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Meet The Team

At the core of Ivor King is our people – a skilled team comprising some of the industry’s most talented engineers, designers and operational staff. Our strength lies in the breadth and depth our knowledge and expertise built over many years of experience – all of this is underpinned by our strong traditional family values and quality ethos that enables us to deliver an exceptional service and customer experience.

Meet the principal management team that look forward to working with you and supporting your business.

Simon King

Managing Director

Simon King Managing Director

Simon King is the Managing Director of Ivor King (C.E.C.) Ltd.

Established in 1974 by his father, Ivor; the Company is one of the fastest growing in its sector. Over the last five years under Simon’s stewardship, the business has more than tripled in size.

Simon is the consummate piling expert, having devoted his whole working life to the business he loves. Over the course of the last 25 years, Simon has worked through every key function of the organisation. This has undoubtedly helped him to develop an expansive knowledge of the piling industry.

His core area of expertise is knowledge of plant utilisation and deploying the best solution to meet his customers’ needs.  Simon is passionate about investing in the latest piling technology, which has helped to build an enviable industry reputation. He’s also proud Ivor King can offer a unique range of wholly owned and operated plant.

Simon is a great advocate of employee development and training, to maintain high levels staff engagement and productivity; something he believes has a direct correlation to achieving improved efficiency and increased profitability. He is first and foremost a ‘people’s person’ and his hands-on management style reflects this, earning him genuine respect amongst his team and peers.

Simon is a proud family man and loves spending time with his three children and playing the drums. His biggest passion is rock group U2, attending their live gigs at every opportunity.

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Andy King

Contracts Director

Andy King Contracts Director

Andy is our Contracts Director and heads up the operational team, delivering multi-disciplined piling solutions across the UK.

Younger brother of Simon King, Andy has spent all of his professional life working for the family business and he’s been instrumental in growing the Company to one of the leading piling specialists in the UK today.

Andy spent his formative years on construction sites learning his craft, which led to a move into operational management. Coupling his natural commercial flare and technical knowledge, he is best placed to lead the team that systematically and efficiently manages the contract creation and execution process and maximises the operational performance of the business.

His knowledge of the sheet piling industry is second to none, in particular his expertise and ability to make the best use of different piling rigs is renowned and has earned him significant respect amongst his industry peers. Even today, his reputation for being one of the best piling foremen in the business still stands.

He has a pragmatic ‘can-do’ approach to complete the most challenging of piling construction projects, on time and on budget whilst maintaining high service quality and excellent levels of customer satisfaction.

Andy is passionate about striving towards constant improvement and developing new operational procedures in order to increase efficiency and output. A team player who loves nothing more than celebrating success and encouraging an environment of high performance.

If you need a solution to your piling project – he’s your man.

Outside work, he’s an avid rugby enthusiast, taking part in outdoor pursuits and spending quality time with his family…and is partial to a spicy curry!

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Dave Smith

Finance Director

Dave Smith Finance Director

Dave grew up in Chesterfield, Derbyshire – home of the Crooked Spire. He completed a BA (Hons) in Business Studies at The University of Sheffield and is an FCCA Certified Accountant.

Always working since the age of 16 (mainly in order to fund his own transport), Dave began his fledgling career shelf stacking at a local supermarket, whilst doing his A Levels; swiftly moving on to a shoe shop, with a view to funding further automobile purchases!

Since University – Dave’s background is varied, with experience of general and finance management within the Merchanting, Construction, High Technology, Naval, and Manufacturing sectors, primarily within large global companies.

Focused on maximising returns for owners and shareholders, Dave is experienced at setting up and redesigning finance departments with the goal of achieving increased productivity, whilst developing positive long standing relationships with employees and management alike.

Dave is married with two children and his love of anything with an engine has never diminished. Aside from owning a loud Australian mid-life crisis mobile for country lane blasts, Dave has recently sympathetically restored a 1950’s Shay Rotogardener Garden Rotovator and spends much of his spare time seeking out and tinkering around with such items, much to the disappointment of his wife who would rather he completed his list of DIY tasks around the home!

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Mark Brewer

Commercial Director

Mark Brewer Commercial Director

Educated to Chartered Institute of Building with over 25 years’ experience gained in the specialist sub-contracting sector of the construction industry, fulfilling roles in Commercial, Contractual and Quantity Surveying related positions.

Mark’s career however started out in completing a City & Guilds Apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery, continuing his education at Wolverhampton University for a further 6 years, achieving Chartered status. Having held positions from tradesman through to Director, Mark has an understanding of every level of the Construction process and is equally comfortable with ‘on-site’ activities, to meetings with the professional team and client representatives. Mark has a vast experience of multi-million pound projects and is similarly at ease with quick-turnaround smaller value orders.

Mark now heads up the Commercial & Estimating team at Ivor King, with responsibility to manage and control the Company’s commercial, estimating and design activities, whilst offering strategic guidance and direction to the Board, to help ensure the Company achieves its revenues and profitability objectives.

A keen keep-fit enthusiast; Mark enjoys all forms of sporting activities, has completed the London Marathon and got to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (the hard route!)

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Rob Howarth

Pre-Construction Manager

Rob Howarth Pre-Construction Manager

Rob Howarth joined the Ivor King team in 2018, following several years at VolkerGround Engineering as Construction Manager where he was instrumental in setting up their concrete division.

