Ultraframe’s technical training manager, Phil Wharf, has retired after 26 years. After joining the conservatory and extension company in February 1996, as a member of the technical support team, Phil has worked in a variety of technical and training-based roles.
Phil said: “I have seen many changes in the industry and Ultraframe during my time here, which I have been reflecting on recently as my retirement approaches. Some of the most memorable include our founder, John Lancaster, handing over the reins, exciting times when the company floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1998, and Brian Kennedy’s Latium Group acquiring Ultraframe in July 2006.
“Ultraframe has dominated a very competitive industry for almost 40 years, and I am extremely proud to have been a part of this for the last 26 years. I have seen continuous product development throughout that time. I am very much looking forward to my retirement now, especially not ‘living by the clock’ and ironing shirts on a Sunday!”
Alex Hewitt, Ultraframe’s marketing director, added: “On behalf of Ultraframe, I would like to thank Phil for his hard work and dedication over the years. The knowledge that Phil has and has shared is incredible. He will be very much missed. We would like to wish him a very happy and restful retirement.”
On his last day, Phil was presented with a selection of gifts from his colleagues. He said: “Well folks, here it is, my very last day here at Ultraframe! Aged exactly 66.33 years old (you know how I like precise numbers) I wish all my colleagues old and new, past and present, my sincere thanks and best wishes.
He added: “Keep working hard everyone. Always remember the devil’s in the detail, and whatever your job role is, we all work in sales. Long live ‘the Frame’.”