About Us

About Us

Our History

Our History

When Thomas Johnstone, a talented carpenter from Ayrshire, founded what is now Thomas Johnstone Ltd back in 1868, he likely never envisioned that more than 150 years later we would be the industry-leading company you see today. It is hard to imagine our well-established, successful business’ humble beginnings as a sole trading entity!

From 1868 to the present day a lot has changed, but our commitment to our people and the delivery of exceptional quality for our clients has been unwavering through the years.

Our People

Our People

‘People’ is and always will be our first core value. This, coupled with our overarching vision “to be a great company to work for, and a great company to work with”, ensures that we recruit, train and retain the best people in our industry.

We are committed to treating our team well and provide competitive remuneration and benefits packages as well as offering team building, training and internal development opportunities.

Nurturing new talent and retaining skills for our workforce of the future is a key focus and we run very successful apprenticeships which lead to full-time employment.  At present, despite the impact of the global pandemic, we have 21 apprentices at varying stages of their training.

Our continued efforts have contributed to our impressive retention rates – 60% of our employees have been part of our team for over 5 years.

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David Haddow

Joint Managing Director

David is responsible for our operational activities with particular remit for construction, safety and sustainability. He ensures that our resources are never overstretched and are fully supported; from Head Office to sites.

Rod Young

Joint Managing Director

Rod has responsibility for all commercial activities surrounding the company and guiding all of our staff to find best value with timely and accurate cost control services for clients and their project teams.

Graham Kelly

Director

Graham’s main responsibilities include client liaison, quality, best practice and innovation to ensure that TJL continues to deliver excellence and be a well-known and respected industry leader.

Graeme Alexander

Group Chief Executive Officer

Graeme is Chairman of Thomas Johnstone Limited, guiding the Board towards operational excellence. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has dedicated more than 30 years to building a great company to work for and with.

Tom Green

Financial Director

Tom heads our finance and admin team as Financial Director. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and prior to joining Thomas Johnstone had over ten years’ experience working for three of the top FMCG companies in the world.

Quality

Quality

Our reputation for delivering exceptional quality and superior service has resulted in our enviable repeat client base. We endeavour to achieve zero defects on all projects, consistently delivering exceptional quality first time, every time.

In order to ensure our levels of quality are maintained and that we deliver products and services with zero defects, we have a comprehensive quality management system in place.  Quality is the responsibility of every member of our team and this, coupled with our active quality monitoring throughout our works, ensures that all of TJL’s projects are delivered to the highest standard. Our long-established Quality Assurance and Control procedures have been developed and refined over thousands of projects; receiving commendation from many clients.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

The health, safety and well-being of not only our workforce but all of our stakeholders is fundamental to the success of our business and we work hard to ensure that we maintain our excellent record in these areas.

Our comprehensive Health & Safety Management System is regularly reviewed to ensure continuous improvement, legal compliance and adherence to industry best practice. TJL’s Health & Safety Management system meets the stringent standards of several SSIP schemes and industry groups including Altius and CHAS.

Our commitment to Health & Safety is supported by our full programme of training and re-training which assists us in ensuring that every employee possesses, maintains and develops the relevant knowledge, skills and experience required to undertake work for us.

1,938 HSEQ Tool Box Talks Received Last Quarter
7 Mental Health First Aiders
57 First Aiders

The health, safety and well-being of not only our workforce but all of our stakeholders is fundamental to the success of our business and we work hard to ensure that we maintain our excellent record in these areas.

Our comprehensive Health & Safety Management System is regularly reviewed to ensure continuous improvement, legal compliance and adherence to industry best practice. TJL’s Health & Safety Management system meets the stringent standards of several SSIP schemes and industry groups including Altius and CHAS.

Our commitment to Health & Safety is supported by our full programme of training and re-training which assists us in ensuring that every employee possesses, maintains and develops the relevant knowledge, skills and experience required to undertake work for us.

1,938 HSEQ Toolbox Talks Received Last Quarter
7 Mental Health First Aiders
57 First Aiders

Environmental

Environmental

We are an environmentally conscious company and are committed to reducing our environmental impact as far as possible in all of our operations.  We have comprehensive environmentally focused processes in place across our whole business, and an Environmental Management Team comprising of employees from all areas of the company who ensure that we continue to meet the stringent requirements of the ISO14001 international standard.

From implementing small changes such as LED lighting, KPI trackers for our energy consumption, and reusable packaging; to more substantial commitments including investing in plug-in hybrid cars for our company car fleet, installing electric vehicle charging points at both of our offices, and reducing, reusing and recycling our waste as far as possible: we are dedicated to becoming more environmentally sustainable.

Our Manufacturing team work to be as environmentally friendly as possible – including using a number of A rated machines, segregating waste and using reusable and recyclable packaging where possible e.g. cardboard corners

We adopted the Recreate Certification, which sees circular redistribution strategies implemented for FF&E during periods of decommissioning and refurbishment – with items such as beds and desks redistributed in the community

Our project to transform Dundonald Links into a luxury golf resort received a VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards 2020 ‘Good Practice Award’ in recognition of our collaboration with Dundonald Links on the environmental sustainability approach to the development

We are an environmentally conscious company.  Our team are committed to reducing our environmental impact as far as possible in all of our operations.  We have comprehensive environmentally focused processes in place across our whole business, and an Environmental Management Team comprising of employees from all areas of the company who ensure that we continue to meet the stringent requirements of the ISO14001 international standard.

