Matt and Philip pick up award in honour of former colleague

Two key members of the Deeley Group team shared the honours for a company award that was created as a legacy to one of the firm’s finest.

The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager who passed away in 2011 and is voted for by employees of the company.

The award honours those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in their commitment to the company, its clients and fellow members of the Deeley Group team and this year saw it shared between contracts manager Matt Ellis and facilities manager Philip Surrey.

Matt, who has spent nearly a decade with the firm, worked with Gary on construction projects at MIRA on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border.

He said: “I was probably the most surprised person in the room when they said I had won the Gary Neville Award.

“It’s a great team here at Deeley and we all try to do that bit extra, which is exactly the legacy that Gary left here. If anyone needs a hand with anything, I’ll always try to help them whenever possible.

“It’s great that the company has this award and I am very proud to have received it.”

Philip has worked for the group for 15 years and knew Gary well.

He said: “My role covers a variety of tasks and so, if someone asks me for something, I’ll help them get it done.

“It’s not a case of me checking my job description, I’ll just help them get the job sorted.

“Gary was a lovely guy and we all hold this award in very high esteem because of who it is named after and because of what it says about the company.”

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “Each year, the team here decides who should win the Gary Neville Award and it is genuinely well regarded by everyone here because of what Gary was like as a person and what he stood for.

“Congratulations to Philip and Matt for being put forward by their colleagues, which is the very highest praise indeed.”

Pictured (left to right): Philip Surrey, Peter Deeley, Julie Neville, Matt Ellis