Norman began his career in the trussed rafter industry in 1975 working for Canadian company Trans Canada Truss as a trainee designer, he moved on to BAT Products in their design office, before moving back to Kent to join timber engineering fabricators E Felton & Partners in Sandwich, Kent.
Following the closure of E Felton & Partners he joined former MD of Felton’s Harry Brenner at Thanet Timber Frames as Design Office manager, then subsequently at Kent Timber & Trussed Rafters as Technical Director. Throughout that time he established a reputation within the industry for the design and execution of complex projects, working with most national builders and contractors on many prestigious projects.
When BSW took over Kent Timber & Trussed Rafters in 2003, he became Managing Director, and was instrumental in introducing Canadian Super E Timber Frame into the UK, completing over 300 units of air tight timber frame houses using the Canadian product.
At Harmony Timber Solutions, Ireland, his role as Technical Director is very much focused on the companies work on design of all forms of timber engineering, including complex timber trussed rafter roof structures and timber frame houses, for many national companies such as McCarthy & Stone, Churchill Retirement Living, Berkeley Homes etc.