Our Team

Adrian Thompson

Managing Director

Adrian has been our Managing Director since 2010. In this time, he has guided the company towards some great successes and has even greater visions for the future. 

Adrian loves to keep up to date with the latest technlogies and gadgets but also enjoys being outdoors. He enjoys the odd cycle, run and walk in the Lake District with his wife, Julia. 

Julia Thompson

Financial Director

Julia has been in the business for many years as our Finance Director and keeps a close eye on the company’s financial performance. She has two teenage daughters to keep her even busier and a border terrier called Izzy who loves to roam the offices. To help de-stress, Julia likes to keep fit by running and going for walks in the Lake District.

 

Alex Polotnianka

Senior Business Development Manager

Alex may have joined Ant Hire in 2014 but he has a wealth of experience in the plant hire industry.

Day to day, Alex works with our customers to understand and use Vertform to build manhole inverts. When not at work, Alex enjoys clay pigeon shooting and taking his Springer Spaniels on long walks.

 

Andy Ashman

Workshop Technician

Since 2003, Andy has gained experience in various departments and in dealing with a wide range of products. He also helps to repair and maintain the hire fleet.

Andy is our very own weapon of ‘grass destruction’ and can be found in his spare time to be playing a few rounds of golf.

Ben Homer

Financial Controller

Ben is our Financial Controller who joined us in 2017. With a wealth of accounting experience, Ben is currently mentoring our accounting apprentices Lewis and Kes.

Ben's son keeps him busy when not working as does, powerlifting, going for walks, and spending time with new wife, Lisa.

 

Charlotte Fisher

Sales Ledger Coordinator

Charlotte recently joined our Accounts team in 2018. Coming from a customer service background, she has the expertise  needed to help our customers to resolve their queries. She has two daughters to keep her busy and enjoys going horse-riding from time to time. 

Craig Paterson

Workshop Technician

Craig has recently joined our Pressure Testing Team. He maintains and repairs the equipment to guarantee high availability and quality.

Dave Sutton

Business Systems Manager

Dave is our troubleshooter for everything IT! He also works to create complex programmes to make life easier and more efficient here at Ant Hire. Outside of work, Dave enjoys his outdoor pursuits. 

David Macinnes

Key Account Manager

David has worked in the pipe & water industry for over 10 years now and before this, in the hygiene sector. Joining Ant Hire in 2016, David specialises in advising our customers in Scotland, the place he proudly calls home.

When David isn't visiting customers in Scotland, he's thinking about cycling, scuba diving wrecks and food... but mostly food!

Dominic Bedford

Pressure Test Analyst

Dominic started his working life at Ant Hire on the Hire Desk before moving on to specialise as a Pressure Testing Analyst. Dominic focuses on helping contractors to managing their productivity through in-test intervention. Outside of work, Dominic loves watching sport and socialising.

Graham Ellis

Pressure Test Analyst

After 35 years in the brewing industry it was time for a change for Graham, and in 2011 he joined our Pressure Testing Team. Graham remains focused on providing technical intervention and support to contractors through the process of each pressure test.

When he's not spending quality time with his grandchildren, Graham enjoys watching all kinds of sports and enjoys the occasional round of golf. On a Sunday, he also volunteers running his local football team.

Ian Sutton

Workshop Manager

Ian is Ant Hire's very own inventor. Having worked for Ant Hire since 2001 in the research and development department, Ian can take a problem and turn it into a solution. In his spare time, he enjoys nothing more than touring the country on his motorbike.

James Johnson

Workshop Technician

James has been with Ant Hire in the Pressure Testing department since 2006.

However, his skills do not stop there, in his spare time he can be found restoring classic cars back to their full glory. 

John Rose

Business Development Manager

There are few people in the UK with as much technical and product knowledge in lateral cutters as John.

Since 2004, he has developed a wealth of understanding through working ‘on the tools', pulling apart cameras and cutters to figure makes them ‘tick’. John now heads the Ant Hire Robotics range.

It would not be without John’s passion for this area that Ant Hire has been crowned IMS Robotics 'Dealer of the Year’ three times.

In his free time, which has declined significantly since the birth of son Isaac, John spends time relaxing with family and friends. 

Jordan Kitchen

Technical Customer Service Representative

Jordan began working at Ant Hire in 2010 and is now the lead technician within the Sewer Center product range. He also oversees demonstrations and troubleshoots equipment, ensuring our customers can keep on working. Jordan loves sports and plays 5 A Side in his spare time.

Karl Barry

Workshop Technician

Karl has been with Ant Hire since 2001 and spends most of his time focusing on camera repairs and is currently getting more and more involved in the cutter range. When not at work, Karl can be found hiking in various mountain ranges across the UK. 

Kes Gough

Accounts Apprentice

Kes started her apprenticeship in 2017 and is currently studying for her AAT. In the meantime, she is also working towards the position of Purchase Ledger Coordinator. Outside of work, Kes enjoys rock climbing but keeps herself very busy as she also works weekends at ASDA too! 

Kirsty Holland

Customer Service Executive

Kirsty recently joined the Customer Service team having previously worked in plant hire and at one time an Ant Hire competitor. Outside of work, Kirsty is a MOTO GP fan, finds time for the gym and keeps up with family & friends.

