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Getting to know Phil Durrant, Operations Manager

Meet the people behind our success as we unveil the stories, passions, and expertise of our dedicated team. Discover how their experience enables us to become a trusted environmental services partner for clients across the UK. This time, let's get to know Phil Durrant, Operations Manager.

How did you become an Operations Manager at Adler & Allan?

When I first started as a Supervisor, it was out on the tools, doing responses, remediation works, producing RAMS out on site, and handling all types of spills.

I then left Adler & Allan for about a year before coming back as an Operations Supervisor, which pretty much does everything that a Supervisor does, but I would go out on site visits more and help with costing and pricing for the works. I also visited other sites that the crews were working on, making sure they were handling things correctly and efficiently. And when the Depot Manager was promoted to Area Manager, I was then promoted to Operations Manager.

What did you do before Adler & Allan?

I spent 10 years at a similar company, where I started as an operative and we were handling roadside gullies, with a contract for the county council.

I took my HGV Class 2 and went out on the tankers for a while. I then did my ADR, my hazardous goods ticket, and passed my Class 1, so I got to drive the 'big boys'.

I then went into the office and worked on the scheduling and planning, and went back out on the tools again, I was then approached by Adler & Allan; there were actually four of us that came to Adler & Allan and started up the Tunbridge Wells depot.

What changes have you seen since being at Adler & Allan?

When I first came here, it was very much a family based company to work for. As the years have gone on, we have become very commercialised, which is not a bad thing at all.

It has opened up a lot of avenues for everyone. The progression that the company is built on now is very good and open for everyone. If it suits them to go in a direction, there are plenty of directions for them to go down.

What are your biggest achievements to date?

I thrive on making the depot the best that it can be and helping everyone out as much as possible - any positive thing that comes out, that’s for me.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

Family - I have two children. My friends. I enjoy motorsports and car racing. I volunteer for a promotion that does stock car racing, where we travel around the country. I have two cockapoos too.

What’s next for Phil in 2024?

We have two major projects now: one in Andover, Hampshire, and another in Abbey Mills, Stratford.

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