We celebrate an employee’s journey from apprentice to plant manager

Philip Sant began his career with British Gypsum in 1983, as an apprentice at our Kirkby Thore Plant. Fast forward 38 years, and Phil is settling into his new role of Plant Manager, at the very same place his journey started all those years ago.

Philip joined British Gypsum as an apprentice mechanical engineer at the age of 15, after finishing secondary school in Dalston. Since those early years, Philip has established a diverse and impressive career for himself with British Gypsum, progressing through a range of roles. He credits his ability to do so to the experience he gained early in his apprenticeship, where he was mentored by experts in a number of departments within British Gypsum.

As plant manager, Philip now oversees 150 people working at the Kirkby Thore site and directs both the day-to-day running of the plant and its long-term strategy. He is extremely enthusiastic about his new role and has a number of exciting things planned for the future, including hiring new team members and introducing new initiatives to upskill staff and improve productivity.

Philip said: “When I started all of those years ago as a 15-year-old, I didn’t know I would one day be running a whole arm of the business.

“I’ve worked for the company for 38 years and they’ve always been a fantastic employer. I’m proud to work for British Gypsum.”