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Simon Gunn
Founder & Chairman

WITH UTG SINCE : 2000

LOCATION : ST HELENS

As founder of the Universal Tanker Group, Simon sets the long term vision of the company and manages strategic planning. Simon describes UTG as a forward moving company; growing through both acquisition and internal growth, but at the same time maintaining the friendly atmosphere of a family company. Simon sees a bright future for Universal as a new generation of Management are in the company now; and where they see the business going will be for them to determine.

SPORTS TEAM : ENGLAND RUGBY

FOOD : FISH

DRINK : GUINNESS

FILM : THE GREAT ESCAPE

TV : LINE OF DUTY

BOOK : THE HISTORY OF THE S.A.S

MUSIC : THE ROLLING STONES

HOLIDAY : CARIBBEAN 

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Toby Gunn
Managing Director

WITH UTG SINCE : 2000

LOCATION : ST HELENS

As Managing Director of the Universal Tanker Group, Toby gets involved in all aspects of the business; from daily contact with the Transport, Operations, Finance & Purchasing teams to meeting with existing & potential customers. 

 

SPORTS TEAM: ENGLAND RUGBY

FOOD : SUSHI

DRINK : WHISKEY SOUR

FILM : POINT BREAK

TV : BANSHEE

BOOK : 

MUSIC : OLD SCHOOL RAP

HOLIDAY : SANTORINI

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Neal Waters
Northern Regional Director

WITH UTG SINCE : 1995

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Neal started his career in Transport with BRS, Tank Freight & Exel Logistics before starting a portable toilet business in 1995 - Petch Waters. After a successful 22 years in business, Universal acquired Waters Waste Services, whilst Neal stayed on to continue to oversee the operation. 

 

SPORTS TEAM : MIDDLESBROUGH 

FOOD : ALL KINDS

DRINK : REAL ALE

FILM : THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

TV : DADS ARMY

BOOK : A GOOD AUTOBIOGRAPHY FROM A SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUAL

MUSIC : JOHN DENVER

HOLIDAY : CANADIAN ROCKIES (STILL YET TO VISIT) 

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Bob Clark
Finance Director

WITH UTG SINCE : 2018

LOCATION : ST HELENS

Finance plays such an integral part of the business, Bob’s role as Finance Director involves liaising with various different departments throughout the Group. Bob doesn’t just use his wealth of financial expertise to number crunch, but he also work closely with the Senior Management Team in agreeing the strategic and operational direction for the Group.

SPORTS TEAM : MANCHESTER UNITED

FOOD : STEAK & CHIPS

DRINK : MOBBERLEY BREWERY - MANS GOT HOP

FILM : ROCKY 4

TV : GAME OF THRONES

BOOK : RICHARD BRANSON - AUTOBIOGRAPHIES 

MUSIC : HIP HOP

HOLIDAY : SKIING

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Jon Main
Business Development Director

WITH UTG SINCE : 2017

LOCATION : ST HELENS

Jon has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years covering the events and the construction sector. He has been involved in providing sanitation and waste solutions for major sporting events such as The Grand National, The Tour De France, The Open, The Ryder Cup, The Round The World Yacht Race, various Music Festivals. Jon came to Universal in 2018 as Business Development Director, his current role sees me trying to grow both the tankering side of the company as well as set up Universal Event Loo’s.

SPORTS TEAM : LIVERPOOL

FOOD : ITALIAN

DRINK : I.P.A 

FILM : PULP FICTION

TV : THE WIRE

BOOK : THE DICE MAN BY LUKE RHINEHART

MUSIC : OASIS

HOLIDAY : CARIBBEAN 

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Craig Pennington
Transport Manager - North

WITH UTG SINCE : 2016

LOCATION : ST HELENS

Craig started his career as in transport driving buses around the streets of Liverpool, before joining the Navy based out of Plymouth & Portsmouth. After moving back to the North West, Craig worked for logistics giants, Norbert Dentressangle before joining Universal in 2016. 

