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Jonathan Castleman

Jonathan Castleman – Doctor of Science

Group Managing Director of Norman and Underwood Ltd, the Leicestershire-based roofing and leadwork business founded in 1825

Jonathan Castleman is Group Managing Director of Norman and Underwood Ltd, a Leicester-based roofing and leadwork business founded in 1825. He represents the 7th generation in the family firm, which he joined in 1982 as an apprentice plumber, becoming Divisional Director (2000-2006). Main Board Director (2002-date) and Group Managing Director in 2006.

Jonathan’s particular interest is in ecclesiastical and heritage projects, and prestigious projects in which he has been involved include: The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem; British Embassies in Moscow and Korea; the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Hong Kong; Bermuda Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral; Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Chequers, Petworth House, Chatsworth House and Lancaster House.

Jonathan Castleman is very keen to keep skills in the industry high and is particularly interested in the works of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), English Heritage and other conservators of heritage.

Press comment: I am truly delighted to be receiving the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science and would like to thank the University of Leicester for giving me such an tremendous Honour.

I started life at the 'family firm' as a 15 year old teenager not knowing what challenges laid ahead of me. Having now completed 28 years service with the company, I can definitely say my time at the company has been eventful, taking me to buildings and places all over the UK and the world, which I would have never had the chance of doing otherwise. I feel very lucky to have worked on some of the world’s most prestigious buildings, from Canterbury Cathedral one week, to Westminster Abbey the next. I am extremely proud that I have contributed in some way of looking after our Heritage, something I am extremely grateful and thankful for.

In order for our skills to continue, training for the future is so important to me and something I have great passion for. Certainly our company will continue to promote apprenticeships so that our next generation can learn the different skills from our 'today's' craft men and women, they too can then be entrusted to work on such fine buildings to protect the internal fabric of our wonderful Heritage, so it is with these crafts people I dedicate this Honour too.

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