An award-winning housebuilder in Devon who followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and served in the 2 Paras for 16 years before joining the industry has been shortlisted for a major accolade.
Bovis Homes' Alan Gilfillan, at The Landings, in Braunton
Alan Gilfillan, site manager at Bovis Homes’ The Landings in Braunton, is in the running for Outstanding Achiever of the Year in the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2020.
The awards - one of the world’s largest celebrations of military veterans in business - highlight the military-gained skills and qualities that have helped finalists achieve business aims, and recognises the organisations that have supported them.
Former Sgt. Maj. Alan said: "I am delighted to be a finalist in the biggest awards event for ex-armed forces personnel in business. The military means a huge amount to Bovis Homes and I am thrilled to represent the company. I’m sure my Grandfather - who was also in the Airborne Forces - would be very proud."
Alan, who has worked at The Landings for two years, has built on traits including communication and commitment skills developed in the Second Battalion, Parachute Regiment, and he has worked hard to instil those behaviours into his build team.
He left school aged 15 and joined the military soon after, from November 1969 to 1985. He used skills gained in the Armed Forces to implement a ‘military manoeuvre’; sitting down with his build team members to highlight areas for improvement on site and winning their dedication by leading by example, focusing on key tasks, offering encouragement and rewarding hard work.
Speaking of Alan’s shortlisting, Dave Farley, regional managing director at Bovis Homes, said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Alan and his team and one that is so well-deserved. We all wish him the very best at the award ceremony.
“Alan is a local man who loves the area and brings pride to his work and that is reflected in the great relationship the team enjoys with customers at The Landings.”
Alan recently won the National House Building Council (NHBC)’s Seal of Excellence, awarded to only 17 winners in the region and confirming Alan’s exceptional management. The recognition followed Alan’s Pride in the Job Quality Award last June, after being selected from more than 16,000 site managers across the UK for site excellence.
Thanks to Alan and his colleagues, Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group – has achieved the highest award from the Ministry of Defence for supporting armed forces personnel – the first dedicated housebuilder in the industry to receive the recognition.
Alan supported the housebuilder in receiving the Government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for a raft of initiatives, including providing employment opportunities and helping those connected to the military onto the housing ladder.
There are around 100 employees with ex-military backgrounds within the company, including site managers, technical staff and trainers. The business also offers discount schemes to help servicemen and women buy a home.
Among a number of key initiatives, Bovis Homes also offers mentoring and work placements to those with military backgrounds.
Two other Bovis Homes colleagues have also been shortlisted for an award. Performance director Roger, a former Royal Engineer, is a finalist in the Military Values in Business Award category and ex-RAF Regiment Gunner and Military Guard, Rob Tarn - senior health, safety and environmental advisor - has been shortlisted in the Rising Star Award.
The award ceremony takes place at Grosvenor House in London, on 20th May.