A posh bloke with loads of ‘letters’ after his name who, after marrying a Wigan girl, got dragged down a notch or two and into doing some ‘real’ work after years of running companies, management consulting and other ‘non-jobs’ :-). Colin has a passion for good design and a thirst for understanding how things work to help make other things that are better – this is the key driving force that has made Kildwick the new market leader in such a short time. He has been described by customers as the ‘Steve Jobs’ of the compost toilet world – and we think that fits pretty well!
An artist at heart, Maria brings years of practical as well as creative skills to Kildwick. She is the driving force behind the appeal and beauty of our products – ensuring that the underlying form-follows-function design approach is balanced by pure design! After years in the fashion industry Maria knows that it’s not all about function (sorry, Colin)! People want something that looks good, works well and, wherever possible, is unique to them. Maria has helped to make the compost toilet an object of desire!
Maria is also in charge of our customer-service. Again, she puts her unique twist on it and makes friends with our customers – after all…she is from ‘the North’ and they are a friendly bunch! She is (almost) always available on the phone for a chat as she ‘can’t be doing with too many emails’ – and wants our customers to know that they are all special to us. Due to language difficulties stemming from her Wigan accent – Colin is always available to offer translation services where required!
Brett, in a group of perfectionists, is the supreme perfectionist! His skills and attention to detail are outstanding and Kildwick is very lucky to have him driving the quality improvement and manufacturing processes along.
Brett has an interesting background – having spent years travelling internationally as a guitar technician (repairing and setting up guitars for the ‘greats’) and then as a stage manager for household-name bands. At heart, Brett is every-bit a craftsman and can turn his hand, with dexterity, to anything. Nothing gets past Brett that isn’t perfect – and even then he’s looking for ways to make it better still!
Martin founded the Little House Company in 2012 but which became part of Kildwick in 2018. Martin has a wealth of experience in composting toilets both for land and mobile use.
Martin heads us Kildwick’s ‘Separett’ operations which are sold though the Littlehouse.co brand but is also responsible for our wider marketing activity.
…and for the most recent, and awesome, addition…
Grant is literally a find of the century. A painter and decorator for the last twenty years he was approached by Maria to paint a room in a house that she and Colin were renting whilst their boat was being refitted. The room was a real mess and she left him in the morning with several tins of paint and came back eight hours later to a total transformation! Even though she thought the room was fabulous, Grant only wanted to point out the things that he believed could be improved.
With those skills and attitude Maria decided that he was just what we needed to further boost the Kildwick team – bringing his own level of anally-retentive perfectionism to the company! Grant has since demonstrated a work-ethic to put the rest if us (hard workers) to shame!
Robert joined us in July to boost our production capacity and reduce our substantial backlog. By October he and Brett and successful achieved the task! Job Done. Lead times are now a much more acceptable 2-4 weeks.
Robert lives on a boat with his family and can be found regularly riding around the countryside on his fancy mountain bike terrorising the trees!
Catherine Walker ‘aka’ Cat
Catherine joined us in August to boost the administrative and postage functions but quickly became the boss of almost everyone as she streamlined and drover harder some of our core processes.
Cat has just returned from travelling and working for two years in SE Asia and Australia so I’m sue the weather back home in North Yorkshire has been a welcome break from the continuous warmth, good local wine and food from her travels(!).
Peter is an astounding engineer with a decades of experience in making precision scientific instruments and bespoke components for organisations around the globe (unless you’re a flat-earther, in which case around the ‘disc’!).
Peter’s contributions to Kildwick are legion – from making special tooling and jigs to working with us to develop the worlds most hygienic ‘poop-chute’ flap mechanism and the amazing leak-proof mixer on the Kube buckets.
Sadly, Peter’s creativity and engineering skills have yet to lead to the creation of more time but we’re sure he’s working on it!
Without our anchor this ship would drift in a sea of wood, fibreglass and dreams! As our bookkeeper, Alan is the anchor that keeps the all important numbers crunched and ensure staff, landlords, suppliers and the ever-present VAT and Tax-man are kept happy.
After years working in accounting firms across the area Alan decided to ‘jump ship’ and cast off aboard his own vessel – for which we are eternally grateful as he’s since joined us in a part-time capacity and done an amazing job bringing our accounts up to scratch and keeping on top of things for us.
A keen traveller, Alan also speaks Spanish so maybe thats where we open our first overseas office – fancy a move, Alan :-)?
Whilst Kildwick is by far his favourite client (our words, not his) Alan is still available to help others ‘stay honest’ – you can see more about Alan on linked-in.