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John Hill

On leaving school in 1975, I joined Rose Forgrove and qualified as a mechanical engineer, building high-speed packaging equipment and the Sea Wolf Sea to Air Missile Launchers. This gave me a solid background for my first taste of surface preparation equipment, when in 1981 I joined Tighe Autoblast - a manufacturer and contractor of totally-enclosed shotblasting equipment.

In 1986, I joined SPE International Ltd, a manufacturer of surface preparation equipment. This grew to be one of the leading brand names and one of the largest single source manufacturers and suppliers of various types of equipment worldwide, along with a Contracting Division in the UK.

I started at SPE in a position of Marketing Manager, progressing to Sales Director and eventually Group Managing Director. SPE was acquired in 2013 by Bartell Global, a Canadian manufacturer and supplier of equipment to the construction industry. I remained as Group Managing Director until being appointed Group Vice President of Bartell Global, responsible for Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Oceania.

SPE have been a member of Ferfa (UK Resin Association) since 1999 and I have been a council member since 2006.