James Drury

James has worked in the construction industry for 20 years. A qualified Quantity Surveyor, he worked as a Senior Surveyor for main contractor, StructureTone for five years prior to joining Putney & Wood in 2004.

James brings the experience of working on several £3m to £7m projects to his Commercial Director role, including fit-outs at ABN Amro, Merrill Lynch and HSBC, all in the City of London. His responsibilities include all commercial matters associated with the business.

Barry Putney

In 1991 Barry joined forces with fellow Ashby & Horner apprentice Andy Wood to form Putney & Wood, with Barry taking the role of Estimating Director.

Barry’s practical experience, gained from many years ‘on the tools’, enables him to offer value-engineering solutions that many others, without his stonemason’s background, would not think of.

Andy Wood

Andy has worked on several of London’s most prestigious stone buildings including Kensington Palace Gardens, Kinnaird House at No 1 Pall Mall and the famous Wellcome Building in Euston Road.

In 1991 Andy, and fellow Ashby & Horner apprentice Barry Putney formed Putney & Wood, with Andy taking the role of Operations Director. The practical experience he gained from many years ‘on the tools’ enables him to approach difficult construction problems with the confidence and expertise needed to find creative solutions.

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!

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.