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Mary Kay Ash

Company Founders - Darlow and Janice Lloyd 

Darlow and Janice formed the Company back in 1965 and Darlow is still involved with the Business today.

Darlow began his career in the agricultural drainage sector and gradually developed the Plant Hire division of the Business. Darlow & Janice expanded into the Steel Industry in 1986 and ever since DLS have continued to operate and develop to provide multiple services in this sector.

Rhys Lloyd - Director

Rhys originally qualified as a Welder before joining the Family Business, initially in the workshops where his role was predominantly plant maintenance, repair and fabrication works. Rhys' role has developed, and today he is responsible for the co-ordination of over 200 items of Large Plant and Drivers. Rhys manages all aspects of projects over a large diversity of locations and activities.

Owain Lloyd, BA (Hons) WAMITAB - Director

Owain was involved in professional sports until joining Darlow Lloyd & Sons. Owain is also a WAMITAB Holder and responsible for the Landfill, Waste Transfer and Licensed Waste Carrier aspects of the business. His role is to ensure compliance with all Environmental Legislation and drive forward Recycling opportunities. Owain heads up Research & Devlopment at DLS and manages the Irrigation & Drainage division.

Donna Lloyd, BSc (Hons) - Company Secretary

Donna has been with the Company since 2000. Prior to joining Darlow Lloyd and Sons Ltd Donna worked for 10 years with British Steel as a Process Development Engineer. Originally from New Zealand, she holds a BSc (Hons) & an NVQ L4 in Adv. Hot and Cold Steel Rolling. Donna is responsible for overseeing the Administration, Finance and HR functions. Donna holds a WAMITAB Level 3 (Supervisory) Diploma for Sustainable Recycling and is a qualified LRQA Internal Auditor.

James Evans – Financial Controller (Group)

James is a member of the management team. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at BPU Chartered Accountants in Cardiff and then spent some time as part of the acquisitions team at PHS Group before joining Darlow Lloyd Group in late 2012. James oversees the accountancy function of the group and is responsible for reporting monthly management figures and other ad-hoc financial tasks to the board of directors.

Micheal Hodges - Operations Manager

A capable and versatile Business Manager with a total of 26 years' experience within the steel industry; successfully progressing from Machine Operator to his current role as a result of performance. Expert knowledge of a wide variety of site operations with a proven ability to manage large site teams and generate significant cost savings and improvements to process efficiency. Extensive experience of planning, co-ordinating, leading and problem solving across multi-site operations including; slag processing, crushing, screening and grading, drop-ball cranes, lancing, slag pit and iron ponding facilities, blast furnace, coolant charge upgrading plant, mill scale, scrap metal collection and scrap cutting services. A proven ability to manage teams of up to 110 men across various sites. Experienced in reporting on all site activities, productivity and financial aspects. Mike has demonstrated the ability to plan and manage budgets of up to £22M. Fully conversant with relative legislation and familiar with a range of procedures with a strong track record of safe working across all sites managed.


David Thomas - Health & Safety Manager

Davids current role is to ensure all personnel within the company adhere to all the policies and procedures within the company and the steel works environment (COMHH TIER 1 SITE). David started as a labourer working on the ground for Darlow Lloyd & Sons. As the company grew he became more involved with the projects side of the company and operations. David advanced to supervisor and gained the trust and respect of the workforce, company and our clients. He has obtained all CPCS licences for the heavy plant, an HGV class 1 licence. David holds a Nebosh General Certificate and Nebosh Construction Certificate. Familiar with the daily operations of the workforce he is competent in permit systems, such as JMS, ATW, PBS, SCC also RAIL permits, HOT WORK, CONFINED SPACES, AUDITING, RISK ASSESSMENTS, and Safe Working Procedures etc. David is a trained First Aider, First Aid Train the Trainer Qualified Instructor, HSE Approved Train the Trainer in All Abrasive Wheels Qualified Instructor and CPCS Accredited Validator.

Phil Cadogan

Phil recently joined DLS as Divisional Manager for Utilities & Civils projects. He joins us with a wealth of experience gained through 17 years working in the NRW. Phil has spent the last three years externally managing projects in the civils sector. Phil is a Technical member of IOSH, holds NEBOSH and Prince Project Management qualifications and is currently working towards an MSc in Quantity Surveying and Level 6 Construction management.

Radu Mitrea - Manager Coke Ovens Contracts

Radu joined DLS team in January 2022 in a support role for the team at TATA Steel Morfa Coke Ovens in Port Talbot. From July 2022 he has been appointed Contracts Manager for the Morfa Coke Ovens and brings approximately 20 years of steel industry experience to our business, from managing a range of operations in an extremely fast paced environment in UK and Europe. Direct and full responsibility for all contract aspects, including SHEQ and P&L. With a BSc in Juridical, Political and Administrative Sciences from Spiru Haret University in Bucharest, Radu also holds a NEBOSH General certificate and an Operations Management diploma from Roffey Park Institute UK, who specialises in business education around the world. Vast multicultural experience, well defined moral compass and with the employees and customer as his top priorities.

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