Experienced, experts in piling
equipment supply

Whether our staff have been employed as apprentices straight from school or they join later in life they go through a very intense period of training.
The majority have been with us for over 8 years! We are therefore very proud to say that we have very experienced and knowledgeable people that are ready to help whenever the need arises.

The Management Team

Robin

Robin

CEO and Chairman

Established Watson & Hillhouse in 1972

Co-founder with Mr Hillhouse (a simple coin toss determined whose name went first!), Watson & Hillhouse has gone from strength to strength since that day 50+ years ago!

Robin now works part time supporting the managing director, and financial director, two or three days a week.

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Phil

Phil

Managing Director

Over 40 years worth of knowledge of the piling and foundation industry.

Phil joined Watson & Hillhouse straight from school and has worked his way up through the ranks from trainee hire manager in 1980 to managing director in 2004. He is in charge of the day to day running of the company and is also handles all new and used sales enquiries.

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Peter

Peter

Finance & HR Director

For all things finance Peter is your man – ably assisted by Keren and Amy.

Peter, a Chartered Management Accountant, joined Watson & Hillhouse in October 2020. He has over twenty years experience in financial roles. His more recent post was with a local print company where he was financial director designate. At Watson & Hillhouse not only is Peter in charge of the finance department but he oversees all HR and IT operations too.

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Neil

Neil

Senior Hire Manager

Our longest serving employee, Neil knows everything you need to know about Still Workers.

Neil joined the Company as an apprentice service engineer straight from school in 1979. He has since had various roles within the company. He was appointed sales & marketing manager in 2004 and now oversees all hire projects in the South of the UK and as our Still Worker expert, manages all hire projects across Europe.

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Scott

Scott

Hire Manager

What Scott doesn’t know about piling probably isn’t worth knowing.

Scott joined the head office hire department in 2001 having spent a year at Otley College studying engineering. He now deals with all conventional plant hire enquiries in the south, advising clients of equipment requirements, making relevant recommendations and advising of plant availability.

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Chris

Chris

Northern Area Manager

If you’re in the north of the UK, Chris and the team at the Warrington depot can assist with all of your piling requirements.

Chris joined our Warrington team in 2011 after six years prior experience in the plant hire industry at Speedy Hire where he was a field sales executive. After six years overseeing the hire department he is now running operations at our Northern Depot.

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Joe

Joe

Operations Manager

Joe joined us as an apprentice technician after finishing his GCSEs in 2005.

Following completion of his four year apprenticeship training he went on to undertake a further two years specialist training in electrical and electronic engineering and was a highly valued member of the workshop. After taking a year out, to travel around New Zealand in 2014, he returned to join the workshop management team. In 2016, and following 15 months of intensive training, Joe took over the reins as operations manager.

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Ricky

Ricky

Customer Support & HSE Manager

If you’re in a fix Ricky will come to your rescue, be it spare parts or service.

Ricky started with the Company in 1999 as an apprentice service engineer and qualified as a full service engineer in 2004. Ricky has since been promoted to service manager to manage all site breakdowns and is your first port of call should you have a problem. He is also in charge of the parts department and is used to sending parts all over the world. Not content with those roles, and being multi-talented, he is also the company HSE manager and assists Peter with IT issues.

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Kieran

Kieran

Assistant Hire Manager

Kieran joined us from Ardent Hire Solutions where he rose through the ranks from customer service advisor to escalations manager.

In his role at Watson & Hillhouse he is ably assisting Scott and Neil in the hire department. They are passing on all they know about piling to Kieran – which given their 63 combined years of service may take some time!

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Tanya

Tanya

Assistant Hire Controller

Having previously worked at Speedy Hire, Tanya joined the hire department in Ipswich as assistant hire controller in 2018.

She is helping the team with conventional piling hire enquiries and also books in all transport to and from site.

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Management Team

Watson & Hillhouse have specialised in the provision of pile driving equipment since 1972, building a worldwide reputation for service and technical expertise that, together with huge resources, places us at the forefront of the industry.

Careers

Working at Watson & Hillhouse is a rewarding career choice – in fact once here, many employees stay for much longer than the UK national average of 4.4 years.

Our Timeline

Many things have changed since we first started hiring out piling equipment in 1972 but we have continued to evolve with the times. Our timeline gives an overview of highlights over the years.