Billy Griffith receives The Gary Neville Award

A Coventry construction worker has been honoured with an annual award in his last act before retirement.

The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager and is voted for by employees of the company.

Site operative Billy Griffith has become the seventh recipient of the Gary Neville Award in his final year working for the Deeley Group.

Billy said: “This is certainly a great way to sign off my 35 year association with the Deeley Group and I’m very honoured to have received this award.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside a lot of great people during my time with the firm and to know that your colleagues voted for you makes it all the more special.

“Gary was a well-respected colleague who I worked with for many years and this award is fitting tribute to him and his legacy.

“I would like to thank everyone at the Deeley Group and wish everyone the best for the future.”

The award honours Gary Neville, who joined the company as an apprentice and went on to lead some of the firm’s major projects, including the development of Belgrade Plaza.

Gary passed away in 2011 and the awarded is presented to the employee who has displayed the most commitment to their role over the past year.

Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Billy received widespread praise from his colleagues, reflecting the values we have at the Deeley Group.

“Over the past seven years everyone at the company has embraced the award, as each year we remember Gary and the vibrant, popular man that he was.

“During his time working for the firm, Billy has carried himself with great integrity and built a respect amongst his colleagues.

“His strengths were his multi-disciplinary skillset gave him the ability to complete any task asked of him, but more importantly he was reliable.

“We would like to thank Billy for his years of valued service at the Deeley Group and he is a very deserving recipient of this year’s award.”