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Meet the Team

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Ben Silvestre

Ben started his rope access career in Sheffield, working on large scale construction projects, before moving to North Wales in 2017 to pursue his passion for rock climbing + mountaineering. With the move also came a change in work focus, shifting towards Ben's long held interest in conservation and historical architecture. 

Will Oates

With a keen practical mind, and eye for detail, Will found his place in rope access working on old and beautiful buildings. Will enjoys the challenge of understanding buildings and their creators and takes pride in producing a finished product that they would be proud of. A lifetime of rock climbing and mountaineering means that Will is capable of moving around old and often fragile buildings with care and efficiency.


Alex Haslehurst

Alex like many was drawn into rope access work through his outdoor and climbing lifestyle. Formerly working for the climbing brand DMM it was quite the change from brand representative to operator. After working on some big civils projects it was the charm and charisma of old buildings that has shaped the desire to start Highlife and focus on heritage works.


“I first met Alex and the Highlife team on a project in North Wales’ world heritage slate mining site, where a church spire was in a dangerous condition. Their professional ‘can-do’ attitude got me up there to the business area, inside and outside the spire to assess the tip. They’re all climbers, so the challenge of scaling a dodgy spire was no problem to them.


Since stabilising this spire, Highlife have become my first choice for ‘can’t be done’ projects. It’s not just rope access – these guys are proper craftsmen, lime buffs, and will be dangling off somewhere scary dampening down the fresh mortar, beating back shrinkage, tending to their work and giving a high quality repair however awkward the situation.


We’ve recently completed another spire project in central Manchester, where an iron cross-tree had corroded into non-existence, the only parts left were the embedded ends of the flat-bars which were jacking the masonry apart. The guys pulled some very late shifts, up there in the dark with headtorches while they set about anchoring the unstable spire tip.


All in, highly recommended to anyone dealing with historic buildings in need of some serious TLC”


David Wiggins, Conservation Engineer

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