Directors and Chairpeople

Niel Bethell CEO

By trade, Niel began his career as an electrician. His entrepreneurial approach led him to launch High Access having identified an opportunity in the growing commercial property market. Niel has spent the past decade nurturing the business to the size it is today with a focus on building a strong team with an emphasis on high service that has become the High Access hallmark. Niel was included in North West Business Insider’s 42 under 42 in 2016.

Andy Ainsworth Director - AA Access

Andy joined the High Access team when AA Access was acquired in October 2017. Having launched the business in 2003 with the intention of providing a superior rental service for access platforms, Andy built a successful business with clients also benefiting from his knowledge and expertise of more than 20 years. Andy has developed a particularly strong reputation for the supply of access platforms to the film and sports industries and for the set-up of large-scale events.

Adam Bethell Director - AA Access

Adam returned to the senior management team in 2017 to oversee the integration of AA Access and any future acquisitions. Adam is making a return to the firm, and to the North West, following 14 months based in the South East working for Acescott Specialist Services as head of operations. Prior to this Adam worked at High Access for more than 13 years as a contracts manager.

Phil Wong Finance Director (FCA)

With extensive experience in finance roles in accountancy and across the property sector, Phil joined the company during a period of growth, shortly after securing a £3.3m in funding from the Business Growth Fund (BGF). Having started his career in corporate finance, Phil is ACCA-qualified and leads the growth strategy for the business as well as working closely with the operational team to ensure projects achieve target profitability.

Phil Seaton Operations Director

Phil joined High Access more than ten years ago while studying at university when the business worked with Leeds Metropolitan University to design a graduate programme for Phil. Joining on a permanent basis upon graduation, Phil has quickly progressed through the ranks and knows the business inside-out. While helping drive our UK expansion, Phil also manages the company’s day-to-day operations with a focus on health & safety and delivering for clients.

Stuart Lees Chairman

Stuart began his career as a chartered accountant, rising to the position of partner at Arthur Andersen. He is founder of Signia Corporate Finance Limited, former managing director at Altium Capital and former chief executive of Latium Group, a manufacturer and retailer of windows. He joined High Access in 2016 to support business growth.

The Team

Ben Lewis Business Development Manager

Ben oversees all of High Access’ operational procedures keeping us ticking over. It’s a big task in a company with as many moving parts as we do. He has been with us since 2015 following his role as a facilities manager at Capital Properties so he really understands our clients’ needs.

Nan Johnson HR Manager

With a level 3 CIPD joined the business in December 2016 to deliver all aspects of HR to the business, focusing on developing people, recruitment, training and employee relations. She joins with over 20 years’ experience as a lead manager at Tesco.

Ed Samuels Helpdesk Manager

With over 13 years’ experience in service delivery and support, Ed’s reputation for delivering projects with both customer and supplier relationship at the heart precedes him. Joining in September 2016, Ed has been ensuring that our increasing number of incoming enquiries are handled efficiently.

Chris Cummins Contract Manager

As contract manager Chris takes the lead of projects, ensuring they are completed on time and budget. Joining the team in January 2014, Chris works closely with clients and has managed a wide variety of projects.

Ian MacNaughton Quantity Surveyor

Ian heads up our planned maintenance division. With over 20 years’ commercial experience working on large scale maintenance, refurbishment and fit out projects, Ian oversees our vital cost control, site surveying and estimating disciplines.

Jamie Stokoe IT Manager

As we invest in innovation and systems, our tech expert Jamie ensures that all IT systems run smoothly and efficiently – a crucial element in enabling seamless and cost efficient delivery of project management and new ideas.

Holly French Executive Assistant

With over 10 years’ experience as a PA , Holly joins the High Access team as an Executive Assistant. Her vast experience and high level of professionalism sees her supporting Niel and the business across a number of areas to ensure the service we offer runs smoothly and efficiently.

Boris Bethell Business Advisor

Based in the Hale HQ, Boris is second in command and Niel’s right-hand man. He can be relied upon to steal the show in a meeting and is viewed by many as the real brains behind the business.