Fond farewell to retirees


Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) has celebrated two of its long-standing employees, Colin Dilks and Dave Brookes, following their retirement after a combined 41 years at the pitched roof tile manufacturer’s site in Burton.

Employing 140 people across its two sites in Burton and one in Lochmaben (Scotland), Russell Roof Tiles has always been a keen advocate of supporting, training, and rewarding its staff to ensure all employees have a successful and prosperous career.

Dave Brookes, Yard and Resale Operator said: “I can’t believe how quickly 18 years has gone; I remember my first day like it was yesterday. I’ve seen a lot of changes to the industry over the years, but nothing that RRT couldn’t handle. Even a global pandemic didn’t stop us. It’s now time for me to slow down and relax, spend time with the family and most importantly, pursue my passion of studying horses.”

Colin Dilks, Production Forklift Truck Driver added: “I am extremely proud to have been part of the company for so many years, but all good things come to an end. I’m looking at my retirement as a positive, I’ll be able to spend more time with my family and enjoy the sunshine but of course, I’ll miss working at RRT and the incredible team.”

The manufacturer has seen a number of employees celebrate significant work milestones over the years. This year alone, eight employees across the business are set to receive long service awards ranging from 10-50 years, highlighting the manufacturer’s gratitude to its employees and their ongoing hard work.

Bruce Laidlaw, Operations Director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “At Russell Roof Tiles we make sure that we are supporting our employees so they can build successful careers with us. Colin and Dave are no exception. Having been pivotal members of the team for a combination of 41 years, they’ve witnessed significant changes that have allowed us to grow and expand our Burton site over the years.

“As a massive thank you from us, we presented Colin and Dave with gold watches, gift vouchers and flowers. We wish them both a happy and healthy retirement.”

The rest of the Russell Roof Tiles team wants to thank Colin and Dave for their service and dedication to the company over the years and wish them happiness in their new stage of life.

Russell Roof Tiles is a leading independent roof tile manufacturer providing products for leading UK house builders and high-profile social housing and commercial projects, where sustainability and eco-credentials are of the utmost priority.

Russell Roof Tiles are actively recruiting for Yard and Production Operatives. Further details can be found at