callais disaster
how it all started

We kicked-off back in '86 and Debra Beckett was the one that got it all started. In 1985 Deb's husband was seriously injured in a mining accident. With two children to provide for and unable to meet the mortgage repayments, Deb convinced the bank to let her clean their premises as a means of paying the repayments. And just like that, Callais was born.

Today there's a truckload of Grosby-wearing number-crunchers (seriously, our accountants wear their slippers to the office), cheeky marketeers and warm and fuzzy human resource managers who keep the company fresh and lively whatever it does and wherever it does it.

We give birth to new Callais companies all the time now, we encourage them to walk, hold their hands and then watch them on their way as they become fully-fledged members of the Callais family. It can get quite emotional.

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"We kicked-off in '86 with a handful of staff and a truckload of new ideas. We wanted to turn the industry on its ear and do it our way. Twenty-odd years on, a swag of awards and a few new mates, we've done more than we could ever have imagined.

And we still love doing it. I must be mad - or just an f'ing nice bloke. I prefer to think the latter, and you'll see I've adopted it as a formal qualification earned from a life in the restoration industry."

Lance Beckett