Our People

John A.C. Bromfield FCIPS, MCMI

Co-Chairman and Joint Owner

John is Co-Chairman of the Board and joint owner of Colomendy Limited, having co-founded the Company in 1988. John has more than 50 years business experience, has travelled extensively and possesses a sound international reputation in light of his substantial knowledge of supply chains globally.

He has specific expertise in construction and civil-engineering supply chain markets and procedures as well as having a broad knowledge of both contracting and sub-contracting. John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in ship and aircraft charters, deep-sea and heavy-lifting.

John is also Chairman of the Board and joint owner of 101 Limited, a leading Gibraltar company, supplying the whole of Gibraltar's construction sector and with a retail kitchen, bedroom, flooring and bathroom showroom and DIY/Trade Centre incorporated in 2004.

Prior to Colomendy, John was Supply Chain Director and Senior Commercial Manager for a number of major UK international constructors and civil engineers. John trained professionally in the UK, Africa, Sri-Lanka and the Middle East in construction, commerce, procurement and supply chain and has been closely involved in small projects that include housing through to large projects relating to dams, motorways, pipelines and airports.

John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Member of the British Exporters Association, Member of the Appointments Board, The National Council and the National Construction Committee. He is past-Chairman of Construction Committees Northwest and London. He has also lectured in commercial elements of construction and contracts for an industry association. John is also a Member of the British Exporters Association in The U.K.

John is a keen philanthropist involved in charities in both the UK and Gibraltar, where he currently resides with Myra.

Myra E. Bromfield ACIPS

Co-Chairperson and Joint Owner

Myra is Co-Chairperson of the Board and joint owner of Colomendy Limited, having co-founded the Company in 1988.

Myra has travelled extensively throughout her career and was trained professionally in the UK in building, civil and mechanical engineering and supply-chain management. Myra is also a Director and joint owner of 101 Limited, a leading Gibraltar company, supplying the whole of Gibraltar's construction sector and with a retail kitchen, bedroom, flooring and bathroom showroom and DIY/Trade Centre incorporated in 2004.

Myra brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in construction supply chain, road-train procedures and logistics, load-master, hazardous and sea movements. She is a specialist and champion in telecommunications, MOD, civil engineering and construction materials.

Myra is a keen philanthropist involved in charities in both the UK and Gibraltar, where she currently resides with John.

Nigel Walker

Procurement Manager

Nigel joined Colomendy in 2009 as Procurement Manager and was promoted to Business Development Director in 2012.

He is a highly motivated, conscientious senior professional with 39 years of background in the procurement sector of the construction industry with five major British Nationals, all of them in senior management positions.

His responsibility at Colomendy is to continue to lead the company's export procurement strategy in line with the board's determination to seek continuous improvements in all areas and markets in which it operates.

Nigel began his career with the Costain Group starting as a trainee Quantity Surveyor in 1977 and upon leaving the Company in 1995, was Managing Buyer for the Northern team — Building, Civil Engineering & Tunneling Division which generated a turnover in excess of £130m.

Between 1995 and 1997 Nigel worked for Trafalgar House/Skanska Group as Assistant Chief Buyer on the Pont de Vasco de Gamma road bridge in Portugal, an £800m contract. In 1997, Nigel joined Taylor Woodrow Construction as Project Buyer for the M74/M6 Motorway upgrade based in Moffat, Scotland. He was subsequently promoted to Head of Procurement for the UK and Overseas Construction Division.

Nigel went on to become Head of Procurement for the Amey Group (part of Ferrovial Spain) for the Facilities Management Division, before joining the Volker Steven Group/Fitzpatrick Construction in 2006 as Procurement Manager on various high-profile projects in Gibraltar, his last position before joining Colomendy.

In his free time he likes a good game of pool, and has represented Gibraltar in 2 world cups of pool 2014 & 2106. He lives with his wife Isabel and children in Fatima, Portugal.

