Our Principal - Fred Pope
Fred commenced his six year apprenticeship in painting and decorating at the ripe old age of 15.
He excelled in his chosen profession and by the time he was 22 he was a self employed painter and decorator. He took on his first employee at the age of 23 and at 35 he was employing a staff of 25 people! At the peak of his U.K. career Fred employed a staff of 50.
Whilst his primary business was painting and decorating it soon diversified to encompass a wide variety of trades and as his experience broadened he undertook more and more facilities management consultancy roles.
In addition to his busy work load, he lectured in Painting & Decorating techniques and Industrial finishes at the College of Art & Design in Plymouth. For many years he was a member of the advisory committee for the College of Art & Design.
He was elected Vice President of the Construction Industry Training Board in the U.K. and for three years held the position of President of the British Decorators Association.
He has single handedly undertaken loft conversions and house extensions and has built two homes for himself and his family. He is also a very proficient carpenter and joiner.
He sold his very successful building company, together with a group of 3 gites that he had purchased and renovated in France and moved to Australia in 2003 to be closer to his Australian born wife's family.
Over the past six years he has re-entered the building, repair and maintenance industry in Western Australia and undertaken contract work for several prominent builders as well as several commercial and retail property groups. He also undertakes residential repairs and maintenance. Recently he was approached by TAFE to commence work as a lecturer an offer he has declined in order to concentrate on developing his preventative maintenance business.
He has affiliations with a wide variety of trades.