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Peter Stedman, Operations Director

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."

Doddie Weir, Commercial Director

Doddie joined Hutchinson in the early 2000s when his remit was to develop the company's interests in his native southern Scotland from its nearby Northumbrian base. Doddie now occupies the role of Commercial Director, having retired from professional rugby playing both in and for Scotland, the British Lions and most recently with Newcastle Falcons. His experience throughout his distinguished rugby career highlighted the benefits of a strong team ethic which he has worked hard to develop at Hutchinson. Doddie has built very good working relationships with SEPA, Building Control, architects and ground workers throughout Scotland where his enthusiastic, practical approach is much valued. He firmly believes that manners cost nothing and that you should treat others as you would like to be treated. Doddie can be contacted most easily at Hutchinsons Scottish office near Galashiels(near Bill McClaren's cradle of Scottish rugby - Melrose, Kelso, Hawick and Jedburgh) for any sewage-related question, or even just for tips for the 6 Nations!

Lee Alexander, Regional Manager Scotland

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 environmnetal permitting regime to reflect the needs of his predominantly Scottish customers.

Paul Usher, Technical Manager

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 buthe'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 vice-chairman of British Water's Package Sewage Treatment Plant Focus Group.

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