Phil Steele, Vice Chair of the Membership Services sub-committee

UKSTTQ: What is your background and what brought you into the trenchless industry?

I studied business management at Hull University and had always been interested in sales putting my hand to many part time projects throughout school and then university. I ultimately fell upon the trenchless industry by joining RSM Lining Supplies 6 months after finishing university as a Area Sales manager. Throughout the 9 years in the industry my passion for trenchless has grown from zero to a slight obsession!

Q: How/why did you get involved in UKSTT?

I joined the UKSTT 2 years ago. I had wanted to join early but was wary of my lack of experience so held off until then. I have grown a passion for trenchless and I wanted to assist in growing its presence in the UK water industry after being part of so many successful projects. I also have wanted to ensure quality products and workmanship are used across the trenchless platforms and I believed that joining the UKSTT would assist in striving for this.

Q: What goals do you want to achieve as a UKSTT Council Member?

Help grow the UKSTT to be a leading society in trenchless technology

Help spread the work on good practices and knowledge learnt to increase the quality of products offered to the UK water industry.

Q: What do you see as being your own greatest personal achievement in the trenchless industry?

Over the 9 years I have been in the trenchless industry I have been part of a continuously growing business in RSM Lining supplies. I am proud to say through my progression from Area Sales manager to now Sales Director I have played a key part in that growth. This has been inclusive of bringing innovative technology to the customer base, ensuring a high level of customer service throughout and educating clients and there customers on the trenchless options available.

Q: What do you currently see as the industry’s most urgent challenges?

The most urgent challenge in my specialist field of CIPP is to have an approved training certification to guarantee the quality of work that is being provided to the UK industry. I have been working on a project to offer this and this should be available to all in the first quarter of 2021!



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