Company History and Overview
J.C. Gillespie Limited has been trading since 1983, initially founded and run by the late Joe Gillespie. The company then specialised in heavy civil engineering, tunnelling and deep sewer replacement, building a renowned reputation nationally within this sector.
Control of the company was assumed by its present managing director, Michael Gillespie, in 1994, after which the company activities diversified into both civil engineering and heavy haulage services. In 1998, the company took the decision to concentrate its efforts on the development of the heavy haulage operation, which has led to the formation of one of the country’s most up-to-date Heavy Haulage fleets and its associated team of highly skilled drivers and operatives.
Since the acquisition of the first low loader in 1998, the company has continually grown year on year, adding additional vehicles and configurations to meet the demands of a large customer base. The company now operate low loader configurations from 6 to 11 axles alongside a variety of lorry-mounted crane vehicles and rigid plant transporters.
Our customer base is wide and varied, with clients from sectors including construction, demolition, piling, plant and vehicle sales/export, recycling, quarrying and an assortment of equipment manufacturers.
Meet Our People
Michael has been MD since 1994. Originally attaining a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Liverpool, he has overseen the transition to heavy haulage services and planned the strategic development of the company fleet and offering over the last 25 years.
Paul joined the company in 2006 as a Low loader driver. He then moved into an office-based role in 2012, taking on the position of transport co-ordinator. He has since attained his Transport Manager CPC qualification and is one of the company's designated Transport Managers.
Since 2022, Paul has moved into an operations and compliance role whereby he ensures our fleet and drivers are operating to the highest industry standards and has been complicit in developing our route planning and notification structure that is second to none.
He assumed the role of Operations Director in 2023, which reflects his integral value to the company now and for its future development.
Laura initially joined the team in 2018, taking responsibility for all aspects of invoicing and credit control. Since then, her role has expanded to encompass all aspects of the financial control within the company. She has been instrumental in the production of a multitude of transport-related reports that enable us to not only monitor costs and profitability, manage our key KPI’s and also play a major part in our fleet development and planning.
She assumed the role of Financial Director in 2023, which again reflects her varied skill set, value to the business and the importance of her input for future expansion and development.
Simon started the role of transport co-ordinator in 2022. He is responsible for the day-to-day scheduling of the fleet and liaising with all clients in relation to the planned transport moves.
Simon has an extensive background in the heavy haulage sector, which is invaluable when planning and delivering on the needs of our varied client base.