfield-designed River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames.

After a move to Poole ten years ago, Chris achieved senior positions in estates management, surveying and infrastructure management for the RNLI. Under his charge at one time were 350 built assets across the UK and Ireland. Latterly, Chris held management responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the lifeboat charity’s buildings in Scotland, Ireland and the north of England.

Chris can cite extensive career experience in restoration work on historic monuments in his native city. One project featured a stone structure dating back to the 1500s.

He has joined Colten Care as one of our three Regional Facilities Managers, covering any maintenance issue involving the structure and fabric of our buildings – a role which involves the contrast of looking after purely modern, purpose-built homes.

“For me, these are very new buildings,” explained Chris, who line manages a team of three maintenance people. “The condition of all the homes is impressive, as is the commitment of staff. My role is to maintain six specific homes and ensure they conform to all statutory and regulatory requirements, as well as Colten Care’s own standards.”

Chris’s homes are Canford Chase and The Aldbury in Poole, Avon Cliff in Bournemouth, Avon Reach in Mudeford, Amberwood House in Ferndown, and Kingfishers in New Milton.

Chris, who is married with two sons, said: “When I was doing my research for a new job, Colten Care looked like a quality organisation offering a diversity of roles in facilities management. I’m delighted to have joined. The important goals for me in the job are efficiency and service at all times.”

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