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Dave Leedham

I joined Sewell as the Group Accountant for Construction in 1995, when we also had one petrol station, and joined the Board as Group Finance Director in 2000.

It’s so varied and innovative, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve been here for over 20 years.

There is always something fresh and new, and we are always learning.

As we are always getting involved in new projects, it feels like a new career every month and every year.

When you’ve been in a job for so long, you meet a lot of people along the way.

My nature is to be collaborative and the way we treat people is reflective of our success.

We always try to do the right thing by everybody, including our customers, staff and the community, and I have seen the benefits of that.

If you treat everyone the same, it will pay dividends.

I had a real desire to come and work here, and I like that the perception of Sewell is a place to be.

We can sit proudly on a national stage as a national exemplar but retain all the facets of a smaller, family-owned community business.

That’s hard to do but it’s what makes Sewell special.

My proudest professional achievement was being on the bid team for the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme.

We won it and I financially closed the first two schemes – Marfleet and Newington – which was tough to get over the line.

Since then, I have completed eight financial closes and we have a mature estate of £100 million.

I now sit on the Board overseeing 12 completed health centres and it’s seen as a national exemplar.

It doesn’t get any better than that.

One fact you may not know about me: In my role at Sewell, I am a director of almost 60 companies and I sit on the board for the majority of them.