Bastows Team

Bastows/Bastows Team

Meet the team

Andy Raczinkaitis

Managing Director

Andy’s connection to Bastows goes back to the 1990s and he has been Managing Director since 2011.

With a background in scaffolding, plumbing and heating engineering and over 15 years’ experience as a Managing Director, Andy brings leadership and industry know-how to his role. His vision has seen Bastows both diversify and grow.

Dan O'Donoghue MCIOB

Sales Director

Dan has been with Bastows since 2014 and oversees the Sales team. His background and qualifications are in building surveying, and he has extensive experience in building client relationships as well as estimating and preparing project tenders.

He ensures that projects are priced in accordance with client specifications, and works to develop our network of specialist partners.

Nimesh Bharadia

Contracts Director

Nimesh has been with Bastows for over 25 years, starting on site and now oversees all our project sites.

He supports Site Managers both in matters of project management and health and safety, and ensures clients receive the best service possible. He works closely with our site teams to make sure sites run smoothly and projects are completed on time, safely and within budget.

Niki McGrane Chartered MCIPD

Cultural Director

Niki joined Bastows in 2007 and has implemented systems, policies and best practice across the business, encompassing accreditations, human resources, marketing, training and communications.

She has managed many projects that have seen Bastows lead the field in investment and care for our people and set the highest standards in quality and service.

Niki’s philosophy is “Why not?”

Renee Oliver

Small Works CoOrdinator

Renee joined Bastows in 2017 to manage the Small Works team. Her background is in property maintenance and management.

She is responsible for all projects that fall outside of the usual scope of works, such as minor redecoration works or repairs. Renee has worked with our team to grow this arm of the business, developing new services and connecting with many more customers.

Matt Robins


Matt has been with Bastows since the beginning of 2018 and is a key and valued part of the Sales team.

He has taken responsibility for pricing various projects. He works closely with Renee and Dan to ensure accuracy and prompt service, and has developed great connections with our specialist partners and clients.

Uzejir 'Chupo' Zecevic

Senior Site Manager

Chupo has been part of the Bastows family for almost 20 years, starting as a painter and decorator before progressing to Site Manager in 2009 and Senior Site Manager in 2017.

He has managed projects of values up to £1.3m, working across London. His knowledge and expertise makes him invaluable to busy property managers who work with him- and new clients quickly come to know the value Chupo offers a project partnership.

Liam Cox

Senior Site Manager

Liam joined Bastows many years ago as a Painter and Decorator. He progressed to Senior Site Manager in 2018, managing projects all over London with contract values between £100,000 and £1,100,000.

His commitment to high standards in safety, service and quality has won him recognition and praise from our clients and their residents.

Liam’s philosophy is “Always work with a smile.”

Alen Kasic

Site Manager

Alen has been with Bastows for over 10 years, developing excellent client relationships with his unique insight, technical knowledge and problem solving skills.

He has managed some of the most complex projects we have undertaken in recent years, with values from £130,000 to over £1,100,000, and always ensures every detail is taken care of- giving clients complete peace of mind.

Robert Piekarz

Site Manager

Bobby started with Bastows over 10 years ago as a Painter and Decorator. He became a Site Supervisor and was quickly promoted again to Site Manager due to his dedication to client satisfaction and industry knowledge.

He has managed works across the city ranging in value from £70,000 to £950,000 and is always especially focused on caring for residents and neighbours.

Gunars Locs

Site Manager

Gunars joined us in 2017 and has rapidly become a respected and very much valued member of the family.

He has successfully managed several projects ranging from £170,000 to £400,000, working with key clients. He demonstrates a great understanding of the property managers’ and residents’ needs and is superbly organised.

Gunars’ rule for life is “Be consistent.”

Francie Smyth

Site Manager

Francie came to Bastows in 2018 from a background in specialist carpentry and high-end renovation work.

He aims to build great working relationships, and his greatest strength is his ability to plan works so that residents and clients are always updated and informed. He has quickly formed excellent working relationships and has worked on projects up to a value of £1m.

Solomon Deselane

Site Supervisor

Solomon joined Bastows as an Apprentice Painter and Decorator in 2008, quickly proving his skill and ability to learn.

He became a Site Supervisor in 2017, and is well loved by us all for his calm demeanour, consideration for colleagues, exceptional knowledge and focus on resident wellbeing.

Andy Baxter

Site Manager

Andy joined Bastows as a Painter in 2019 and his talent and approach saw him quickly promoted to Site Manager.

His experience, ability and commitment to excellence make him a valued member of our Family, and we are delighted to have him on board.

Frank Bastow


Frank has been owner of the family firm for over 25 years, and it is during his tenure that we established relationships with London’s largest prestige property companies.

He has developed several other businesses in industries as diverse as coaching, software development and music.

Andy Mildner

Finance Director

Andy is a CIMA accountant with 25 years experience in private banking and private equity, having worked in Surrey, London and Guernsey and looked after clients from all over the world.

He has worked with Bastows since 2010 and effectively manages all aspects of company finance and accounts.

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