Welcoming John Fisher as Contracts Manager

4th Jul 2022

You may have seen our recent welcome Q&A’s with Jon Pike and Jon Turnbull. Well three is the magic number, because this week we’re introducing you to another John! John Fisher has joined our dedicated team of Contracts Managers.

Joining us with substantial experience in the construction industry, John has fit right into the team, overseeing the construction of a number of brilliant projects currently underway. Learn more about John’s military, sporting and construction background in his welcome Q&A below!

Hi John, welcome to the company! How have your first few weeks been?

Very busy and exciting, it’s been great to learn new disciplines having come from a different area of construction. I’ve had great support from everyone both office-based and on-site.

Tell us a little bit about your background

After leaving the Army, I’ve been in the construction industry in the roles of Project Manager and Contracts Manager, working in Industrial Building New Build and Refurbishment, Demolition, Enabling Works and Asbestos Removal.

Can you tell us a bit about your new role and the team you’ve joined?

As a Contracts Manager within the Contracts department, I’m responsible for the organisation and management of multiple sports construction projects across the country at any one time. It’s my job to ensure that my projects are taken from contract award through to site implementation and successful completion – while meeting all health & safety and industry recognised standards.

As Contracts Managers, we are responsible for ensuring that all contractual agreements are upheld, including the governance of sub-contractors, suppliers and the daily on-site project team. We oversee the resourcing and management of plant, transport, materials and personnel.

How has the sports construction industry changed over recent years?

The sports construction industry has always been governed by many authorities and bodies and therefore not changed dramatically concerning build dimensions and specifications. However, surface technology, substrate preparation, and drainage engineering has developed significantly. There are now new technologies available, and innovative means of surveying and testing, with R&D constantly evolving.

How has the industry had to adapt in the wake of the pandemic?

The industry has its eyes opened following the pandemic, with resources for labour and materials becoming extremely vast and expensive. This has meant that relationships and agreements with suppliers have had to adapt. With the current unpredictability of the economy and material availability, strict project planning and commercial awareness are required to remain commercially risk-averse.

What attracted you to your role at S&C Slatter?

S&C Slatter are leaders in sports construction with an extremely remarkable portfolio. The company is ambitious and well respected with professionalism and integrity at its core. I was attracted by these qualities and spotted an opportunity to strengthen my construction knowledge, while hopefully bolstering an evolving team of sports construction and groundworks experts.

What advice would you give to any organisations planning a new sports construction project?

Make sure to conduct appropriate research and appoint subject matter experts at the earliest opportunity. This is the best way to ensure that your expectations are met and planned and executed to the highest possible standards.

Finally, what do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy keeping fit and often frequent the gym. I really enjoy rugby, having played to the highest standard whilst serving in the British Army, and I am now a supporter with plans to become a coach once my children are of an age to play. I enjoy spending time with my young family and have an interest in country sports.


Welcome, John! It’s been great to hear about John’s background and experience – he’s already very much part of the team and it’s great to have him with us.

Get in touch

Our contracts managers oversee our projects across the country. Working with their site managers and site supervisors, they work collaboratively with clients and on-site teams to keep programmes on track.

If you’re considering a sports construction project and want to ensure maximum quality with minimal risk, get in touch with our team on 01635 345 21 or email info@sandcslatter.com.