SPORTS TEAM : WIGAN WARRIORS

FOOD : CHICKEN WINGS

DRINK : MORETTI 

FILM : THE DEPARTED

TV : VERA

BOOK : COMING CLEAN

MUSIC : BEN HOWARD

HOLIDAY : DEVON

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Rob Murray
Transport Manager - South

WITH UTG SINCE : 2006

LOCATION : ST HELENS

Rob started with Universal as a Pump Truck Driver in 2006 then quickly became a Tanker Driver the following year. 7 years later - Rob moved into the office as a Transport Planner. Rob was a key member of the Universal Team which set up our 3 most Southernly depots in Beaconsfield, Dartford & more recently, Swindon. Now, Rob is a fully qualified Transport Manager and looks after the Southern region of the Universal operation. 

SPORTS TEAM : SY HELENS RLFC

FOOD : BBQ RACK OF RIBS

DRINK : REAL ALE

FILM : GOODFELLAS

TV : THE LAST LEG

BOOK : VIZ ANNUAL

MUSIC : ROCK 

HOLIDAY : LAKE DISTRICT 

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Tom Waters
Transport & Business Manager

WITH UTG SINCE : 2010

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Transport goes back generations in the Waters family, both Tom’s Father & Grandfather worked their in the Haulage & Transport industry their whole lives. Transport Management was an obvious route, he gained in his Transport Managers CPC in 2011. Tom was a key member of moving the operations to a fully computerised & paperless system in 2012. Now operating in a customer focused & key accounts role within the group. 

SPORTS TEAM : MIDDLESBROUGH 

FOOD : STEAK

DRINK : BIG WAVE GOLDEN ALE - KONA BREWING

FILM : DJANGO UNCHAINED 

TV : PEAKY BLINDERS

BOOK : AMERICAN SNIPER BY CHRIS KYLE

MUSIC : ARCTIC MONKEYS 

HOLIDAY : BORA BORA

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Matthew Tanfield
Operations Manager

WITH UTG SINCE : 2012

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Overseeing all things operational, Matthew joined the company at 18 as a Transport Assistant and has quickly processed through the ranks to Operations Manager. Increasing efficiency is at the heart of his role, whilst liaising with drivers is also key. Matthew is in an elite club of under 30s who have a National & International Transport Managers CPC

SPORTS TEAM : NEWCASTLE UNITED

FOOD : STEAK 

DRINK :  G&T

FILM : CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

TV : PEAKY BLINDERS

BOOK : DON’T READ WAIT TILL THE FILM COMES OUT

MUSIC : OASIS

HOLIDAY : CITY BREAK

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Phil Gilmartin
Health & Safety Manager

WITH UTG SINCE : 2009

LOCATION : BROMSGROVE

From a humble beginning cleaning portable toilets, Phil quickly moved his way up within the organisation and became a Transport Planner within the St Helens office. Phil then jumped at the opportunity to become a Tanker Driver, which he successfully did for 6 years before completing his Transport Managers CPC, and shortly after his Health & Safety Certificate. 

SPORTS TEAM : EVERTON

FOOD : GARLIC BREAD

DRINK : DARK RUM

FILM : MONTY PYTHON THE HOLY GRAIL

TV : BROOKLYN NINE-NINE & SCRUBS

BOOK : GAME OF THRONES 

MUSIC : THE KILLERS

HOLIDAY : THE ALPS

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Hannah Hebdon
Finance Manager

WITH UTG SINCE : 2014

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Managing accounts on a day to day basis, Hannah is crucial to keeping our finances in check, organised and running smoothly. She also works closely with the purchasing, operations and sales team to ensure customers and suppliers experience a first class service.

SPORTS TEAM : DON'T FOLLOW ONE

FOOD : LASAGNE

DRINK : GIN & SLIMLINE TONIC

FILM : LOVE ACTUALLY

TV : FRIENDS

BOOK : HARRY POTTER

MUSIC : ANYTHING YOU CAN DANCE TO

HOLIDAY : GREEK ISLANDS

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Nicola Walton
Senior Accounts Administrator

WITH UTG SINCE : 2008

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Living only a stones throw from Universal HQ - Nicola joined the company in 2007 on a 3 month trial, 12 years on she is now a pivotal member of the office team. 

SPORTS TEAM : EUROPEAN RYDER CUP TEAM

FOOD : GREEK FOOD

DRINK : COFFEE 

FILM : TERMINATOR 2 

TV : STRICTLY COME DANCING

BOOK : PORTENT BY JAMES HERBERT

MUSIC : ROCK

HOLIDAY : MEDITERRANEAN

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Anthony Roberts
Senior Transport Operator

WITH UTG SINCE : 2015

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Born & raised in Middlesbrough, Anthony joined the team from Nixon Hire in 2015. With over 15 years experience within the cabin industry, Anthony took the move from Hire to Service side of things and now heads up our Transport Team dealing with Drivers & Customers alike. 

