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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.

Removing asbestos costs roughly the same regardless of who prices the work, when it’s done correctly. It basically comes down to how many operatives, how many days and how much waste - easy to quantify really!

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 and asbestos abatement 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, asbestos or environmental projects.

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 asbestos management and removal 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 asbestos management and removal from a compliance perspective.

    She has been instrumental in the asbestos division’s growth 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 20 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 20 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.

    Under Steve’s direction his division is the fastest growing within the group and as a hands on Director he 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 recover 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 6 grandchildren. He is a keen motorcyclist and loves nothing more than relaxing with a ride through the countryside to de-stress.

  • Andy Pinsky

    Andy Pinsky

    Contracts Manager

    ​With 26 years’ experience over 14 of those with Thomson’s, Andy main role is as client liaison and Contracts Manager for our Local Authority Frameworks.

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    Andy Pinsky

    Contracts Manager

    With 26 years’ experience over 14 of those with Thomson’s, Andy main role is as client liaison and Contracts Manager for our Local Authority Frameworks. His skill set mean he is able to successfully complete the largest variety of works in the company’s portfolio from single 1 man projects on domestic dwellings to multi-faceted fast track projects during school holidays with tight time scales.

    Recently he has been the main point of contact for a Local Authority covering over 72,000 domestic dwellings for both planned, reactive and emergency works.

    Away from work Andy lives with his partner and has 4 children, is an avid follower of Leeds Rhino’s and a member of Castleford Scooter Club.

  • James Greenwood

    James Greenwood

    Asbestos Office Manager

    ​With 10 years’ experience in the industry James has been with Thomson’s for almost 5 years now, his main role has been to integrate and implement the bespoke contract management software we use.

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    James Greenwood

    Asbestos Office Manager

    With 10 years’ experience in the industry James has been with Thomson’s for almost 5 years now, his main role has been to integrate and implement the bespoke contract management software we use.

    His role powers the asbestos engine room as he oversees and 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.

  • Samantha Moore

    Samantha Moore

    Sam started her career developing Computer Integrated Manufacturing software for Sony.

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    Samantha Moore

    Sam started her career developing Computer Integrated Manufacturing software for Sony. After working abroad for Alstom Australia she returned to the UK and gained experience working in the petrochemical industry. Since joining Thomson’s in 2005, she has implemented ISO 9001 and recently completed 3 years as site manager for a refinery asbestos survey project

    In her spare time Sam enjoys photography, eating out and travel abroad. She is also a fan of Rugby Union.

  • 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.