Babcock Wanson appoints new managing director

Industrial boilers and process heating equipment specialist Babcock Wanson is pleased to announce the appointment of David Hatswell as its new UK managing director.

A long-standing Babcock Wanson employee, David joined the business fulltime in 1997 after he graduated with a BEng in Electronics. Even before then, David had worked at Babcock Wanson during his holidays, made possible through his father who also enjoyed a long and happy career at Babcock Wanson spanning more than 30 years!

The first five years at Babcock Wanson saw David learning the ropes as a service engineer, moving on to commissioning engineer before taking on the role of field service manager at the company’s headquarters in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. In 2016 David was promoted to service division manager and this year takes over the reins from Chris Horsley as the company’s new managing director. Chris, who is now process engineering director, will support David in his new role over the coming months.

“I’ve taken on this role at a really interesting time for the business, following our recent LBO from the CNIM Group and the subsequent major rebrand which has given us a more international focus,” states David. “Furthermore, the industry as a whole is going through a transitional period, adapting to meet environmental legislation. At Babcock Wanson, we are in the process of defining a clear route to ensure we not only meet those future requirements, but exceed them.

“At the same time, it’s my aim to grow the business by focussing on our service offerings, looking at opportunities across the wider industry and not just in our immediate well defined area. Babcock Wanson has an excellent reputation when it comes to service and, with my background in this area, I’m eager to expand this aspect.”

With over 22 years at Babcock Wanson under his belt, what is it about the company that is so attractive to David? “This is a traditional industry and Babcock Wanson is a traditional company. It’s not always fast paced, but that has the benefit of enabling you to build up a wealth of knowledge over time that has genuine value and can be applied to solve customer’s problems. And some of those problems represent really interesting, varied challenges and come from a wide range of industry sectors, so it’s never boring.

“Babcock Wanson is also traditional in the positive sense that it values its employees, who work very much as a team, and there is a job for life here if you want it. The company is a safe pair of hands – financially stable and well run – and there’s a lot to be said for that in these uncertain times.”

Babcock Wanson offers a complete range of products and services for boiler houses and other process heating needs, from steam boilers, thermal fluid heaters, rapid steam generators and hot water boilers to VOC and odour treatment by thermal oxidation, water treatment or process air heating solutions. The company aims to help optimise customer’s energy production with high quality products and efficient service.

For more information, please contact Babcock Wanson on 020 8953 7111 or or go to

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