Our Manufacturing team work to be as environmentally friendly as possible – including using a number of A rated machines, segregating waste and using reusable and recyclable packaging e.g. cardboard corners

We adopted the Recreate Certification, which sees circular redistribution strategies implemented for FF+E during periods of decommissioning and refurbishment – with items such as beds and desks redistributed in the community

Our project to transform Dundonald Links into a luxury golf resort received a VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards 2020 ‘Good Practice Award’ in recognition of our collaboration with Dundonald Links on the environmental sustainability approach to the development

Community

Community

Our focus is for our company to prosper – but not at the expense of our society or people. Our Vision; “to be a great company to work for, and a great company to work with” alongside ‘People’ being our first core value, puts all of our stakeholders and wider society first.

We understand the impacts which construction activities have on communities, so we are committed to being good neighbours on every site through:

  • Respecting surrounding neighbours and building users’ daily needs
  • Creating plans to minimise disruption as far as possible
  • Engaging with local communities and listening to and understanding their concerns
  • Using local sub-contractors, suppliers and labour
  • Contributing to good causes and educational programmes

We deliver community benefits as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility commitment and work with clients to establish community benefit programmes with pre-agreed measurable deliverables.

Our focus is for our company to prosper – but not at the expense of our society or people. Our Vision is “to be a great company to work for, and a great company to work with” alongside “People” being our first core value, meaning that every step we take puts all of our stakeholders and wider society first.

We understand the impacts which construction activities have on communities, so we are committed to being good neighbours on every site through:

  • Respecting surrounding neighbours and building users’ daily needs
  • Creating plans to minimise disruption as far as possible
  • Engaging with local communities and listening to and understanding their concerns
  • Using local sub-contractors, suppliers and labour
  • Contributing to good causes and educational programmes

We can and do deliver community benefits as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility commitment and we work with clients to establish community benefits programmes with pre-agreed measurable deliverables.

Memberships & Accreditations

Memberships & Accreditations

We hold key memberships and accreditations which our team work hard to maintain. These include:

Policies

Policies

We have implemented and regularly review all necessary policies and statements.  All of our policies are closely followed to ensure that we continue to be a great company to work for and with, and to underpin our commitment to delivering fit-out, manufacturing and building solutions which exceed our clients’ expectations.

A number of our key policies are outlined below, and all other policies are available to view upon request.

Work with us

Work with us

Current Vacancies

Vacancy: Draughtsman/Draughtswoman/CAD Technician/Setter Out

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Draughtsman/Draughtswoman/CAD Technician/Setter Out to join our Setting Out team based at our Inchinnan Head Office (near Glasgow Airport). The successful candidate will become an integral member of our busy and ever-expanding manufacturing division.

The duties of the Setter Out will include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting with clients to discuss requirements and present drawings
  • Visiting sites and taking accurate measurements
  • Using AutoCAD and Alphacam to produce construction drawings
  • Producing cutting lines for our in-house factory
  • Liaising with various stakeholders including our factory team, clients, designers and architects

We are looking for a Setter Out who has previous setting out experience, ideally with a joinery or shopfitting background. Experience of creating drawings for high-end, bespoke furniture would also be advantageous.

Excellent IT skills are essential, especially in AutoCAD, Alphacam and Microsoft Office software. 3D experience would be advantageous but is not essential. You must be willing to learn how to use new packages.

To be successful in this role you will have to be self-motivated, highly focussed and able to work to pressured deadlines. The Setting Out department is a very busy and demanding working environment so you must be able to manage your workload as you can expect to deal with multiple contracts concurrently.

To apply for this role please e-mail a copy of your most recent CV to MHillman@tjl.com.

We welcome speculative CVs. Please remember to note which type of role(s) you would be interested in applying for.  You can upload your CV below:

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    Employee Testimonials

    I went to university with dreams of being a quantity surveyor and I’m delighted to say that TJL are helping me achieve my career goals. There are a lot of people out there who actually want to work with us – and I think that’s testament to our team!

    Mark Mitchell, Quantity Surveyor

    I love my job because I get to work with some of the most talented people in our industry. We come together as a team every day to deliver our collective mission of being a great company to work for and with, and achieve exceptional quality. I really enjoy the autonomy, ability to implement new ideas and always being afforded new opportunities. From Apprentices to Directors, we’re all a family who truly value each other.

    Zoe Plenderleith, Marketing Manager

    Employee Testimonials

    I love my job because I get to work with some of the most talented people in our industry. We come together as a team every day to deliver our collective mission of being a great company to work for and with, and achieve exceptional quality. I really enjoy the autonomy, ability to implement new ideas and always being afforded new opportunities. From Apprentices to Directors, we’re all a family who truly value each other.

    Zoe Plenderleith, Marketing Manager

    I went to university with dreams of being a quantity surveyor and I’m delighted to say that TJL are helping me achieve my career goals. There are a lot of people out there who actually want to work with us – and I think that’s testament to our team!

    Mark Mitchell, Quantity Surveyor