SPORTS TEAM : THE BORO

FOOD : PARMO

DRINK :  COORS LAGER

FILM : GLADIATOR

TV : MATCH OF THE DAY

BOOK : ROMAN EMPIRE

MUSIC : ED SHEERAN

HOLIDAY : PORTUGAL

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Seumas Doughty
Transport Planner - South

WITH UTG SINCE : 2018

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Working within the operations team, Seumas coordinates the daily movements for our Southern depots ensuring efficiency, quality and precision. Formerly a Driving Instructor, Seumas brings a calming influence to a constantly busy & challenging operation. 

SPORTS TEAM : KILDALE CRICKET CLUB

FOOD : FISH

DRINK : ANYTHING ABOVE 4.2%   

FILM : COOL RUNNINGS

TV : THE CHASE

BOOK : 1984 BY GEORGE ORWELL

MUSIC : OASIS

HOLIDAY : ICELAND

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Sandra Melling
Credit Control Administrator

WITH UTG SINCE : 2006

LOCATION : ST HELENS

SPORTS TEAM : WIGAN WARRIORS

FOOD : INDIAN

DRINK : WHISKEY & GINGER

FILM : LEGEND

TV : PEAKY BLINDERS

BOOK : DON’T READ

MUSIC : DANCE

HOLIDAY : NEW YORK

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Simon Ward
Transport Operative

WITH UTG SINCE : 2018

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Simon joined the team in early 2018 - as an ex chef Simon knew how to handle the heat and pressure of a busy Transport office. 

SPORT : MOUNTAIN BIKING

FOOD : CURRY 

DRINK : CIDER

FILM : PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 

TV : GAS MONKEY GARAGE

BOOK : DON’T READ

MUSIC : ROYAL BLOOD

HOLIDAY : NEW ZEALAND

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Rory McLinden
Transport Operative

WITH UTG SINCE : 2019

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

The latest addition to our ever growing Transport Office is Rory McLinden who will be assisting the current team with job booking and driver liaison. 

SPORTS TEAM : LIVERPOOL 

FOOD : STEAK

DRINK : CUP OF TEA

FILM : INCEPTION

TV : GAMES OF THRONES

BOOK : HEAD STRONG

MUSIC : FOO FIGHTERS

HOLIDAY : LAKE DISTRICT

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Dylan Bell
Transport Operative

WITH UTG SINCE : 2017

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Dylan joined the team in 2019 when the company acquired Dial A Loo Ltd. Naturally, Dylan knows the industry well having worked within the family company at Dial-A-Loo for the last 2 and a half years. Already knowing the nature of the business & majority of the UTG customers, the transition from one company to the other has been seamless & straightforward. 

SPORTS TEAM : NEWCASTLE UNITED

FOOD : PIZZA

DRINK : JACK DANIELS

FILM : AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

TV : RICK & MORTY

BOOK : DON'T READ BOOKS

MUSIC : METAL

HOLIDAY : FLORIDA

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Dave Marsay
Senior Driver & Foreman

WITH UTG SINCE : 1997

LOCATION : GATESHEAD 

Dave started with the company in 1997 when there was only two other lads working for Petch Waters (as it was at the time). He started off on a Transit with a pump on the back, moved onto a 7.5T vehicle, then did a couple of years on a flatbed doing general haulage delivering up to Scotland. Since 2004 I have moved from an 18T vacuum tanker, to a 26T, then to a 32T, then to a 44T artic vacuum tanker, before finally ending up as Head Driver looking after our latest acquisition - Dial-A-Loo

SPORTS TEAM : ENGLAND FOOTBALL TEAM

FOOD : SHELLFISH

DRINK : GIN

FILM : THE GREEN MILE

TV : DISCOVERY / WILDLIFE

BOOK : NONE

MUSIC : OLD SCHOOL POP/DANCE

HOLIDAY : SOUTH AFRICA 

Allen Ingham
Hire Controller

WITH UTG SINCE : 2014

LOCATION : GATESHEAD

Allen joined the UTG from Dial-A-Loo in 2018.  Starting at Dial-A-Loo in 2014 as a delivery / pump truck driver, Allen quickly moved up after passing both his Class 2 & Hiab licences. Expansion to the fleet provided an opportunity for Allen to become a tanker driver permanently. After a couple of years on the tankers, Allen now resides in the warmth of the office where he looks after the pump truck drivers, customer orders, telephone queries & hire equipment. 

