Timber! Andrew Bullard joins the Collier team
Andrew Bullard has joined builders’ merchant, Collier & Catchpole, bringing with him over 29 years’ timber experience. Starting in the timber trade at just 19, Andrew has worked in brokerage and agency houses, a traditional Suffolk-based timber importer and has even run an imported timber and fencing business for Icelandic owners.
More recently, Andrew changed focus from wood to food. As Commercial Director for local food organisation Tastes of Anglia, Andrew was named one of the East Anglian Daily Times’ Suffolk 100 top business influencers for 2013. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of food businesses including a fish wholesaler and a frozen yoghurt producer and has acted as a judge for the Great Taste Awards.
Andrew returns to timber to take on a new challenge at Collier & Catchpole based at the Ipswich yard. With its newly constructed warehouse and the capacity to store a greater variety and much larger stock at the Wherstead Road site, Andrew’s role will be primarily business development and raising awareness of Collier’s capability to supply timber across Essex and Suffolk, sourced from a range of suppliers known for their sustainability and quality. With his knowledge of both supply and retail, Andrew is able to advise customers and colleagues on the most suitable specification and materials which includes fencing, sheet materials, cladding, mouldings and high grade soft and hard woods.
Managing Director Tim Rowbottom welcomes Andrew to the family-run business:
“We continue to recruit with an eye to the future and believe that specialist product knowledge is important to our customers and key in differentiating Colliers from our competition. With significant on-going investment, particularly to the Ipswich yard, it is a great time for Andrew to join us.”
“It feels good to back working with a product with which I am so familiar but with the added challenge of selling for, rather than to, the builders’ merchant sector. I was attracted to the solid integrity of the Collier & Catchpole brand and look forward to making sure that the building trade know what great timber products we have to offer.”
Andrew has lived in Woodbridge since 1998 with his wife and two children. A keen sportsman, he was a talented rugby player and captained Herts RFC in the county championships 1985-9. Although no longer playing, Andrew is a member of Woodbridge Rugby Club but still keeps his eye on the ball with cricket and golf. He is also a respected Elder at St Mary’s Church in Woodbridge.