Our People – Julian Hetterley

Posted on: 25 Nov 2019

Equipment maintenance at our London MRFMcGrath’s Senior Plant Engineer Julian Hetterley (Eng Tech, MSOE, MIRTE) joined the company nearly twenty years ago, back in the year 2000!

You’ve been with McGrath for a considerable time now, where did you work prior to joining the team here?

Before joining McGrath, I worked in a plant hire company for over five years and prior to that I was proud to be a mechanic in the Army, where I was lucky enough to travel all over the world whilst in post.

Tell us a little more about what you do at McGrath

Within our team of on-site plant engineers, I maintain all our plant and machinery to the highest standards to ensure all runs smoothly at our materials recycling facility, which operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.

We have six major plants at our MRF for London including baling, shredding, sorting and picking lines for all the waste that we process. At McGrath we have approximately 70 mobile or small plant items and machinery including diggers, some with grab buckets and forklifts that require maintenance to ensure that we can process the waste we receive as efficiently as possible.

No day is ever the same which keeps things interesting, we may deal with repairs and run a proactive workshop, running programme maintenance works on all plant, analysing stock of sufficient spare parts whilst always continuing to learn of and invest in new plant and machinery.

How has McGrath changed over the years?

The company and the way that waste is now processed and recycled has changed significantly over the years which of course has direct impact to the plant and machinery we use at our MRF. We now process over seven recycling streams from the original three streams we started with all those years ago and with our commitment to zero to landfill almost all waste is now recycled and reused wherever possible.

And away from work, what do you enjoy doing?

My wife and daughter both have horses, so I often get roped into helping most weekends as well!

I have also recently taken up wildlife photography, teaching myself and learning from a friend. I am enjoying taking pictures locally and on holidays to further improve my photography skills.