Meet the Team

Whether you work on site or in our offices, Story Contracting truly is a great place to work, meet some of our team below to find out why…

Meet the Team

Tony Cook

Plant Director

Tony was appointed Director of Plant in October 2013 having worked for Story since 1995. With overall responsibility for the successful running of the Plant division, Tony’s role is to ensure that the plant business continues to exceed client expectations, making us one of the market leaders for plant hire within the rail industry. With over a150 machines and three depots. Tony’s key responsibility is to deliver a quality product safely through being a supplier of choice backed by a highly skilled team whilst enhancing Story Contracting brand and reputation. Tony started his career as a qualified Transport Mechanic moving into plant before coming to Story’s as the first Plant Fitter. The workshop team expanded alongside growing business and Tony became the Workshop Manager before taking up his role as Plant Director and developing the division into an award winning supplier.

Alan Huddart

Head of Commercial Development

Alan joined Story Contracting in 2015 having held several senior positions in some of the UK’s largest rental companies and a period working as a rental consultant. His role is to lead the commercial activities of the business and to develop and maintain effective collaborative relationships with new and existing clients. This is done by providing innovative commercial and practical solutions for clients which harness the vast array of experience within the Plant team.

Mark Bruce

Head of Technical Development

Mark joined Story Contracting in 2001, having spent 18 years in Plant hire, Rail and Opencast mining. In 2003 he moved to the Training Department as Trainer/Assessor and lately as Training Manager until he transferred back to Plant heading the Operations Team. In 2016 Mark took up the new post of Head of Technical Development with his key responsibilities being to provide technical support in Plant activities for the Contracting Business and to explore innovative solutions to meet client needs.

Rob Cairns

Regional Manager (Scotland)

Rob was appointed by Story Contracting in September 2016. Rob is responsible for leading and managing a regional team to deliver safe, reliable and fit-for-purpose plant and labour resource within Scotland. With 15 years of experience in plant management, Rob will oversee the growth of the Plant division in Scotland, with the goal of establishing Story Contracting as the region’s first choice provider of plant solutions.

Iain Thomas

Regional Manager (LNE)

Iain was appointed by Story Contracting in June 2017, to the role of Regional Operations Manager (LNE), with responsibility for growing the Rail & Plant divisions in the LNE region. Currently Iain has nineteen-years construction experience, specifically in Project Management on major schemes. The majority of his career has been working in the safety-critical London Underground environment, he is now proactively transferring these skills to the Network Rail environment.

Mike McCarthy

Regional Manager (Carlisle)

Mike joined Story in Spring 2017 after 20 years working in the electricity generation industry. He leads the Carlisle Plant team who are responsible for a fleet that includes both rail and civils plant machinery to a variety of customers. As a newcomer to the industry, he is looking forward to getting to know his customers and providing a plant solution to be proud of.

Angus Irving

Client Relationship Manager

Angus Irving was appointed Client Relationship Manager in October 2016 after having worked for the company for 16 years in various roles, including Operator and Plant Manager. Angus is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with our client base across England. An essential element of Angus’s role is to quickly respond to queries and ensure all customer needs are met, in line with Story Contracting’s commitment to ‘doing it right’ and exceeding client expectation.

Carl Scott

Stores Manager

Carl joined Story in May 2016 having spent 27 years in Engineering and HSQE starting his career as an apprentice Fabricator/Welder through to Senior managerial positions. His role is to lead the stores team in offering an efficient, innovative and compliant small plant hire service to both the Construction and Rail Divisions. Ensuring the Stores facility meets the demands that business growth will provide is something Carl is relishing and looking forward to making a success.

James Haile

Workshop Manager

James was appointed Workshop Manager in 2012 after having worked for the company for 9 years as a Mechanic and currently as Workshop Manager. Responsible for managing the maintenance and repair of Story’s fleet of plant vehicles and equipment as well as their transport and haulage fleet. An essential element of James’ role is to ensure that the maintenance is carried out to the company high standards. Story has given James the opportunity to develop his skill set and achieve some personal career goals.  Prior to joining Story Contracting James worked for ATS Euromaster as a Vehicle Mechanic. James is looking forward to seeing the business grow further and what career opportunities this will bring.

Ste Forster

POS Manager

Ste was appointed POS Manager in 2014 after having worked for the company for 12 years as a Track Access Planner and Ganger. Ste is responsible for making sure all jobs have the correct documentation and POS representatives required for the job. An essential element of Ste’s role is to ensure the client is happy with all elements of the POS requirements and all documentation is delivered to them in a timely and correct manner. Prior to joining Story Contracting Ste worked for McVities for 13 years working his way up from the factory floor up to Supervisory level. Ste is looking forward to fulfilling his new and challenging role long in to the future.

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Registered Office: Story Contracting Limited, Burgh Road Industrial Estate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7NA

Tel: 01228 590444

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