Meet the team

Will Barrett

Managing Director

Will has overall responsibility for Francis Construction, our team and our projects. Will is passionate about always delivering a high level of customer service.

Ben Ramsay

Operations Director

Ben manages the operations of our business including commercial and construction activities.

Kayleigh Dibble

Finance Director

Responsible for managing the finance function of all business entitles and providing strategic input to the board of directors.

Sarah Reddecliffe

Business Support Manager

Sarah manages the business support functions of the office. This includes but is not limited to Director support, HR Management, Management of our accreditation's and our key corporate events.

Our vision 

Our vision is to be the regional contractor of choice.

We take a proactive, collaborative approach, working with clients and stakeholders to provide a reliable, high quality and focused service. We take great pride in our working partnerships.

By embracing new and traditional methods of construction we continually improve the process from pre-construction to completion and aftercare, keeping our clients at the forefront of everything we do. 

We recognise the importance of programme and budget and pride ourselves on building long term, repeat business relationships.

Our excellent relationships with our supply chain ultimately benefits our clients with best value.



Our History

Will Barrett took over from Mark Barrett as Managing Director. Since then Will has ensured the success and growth of the business to what it is today!

To accommodate the growth of the business we moved from our original location in Tilehurst to our current offices in Thatcham, Berkshire.

Mark Barrett took over the helm of Francis Construction from his father and uncle, Mark remains an important presence within the company today as Chairman of the business.

Colin and Rodney Barrett acquired the business, Rodney Barrett was the father to our chairman and grand father to our Managing Director, Will Barrett.

The earliest recorded Invoice was between Francis and another local family business, A.F. Jones Stone Masons who we still work with today.

At the time of the business being set up the company was based in Tilehurst, Berkshire.  At the time Reading was an expanding prosperous town.



Our impact goes beyond our projects, we are committed to driving social value through all that we do.

We recognise to be truly successful we need to have a strong input in improving social and environmental value.

We place emphasis on the environmental impact of our work and how our expertise and skills can be used to ensure we deliver sustainable projects, not only through the duration of construction but through the whole life cycle. 

We are passionate about people. As a regional family run business, we are fortunate enough to see our impact on local communities first hand. Delivering meaningful training opportunities, engaging with the next generation to promote careers within our industry and regularly fundraise for local charities.



Inspire & Influence

Our collaborative approach is based on creating partnerships between Francis, our clients, and our supply chain.

These partnerships allow us to inspire and influence not only the projects we deliver but also create an impact within the construction industry and within the communities we serve. championing innovation, sustainability and delivering value to our clients.



Certifications & Associations


We are proud to be recognised for our achievements in making an impact that matters for our clients, communities and our planet.


The value of our awards extends well beyond our reputation. These accolades motivate us and inspire to reach higher and to do more each day!

SME Business Elite Awards, Best Family Run Contractor 2023 – South East England 

Francis Construction – Winner


Constructing Excellence National Awards, Net Zero

QE Class Logistics Centre, Portsmouth Naval Base – Finalist 


Thames Valley Property Awards, Sustainable Development or Climate Initiative

QE Class Logistics Centre, Portsmouth Naval Base – Winner


Ealing Civic Society’s Annual Awards

Havelock Primary School ARP – Commended


JOSCAR SME Innovation

QE Class Logistics Centre, Portsmouth Naval Base – Finalist


Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards, Net Zero

QE Class Logistics Centre, Portsmouth Naval Base – Winner


Family Business of the Year Awards, Property & Construction

Francis Construction – Winner


Sanctuary Awards, Sustainable Business

QE Class Logistics Centre, Portsmouth Naval Base – Winner


Sanctuary Awards, Sustainable Procurement and Construction

QE Class Logistics Centre, Portsmouth Naval Base – Winner


Oxford Preservation Trust Awards

3500 Oxford Business Park – Award Certificate

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