 

Lee Gallagher

Business Development Manager

Lee has recently joined the Ant Hire family to help develop existing and new business across the Pressure Testing and Stopper departments. Lee has over 25 years’ experience in these fields and is able to provide the best  quality advice and service to our customers. Lee is often busy at home with his three children but also finds time to coach football, rugby and cricket.

Lewis Schofield

Management Accounts Assistant

Lewis has been with Ant Hire since June 2016. He is currently studying for his AAT with the aim of qualifying as a chartered accountant in the future. 

Outside of work, Lewis enjoys spending his time in the gym and supporting his local rugby team, Wakefield Trinity. 

Lindsay Munday

Customer Service Manager

Lindsay has worked at Ant Hire since 2003 and in this time, her depth of product knowledge and experience has helped to build a great standard of customer service.

Outside of work Lindsay keeping fit, wining and dining, visiting exotic locations and spending time with her family. 

Malcolm Beasley

Technical Sales Support Manager

Malcolm has been in the plant hire business for over 40 years and has worked at Ant Hire since its early days. He works closely with Civil Engineers, providing technical support and creating innovative products to help them to work safely and effectively.

Mark Douglas

Workshop Technician

Mark is our very own robotic trouble-shooter, since joining in 2013, his main responsibility has been in the camera and cutter department. However, his skills don’t stop there, Mark also loves to cook authentic Indian style takeaway dishes that have won him the Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award. His enthusiasm for photography has led to another unique venture called Tukapic - a tuk-tuk photo booth!

Mick Crabtree

Workshop Technician

Mick joined Ant Hire in 2015 and works alongside Tony to support the great growth in the Vertform range. Mick is busy developing building strong relationships with customers as a knowledgeable solution provider.

When he's not sleeping or working, Mick enjoys keeping fit.

Natalie Hughes

Customer Service Executive

Natalie Hughes is another member of our Customer Service Team. Natalie’s warm and friendly attitude always goes down well with our customers. Most of her spare time is spent with her young children and husband.

Natalie Watson

Customer Service Executive

Natalie has worked in the Customer Service Team for over 7 years. Over this time, she has built strong connections with customers, ensuring they have great experiences and keep coming back.

Outside of work Natalie spends a lot of time with her family.

Nic Palmer

Workshop Technician

Nic has been with Ant Hire for 16 Years and has an in-depth understanding of the companies product range.

His main focus is to ensure equipment meets the needs and expectations of the customer.

Nic is a Glastonbury regular and enjoys all things music as well as being a loyal Leeds United Supporter

Nigel Cookson

Business Development Manager

Nigel’s role at Ant Hire is to help develop our Vertform & Stopper departments, focusing on customers in the Anglian and Severn Trent Water areas.

Paige Barker

Customer Service Executive

Paige has spent the last 5 years gaining valuable knowledge of our pressure testing services, focusing on customer interactions to ensure a hassle-free and a great experience. Paige is the person you need to answer those challenging questions.

At home, Paige enjoys walking her Cavapoo, socialising with friends, and baking some pretty amazing cakes!

Richard Whittle

Pressure Testing Workshop Engineer

Coming to Ant Hire from an engineering background, Richard has joined our Pressure Testing Team to help build and maintain the ever-growing fleet of pressure testing pumps.

Sam Morris

Junior Workshop Technician

Sam is another new member of the Pressure Testing Team. He works alongside Craig to maintain and repair the equipment.

Shuk Quan Somani

Personal Assistant

Shuk first joined Ant Hire in 2001 as part of the Customer Service Team. After a 2-year residency period in Canada working for an investment firm, she re-joined the company and now provides support as PA to the directors. Outside work she enjoys all the great things in life – exercise, good food, and shopping!

Simon Tucker

Business Development Manager

Simon tries his hand at everything here at Ant Hire. Joining in 2013 after an Australian adventure, he started out demonstrating our products and progressed to the Business Development Team in 2016.

Now Simon focuses on helping Civil Engineers by providing technical solutions needed when building infrastructure requiring manhole inverts.

In his spare time, Simon likes going clay pigeon shooting and keeping fit.

Steven Whitehurst

Pressure Test Analyst

Steve is another member of our Pressure Testing Team. Steve's responsibility is to ensure the equipment out on hire are all calibrated and compliant, as well as supporting the other analysts at peak times.

Susan Maddison

Customer Service Executive

Sue is a member of our Customer Service Team, which she describes as a busy and lively environment. When not thinking about work, Sue cycles, walks, socialises and still finds time to relax.

Tony Cannings

Vertform Demonstrator

With us since 2000, Tony is our Vertform expert who knows all there is to know about our unique manhole shuttering system. Tony's enthusiasm lies in sharing this extensive knowledge with our customers and enjoys nothing more than getting on the road to demonstrate the products.

 

Tony Kitchen

Head of Pressure Testing

Tony joined Ant Hire in 2003 and his enthusiasm lies in pressure testing! His role is all about ensure all our customers can carry out tests that are safe and complaint to all regulation. Tony can also be found supporting the water companies in understanding regulatory requirements and answering their tough questions using his 30 years of experience. 

Outside of work, Tony will be busy rooting for Leeds United FC!

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