Meet The Team
Colin HotchkissManaging Director
Colin joined Merkland Tank in November 2021 from Loxam where, most recently, he was Divisional and UK Fulfilment Director, primarily responsible for HSE, Engineering, and Transport and Logistics across Loxam’s Powered Access Division.
Prior to that he was Managing Director at well-known plant and site equipment provider Garic, and also held key positions with Finning UK spanning 11 years, including Divisional General Manager, where he had strategic, operational and commercial responsibility for the Power Systems division into a number of global market segments.
Kirsty has worked for Merkland Tank for over 25 years and was appointed as Director in 2015. Kirsty has worked in all departments of the business so has a fantastic understanding of the operations. Outside work Kirsty enjoys walking her dog – Bailey, spending time with family and friends and has a keen interest in football.
Wilson ForgieSales Director
Wilson joined the team in January 2022. An experienced Sales Director, he has significant experience within the industrial services sector.
As a devoted father of two, family values lie at the heart of everything he does, and this translates to his work ethic too.
Steven JacksonOperations Manager
Steven has worked in the industry for 25 years and joined Merkland Tank in 2008. He has worked in various positions both on site and office based. Prior to this he worked in the ship repair industry for 11 years in supervisory positions and Health and Safety roles.
In his role as Operations Manager he has control of the day to day Operational and Project Management needs within the company. He has experience in all aspects of the business and has good communications skills and specialises in working to meet our client’s deadlines and requirements.
Dougie McBrideEstimating Manager
Douglas has more than 30 years experience in working in various engineering, Operations Management and Health and Safety roles working for companies including ALCAN and Rolls Royce PLC. He joined Merkland Tank Ltd in 2003 and having held a number of management roles within the company he brings this experience in Estimating and Project Management to ensure our clients and their projects are efficiently estimated, planned and managed.
Stefan McCoshProject Engineer
Stefan joined the Merkland team as Estimator in early 2020. He has 12 years of engineering experience, BEng (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering and MBA Business Administration & Management from Edinburgh Napier University.
Thomas HopkinsOperations Assistant
Thomas joined Merkland Tank in November 2020 as Operations Assistant. His role involves supporting the day to day operations through effective management of staff and assets for all our tank cleaning and maintenance works. Thomas spent 13 years in HM Armed Forces; 4 years in the Royal Engineers and almost 9 years in the Parachute Regiment. He has excellent knowledge of health and safety and is a Technical Member of IOSH.
Tricia joined Merkland Tank in January 2019 and provides invaluable support to the team to help ensure the smooth-running of the business. In her spare time, Tricia enjoys spending time with her husband and family.