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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

Gillian Wilkinson (Company Secretary & Admin)

The Dryfix TeamGillian joined Dryfix as a typist, transcribing surveyor's dictations into beautifully edited reports back in January 2012. Since our services have evolved, Gillian's role has grown too and in May 2015 she joined the administration team managing the office full time. Gillian's role involves arranging appointments, surveys, looking after clients and our accounts. If you call or email the office between Monday - Thursday you are most likely to speak to Gillian.

Gillian's professional background is in insurance working as a claims team manager for Aviva in household claims, so she knows a lot about property repairs! Gillian and her husband also owned and ran their own post office for several years.

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.

James Penrose (Bricklayer and Remedial Technician)

The Dryfix TeamJames joined the Dryfix team in 2012, as a trained and qualified bricklayer with exceptional plastering and trowel skills.

Since joining Dryfix eight years ago, James has continued to develop his skills and knowledge and is now a qualified Water Damage Restoration Technician and PCA Remedial Technician. James has also attended a PCA surveyors foundation course and is one our company First Aiders.

Robert Hodson (Plasterer and Remedial Technician)

The Dryfix TeamRob joined Dryfix in 2013 as a labourer but was destined to become more. During his time with the company, Rob has become a qualified remedial technician with the PCA, a structural water proofing technician with the PCA, achieved various health and safety qualifications and also achieved a Level 2 in plastering with York College. Rob works hard, he enjoys the challenge and is a great asset to the team.

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.

Matthew Schollick (Joiner and Remedial Technician)

The Dryfix TeamMathews is a skilled craftsman, a joiner by trade who joined Dryfix in early 2015. Since joining the company, Matthew has extended his existing knowledge and skills and qualified as a remedial technician with the PCA. He has also qualified as a Water Damage Restoration Technician with the IICRC. Mathew has recently attended the surveyors foundation course with the PCA, the first step to becoming a qualified remedial surveyor. Matthew's attention to detail in his trade is excellent and he also has the incredible teaching ability to share and pass on his knowledge to our newest recruits still in training.

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.

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