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Team Members

Justin Cooper

Group Managing Director

Justin joined SCA as CEO Managing Director on the very first day of the COVID lockdown and has now been the driving force behind the business since commencing his employment in the most testing of circumstances.
He has been working in the contracting environment in the industrial sector for 40 years since leaving University and has operated at CEO Managing Director level for over 20 years with further development on the Henley Business School Senior Executive Management Programme.
Industrial Services experience includes Access, Coating, Insulation and Passive Fire Protection, with further experience gained in mechanical and Industrial Electrical. Justin has worked across several market sectors including Marine, Oil and Gas Onshore and Offshore, Utilities, Power, and Mining, with additional specialist skills in LNG projects. This experience has taken in both UK and International locations in challenging and varied markets.
Justin has a strong background in Operational Management including Lean and Operational Excellence as well as a strong commitment to safety. Outside of work Justin has a keen interest in Rugby Union and travel – sometimes combining the two!

Steve King


Steve King is our founder and Chairman. He has been the driving force behind SCA’s rise to prominence since the company’s inception in the nineties, ably supported by his close colleagues and Directors. Steve has overseen the business expand from fairly modest beginnings to establishing itself as a long term partnered company to BAE and the A&P Group, recognition of the endeavours of the SCA Directors and commitment to a high standard of workmanship and dedication to Health & Safety performance. Steve has a wealth of scaffolding knowledge and experience, 40 plus years in the industry in a variety of roles cannot fail to provide, and he has drawn upon all of this expertise when guiding the SCA Group to success on a number of levels. Along with the Long Term Agreements secured by the company, SCA are full members of the NASC, and are registered to RISQS, UKAS 9001, 14001 and 45001, all of which points to a scaffolding business in tune with the requirements of the industry. Thanks to Steve’s vision, enthusiasm, mentoring, and commitment, the SCA Group now stands proudly as a principal supplier to the Marine industry, and a key player in the Contract Scaffolding market. The company now employs circa 200 people across the UK, and has an established management team in place that will secure the future of the business for many years to come. Outside of Steve’s working life, he adores spending time with his family, travelling, and taking in the occasional round of golf.

Lee Bennett

Marine Director

As shareholder and Director of SCA, Lee has been with the business since it’s inception. He has developed an extensive knowledge of contract scaffolding, particularly within the Marine sector, having started working for DSL in 1991 after leaving University where he studied Industrial Design. In 1998 SCA was established and developed Access & Containment services into the Ship repair and Ship build sector, where Safety, Quality and On-Time delivery are paramount. During his many years’ experience, Lee has successfully delivered numerous projects in all of the main UK Dockyards across the country, and has been involved in more than 2,500 projects on 937 different vessels.

Geoff Kennett

Operations Director

Geoff has only been with SCA since the summer of 2023, but has quickly settled in to the business, and brings with him a wealth of scaffolding knowledge and experience having worked across numerous surveying and management roles over many years (he asked us not to say how many!). Geoff holds a number of accreditations – Senior Managers CSCS card, NEBOSH, Advanced Scaffold Inspection, SEATS and SMSTS, all of which has brought a re-invigorated professionalism in to our business. It’s great to have Geoff on board and we look forward to reaping the benefits of his stewardship. Outside of work Geoff is a fitness fanatic and spends hours in the pool and the gym, or running up hills as part of his lifeguard training.

Ray Longstaff

Operations Manager

Ray has been SCA Operations Manager at the Falmouth Dockyards since 2008 and has over 30 years scaffolding experience. Holding CISRS Gold qualification and Advanced Scaffold Inspector, he has safely operated in all sectors including Marine, Industrial, Oil and Gas, Commercial and Pharmaceutical.
Ray has in-depth knowledge of scaffolding on Super Yachts, having previously worked in Palma, Mallorca and currently in the Pendennis Shipyard providing bespoke access solutions and in-house shrink wrap encapsulation. In his spare time, Ray is a keen golfer, and a member of the Falmouth Golf club.

Larry Lennon


Larry joined SCA in 2015 as our Operations Manager in Govan, Scotland, bringing with him vast experience and knowledge of scaffold operations and containment in Contract Scaffolding, Industrial and Petrochem. Larry thrives on creating excellent relationships and partnerships with our clients and providing them with best in quality, safety and cost.
Larry has a very positive work ethic, especially where safety on our sites is concerned, which flows throughout all of the teams under his control, and can be seen month after month in our reviews, audits, and results.
In his spare time Larry enjoys nothing more than a bit of DIY and holidaying with his family.

