Christmas 2019 saw the retirement of Roger Smith


Andrew Brittain, ARM’s operations director writes the following tribute:

"Christmas 2019 saw the retirement of Roger Smith, ARM Buildings’ sales and contracts director.

Well-known in the industry for his no-nonsense, open and honest approach, his retirement will leave a huge gap. Just as Roger will be missed by our customers in the pig industry, here at ARM we will undoubtedly miss his presence, wealth of experience, knowledge and sense of humour!

 Over the last forty years Roger has brought his own inimitable style and personality to the many roles he has held within the company. He joined the company, then known as Alfred Lyons and Sons, in September 1980.  Starting as site carpenter, he then progressed to site foreman, running his own gang; this was followed by managing gangs on site as contracts manager.  With the wealth of experience gained from these roles, Roger moved into sales, eventually becoming Sales Director in 2005.

In 2005 Roger and I were given the opportunity to direct the company.  Our partnership has grown in strength over the last 15 years and contributed to the successful company we know it today.  I certainly could not have asked for a better co-director.

Since 2005 I have enjoyed working with Roger on our shared vision to build and raise the profile of ARM in the marketplace, developing the Arm product with the staff at Rugeley and on various sites across the UK and making ARM one of the market leaders in the industry today.


I would just like to add my own personal congratulations Roger on a long and successful career; it has been great fun working with you, don’t become a stranger – keep in touch!

I am sure that everyone will join me in wishing Roger a well-earned and much-deserved retirement."


Robert Beckett of Yorkwold Pigpro, one of the country’s leading pig farming companies, made the following comment:

“Roger has been the public face of ARM for many years and for the last 20 years been the ‘go to person’ when Yorkwold have considered building any pig accommodation. During this time, we have worked together to substantially redevelopment and restructure our business. Inevitably, there have been some challenges, things haven’t always gone to plan, but Roger has always been open, honest and straight to enable a successful outcome. With the assistance of Drew and the rest of the team in Rugeley, ARM have always delivered on time. These qualities have helped build an enormous trust between the two businesses. Roger will be undoubtable missed, but as a ‘Lifer’ in the pig industry he has done his time and thoroughly deserve to call it a day. Many thanks from everyone at Yorkwold.”


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