Rail & Infrastructure

Scaffolding... It's in our DNA

As third generation scaffolding specialists, the industry is certainly in the blood of Tom and James Lea, joint Managing Directors of Lea Scaffolding & Access Limited.

With many years’ experience already behind them, working across the UK on some of the most prestigious and challenging projects, they took the bold step to set up Lea Scaffolding & Access Limited in 2018. With an ethos of building strong customer relationships, and a key focus on health and safety, the business has grown from strength to strength and is now a well-respected contractor in the industry.

What we do

We pride ourselves on providing high quality access solutions for our clients, ensuring health and safety is key.

Working together

We pride ourselves on providing high quality access solutions for our clients, ensuring health and safety is key.

Why choose us?

We pride ourselves on providing high quality access solutions for our clients, ensuring health and safety is key.

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    James Partington

    Contract Supervisor

    With 15 years’ industry experience, working on a wide range of large and diverse structures across the country, for some of the industry’s leading players, James has worked his way up from a scaffolding apprentice to advanced scaffolder and later promoted to scaffolding supervisor.  

    James joined Lea Scaffolding as an advanced/chargehand scaffolder; his dedication, knowledge and professionalism has seen his promotion to Contract Supervisor, managing a number of prestigious projects across the North West.  

    In his spare time, James has a passion for cars and enjoys catching up with friends at car meets and detailing and modifying his own motors. 

    Andrew Garett

    Senior Estimator

    Andrew Garrett is a scaffolding professional with over 30 years’ experience within the industry, both hands on as well holding management positions within quantity surveying, estimating and contract departments.  

    Andrew is driven by building solid working relationships and providing excellent customer service, taking pride in delivering a full turnkey package from conception to completion, with the aim of client retention and securing repeat business. 

    At Lea Scaffolding Andrew’s role is Senior Estimator, tasked with developing and growing the company’s customer base, and providing a seamless handover to the operational team. 

     Andrew currently lives in Salford and is a Father and care giver to his daughter and Mother.  With his free time, Andrew likes to attend small hall boxing shows and follow his favourite football team.  

    Ray Dwolitka

    Contracts Manager

    With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, working his way through the ranks, Ray has earned the respect of site operatives and clients alike. During his career, he has developed a wealth of knowledge and skills on a wide variety of projects from housebuilding to refurbishment of listed buildings and major structures. 

    Ray’s role involves overseeing the day to day operations of the business, managing the operatives on site and working closely with our clients to coordinate with other trades to ensure the projects run efficiently and effectively.

    In his spare time, Ray is a keen golfer, loves to travel, and enjoys watching tennis and football. 

    Karen Jones


    With over 25 years in the Financial Services Sector, when the credit crunch hit, Karen found herself temping at a large scaffolding company; fast forward 3 years and she was invited to join James and Tom Lea in setting up Lea Scaffolding. 

    Utilising her organisational and management skills, Karen is responsible for managing all administrative, HR and financial functions of the business, controlling income and expenditure and providing support for the operations team. 

    Away from the office, Karen is a keen gym-goer, yogi and walker. 

    Tom Lea

    Managing Director

    Since completing a BA (Hons) in Management, Tom has worked in the scaffolding industry, developing his skills and knowledge of both the industry and in a management role. During this time, he has managed a number of high profile projects, including Tay Rail Bridge and The Royal Albert Bridge.  

    Alongside his role managing the day to day operations of the business, Tom takes the lead on all Health and Safety Matters within the business, ensuring a keen focus on health and safety across the business providing a consistent approach by all members of the operational team. 

    With his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and children and is a season ticket holder at Bolton Wanderers.  

    James Lea


    Having been involved in the industry for all his working life, James has gained extensive knowledge of a wide range of high profile projects. Alongside his role managing the day to day operations of the business, James heads up the in-house design team; his design skills help deliver a dynamic approach to each project, providing a bespoke solution to meet clients’ needs.   

    Out of work James enjoys spending time with family, plays cricket and watches his beloved Bolton Wanderers.