About Us

In 1972 with £46.00 and with a little help from the bank to buy a second hand wheel digger Steve and Marilyn established S.E.L. Clarke. Now after over forty years of long hours and hard work S.E.L. Clarke are a thriving company in the business of Plant Hire, Civil Engineering Contracting, Demolition and Asbestos Removal based in Bideford North Devon.

From those early days of only Steve with his machine and Marilyn’s administrative support the company has grown into a large family business with the third generation of Clarkes’ being inducted to join the business in the future.

Today the company operates with five office staff, over thirty operatives, over thirty pieces of plant and with a workshop / maintenance crew. The company operates a renewal programme updating plant regularly in order that the company can offer the best services possible.

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Roger Clarke

Director / Owner

Responsible for Contract Management, Site Management, Planning, Operations and Deployment of resources.

Roger joined SEL Clarke in 1990 initially assisting in the maintenance of all the plant. Progressively gaining experience on site and the qualifications to operate all the plant. This lead onto management training gaining qualifications and the experience to project manage, supervise and plan the company’s day to day operations.

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Phil Clarke

Director / Owner

Responsible for Health & Safety, Tendering, Contract Management, Procurement, Human Resources, Site Management and Employee Training.

Phil undertook a mechanical engineering modern apprenticeship before joining SEL Clarke in 2002 with a HNC in Engineering. Initially working as a labourer, gaining the qualifications and experience to operate all the plant. This lead onto management training progressing from site manager to contracts manager and onto Director. Phil continues to be involved with all levels of the business.

Marilyn Clarke Web Site Photo

Marilyn Clarke

Director / Owner / Company Secretary

Responsible for Accounting, Financial Control and Office Administration.

Marilyn started SEL Clarke alongside her husband the late Steve Clarke in 1972. Progressing to become a Director and the Company Secretary. Marilyn also manages to devote time to volunteering with the Children’s Hospice.