Grahame Shirley

Project QS

Grahame started his working life as a Trainee Estimator in January 1980 with Darlington Insulation, one of the largest Industrial Insulation companies at the time. He continued his Estimating education through until the early 90’s when an opportunity arose for an Estimator / Surveyor within the Industrial Painting sector. After 3 years understanding the intricacies of Industrial Painting, he moved to Cape PLC working solely as a ‘Quantity Surveyor’ covering SIP Services (Scaffolding, Insulation & Painting) on various projects & turnarounds in Grangemouth and other sites throughout Scotland.
Grahame joined SCA in early 2020 as Project QS for our operations in Govan and Scotstoun.

Andy Bowman

Contracts Manager

Andy has been with the business for many years, starting his employment with SCA working as a scaffolder in Portsmouth Naval Base, but quickly demonstrating excellent leadership and management skills. As a result, he was selected by senior management to be an integral part of our set-up in Govan, Scotland, in 2014, and assisted in establishing our presence here, laying the foundations for many years to follow. His knowledge and experience were vital in the mobilisation of our operations in this part of the UK. Since then, Andy has filled several roles for the business successfully, including managing our operations on the IOW, and most recently, as Contracts Manager for our Commercial Scaffolding Division in the South.

Kevin Fairs

Operations Manager

SCA are excited to welcome Kevin as our newest member of our site management team following his introduction to the business in 2024. He has taken up the role of Operations Manager for the North-East division, based at Hebburn, which is a return to the location for the company after enjoying many successful years in this part of the UK in times gone by. Kevin has over 34 years scaffolding experience in Marine Construction & Maintenance, Civil and Petrochem, Onshore, Offshore, and International. His roles have included, Advanced Scaffolder, Supervisor, Inspector, Safety Advisor and Manager, and has gained a full practical knowledge of all aspects of Scaffold Management. Outside of work, Kevin is an avid Newcastle United supporter (Up The Toon!), and also a very keen golfer.

Jude Smith

HSEQ Manager

Jude is an experienced HSEQ Manager, predominantly operating from the North at our marine projects. Jude has a wealth of experience in both scaffolding and HSEQ, initially working as a scaffolder on numerous projects from Shetland Gas Plant to London Heathrow. Jude then moved into a Safety Advisor role over 7 years ago and never looked back. He has since been the lead of HSEQ on large projects throughout the UK in both industrial and Oil and Gas operations. Jude believes in promoting a positive Safety Culture throughout the business and working with our HSEQ team in achieving this. When Jude isn’t striving to make our workplace a safe and healthy environment, he enjoys marathon running, football, Munro bagging and time with his family.

Steve Armstrong

HSEQ Manager

Steve is a highly experienced and qualified Health and Safety Manager with a history of working within the Construction industry. Steve has been keeping us all safe since 2021 when he joined the business, and excels in inspections, method statements and risk assessments, accident investigations and anything else that makes sure our employees can go home safely at night after a day’s work. Steve gained his NEBOSH construction with credit, and is a valuable asset to the company.

Andy Hurll

Commercial Manager

Andy started his SCA journey way back in 2004, and is currently one of the longest serving members of staff. His employment began shortly after completing a University degree studying Economics at Bath, but was not quite sure how best to put it to use. The idea of becoming involved in a family-run business that allowed for personal growth, being part of a close-knit team, and putting some business acumen in to practice appealed to him and that’s how it all began, and he hasn’t looked back since! Fulfilling roles in marketing, accounting and a whole host of others eventually led to promotion to Commercial Manager, and he carries out this role admirably and diligently. Andy is a keen athlete and has been seen recently running half-marathons and raising money for chosen charities, not to mention the odd game of Vets football!

Kirstine Johnson

Finance Manager

Kirstine joined the business in February 2021 assuming control of the Finance Department and Administrative team. Kirstine had previously worked for a HVAC company before relocating to Dorset from Buckinghamshire, and is a full member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. Outside of work Kirstine enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, enjoying walks and the occasional trip to the pub. Kirstine also enjoys her sport and likes to watch football, motor racing and the darts.

Chelsea Townley

Contracts Controller

Since joining the SCA Group in 2017 in an administrative role for the Commercial Scaffolding Division, Chelsea has been on quite a journey of progression as this department of the business flourished over recent years. Chelsea will tell you that she knew nothing about scaffolding when her employment with us commenced, but we don’t believe that is true, especially considering the hugely important position that she fills for us now!
Chelsea has thrown herself headfirst in to an array of different roles during her time with us, from marketing and purchasing, through to credit control and estimating, and succeeded at them all. She now proudly operates as Contracts Controller for the division, and we would be lost without her!
Her role now involves all aspects of managing our Commercial Contract from site visits to logistics, transport and labour controls. She thoroughly enjoys her role, and the close contact with suppliers, customers and our scaffolders, but she does tell us that she prefers staying on the ground rather than 10 lifts up!