Please see the following series of case studies focusing on former apprentices that have used their training and experience to rise through the ranks of our business.

Lee Taylor: Regional Director London - Engineering and Rail

Lee started his career as an electrical craft apprentice and after 35 successful years Lee now holds the position of Regional Director London - Engineering and Rail.

Lee has gone from learning the basic engineering and technical skills on projects in the commercial, retail and industrial sectors, to overseeing NG Bailey’s work on some of the largest rail infrastructure projects in the UK, such as the redevelopment of London Bridge station.

His apprenticeship equipped him with the skills and capabilities which led to him being recognised as NG Bailey Apprentice of the Year in 1984.

After his apprenticeship, Lee landed a role as site supervisor whilst undertaking a Corporate Management Training Programme within the company. This helped him develop his managerial and leadership skills further and he progressed through the ranks to senior contracts manager.

In 2003, he left NG Bailey to take on the role of operations director at Mitie Engineering Services, which allowed him to experience the operational aspects of M&E. He was soon promoted to managing director of the business’ Leeds operations. 

Lee then returned to his roots at NG Bailey as project director on Birmingham New Street Station for four years and then took the role of director of Rail in 2015. Lee became Regional Director for Engineering and Rail when the two divisions were merged in 2017.

Having risen to the top, Lee’s advice to apprentices is:

• Don’t stop learning
• Discover your passion
• Have confidence in your work
• Push yourself - the opportunities are there, you just need to take advantage of them.


Adam Rowland: Head of Business Performance - Engineering

Keeping with the theme of rising up through the ranks, we bring you Adam Rowland’s story. Adam’s career with NG Bailey started in 1987, when he joined as an electrical craft apprentice, working in our Reading office.

Twenty-nine years later, Adam is still at the Reading office but as Head of Business Performance for our Engineering division.

As an apprentice, Adam not only received an Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) in Electrical Building, he achieved distinctions on most of his work and was awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by NG Bailey, as one of the most outstanding apprentices the company has seen.

Career highlights

Adam is enjoying a successful career, thanks to the experience from his apprenticeship and development training. His career highlights have included his first project where he was involved in the creation of “SEGA WORLD”, billed as the world’s largest indoor theme park in London’s Trocadero. He is also proud to say the first project he led was the development of the British Museum Great Court, a particularly challenging and prestigious role managing a peak labour force of up to 100 workers. To top all of this, in 2012, Adam received a long service award for his 25 years at NG Bailey.

Having risen to the top, Adam’s advice to the next generation of apprentices is:

• Understand the wider business – take a keen interest and ask questions
• Give yourself something to aim towards – be ambitious and forward thinking
• Work hard and it will pay off – volunteer for tasks and take advantage of the opportunities available.


Kayley Lockhead: Mechanical design engineer

We are proud to introduce Kayley Lockhead, mechanical design engineer, who has been with NG Bailey for nine years.

Learning on-the-job

Kayley began her apprenticeship with NG Bailey in 2007, completing a BTEC NC and HND in Building Services Engineering (BSE), and an NVQ level 3 in Project Management and Engineering Technology. After completing her apprenticeship, she took her learning to the next level and studied for a BSc (hons) degree, gaining first class honours and is now working towards a master’s degree.

As well as her significant academic achievements, Kayley has had hands-on experience as a trainee mechanical design engineer. Her proudest moment at NG Bailey was when she oversaw the mechanical design of a dance and drama studio, engaging with all project members, from architects to clients, to ensure a coordinated and effective design.

Going places…

Kayley’s apprenticeship has provided her with some incredibly rewarding experiences, notably her recent charity work in Mozambique, where she helped in the design of a clean water system project. Kayley later travelled to East Africa to research how renewable energy could reduce poverty and presented her findings at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) conference in New York.

Having successfully completed her apprenticeship, Kayley is now a mechanical design engineer at NG Bailey and teaches part time at Leeds College of Building.

Kayley’s top three tips to other budding apprentices:

• Push yourself
• Don’t be afraid to ask for support
• Take a positive approach.