Derek Carter

Derek Carter

CEO, Portakabin

Portakabin is the UK industry leader in prefabricated, modular and temporary building solutions to suit any need, including offices, schools, hospitals and more. The business employs more than 1,750 colleagues across seven countries, with a turnover approaching £300 million.

As the pioneers of modular construction, Portakabin deliver permanent-quality buildings, of any size, to fulfil any application – up to 70% faster than using traditional construction.

It recently used its modular construction system to build a space for students in an academy forced to close due to the Grenfell Tower disaster. The temporary building includes a dance studio, art rooms and science labs. The structure replaces the Aldridge Foundation-sponsored school, which specialises in performing and creative arts.

“My proudest achievement is the growth of the business over the past five years,” says Derek, “my advice is, be alert to the changing environment and always be prepared to bring fresh ideas forward.”

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My advice is, be alert to the changing environment and always be prepared to bring fresh ideas forward.
Derek Carter
CEO, Portakabin

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