Aarsleff’s Piling Manager Steve Gilbank celebrates his 25-year career working for Aarsleff. We checked in with Steve to ask a few questions…
Hi Steve. First of all, congratulations! How did you come to work for Aarsleff?
“I was interested in becoming a site engineer. I started out working for a housing developer and then moved to another house builder who had an office in Cementation’s plant yard, based in Doncaster. Seeing the different rigs & cranes going in & out stirred my interest in piling. I saw a job advertised to become a contracts engineer for a newly started piling company Norwest Holst Soil Engineering. I stayed at Norwest 6-7 years, before eventually starting my career with Aarsleff”.
Reminiscing about when he first joined the company, Steve added:
“I was the 13th person to start with the company. Back then we were working from portacabins in Newark, and the whole company turnover was basically the same as what our Specialist Retaining Walls team currently turn over as one department now”
How have recent years been with Aarsleff?
“In the latest era when Kevin Hague joined the company (Joined as Piling Manager in 2014 and appointed Managing Director in 2018), the business transformed significantly and reached new levels. Aarsleff is a forward-thinking company and continues to focus on developing their teams and processes. I am pleased that I have stayed to see so many positive changes”
What have you enjoyed the most during your 25 years?
“It’s down to the people – if I didn’t like the people I wouldn’t hang around. A few of us have been here for years and a few have even left then come back. It is the people who make it happen, and if you do not get on with the people, then you are in the wrong job. I think we are a close-knit collaborative group of people.