Fraser is the chief executive of the Westcrowns Group and is the fourth generation of the Haran family to run the 144-year-old business. Starting from a small painting & glazing business, Westcrowns now have their ig (Independent Glass) brands appearing on bus and train windows throughout the world, while their products and services offered through Reglit, Lumaglass & Harndec are incorporated within local, national and international construction projects.
Fraser joined the family business in 1989 as a chartered quantity surveyor and expected to continue in this role, however his father had different ideas. Starting from the factory floor and construction site, Fraser not only learned about the business from the bottom up but began his journey to understand and ultimately lead a family organisation. His influence has transformed this traditional family business into the innovative and ambitious company it is today with his philosophy of learning from the past, delivering value in the present and preparing for the future setting the business apart from its peers.
Fraser’s main responsibility now is to prepare the group for the next generation and he recognises that encouraging innovation, identifying growth opportunities and developing future leaders will be key to the company’s long-term success. Delivering these while also having a little bit of fun seems like a good job to have.
Outside work, Fraser has been an enthusiastic supporter of local charities, persuading family, friends and colleagues to join him in various fundraising events. Over recent years, he has focused his fundraising activities, personally and through business, on the fantastic work carried out by The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and their Brick by Brick Appeal for their new state-of-the-art hospice. Fraser’s most recent adventure saw him and three hardy friends complete a three-day, 85km trek within the Arctic Circle in the north of Finland – an experience he will never forget.
Fraser has been married to the hard-working Sarah for 25 years, and everyone knows that she is the brains in the family. Their two sons, Gregor and Jamie, are growing up far too fast and generate both pride and frustration in equal measures. Fraser also enjoys cooking (which really means eating), is a keen golfer, and as the years pass, a less keen rugby player. Fraser’s final sporting goal is to play rugby with both of his sons before hanging up his boots for good. (Maybe.)