Leon Woods – UK Technical Sales Manager, Amiblu Norway A S
Q: What is your background and what brought you into the trenchless industry?
I started my career in the civils industry in 1996 working for Instarmac and since then have worked in different areas of business development and marketing in construction and civils, with companies like Groundforce, Polypipe Civils and Naylor pipe manufacturers and specialist aggregates producer Leca®.
I joined Amiblu in 2018 and found that the business manufactured ranges of pipes specifically for Trenchless installations be they jacking pipes or rehabilitation pipes in circular or non-circular options.
Q: How/why did you get involved in UKSTT?
I live in the same town so it’s easy for me to be available for meetings and also, with being new to the trenchless industry it was a very good vehicle for me to network quickly and get to know who’s who in the industry.
Q: What goals do you want to achieve as a UKSTT Council Member?
The council is a team, and in the main made up of volunteers, so it’s not about personal goals but being part of the collective whose purpose is to continue to build a strong and respected society and keep it moving with the times.
Q: What do you see as being your own greatest personal achievement in the trenchless industry?
I think I’m away off great achievements in the trenchless industry just yet but working on some very interesting projects has improved my knowledge which helps me build customer confidence and win new clients, so watch this space.
Q: What do you currently see as the industry’s most urgent challenges?
Knowledge; there definitely seems to be a gap in education in respect of Trenchless Technology, so I would like to see the methods and products available being added to the college and university curriculums.
Q: Where would you like to see UKSTT in 5 years?
I’d like to see a larger membership, with a lot of interaction and engagement between members, sharing their successes and advice for improvements. It would also be great to be a recognised educator and advisor to clients, contractors and consulting engineers working with Trenchless Technology.