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Meet the team

What makes us different and special?

Dryfix are Yorkshires Leading Damp and Timber Specialists. We are a 4 x Industry Award winning company with experienced, trusted and qualified surveyors. We employ our own workforce of skilled and experienced repair specialists and are full members of the Property Care Association, Health and Safety Approved and Industry Accredited. We pride ourselves as leaders in our industry with a commitment to deliver professional, high quality surveys and repairs backed by meaningful insured guarantees. Our Industry accreditation and multiple Awards over the years are recognition and tribute to this commitment.

If you're in need of specialist advice or repairs for damp, timber decay, woodworm, water damage or structural problems, do not hesitate to contact us.

Russell Rafton (Owner, Director & Senior Surveyor)

The Dryfix TeamRussell is the owner, director and senior surveyor for Dryfix Preservation Ltd. Russell started life in the construction industry at the age of 16 working for his family business as an apprentice bricklayer. Achieving level three and winning many awards along the way, Russell stayed at York College for a total of seven years completing courses in site management and a Higher National Certificate in construction.

During his time at college, Russell was introduced into the damp, timber and preservation industry which he clearly found interesting and quickly developed a thirst for more knowledge. Russell started his initial training with the PCA (Property Care Association) the industry's leading body. Russell Qualified as a C.S.R.T Surveyor in 2004 and has attended every course since that the PCA have to offer. Russell can, however, still be seen at the PCA headquarters and regional meetings sitting refresher courses and continuing his CPD. After becoming a qualified surveyor, Russell also diversified his career into the closely related water damage and flood recovery industry progressing further with training from the IICRC and BDMA. As you would expect again, Russell achieved outstanding results qualifying in fire and flood restoration, water damage, mould and structural drying.

In 2008, Russell started Dryfix Preservation Ltd, Yorkshire's leading damp and timber repair specialists providing services to councils, housing authorities, property management companies, estate agents and domestic clients. Russell believes the success behind Dryfix is attributed towards his passion for preserving buildings, and willingness to study and be educated.

If you would like to know more about Russell, his training or experience you can contact him at or connect with Russell on LinkedIn (Russell Rafton).

Fraser Rafton (Contracts Manager)

The Dryfix TeamFraser joined Dryfix in 2009, one year after Dryfix was established. Fraser progressed quickly, becoming a PCA Remedial Technician, Flood and Water Restoration Technician, Structural Drying Technician, Mould Technician, and finally a fully qualified, award winning joiner with York College.

In 2018, Fraser was promoted to Contracts Manager and is currently studying for a NEBOSH diploma (Health and Safety, Environmental practice and Management). Fraser's attention to detail is second to none and this is reflected in his management role dealing with our clients and managing the workforce.

If you would like to know more about Fraser, his training or experience you can contact him at

Michelle Cowey (Company Secretary & Admin)

The Dryfix TeamMeet Michelle or Mich as we call her. Michelle joined the team in September 2021 as our new typist and office administrator. Michelle brings a wealth of experience in administration having previously worked for multiple soliciting firms, so keeping our office organised and update is second nature. Michelle's role involves booking surveys, controlling the diary and typing the excellent survey reports which we are so well known for. Chances are if you're calling the office, it'll be Mich you're speaking too recognisable with her uber polite telephone manner.

Word on the street is that Michelle has a cracking singing voice and after a few glasses of champs is no stranger to singing on stage with a band behind her.

Sarah (Office Administrator)

The Dryfix TeamSarah Joined the team in 2019 and works part time in the Dryfix office dealing with enquiries and administration.

Sarah was previously Deputy Retail Programme & Product Development Manager for Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Organising exhibitions, buying in products and developing the merchandise for artists such as the Henry Moore Foundation. Sarah also runs a Holiday Let business in the City of York.

Jack Granger (Joiner and Remedial Technician)

The Dryfix TeamJack joined Dryfix in 2014 already with a level 3 in joinery and a completed apprenticeship working on large scale projects and building sites. Jack undertook joinery specific tasks such as 1st fix and 2nd fix, hanging doors, fitting skirting's and erecting roofs. Jack wanted to broaden his knowledge within the building industry and was interested in the wide scope of repairs Dryfix undertook.

Jack is now 29 and a valued member of the Dryfix team. He has furthered his knowledge and qualifications and is a PCA trained Technician, PCA Waterproofing Technician, First Aid trained and has also attended the PCA surveyors' training course.

Stephen Lewis (Plasterer and Remedial Technician)

The Dryfix TeamStephen joined the Dryfix team in 2013 bringing with him over ten years of experience working for a family business, plastering, tiling and undertaking all building projects.

While at Dryfix Stephen has gained many qualifications and become a PCA trained Technician, Water Damage Restoration Technician and is one of the Companies First Aiders. Stephan continues to attend training courses with Dryfix to advance his knowledge even further. Steve's polite and punctual and always arrives at work with a smile and willingness to progress.

Alan Derbyshire (Plasterer and Remedial Technician)

The Dryfix TeamAlan is one of our newest recruits, joining the company in early 2019. Alan's background was in manufacturing and since his employment, Alan has become a trained technician with the PCA and is currently starting his second year at Leeds College of Building in Plastering. Alan's attitude to work is infectious, he is thirsty for knowledge and looks set to complete his second year at college early, with excellent results. Alan is friendly, punctual and dedicated to the rest of his team and the company.

Michael Venables

The Dryfix TeamMike is our newest recruit joining the team with a wealth of experience in flood defence. Mikes prior roles have involved constructing and installing flood defence doors and barriers nationally up and down the country. Mike is super polite, with a huge smile and is confident in his skills and capabilities something we aim to build on. Over the next few weeks and months Mike will undergo plenty of training both inhouse and with the Property Care Association tuning him into one of the countries leading damp and timber technicians.

Mikes a practical guy with an engineering mind, the kind of guy who dismantles car engines on the dining room table and then puts them back together again, a handy skill to have when you drive a BMW.

Mikes live in York with his partner and daughter.

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