SPORT : MOTOR SPORT

FOOD : CHOCOLATE

DRINK : TEA, COFFEE, THE ODD CIDER

FILM : CONVOY

TV : ONLY FOOLS & HORSES

BOOK : CAR MAGAZINES

MUSIC : PRODIGY

HOLIDAY : CAMPING HOLIDAYS

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John Snowden
Senior Driver

WITH UTG SINCE : 1999

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

John started with the company in 1999 - originally starting by delivering & servicing the single portable toilets, John then became a Tanker Driver in the early 2000s. Since then, he has never looked back, regularly found emptying a large sewage treatment system in the Lake District. Affectionately known as "The Messiah" due to his vast knowledge of all things sewage!

SPORTS TEAM : NONE

FOOD : SEAFOOD

DRINK : REAL ALE

FILM : ACTION

TV : RTV

BOOK : NONE

MUSIC : SKA

HOLIDAY : NEW ZEALAND

Andy Devlin
Senior Driver

WITH UTG SINCE : 2014

LOCATION : MILTON KEYNES

Andy's career began driving a 7.5T for a carpet company, then onto the buses in the city of London, before settling at Biffa where they put him through his Class 2 licence, enjoying a successful 13 years as a driver. From Biffa, he moved to Shanks Waste where he spent just short of a decade before taking a break from driving. In 2014, he was drawn back to driving and joined the UTG as a driver from our newly found Milton Keynes depot. Andy is now a pivotal member of both the Milton Keynes depot and the Group as a whole, going from strength to strength. 

SPORTS TEAM : QPR

FOOD : ANYTHING EXCEPT FISH

DRINK : GUINNESS, LAGER & RUM

FILM : SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

TV : SPORTS

BOOK : BIOGRAPHY

MUSIC : SKA

HOLIDAY : CRUISING

Kev Hutton
Senior Driver

WITH UTG SINCE : 2004

LOCATION : ST HELENS

Kev started at Universal Tankers in 2004 as one of the first Tanker Drivers in the company at the St Helens depot. Previous to this Kev had numerous different roles including, Warehouse Manager, various Media jobs & various Driving roles. Being with Universal over 15 years, Kev is one of the most experienced Drivers throughout the company, often referred to as the "King of Manchester" 

SPORTS TEAM : MANCHESTER UNITED

FOOD : CURRY

DRINK : LAGER

FILM : STAR WARS

TV : THE GRAND TOUR

BOOK : ANYTHING BY JERMEY CLARKSON

MUSIC : QUEEN

HOLIDAY : LAKE DISTRICT

Keith Smith
Senior Driver

WITH UTG SINCE : 2018

LOCATION : BEACONSFIELD

As a diesel mechanic by trade, Keith moved up the ranks to Service Manager then Fleet Engineer for a period of 18 years. Moving onto GE Capital heading up a successful team as a Regional Fleet Engineer for 8 years. Keith then moved to the sunnier climate of Spain in 2011 before returning to the UK in 2018 when he joined Universal as a Senior Driver at our Beaconsfield depot. 

SPORTS TEAM : ARSENAL FC (WORKED AS STEWARD FOR 20 YEARS)

FOOD : ITALIAN

DRINK : CRAFT BEERS

FILM : ACTION

TV : SPORT

BOOK : AUTO BIOGRAPHY

MUSIC : JAZZ & BLUES

HOLIDAY : SOUTH AMERICA

Lennie Waters
Yardman

WITH UTG SINCE : 1996

LOCATION : STOKESLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

As the eldest member of the Universal Team - Lennie is our number one yardman. Keeping our Stokesley depot spick & span, along with our fleet of tankers, which he keeps spotlessly clean. At 83 - he still insists he doesn't need an alarm and has never been late for a days work! 

SPORT : ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM

FOOD : LAMB

DRINK : WHISKEY

FILM : TRUE GRIT

TV : LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

BOOK : JAMES HERRIOT

MUSIC : NAT KING COLE

HOLIDAY : LAKE DISTRICT