Meet the team!

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Our sign & wrap team is at the centre of everything we do at Specialized Signs, we invest in people and grow the business as a team. 

Each team member brings a unique set of skills to the table which we encourage them to hone, choosing to specialise in whichever department suits them best. This is vital to the success of the business but also hugely benefits staff morale with progression through the company, and between departments, as skill levels and interests develop.

We have a carefully curated apprenticeship scheme which involves gaining hands on experience in each department while learning directly from our most experienced team members. In the final year each apprentice can choose the department they would like to work with on a permanent basis, whether that be manufacture, vinyl wrapping, print finishing or out on the road carrying out installation throughout the UK.

Graham leads the company from the front, always looking for the next move to propel the company forward all whilst having total trust in his team and ensuring that they are never lacking in the high-tech machinery, printers & tools to complete the job quickly, easily and to the highest standards!

The whole team is very much on board with our common goals and hold true the company values throughout everything that we do. This dedication comes full circle in the form of our quarterly bonus scheme which is paid to the full team when we hit our company wide target.

Outside of signage & wrapping we have a very close-knit team who will be competing in Tough Mudder later this year and we also love a good night out together!

We are always looking for talented team members to be part of specialized signs, head over to Our Career page to find out how you could be a part of our journey.

 

printed site hoarding

Graham

Managing Director

It is fair to say that signage runs in Graham’s blood, with his father running a successful neon company and his Grandad was the manager of Edinburgh’s largest sign company Thermo. Graham was never far from the workshop growing up & worked most Saturdays from 12 years old! With first-hand experience making signs there are few business owners with such a broad & in-depth knowledge of their industry. Graham decided to start on his own in 2009 as a one-man band & Specialized signs has rapidly grown & went from strength to strength over the last 13 years cementing itself as an industry leader!

Favourite project 

Exchange tower, the Avengers Infinity War Marvels Movie and wrapping rap star Xzibit’s Bentley!

Hobbies 

Spending time with family and friends, CrossFit and going out on my jet ski! 

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy seeing the high quality product & service that our team produce, week in & week out! From large scale, extremely technical projects to last minute rush orders, our team pull together & consistently achieve exceptional results. Seeing all our departments working so well together when under pressure is incredible! We have an extremely talented team & playing a part in nurturing our talent is extremely rewarding to me.

Exhibition & Events

Billy

Director

Billy had a successful career as a Regional Display Manager for JD sports before seeking out new challenges brought him to Specialized Signs as a project manager. While he was new to the industry, he brought with him a fresh new perspective and hit the ground running and quickly made his progression to Head of Projects managing some of our largest clients. In November 2018 following years of hard work and dedication Billy was announced as a company director, a role which he continues to thrive in.

Favourite project

Exchange Tower & German Doner Kebab.

Hobbies

Football, Gym, and coaching youth football.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The thing I enjoy the most from my job is that every job is different, and each day is never repetitive! Its great to see a brand develop from a simple drawing to seeing the finished article- customer satisfaction is the most important thing for me.

Solar Powered Signs

Michelle

Head of Operations & Senior Graphic Designer

Michelle worked for the British Army HQ logistics department in Germany before returning to Scotland in 2013 to complete a degree in Sport & Exercise Science. While her plan to enlist in the military had been halted following a serious injury she chose to retrain as a graphic designer. After discovering the signage industry in 2018 and a short experience at a local sign company she moved through to Specialized Signs. In August 2020 having excelled in her graphic design position and having quickly built a wealth of knowledge and understanding she moved into a new role as our Head of Operations overseeing the day-to-day logistics of the business, working closely with Graham to further grow the business.

Favourite Project

Bertie’s Fish & Chip Shop.

Hobbies

Crafting, festivals and family time.

What do you enjoy about working here?

We have such a great team who work so well together to put out an incredible standard of work, it makes my job as head of operations  a lot of fun. Seeing our designs all over Scotland never gets old either!

Cafe Barriers

Veronica

Head of Finance  

Vee began an exciting career in logistics with PanAm Airlines in her 20s before a 10 year tour of the world, living in America, The Philippines and all over Europe. It was in her road, air and rail logistical job that she began book keeping, taking course in sage while working closely with an accountant in her homeland of Ireland. She followed her heart to Scotland with her husband where after a few customer facing managerial roles she began her journey with Specialized Signs as a receptionist. Vee’s expertise in book keeping was invaluable to the company which she has supported the continuous growth of over the last 8 years, going on to become head of finance and a fountain of knowledge for us all.

Hobbies

Walking, Gardening & Fashion. 

