Paul Henderson – Lanes Group
Q: What is your background and what brought you into the trenchless industry?
I have been part of the utility sector my whole career.
In 1998, after studying Civil Engineering at Liverpool University I joined a small family contracting firm, our focus being potable water asset maintenance (service reservoirs, contact tanks, distribution mains).
Over the next 19 years we expanded nationally supporting all of the major water companies and their Tier 1 partners.
Some of our work included commissioning of new pipeline assets and involved trenchless techniques such as swabbing, plus robotic works which allowed inspection and cleaning without the need for confined spaced entry.
After a period working freelance I joined Lanes Group in 2019, and now support their specialist Sewer Renovation team.
Our works focus on inspection, cleaning and repair of drainage and sewer pipe using trenchless methods including CIPP lining and robotic cutting.
Q: How/why did you get involved in UKSTT?
I was aware of UKSTT through our company membership at Lanes Group, and I was invited to get more involved
by some contacts in the industry, when the opportunity arose I applied for a place on the Council.
The reason for getting involved was to strengthen my knowledge of trenchless technology, to expand my professional network and to support others in the sector.
Q: What goals do you want to achieve as a UKSTT Council Member?
My main goal as part of the UKSTT Council is to widen their reach using my connections from other trade bodies, and other areas of the utility sector, as this will be for the benefit of all parties.
Q: What do you see as being your own greatest personal achievement in the trenchless industry?
During the early 2000s I worked with a number of colleagues to develop the use of robotic technology in the potable water sector, this allowed projects that were previously impossible to be completed.
Q: What do you currently see as the industry’s most urgent challenges?
I think getting to carbon neutral is going to be a massive challenge for the sector, some companies are already working hard towards this but many others have a lot of work to do.
Q: Where would you like to see UKSTT in 5 years?
I would hope the UKSTT can continue to expand its reach across the various sectors in the UK supporting businesses as they seek continual improvement in QHSE.