Peter graduated from Trent Polytechnic with an Honours degree in construction, beginning work as a site engineer and progressively handling more demanding construction and civils projects including schemes for Morrison's Supermarkets, ICI, and British Steel. He joined Hutchinson in 1996 as an engineer and from there has been instrumental in growing the business into one of the most stable and well-respected specialist off-mains wastewater treatment and pumping design and installation companies within the construction industry. In 2011 Peter went into partnership with Doddie Weir, buying the business from the original founder and owner, George Hutchinson, together writing a new chapter in the firm's now 44 year existence. Even after 20 years in Hexham, he's still referred to as being "just up from Yorkshire."
As many will know, Doddie for some time balanced his work at Hutchinson with developing his My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, to raise funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease and to support others affected by the condition. Just as when he played rugby, he has made a huge impact. Doddie left Hutchinson at the end of 2018 to concentrate fully on his Foundation. We wish him well.
You can support Doddie’s fundraising activities, too, and keep up-to-date with his news at https://www.myname5doddie.co.uk/
Lee has a noteworthy background with Land Rover in both a sales environment and as an off-road instructor, both skills being put to good use now with some of his more remote customers in northern and western Scotland. Through his various roles with Land Rover he learned the importance of identifying the correct product for each individual customer, and now extends that to encompass the needs of the site too. In his role as an off-road instructor, a keen eye on any potential for adverse impact on the environment was a vital skill and one that has proven even more important in his current role, since groundwater - and even surface water - pollution often remains unseen. Since joining Hutchinson, Lee has invested much time and effort in developing a very sound knowledge of domestic wastewater treatment systems and SEPA's environmental permitting regime to reflect the needs of his predominantly Scottish customers.
Paul put his degree in European Languages to good use when he was responsible for all Kingspan Klargester's and Entec/Titan Pollution Control's international sales for several years, so not only does he have an in-depth knowledge of all of their sewage treatment products he knows a lot about off-mains wastewater treatment in continental Europe and the USA. Combining this with his practical, building site experience, Paul went on to refine Kingspan Klargester's Accredited Installer Network, during which time he took it upon himself to compare all the UK treatment plant manufacturers' products and treatment processes, knowledge he now puts to good use in recommending the best sewage treatment solution to suit the site's and the site owner's needs. Paul is from and currently lives in the southern Lake District but he's in Yorkshire, Lancashire and north Cumbria as often as his home office. His colleagues think his interest in solving problems with malfunctioning commercial sewage treatment systems borders on the obsessive but agree that it brings results. Paul is a former Vice Convenor of British Water's Package Sewage Treatment Plant Focus Group.