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I am responsible for a variety of duties including managing payroll, documenting expenditure, reconciling accounts and more. My job is very exciting, demanding, fast-paced & involves solving complex problems which challenges I enjoy, particularly as it fits well with my temperament and gives me great career satisfaction. Watching the business grow and being a part of that for the last 7 years has been very exciting and fulfilling.

Building wraps

Kenny

Project Manager

Kenny came to work at Specialized Signs at 17, fresh out of high school, as an apprentice sign maker. Following a successful apprenticeship through which he gained invaluable knowledge in every corner of the industry, with experience in manufacture, wrapping, vinyl installation and sign fitting. He went on to head up installations for some of our biggest projects across the country, sharing his wisdom with the younger team members. In February 2019 Kenny made a huge decision to move out of the fitting game and into project management and he now gets to share his unquestionable passion for signage with our clients directly, drawing on all his industry experience to provide incredible signage solutions to meet any budget.

Favourite project 

Fast and Furious 9 Film!

Hobbies 

Football, Gym & Fishing.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy the fact that every project is totally bespoke and the role never gets boring, Meeting new and interesting people every week , building great working relationships and being trusted and being in charge of bringing clients brand to life! Most of all seeing the end product and completing customer satisfaction!

Printed Floor Graphics

Gavin

Senior Graphic Designer & Account Manager

Following the completion of his Product Design degree at Napier University in 2015 Gav has enjoyed a diverse career in exhibition and furniture design, architectural lighting, events & exhibitions, staging & set design as well as interactive and experience design. Gav joined us in May 2019 bringing his passion in 3D design and the full execution from initial design concept to the manufacturing of the finished product. While his technical mind has been invaluable to us on our more complex projects, his technical production ability and understanding of 3d design shines through on all projects he is involved in.

Favourite Project

Staropramen – Illuminated Signage.

Hobbies

Woodwork, Gaming, Biking.

What do you enjoy about working here?

Being part of the process from initial inception to final installation. Getting to see everything go from screen to finished product.

Flags

Martin

Print Production Manager

Martin has had a full career in the print industry, starting out as an apprentice back in 1996, he has moved around various roles gaining experience in printing, print finishing, art working and graphic design. He joined us in May 2019 as a graphic designer, taking charge of the print department the following year. He runs the busiest department in the company with an unprecedented level of calm and control ensuring that all projects are delivered on time as well as maintaining the various print and prep machinery and making sure we are never short of stock.

Favourite project

Murrayfield Stadium, Liverpool V Napoli stadium hoarding.

Hobbies

The gym and Netflix.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

 I actually enjoy coming into work everyday (honestly) and getting to see the work you’ve helped create all over the city and further.

Chapter 8 Chevrons

Trish

Graphic Designer

Trish is our newest member of the design department, having recently graduated with a 1st class degree in Architecture from the University of Dundee and desperately keen to pursue her passion in graphic design, the signage industry has offered her the best of both worlds, enjoying the more technical side of signage while bringing her creative flare to the team.

Favourite project

Forza’s fighting cage.

Hobbies

Exploring new places, swimming and watching golf.

What do you enjoy about the work you do? 

I find it particularly interesting and rewarding being able to watch the bespoke process involved in each project from the initial design to the finished product.

Magnetic Signs

Kirsty

Administrator

Kirsty had a rewarding career as a child care practitioner for 12 years before taking a step back to run the office of her families electrical testing business. She has brought these administration skills along with her excellent organization into the office to make sure everything runs like clockwork.

Hobbies 

My main hobbies are being a taxi driver to my teenage children! Cycling and walking my dog Ollie!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy the fast pace of how the office runs and the variety of the work I am involved in and that no 2 days are the same!

Fleet Livery

Rab

Senior Vinyl wrap technician

Rabs signage journey began in 1989, shortly after which he met Graham’s Grandad who he worked closely with at Thermo Signs for the next 11 years. Amongst his various endeavours in the industry Rab reconnected with the Sim family, going on to work with Grahams dad, Bruce, at his company Direct Neon. After a time wrapping taxis Rab joined Specialized Signs in 2015 bringing his vast wealth of experience with him, training younger staff members and supporting the growth of the company specifically our vehicle wrapping department which has gone from strength to strength under his watchful eye.

Favourite project 

Gumball Rally and Train Spotting 2 

Hobbies 

Football 

What do you enjoy about the work you do? 

We do so many totally different jobs and looking at the finished product of what we have done.

