The Vale Town Centre and IGA Complex
The founder of West Leederville Plumbing (as it’s known today) is Neil Williams. As a young 21-year-old, Neil started his apprenticeship back in 1976 with Willis Plumbing in East Perth.
The day Neil completed his apprenticeship he started working as a sub-contract plumber to Charter Plumbing doing water services and sanitation. At the same time, Neil started night school 4 nights a week to achieve his plumber’s license.
While still sub-contracting, Neil met Richard Gill, who was a building supervisor at the time for Orlit Homes. Richard was starting out on his own as a residential builder and asked if Neil was interested in doing the plumbing. As Neil had just completed his license, it was the break he had been looking for and so West Leederville Plumbing (WLP) began. WLP has also been doing plumbing and civil drainage for commercial and industrial builders in and around the metropolitan area of Perth. These builders include Armada Construction Group, Calibre Constructions, Vespoli Constructions, and Metrowest Group to name a few.
Over the course of 35 years, Neil trained and mentored more than 14 apprentices, most of whom now successfully run their own plumbing companies and none more so than Ross Vermaak.
Ross was born and raised on a farm in Zimbabwe. He decided to move to the UK for brighter prospects as Zimbabwe was taking a turn for the worst. Ross spent four years in the UK and met his Australian wife Tracey.
Upon arriving in Perth, Ross first started his apprenticeship with Jono Dale Plumbing and then with H2Only until meeting Neil in 2008. He then completed his apprenticeship at WLP in 2011. Neil offered Ross the opportunity of taking over WLP once he obtained the knowledge and skills to do so. Ross, keen to keep the WLP name going and work for himself one day, dedicated himself to the job and to learning everything that Neil could teach him in all aspects of plumbing, both residential and commercial.
Over time, Ross found himself managing the business while Neil took on more of a consultancy role.
On 1 of October 2013 Ross took over WLP.