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“We've mentioned several times throughout our site that here at Thomson's one of our proudest achievements is our amazing safety record and that fact that during our 40 year plus history we have never had any form of enforcement action from the HSE or EHO’s.

Many of our competitors try to mimic our professionalism, service and quality and fail miserably. It is a well-known fact that if you employ a Contractor who has a poor safety record and are on the HSE’s priority for visit list, then it’s more likely, and should be no surprise, the HSE may target your site to ensure works are being carried out as they should be.

If what you’ve been shown by a company seems too good to be true, it usually is. Have you recently checked to see if the contractors you are using have been prosecuted or have any notices against the? Many clients don’t undertake regular basic checks, a straightforward process that looks at readily available information on the HSE website. CLICK HERE to visit the page directly. It may just save you the expense of a prosecution or at least the embarrassment of HSE scrutiny for poor practice!”

About us

Established for over 40 years by current Chairman Mr Richard Thomson, our team has an expertise and knowledge that is unparalleled in the UK.

We have provided some of the country’s most innovative and ground breaking engineering solutions and we are the first point of contact for most major household names. With a history as impressive as ours, you will be hard pushed to find a company with the breadth of experience or a management team as talented as ours.

 

Trying to encompass 40 years of ground breaking technology, flawless service and a spotless safety record in a few paragraphs is impossible. The following pages give you a flavour of what we are about and will show you why we should be your first point of contact for any engineering or environmental projects.

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Meet the Team:

  • Mr Richard Thomson

    Mr Richard Thomson

    Chairman

    From first starting the company in 1973 Richard has been the inspiration and driving force behind the brand that is Thomson’s.

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    Mr Richard Thomson

    Chairman

    From first starting the company in 1973 Richard has been the inspiration and driving force behind the brand that is Thomson’s. His talent and flair have steered the group to what it is today and he still has full day to day control of the Group and its activities.

    Over the last 4 decades Richard has designed and created some of the most technically challenging engineering solutions within the UK. To this end he still works “hands on” with several clients, one of whom he has worked with for 40 years, which in these days of competition and cost driven focus is a major achievement.

    Richard frequently uses the term “grow your own wood” he has cultivated and sculpted a board of directors and management team that are revered within our selected industries. His professionalism and beliefs are mirrored by everyone within the Group, which makes us the first choice for most quality organisations.

    Being a true entrepreneur away from the main group of companies, Richard has a passion for property development and is a motoring enthusiast in the extreme.

  • Mr Trevor Giles

    Mr Trevor Giles

    Financial Director

    The financial stalwart behind the group Trevor controls all financial aspects of the company and heads a small dedicated team ensuring our continued success.

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    Mr Trevor Giles

    Financial Director

    The financial stalwart behind the group Trevor controls all financial aspects of the company and heads a small dedicated team ensuring our continued success. His eye for detail and financial acumen ensures we have the capability and resources to undertake any project.

    With a financial career spanning 40 years he was once head hunted by one of the country’s leading football teams, but made the wise decision to keep Thomson’s as the Premier engineering and resources group with the best financial rating in the industry.

    Trevor has a huge thirst for knowledge and is seen as the point of contact for any subject you may care to mention. Away from work he follows his passion for football as an avid Leeds United fan.

  • Mr John Scott

    Mr John Scott

    Engineering Director

    John leads a team of engineers who skills are what made this country great, quality is the cornerstone of everything the engineering team turn their hand to and every detail, regardless of how small, is scrutinised by him.

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    Mr John Scott

    Engineering Director

    Specialising in running some of the country’s largest and most technically challenging engineering projects. John leads a team of engineers who skills are what made this country great, quality is the cornerstone of everything the engineering team turn their hand to and every detail, regardless of how small, is scrutinised by him.

    Many of John’s projects are detailed within case studies and give a flavour of this technical expertise and flair. John’s ability to live a project from day one to completion has led to him building a team that are the first point of call for any high pressure project.

    Away from business John is married and has a son James, who is also a fast rising star within the group.

  • Elizabeth Thomson - Kaiser

    Elizabeth Thomson - Kaiser

    Director of Compliance

    Liz has been the driving force with a very hands on role, designing and implementing systems to ensure we remain at the forefront of contract management from a compliance perspective.

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    Elizabeth Thomson - Kaiser

    Director of Compliance

    Starting her working life as a Project Surveyor and moving rapidly to Principal Cost Consultant Liz cut her teeth on small projects up to £1m and over a 3 year period moved on to the juicer projects up to £180m in value.

    Her no nonsense approach to business and lateral way of working played a major part in Thomson’s landing what was and could possibly still be the largest asbestos survey in the UK. Liz has been the driving force with a very hands on role, designing and implementing systems to ensure we remain at the forefront of contract management from a compliance perspective.

    She has been instrumental in the growth of the company over the last few years with some pretty impressive contracts under her belt including four Local Authority Frameworks.

    Liz balances her working life with her other main role as a mum to two wonderful girls and when not acting as chauffeur between numerous after school activities, has undertaken a diploma at Edinburgh Cookery School and various wine tasting courses. 

  • Steve Pickard

    Steve Pickard

    Environmental Director

    ​With over 30 years’ experience as one of the leading professionals in the asbestos and industrial cleaning industry Steve has been heavily involved with some of the largest projects in the UK.

