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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 delivers 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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David Newby

Divisional Director

David Newby Divisional Director

David joined the Ivor King team in 2014 and heads up our bored and concrete piling part of the business.

He has over 30 years of experience working in the Geotechnical Engineering and Construction industry having served a variety of senior positions across numerous roles, including; technical design, engineering, operational and contracts management.

David’s formal qualifications include B.Eng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, HND in Building & Surveying (Structure Options) and BTEC ONC in Building & Surveying. He has also published various White Papers on the subject of ‘Driven Gas Well Performance’.

David originally heralds from the Surrey area and operates out of our dedicated and newly established Ivor King North West Office. This specific office location was purposely created to help strengthen the Company’s multi-disciplined piling presence in the north of the country. Since the facility opened in 2016, the business and in particular its bored piling services has enjoyed tremendous success.

Recent key projects include the design and installation of 1350 steel driven piles for Interserve’s Energy From Waste project in Dunbar, Scotland. These piles were installed using specifically imported shoes for driving through limestone boulders and proved to be a great success. David was also instrumental in securing work to install a 300m bored CFA retaining wall for Carillion’s Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.

David stems from a Civil Engineering family; his grandfather, father, brothers and now his sons are all civil engineers. He is truly dedicated to his work and likes nothing more than to be engrossed in a good design, always looking for improvements in technique. When not immersed in work, David likes to ‘dabble’ in badminton from time to time and also loves to walk. His ambition is to one day buy a yacht and go sailing on the Oslo Fjords again, as he did in his youth with his father and brothers.

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Dave Smith

Group Finance Manager

Dave Smith Group Finance Manager

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 ACCA 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 German sports car 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

Group Commercial Manager

Mark Brewer Group Commercial Manager

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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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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Claire Barr

Hire Controller

Claire Barr Hire Controller

Claire works within our specialist hire division; as Hire Controller she is responsible for ensuring that our pile and plant hire operation works efficiently and that our customer’s expectations are met.

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, performing various financial administrative and secretarial duties. 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 she wanted a career change.

With a strong knowledge of the piling industry, combined with her tenacious work ethic and hands-on approach to consultative sales, Claire has helped to almost double the size of our hire business over the last two years.

She 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 hire clients and I really enjoy helping to resolve their challenges, whether that’s by working with them to hire the best piling rig to meet their needs or to help work out how many sheet piles are needed for a particular job…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 two dogs; Totty and Larssen, the latter being named after a manufacturer of sheet piles!

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Michelle Evans

Human Resources Advisor

Michelle Evans Human Resources Advisor

Michelle Evans has more than a decade of experience in personnel administration, working in a variety of roles which allowed her to evolve a keen understanding of a successful Human Resources department. She has previously worked in the retail sector, as well as the mail courier and airline support industries, all of which enabled her to grow her personal and professional confidence through positions of increasing complexity, responsibility and challenge.

Having initially trained in retail, customer service and business administration and improvement, Michelle is calm and outgoing and feels that this helps her to communicate well at all levels within an organisation. Her attention to detail has been brought to bear effectively when handling payroll issues, attendance management and oversight of the entire employee lifecycle.

Across her career to date, Michelle’s interest in HR and the essential part it plays in an organisation’s daily operation has grown. Her experience has developed over time and she has supported her colleagues during difficult disciplinary, welfare and redundancy situations. This experience convinced Michelle that the goal of HR is to offer a friendly, supportive and knowledgeable ear for all members of the team, whenever they need her. That is how she sees her role at Ivor King.

Michelle’s HR journey has seen her expand her responsibilities; and she is currently working to further develop her skills through a CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management. Moving forward, she aspires to a strategic leadership role, thereby enabling her to raise the profile of the HR department within Ivor King. Outside work, she enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and being kept on her toes by her playful Golden Retriever, Milly.

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