Ben Angell-James

As the Technical and Quality Director, one of the main components of Bens role is to ensure that the business functions that deliver products and services to customers do so in an efficient and cost effective manner. To achieve this he ensures that the Integrated management system (9001, 14001 and 18001) and its associated procedures are maintained, updated and continuously improved to match the companies operations and customers’ expectations.

Ben also provides professional quality and technical advice, guidance and support by interpreting health and safety legislation and guidance, international standards and developing policies and best practice which enable Aces managers and our employees to discharge their responsibilities effectively.

As well as holding numerous industry specific qualifications Ben is also a Certified Competent Person (Asbestos) and holds the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

Jake Reeves

Jake joined ace in May 2005 as an already experienced Asbestos Surveyor and Analyst, progressing from Senior Surveyor to Project Manager and Operations Manager in the Survey Department. He is now the Operations Director based in the Bristol office, bringing with him over 16 years of practical industry experience in large scale projects throughout the domestic, commercial and Industrial sectors.

He is responsible for the running of the office and its workforce of 45 employees, ensuring that adequate resources are allocated to facilitate the highest quality of service, health and safety. He makes sure the company’s contractual obligations are met and the operational, commercial and financial performance of ace’s services meet the expectations of its customers.

Jake has achieved many industry and Customer Specific qualifications including a host of BOHS awards, First Aid at Work, CSCS and the National Grid’s BESC.

Andy Routledge

Andy has worked within the Construction, Asbestos Removal/Consultancy and Health & Safety industry for over 32 years. He joined Asbestos Consultants Europe Limited (ACE) in May 2015 as a Management Consultant, helping the business to install new management processes and procedures to assist it in establishing itself as a major provider of asbestos services throughout the UK.

Following a management restructure Andy took over the role of Managing Director in June 2018 and is now leading the management team towards, increasing the business’s position in the UK market.

His previous positions include the roles of Director, Health and Safety Director and Asbestos License holder for Henry Demolition from 1986 to 2002, securing and managing major demolition and asbestos removal projects from inner city blocks to power stations.

In 2002 Andy founded RDS Asbestos Management Consultants, as Managing Director, building the business and achieving UKAS accreditation for surveying, Air monitoring and Identification of Asbestos Fibres in Bulk samples. The company became a national provider for asbestos consultancy services specialising in the retail sector, its client base included Tesco, Mitchells and Butlers, Ladbrokes, Clarks Shoes, DJ Wetherspoons as well as several local authorities throughout the UK.

In 2011 the business was sold to one the UK’s largest asbestos groups, Silverdell Plc and became part of its analytical consultancy section along with Redhill Analysts. Andy remained with the business as a Management Consultant initially for RDS, and from 2013 for Redhill Analysts.
Qualifications and Experience:

  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Association of Project Management Professional Qualification APMP
  • BOHS Asbestos Surveying

Alison Sherring

Alison joined John F Hunt in 2001, originally in the role of New Business Development and Marketing Manager, before focusing purely on marketing and design.

The John F Hunt Group has expanded from 4 companies when she joined, to 15 currently, with marketing, photography and graphic design having changed immeasurably during that period . Alison manages the marketing for the whole Group, both digital and paper and was promoted to Group Marketing Director in 2017.

The creation of a new company called TechVertu, for which she is the Marketing Director, has been the latest project, providing a central in-house hub to manage the Group’s day to day IT and Marketing requirements. As a company in its own right, it also provides a comprehensive web design, maintenance, hosting, branding and IT service, to companies outside the John F Hunt Group.

Since 2013 Alison has run a yearly Charity Clay Shooting Day for the Birdshot Uveitis Society, to raise funds for research into what is a rare and potentially blinding eye disease, for which there is currently no cure. The day at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School hosts more than 100 guns and raises on average £55k per year.

Alison has also worked on various interior design projects, the latest of which has been a 4 bedroom luxury villa within the Four Seasons resort in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Working closely with the engineering department, this project was both structural and design driven and will be marketed for high class rental through the creation of a new website.

