Key Personnel

Andy Wood

Andy Wood - Operations Director

Andy’s career began as an apprentice stonemason in 1982. Following management training, he soon became a site manager for Ashby & Horner. Andy has worked on several of London’s most prestigious stone buildings including Kensington Palace Gardens, Kinnaird House at No 1 Pall Mall and the famous Wellcome Building in Euston Road.


In 1991 Andy, and fellow Ashby & Horner apprentice Barry Putney formed Putney & Wood, with Andy taking the role of Operations Director. The practical experience he gained from many years ‘on the tools’ enables him to approach difficult construction problems with the confidence and expertise needed to find creative solutions.

Barry Putney

Barry Putney - Pre-Construction & Quality Director

Barry began his career in 1984 as an apprentice stonemason for Ashby & Horner. Over the years he has worked on several high profile projects including University College London, Kings Arms Yard in the City and Brighton’s landmark Equitable Life building.


In 1991 Barry joined forces with fellow Ashby & Horner apprentice Andy Wood to form Putney & Wood, with Barry taking the role of Pre-Construction Director. Barry's practical experience, gained from many years ‘on the tools’, enables him to offer value-engineering solutions that many others, without his stonemason’s background, would not think of.

James Drury

James Drury - Commercial Director

James has worked in the construction industry for 20 years. A qualified quantity surveyor, he worked as a senior surveyor for main contractor, StructureTone for five years prior to joining Putney & Wood in 2004.


James brings the experience of working on several £3m to £7m projects to his Commercial Director role, including fit-outs at ABN AMRO, Merrill Lynch and HSBC, all in the City of London. His responsibilities include all commercial matters associated with the business.

Nick Booroff

Nick Booroff - Contracts Manager

Nick began his career in 1978 as an apprentice bricklayer. He attained a City & Guilds qualification in bricklaying before moving to a restoration contractor in 1990 where he worked as a restoration supervisor. Since then, Nick has worked on dozens of high profile buildings and monuments including St. Paul’s Hospital, Covent Garden, Admiralty Arch and the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.


Nick joined the Putney & Wood team in 2003 and with nearly 20 years site management experience in the stone industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as Contracts Manager. In March of 2010 Nick was awarded NVQ Level 4 Construction Site Management.

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman - Design Manager

Mark began his career in 1987 as an apprentice stonemason with Ashby & Horner. Following his apprenticeship, he gained years of valuable experience as a banker mason before working on site as a masonry fixer. Mark has worked on several landmark buildings including Bank of England, 41 Lothbury in the City and various projects at Cambridge University.


Mark’s flair for design led to his progression into the drawing office and, having completed City & Guilds qualifications in AutoCAD 2d and 3d, he has been Putney & Wood’s Design Manager since Putney & Wood’s take over of Ashby Stone in 2004.

Matt Keane

Matt Keane - Contracts Manager

After completing a Building Management Degree at Anglia University, Matt's career started in 1994 as an assistant site manager with main contractor Rooff Ltd. He moved into stone contracting a year later and has remained in the stone sector ever since. Matt has gained management experience working on several high profile projects including the Palace of Westminster, Royal Lancaster Hotel, and the University of Portsmouth.


Matt joined Putney & Wood as a Contracts Manager in 2005 and his combination of practical experience and formal qualifications bring an extra dimension to the Putney & Wood management team

Danny Chaplin

Danny Chaplin - Contracts Manager

Danny joined Putney & Wood in 1989 as an apprentice stonemason. After completing his apprenticeship he progressed to the role of site foreman, then site supervisor. Following another promotion, his current position is Contracts Manager. In his time with the company, Danny has worked on dozens of prestigious projects from The Royal Lodge at Windsor Castle to 25 Cannon Street in the City.


With over 20 years of practical service, Danny is one of the company's most experienced employees. His extensive knowledge continues to be a major asset to our clients.

Tony Long

Tony Long - Technical Design Co-Ordinator

Tony's career started in 1980 with GMW Partnership architects. During nine years with the practice he achieved an ONC then HNC in Building Studies with an architectural bias. Following a move to Lam Watson Wood Architects, Tony continued his vocational studies and achieved three City & Guilds AutoCAD qualifications up to Level III.


In 2001 Tony joined the Putney & Wood team as Technical Design Co-Ordinator. His vast technical experience and knowledge of the architectural process gives the company a significant commercial advantage. Tony has worked on several of Putney & Wood's high profile projects including Victoria Plaza, the Soho Hotel and Woolwich Civic Centre.