Farewell to Phil

Well-known and respected Ultraframe Technical Training Manager, Phil Wharf, has retired after a 26-year career at the conservatory and extension specialist. After joining Ultraframe in February 1996, as a member of the Technical Support Team, Phil has worked in a variety of technical and training-based roles and has assisted many thousands of customers in learning about the intricacies of the company’s conservatory and extension systems.

Commenting about his impressive career at Ultraframe and plans for retirement, Phil said: “I have seen many changes in the industry and Ultraframe during my time here which I have been reflecting on recently as my retirement approaches. Some of the most memorable include our founder John Lancaster handing over the reins, exciting times when the company floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1998, and Brian Kennedy’s Latium Group acquiring Ultraframe in July 2006. Ultraframe has dominated a very competitive industry for almost 40 years, and I am extremely proud to have been a part of this for the last 26 years and have seen continuous product development throughout that time. I am very much looking forward to my retirement now, especially not ‘living by the clock’ and ironing shirts on a Sunday!”

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It is estimated that during his time at the helm of Ultraframe’s training department, that Phil has trained some 10,000 sales people, surveyors and installers – an incredible figure!

Commenting about Phil’s retirement and his huge contribution to Ultraframe over the years, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “On behalf of Ultraframe, I would like to thank Phil for his hard work and dedication over the years. The knowledge that Phil has and has shared is incredible and he will be very much missed. We would like to wish him a very happy and restful retirement.”

On his last day, Phil was presented with a selection of gifts from his colleagues and said the following: “Well folks, here it is, my very last day here at Ultraframe! Aged exactly 66.33 years old (you know how I like precise numbers). I wish all my colleagues old and new, past and present, my sincere thanks and best wishes. Keep working hard everyone. Always remember the devil’s in the detail and whatever your job role is WE ALL work in sales. Long live ‘the Frame’!”