CNC routing

John

CNC and fabrication engineer

In 1997 18-year-old John had just completed a college course in signage when Grahams dad Bruce took him on as an apprentice to make neon for his company Direct Neon where he stayed for the next 15 years. In 2012 he joined Graham at Specialized Signs, making and fitting signage and training up the next generation of fitters. These days John can be found running our manufacturing department, specializing in the manufacture of signage and operating our CNC machine. John has become our go to for very bespoke signage requests.

Favourite project 

Exchange tower and SECC Hydro Arena. 

Hobbies 

Fishing, football and making signs!

What do you enjoy about the work you do? 

I enjoy using the CNC and making very bespoke and technical signs.

Totem Sign

Darren

Lead Installation technician

While Darren started out here in 2016 as an apprentice straight out of school, it was joinery rather than signage that he saw in his future. 6 year later and he is one of our most skilled installers, leading our teams all over the UK, and there is rarely a problem on site that he cannot solve. He brings a big personality to the team and is rarely without a smile on his face.

Favourite project

Exchange tower and Tullibardine distillery. 

Hobbies

Going out with mates, fishing and jet sking!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Always good banter with the team and doing exciting projects!

Raffa Printed wallpaper

Dylan

Lead Installation technician

Dylan started his apprenticeship with us in 2016 as a young, quiet team member fresh out of school. He has developed a wealth of skills over the years and can turn his hand to manufacture and installation alike. Dylan is incredibly reliable on site and has received more excellent reviews from clients than any other team member.

Favourite project

Lots of brilliant Jewsons sites.

Hobbies

Chilling with mates. 

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Great team, having a good banter and getting the daily job list smashed out ahead of schedule and all 100% spot on!

Custom Printed wallpaper

Davy A

Senior Vinyl wrap technician

Davy fell into the sign making industry by sheer chance back in 1998 when a hand painted sign he made for his Aunt was noticed by a local sign company who quickly snapped him up. After a brief hiatus, working in retail management, following a relocation Davy once again found himself living his best life working as print and production manager at a national sign company. This experience allowed him to open up his own signage and wrapping company which he successfully ran for 5 years before the lure of an excellent team led him to Specialized Signs. While he can turn his hand to anything Davy’s real strength is in our wrapping department where attention to detail and a lot of patience is essential.

Favourite project

Chrome blue Ferrari California and Carbon fibre Ferrari 488 full wraps!

Hobbies

Mountain biking and watching formula 1

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

“Variety” one minute it is a £300k super car wrap and then the next day we could be wrapping a fire place or work van!

LED flex neon

David W

CNC and fabrication engineer

Davy has worked in manufacturing his whole career – making display cases for museums for 13 years. While for a short time he was a master craftsman of haggis, it was his exceptionally transferable skill base and problem-solving attitude that made us snap him up in 2018. He instantly proved his value to the company helping in the design and production of our incredible Exchange Tower signage and while manufacture is without a doubt his forte he can always be relied on to flawlessly finish any installation in record time!

Favourite project 

Exchange tower.

Hobbies

Fishing. 

What do you enjoy about the work you do? 

How diverse the work is and there are no two jobs the same.

Menu Cases

Lewis

Vinyl wrap technician

Lewis is in the final year of his 4-year apprenticeship, prior to joining us he worked with his Grandad in his removals business while training as an HGV mechanic. With a lifelong passion for cars Lewis jumped at the opportunity to work with us, showing a huge interest in the wrapping department, honing his vinyl application skills both on vehicles as well as on site installations.

Favourite project

488 Ferrari carbon fibre full wrap. 

Hobbies

Spending time with family and friends and going to watch the speedway racing!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Seeing the finished results of the work we do.

flex face signs

Ross

Installation technician

Ross has certainly found his voice since joining us as an apprentice in 2018, he has picked up a huge array of skills over the last 3 years and has chosen to focus the final year of his apprenticeship on installations, jumping at any opportunity to get out on site. Since recently passing his driving test he is able to travel all over Scotland and the UK to independently carry out installations.

Favourite project 

Wurth. 

Hobbies 

Football, going out with friends and the gym.

What do you enjoy about the work you do? 

Interesting, very satisfying and rewarding seeing the finished product.

Flat cut letters

Ally

Apprentice sign maker

Ally is our newest team member starting his apprenticeship in 2021. Prior to joining us he routinely helped his dad out with his flooring business, picking up valuable skills. Ally can turn his hand to anything and has taken to the role like a duck to water, especially excelling in the manufacture department.

Favourite project

Subway 

Hobbies

Playing and watching football 

What do you enjoy about the work you do? 

Getting to do jobs all over the UK