Director and co-owner Tony Bean has been in the wood business for more than 30 years after training as a French Polisher at the London College of Furniture. He has worked at a string of prestigious addresses and world-famous companies including the Hall of Monarchs at the Tower of London; the Sultan of Brunei; Credit Suisse; JP Morgan; Morgan Stanley and UBS.
He said: “We like to be innovative at On-Wood and not rest on our laurels. We’ve come a long way in a short time but we only take on things we know we can complete on time and on budget. Having worked in the industry for 30-odd years, I know how frustrating a poor contractor can be.”
After leaving school, fellow director Adrian Olver trained in the family wood business before leaving to play professional rugby. After a 10-year career during which he played for Saracens, Harlequins and Worcester, Adrian returned to the family firm before deciding to set up with Tony in 2009. He said: “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done because we’re going from strength to strength. We’ve got a great group of workers who are prepared to do double shifts to ensure deliveries are made and contracts kept. Nothing can’t be done and we relish a challenge whether it’s doors for The Shard, panelling for the Olympics or a giant boardroom table for developer St George – we can do it.”