Gary started in the flooring industry with an apprenticeship in 1990 at 16 years of age, straight out of school. He spent four years learning commercial flooring, including cap and coved flooring and industrial vinyl, before moving on to another company installing carpet and LVT as well as the previous floorcoverings. Gary went self-employed in 2004 fitting mainly LVT, before he started attending manufacturers’ courses soon after to upskill, soon becoming an Amtico and Karndean approved installer.
In 2016, Gary did a Floorskills LVT Level 1 course before completing his Level 2 in LVT installation. In 2019 he entered the European LVT fitter of the year competition and really enjoyed it, in the process getting a passion for training.
On the back of the competition, he got asked to become an installer trainer for Floorskills training centre and a part-time technical advisor for Moduleo, a leading LVT manufacturer, before joining ARDEX in 2022.