Mark Mc Crudden

Purchasing Officer

Mark joined Colomendy in 2011 bringing with him over 25 years worth of construction-related procurement experience with a view to maximising savings and cost-control for Colomendy's global client portfolio.

He has a number of qualifications, including BTEC ONC "Merit" Business & Finance, and has completed many courses, including effective negotiations, stress management, time management, diversity, manager skills and first aid.

Mark began his procurement career as a Trainee/Assistant Buyer for Tarmac Construction and Rush & Tompkins. During this period, Mark obtained an HNC in Business & Finance from Wirral Metropolitan College.

Between 1990 and 2001, Mark was a buyer with Pochin Contractors with responsibility for material buying on projects from £0.5m to £10m. Mark went on to develop his procurement career with his appointment as Senior Buyer at Watkin, Jones Construction & Cruden Construction on projects up to £10m.

In 2009, Mark joined McGoff & Byrne in Manchester as Procurement Manager where he spent two years before joining Colomendy. In this role Mark oversaw the Procurement Department and was responsible for implementing a number of highly effective operational changes which improved the efficiency of the Department.

Throughout his career Mark has worked on a number of contracts from £50k to £25m in the education, commercial, housing and industrial sectors.

Mark resides in Merseyside with his wife Sharon and his 2 children and has a keen interest in sports, including cycling and football.

Richard Cooper

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Richard joined Colomendy in January 2010, taking up a position where his 37 years construction-related experience, could be best utilised to enhance the range of services provided to its clients.

Richard started his career in the building industry in 1973 as an "Articled" trainee for a Charter Surveying practice in North Wales and following 2 years of education and training moved on to a more responsible position within the City Architect's Office in Chester.

Having, by this time, decided that Quantity Surveying was to be his chosen profession, Richard continued his education on a part-time basis with a three year RICS/IQS related course at the Liverpool College of Bricks.

In 1977, Richard began working in Liverpool involved primarily on large scale commercial, educational and leisure related projects. In the early 1980's, along with a number of similarly experienced construction professionals, he was co-opted to the Liverpool City Council to assist in major inner city re-development schemes designed to breathe new life back into the city centre.

1989 brought about a move back to Chester, where, through his new employer, Thornton-Firkin, Richard worked on projects throughout the UK for Philips Electronics, British Telecom, Barclays Bank and the Home Office.

At the beginning of 1995, Richard was chosen to head a multi-disciplined team on a project for the construction of a multi-million Pound industrial facility in Luxembourg, for Kronospan, the world's leading manufacturer of wood-based panels.

2001 saw him move to Ireland to take up a senior post with a Chartered Surveying practice and Richard continued his Irish connection when he was engaged to provide Consultancy Services to a Dublin-based property development company involved with projects on the Costa del Sol.

Prior to joining Colomendy, Richard was employed on the Ministry of Defence projects that were carried out in conjunction with the construction of the new Gibraltar Airport Terminal buildings.

Lewis Sheppard

Junior Buyer

Lewis Sheppard is a junior buyer for Colomendy, with just over 8 years of experience in the building industry.

He completed a BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Construction, a CIPS Procurement and Negotiation Fundamentals and CIPS Contract Law & Supplier Management Fundamentals at Henley Business School. He also successfully completed the St. John's First Aid at Work Course.

Lewis started working straight from school as a labourer at Lawton Self-Build. There, during 6 years he learnt the basics of the construction industry, including different products and their uses in the workplace.

He then moved to Gibraltar to work at 101 Ltd, Colomendy's sister company.

There he learnt about the commercial side of trade, managing stock, working one-on-one with members of the public, Government and trade, estimating cost and sell margins of specific materials including non-stock items.

Lewis went on to form part of Colomendy and is now based in Corwen, juggling a full time job and studying a level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Construction & Build Environment at college.

In this free time Lewis enjoys boxing, reading and watching films.

Erica Lawton

Administration & Accounts Manager

Erica joined the company at inception in 1988. Erica's role is to ensure that all "back-of-house" activities are quietly efficient and fully support the buying teams.

Erica lives in North Wales with her husband and two children.