From the late 1980’s to the late 1990’s she managed ‘International Supersports Cup’ with her partner, which soon grew into a successful Historic CanAm Motor Sport Series, racing all over the world and in later years becoming the support race for Formula One. Alison coordinated all the teams, organised travel, vehicle carnets, race entries, circuit programmes, hosted prize givings and glamorous parties. She was the link between race control, the pits, paddock and 65 drivers, their teams, sponsors and families. She managed the design, manufacture and distribution of ISC’s bespoke race clothing, including logo creation and all their marketing material. Manic, but fun days!

Prior to the crazy world of Motor Racing, Alison travelled abroad for 6 years during the 1980’s, doing a variety of work from yacht delivery in Greece, a knife throwing act in Spain, fruit picking in Israel and managing a night club in Gibraltar.

Over the years she has managed the marketing for a successful tennis academy, a tile import business, a ground anchoring company and created programmes for theatre productions in Brighton. A wide and varied marketing and design career!


John has extensive knowledge and experience in both the Public and Private Sector, including; the US Government, Local Government, Finance, Manufacturing, Demolition, Construction and Project Management.

He has successfully implemented ISO 9001, 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 in all four John F Hunt Hire Services Companies located at nine separate locations around the UK. He achieved BS OHSAS 18001 for John F Hunt Demolition in June 2013, as well as ISO 9001, 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 for John F Hunt Remediation in January 2017. John also manages Demolition’s existing ISO 9001 and 14001 Management Systems as well as the Groups other Certifications, Awards and Memberships.

John oversees our Asbestos Survey and Consultancy Division’s UKAS Accreditation (ISO/IEC 17020 and 17025) Inspection and Test and Integrated Management System (ISO 9001, 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001).

As a Qualified Integrated Management System and Lead Auditor in both Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Management systems he is capable of conducting first, second and third party audits. He has also developed, implemented and managed Management Systems to meet the requirements of ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems and ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems.

In the American Embassy, London, John successfully developed and implemented management systems to meet the requirements of ISO 9001, this Embassy being the first in the World to achieve this accolade.

As a result, John received the highest award bestowed upon a non US citizen in the State Department, the ‘Superior Honour Award’ for ‘Exceptional Service’ to the Government of the United States of America. This award was the catalyst for John being awarded the Fellowship of the Chartered Quality Institute, Chartered Quality Practitioner.

John has also become a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.

Ian Saville FCCA

Ian joined John F Hunt in October 2016 as Group Finance Director and is responsible for all aspects of finance strategy within the group.

He brings over 30 years’ experience within the service sector including 14 years within the construction industry with C A Blackwell Group.  He qualified as a chartered certified accountant in 2001 and also has many years’ experience in Human Resources and IT.

John Hall

John formed John F Hunt Contracting Ltd in 1982 initially specialising in Industrial and Chemical Plant Dismantling. The business, later renamed John F Hunt Demolition Ltd, became the parent of the Group. Today, known as John F Hunt Ltd, it is recognised as being one of the leading demolition companies in the UK.

John made a name for himself in the deconstruction of Large Panel Tower Blocks and was asked to Co-Author the first NFDC Guidance Notes on the Demolition of Tower Blocks over 10 Storeys. He went on to be instrumental in promoting High Reach mechanical demolition and the use of Hydraulic Attachments within the Industry.

The John F Hunt Group now consists of a number of specialist companies and employs well over 450 staff throughout its 10 depots and offices. Apart from Demolition, activities include Land Remediation, Plant & Tool Hire, Power Generation, Asbestos Removal, House Building, Lifting Gear Testing, Stonemasonry and a Health and Safety Consultancy with three UKAS accredited laboratories.

Supported by a team of experienced directors, John is responsible for the day-to-day management of John F Hunt Ltd and has ultimate responsibility for all Group Health and Safety matters, Director recruitment, formulation of company policies, ISO compliance, marketing & branding, customer relationships, consultancy work, company vision, direction and expansion.

John drove the acquisition of a major shareholding in Birkin Cleaning Services a leading Industrial Cleaning business.

The Group has achieved ISO 9001 “Quality Management Systems”, ISO 14001 “Environmental Management Systems” and ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management accreditation.

  • 35 years industry knowledge and experience including the use of explosives.
  • Consultancy advice to OEM’s in the design and manufacture of Demolition dedicated excavators and Hydraulic Attachments.
  • Tower Block Deconstruction.
  • Demolition Expert witness.
  • High Level Staff recruitment.
  • Group cross company liaison and integration.