After studying Construction and the Built Environment, Rob completed a BEng (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Bolton.

Rob’s previous professional experience includes involvement in various key infrastructure schemes, ranging from public transport enhancement works and motorway widening projects, to flood and sea defence programmes.

As our Pre-Construction Manager, Rob is focused on the phases between initial enquiry and handover to the delivery team, working closely with the estimating and commercial teams. Rob uses his wealth of operational experience to provide input at the tender stage of projects, ensuring the correct piling methodology is chosen and to identify any associated risks.

Ivor King has a proud family-run heritage coupled with a strong can-do attitude and it’s this aspect that attracted Rob to join the team; ‘We approach challenges with confidence and determination, backed up with a wide range of equipment and in-house facilities. Running our own transport fleet, workshop and training facilities gives us an edge, which means we’ve got the whole package to help us deliver some fantastic projects.’

Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, is a frequent runner and a keen supporter of Manchester United. He also likes a bit of Cricket and appreciates a good curry!

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Alex Westgate

Estimating Manager

Alex Westgate Estimating Manager

Alex has been part of the Ivor King team since 2015, joining us initially as Junior Estimator and steadily progressing to the key role of Estimating Manager.

Graduating at the University of Birmingham, Alex holds a BSc Honours in Geology and a Masters Degree (with Honours) in Applied and Petroleum Micropalaeontology.

Following his studies, Alex spent time as an Exploration Geologist in Queensland, Australia – working in green field exploration and active coal mines. On return to the UK, he worked for Southern Testing, specialising in Ground investigations for basement developments in central London.

Now heading up our busy Estimating team, Alex oversees the tender process to ensure the business is maximising its potential and producing specific tender proposals based on the needs of our customers. Alex is responsible for ensuring we are successful in winning work which targets a broad range of multi-disciplined capabilities and plays to our strengths in particular fields of expertise, such as Giken Silent Piling and Giken Supercrush (hard ground) offerings.

Alex enjoys the dynamic of meeting clients, developing great working relationships and is driven by providing innovative solutions to meet the needs of our customers; ‘Each site has its own restrictions and ground conditions, so we tailor each solution based on all the information available and our wealth of experience. We pride ourselves on offering a broad range of solutions, which means we can always offer the right one.’

Interests outside of work include a passion for playing squash and road cycling, not to mention a spot of DIY and various home improvement projects.

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Claire Barr

Transport Manager

Claire Barr Transport Manager

Claire’s role at Ivor King encompasses two important areas of the business. Working within our dedicated Transport department; as Transport Manager she is responsible for not only supporting the transportation requirements of our own successful operation, but also a growing number of external accounts that use Ivor King for the movement of heavy or abnormal loads.

In addition to Transport, Claire also oversees our specialist Hire division. Using her strong knowledge of the piling industry, combined with a tenacious work ethic, Claire has helped to more than double the size of our hire business over the last four years.

Claire joined the Ivor King team in March 2014. Before joining the business, Claire spent a significant part of her professional career working for a local Chartered Accountants firm. In fact, Simon King, our Managing Director was so impressed by her diligence and capability demonstrated whilst working on the Ivor King account, he didn’t hesitate to employ her when an opportunity became available.

Claire has a passion for delivering quality customer service with the ability to develop established customer relationships along with new and existing clients. Her philosophy is simple; ‘If you objectively deliver the needs of the customer whilst treating them with dignity and respect – you won’t go far wrong. It’s important to provide a great customer experience to our clients and I really enjoy helping to resolve their challenges…it’s all in a day’s work.’

Outside the office, Claire enjoys spending quality time with her family, taking holidays abroad and going on country walks with her four dogs (one of which is named Larssen, after a manufacturer of sheet piles!)

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David Stevens

HSQE Manager

David Stevens HSQE Manager

David has made a lifelong career spanning more than 30 years as a serving HSE Manager, along with experience of Quality Management. He believes his passion for HSE Management has made this possible and is what still drives him today.

David began his working life as an apprentice for global engineering company, GKN; specialising in the Mechanical Engineering Automotive sector, covering a wide range of engineering activities. Soon after qualifying he became their Health & Safety Officer, later being promoted to HSE Manager.

David then joined GEC Alsthom as HSE Manager in the Power Transmission, Distribution, Protection and Control industry, before finally becoming their HSEQ Manager.

Over the following years David has held the following positions:

  • Sertec (Automotive supplier industry) as HSE Manager
  • Grainger and Worrall Automotive (supplier of engine castings) as HSE Manager
  • Serco Rail Industry as HSEQ Manager
  • Ultra Electronics (specialist government projects for various governments worldwide) as HSEQ Manager
  • Merseyrail as HSEQ Manager at their Engineering depots
  • Moog Aircraft Group as HSE Manager

As part of his various HSQE positions, David has travelled into Europe, Canada and America to support various projects and initiatives. His wide industrial sector experience has exposed him to a vast range of HSE management scenarios that would be impossible to equal within just one sector.

David now brings his knowledge and experience to the Ivor King team, joining us in early 2017 to assist with building the highest standards of environment, safety and health in the various risk based environments encountered in the piling world. This includes meeting the stringent directives of Network Rail’s Managed Infrastructure, the Utility Sector, Housing, Highways and Power to name but a few.

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