Our Managing Director, Stephen, has over 37 years of experience. Stephen enjoys customer interaction and is always ready to roll up his sleeves and get involved in some of our larger projects. As a company director since the age of 19, he has a wealth of stories to share. In his free time, Stephen is an avid golfer and also volunteers as a puppy walker for Guide dogs NI with his wife Juli and their furry companion, Bliss.
Business Development Director
Lauren is our financial wizard with a heart of gold and a mission to break down barriers in the construction industry. With over a decade of experience at Solv, Lauren manages finances and develops businesses with the creativity of an artist and the precision of a mathematician. But don’t let her serious side fool you—Lauren is a curious, and enthusiastic soul who loves skiing and gardening. When she’s not exploring new hobbies, Lauren travels the world, discovering new cultures and cuisines. Most importantly, she’s committed to empowering women in the construction industry and creating a more inclusive world for all.
Paul wears many hats at solv as our Operations Director. With a career spanning from apprentice plumbing and heating engineer to leading the day-to-day operations at solv, Paul has a wealth of experience in large-scale projects both locally and internationally. He’s passionate about mentoring the next generation of HVAC professionals and giving back to the industry he loves. But that’s not all. Paul is also a natural people person, a former chef at the Oxo Tower in London who has served up dishes for some of the biggest names in show business, including the late, great Robin Williams. With his visionary outlook and attention to detail, Paul is one-of-a-kind and always ready to lend a helping hand.
Electrical Contracts Manager
Richard is our seasoned industry professional with an impressive 34 years of experience. He began his journey at Blackburn Electrical as an apprentice electrician, gradually working his way up to become our esteemed Electrical Contracts Manager. Richard’s day-to-day responsibilities involve estimating, managing projects, and maintaining excellent customer relationships from project initiation to successful completion. Outside of work, Richard’s adventurous spirit takes him to the waters, where he enjoys thrilling watersports such as jetskis and boating during weekends in Fermanagh.
Building Services Manager
Colin is a versatile team member with a wealth of experience in the building industry. From his early days as a wages clerk to managing various construction projects, Colin’s expertise spans multiple disciplines. With an extensive background in dry docking ships, shotblasting, metal spraying, and industrial painting, he brings a unique skill set to solv. As our Building Services Manager, Colin takes pride in ensuring top-notch service for our clients. His day-to-day involves pricing, planning, and overseeing projects while prioritising safety and profitability. In his spare time, Colin indulges in stamp collecting, a hobby he has passionately pursued for 56 years. When not at work, he enjoys a relaxing pint and bite to eat, preferably in Alvor, Portgual!
Our Technical Supervisor has 16 years of experience in the field. Kyle started his apprenticeship with Phoenix in 2007 then joining Solv in 2016. Kyle is responsible for technical assistance, supervising engineers, providing PPE, and quoting/planning jobs, along with solving problematic jobs. He has excellent skills, knowledge, and experience in boiler and heating system diagnostics and repair, both domestic and commercial. In his free time, Kyle is a self-confessed football fanatic and enjoys running, even if he’s not winning any marathons!
Our industry veteran with 28 years of experience, Jonny’s journey began alongside Stephen Kane when he embarked on his entrepreneurial venture. With his wealth of expertise, Jonny not only handles some of the more prominent customer accounts but also manages our exceptional helpdesk team, ensuring customer bookings are organised seamlessly. When he’s not coordinating customer schedules, Jonny immerses himself in the world of music, indulging his passion for playing the guitar and dabbling in music production.
Junior Contracts Manager
Bringing over 8 years of experience, James is our resident plumbing and heating expert. Responsible for plumbing and heating installations, James is skilled in upgrading heating systems to be more efficient and economical. When he’s not on the golf course, you’ll find James either at work or at home being terrorised by his 1-year-old miniature dachshund.
Emma is a valuable member of our team with 13 years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry, including over 5 of these at solv. Her responsibilities include processing supplier invoices, creating invoices, and reconciling monthly supplier statements. She’s an excellent communicator, problem solver, and deadline-driven worker. In her free time, Emma loves a bit of retail therapy!
With almost a decade of agency experience under her belt, Ruth worked with B2B and B2C clients across industries such as FMCG, automotive, education and government bodies to now championing the solv brand. Ruth enjoys delving into customer behaviour in the service industry and spreading the solv love across all platforms, utilising a range of marketing tools and techniques. Every day is a new adventure, and she wouldn’t have it any other way! In her spare time, Ruth is a self-confessed book worm and likes to try her hand at creative hobbies such as embroidery, knitting and jewellery making.