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    Steve Pickard

    Environmental Director

    With over 30 years’ experience as one of the leading professionals in the asbestos and industrial cleaning industry Steve has been heavily involved with some of the largest projects in the UK. Initially involved within the power generation sector Steve gained a reputation as one of the most respected Contract Managers within the industry.

    Steve is a hands on Director and provides practical day to day support to his management and operations team.

    Specialising in fast track large scale projects Steve has delivered some of the company’s most challenging contracts from disaster recovery to power station decommissioning and hotel redevelopment.

    As well as juggling a busy professional life away from work Steve is married with 3 grown up sons and 7 grandchildren. He is a keen motorcyclist and loves nothing more than relaxing with a ride through the countryside to de-stress.

  • James Greenwood

    James Greenwood

    Office Manager

    With over 10 years’ experience in the industry, James has been with Thomson’s for over 9 years now. His main role has been to integrate and implement the bespoke contract management software we use.

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    James Greenwood

    Office Manager

    With over 10 years’ experience in the industry, James has been with Thomson’s for over 9 years now. His main role has been to integrate and implement the bespoke contract management software we use.

    His role oversees the support office and he ensures all accreditations are maintained, all pre-qualification and tender documentation are submitted on time and to our exact standards.

    James has the unenviable task of ensuring we remain fully compliant for our ISO Accreditations and keeps the management team up to date with all relevant information.

    Away from work James lives with his partner and has various interests, most of which are music related. His passion for music means he always has gigs planned in and plans his holidays around the festival season.

  • Tom Davis

    Tom Davis

    Engineer

    ​One of the most accomplished engineering professionals within the country, Tom has been at the forefront of Mechanical Engineering for several decades with numerous industry changing projects under his belt in the USA, Europe and Great Britain.

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    Tom Davis

    Engineer

    One of the most accomplished engineering professionals within the country, Tom has been at the forefront of Mechanical Engineering for several decades with numerous industry changing projects under his belt in the USA, Europe and Great Britain

    As Design Engineer for Kelloggs he was a leading figure in the Hydro Carbon market and was Construction Manager on one of the UK’s largest formaldehyde plants in the North East, Tom has been a key figure for over 30 years at Thomson’s and has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of the mechanical engineering division throughout the petrochemical and manufacturing industries.

    Tom is married and has 2 sons whose careers as a Pilot and Police Sergeant he follows closely and when not playing golf badly or having the misfortune to watch Sunderland FC, enjoys spending time with his Granddaughter Imogen.

What our customers say …

  • ...this week we had a major spillage if excess of 50ft of coal on the upper levels of the conveyor system, which under normal conditions would have taken over a week to clear. However, after speaking to Pat and Gordon and asking for assistance, the Thomson team were on top of the situation with the area cleared and operational in a couple of days.I have been greatly impresses with their work ethic and if possible could you please pass on my thanks to Pat and his team for all the hard work and in some instances the thankless tasks undertaken with no complaints but total dedication. The station, in my view, would be worse off without the Thomson team.…
    Coal Plant Didcot A
  • Project: Airedale Project Sirocco – Asbestos Removal – Existing Offices Following a fire in September 2013, our client Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd following an agreement with the loss adjusters, decided to demolish and rebuild a new production facility on the existing site.The existing office building forming part of the facility contained asbestos and it was necessary to remove this prior to demolition works commencing.Thomson Ltd were appointed following a competitive tender process and throughout the tender and subsequent negotiations addressed all issues in a very positive and professional manner to the satisfaction of our client.The Thomson team for the project, managed by Steve Pickard, Thomson’s Environmental Director, could not be faulted for their knowledge, experience, application and attention to detail in respect of health and safety.Their willingness to work with the client and project team at all times during the project was exemplary and they are to be congratulated for completing the project on time and within the original contract sum without any issues outstanding at completion.I would therefore have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Thomson Ltd to any client for any future projects involving environmental or asbestos works.…
    On behalf of Darnton EGS Ltd
  • Thomson Ltd completed a major outage on the 16th of August. The outage ran for 24 days and during this time Thomson Ltd worked 24 hours a day to achieve delivery of the project on time. The work was completed a day ahead of schedule and the plant has run at maximum output since that date.Thomson Ltd completed all the set work, and more, on time and in full. They were audited by our Health and Safety team repeatedly during the outage period (as were all contractors on site) and not at any point was a problem found. Their compliance with our site safety rules, permit procedures , the PPE standards required, the confined space procedures in place and the quality of the work delivered was excellent at all times during the project.…
    FCC Environment
  • Can you please pass on my thanks to your team who performed to the highest standard during our shutdown over the past few days, they work long hours to get the work done and just got on with any tasks we set out, without any issues. Thanks and well done to all.…
    Veolia Environmental Services, Sheffield
  • You will be aware that today is the last day of the last of our five boilers consecutive major overhauls, which began on 6th January 2014. I am delighted to say that each boilers overhaul ran consistently smoothly and all being completed on or before the programmed date. It is a credit to all the contractors, but particularly Thomson Limited, the major contractor, that through the endeavours of the supervisors and management this was achieved. Thomson Limited personnel worked in the region of 45,000 hours throughout this period without having sustained any injury through accidents while at work. All the Thomson team; Boiler Tube work, Platework, Cleaning, Scaffolding and Insulation performed admirably. The Tube Work team carried out in the region of 2,000 tube butt welds which were subjected to a 5% Radiographic inspection that resulted in barely a handful of weld repairs having been found necessary, a very commendable result. Please pass on my thanks for a job well done to all of your people.…