Developing the railway of the future
In 2012, we set out on a mission to provide high-quality, innovative and sustainable infrastructure products to the UK rail industry and beyond. Part of the HIRD Group, Trough-Tec Systems (TTS) was initially established to supply Green Trough to the European rail sector – an entirely sustainable, lightweight polymer-based cable troughing powered by Furukawa Electric Group.
Since then, TTS has experienced year-on-year growth, rolling out Green Trough to new markets, and adding anti-slip walkways and an impressive array of accessories and product adaptations to its ever-expanding portfolio.
TTS is increasingly being called upon by road, power and energy firms to provide cable management systems that allow for quick, easy installation of cables, wiring, and pipes, without the hassle of seeing a site criss-crossed with deep excavations.
Despite being the youngest company in The Hird Group, our expert team knows the rail infrastructure and civil engineering sectors inside out, possessing combined railway knowledge of 170 years. Our unparalleled expertise, coupled with our innovative mindset, enables us to constantly stay ahead of the curve, supplying forward-thinking solutions that guarantee longevity, reliability and sustainability.
We are a curated team of experts with a desire to make a difference. Each team member is dedicated to bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to your project – no matter how big or small.
Donna joined the team in 2022 as a Production Supervisor where she oversees several teams performing a variety of production processes, ensuring that quality and production targets are always met. Despite being new to the rail industry, Donna has a wealth of relevant experience having spent over 14 years in retail management where she specialised in the processes of planning, organising and directing logistics and operations within a variety of large high-street brands. When she’s not at work, Donna can usually be found spending time with her family.
Kyle has been with TTS since November 2016, after graduating from the University of Hull. Kyle now oversees the day-to-day operations of the company after progressing and earning a Master’s degree in project management from Leeds Beckett University. Kyle is a Doctor Who fan and can frequently be seen at conventions and comic cons (no cosplay involved).
John joined TTS in 2020, originally to oversee the walkway production process and managing the dispatch of clients’ orders. Having worked previously for Wabtec Rail Ltd, and at various other rolling stock companies in the rail industry, John has amassed a great amount of railway engineering experience. As a result, John’s technical expertise has meant that his role has developed, and he now oversees the running of the bespoke troughing service that TTS provides to customer projects. Taking custom designs, John creates anything from one-off prototypes to specialist kits to supply large projects. John works closely with the design and operations teams to provide a seamless service.
Gary has over forty years’ experience working in the rail industry. He has had a varied career through design, manufacture, engineering and installation, before moving into the commercial world at a number of railway-focused companies. As Managing Director of TTS since 2012, Gary oversees the running of the business and provides technical support when required. When he’s not at work, Gary can usually be found on the golf course.
Peter joined the TTS team in December 2021, following the completion of his business and management degree at Hull University. Peter is a core member of the sales operations team, ensuring that the company’s world-class customer service is provided at every opportunity. After completing courses on customs, import and export, Peter now oversees the movement of raw materials and goods incoming from suppliers. His excellent organisational skills ensure that our global network of customers and partners receive orders on time and in full.
Mel started working for TTS in 2017 and oversees all accounts activities across the Group. Currently studying to become a CGMA Chartered Global Management Accountant, outside of work Mel can be found reading or enjoying amigurumi – the crocheting of animals, dolls and plant pots. She also has a passion for music, with a love for BB King, Chris Isaacs, Meatloaf, Osborn Brothers and The Darkness.
Joining the team in 2021, Lucy drives the company’s business growth. Lucy has almost 20 years’ of rail experience in a variety of roles across rolling stock, infrastructure and digital. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys spending time with family and friends, up a hill or at a gig.
Xavier provides technical support to TTS’s clients across all sectors. He is our clients’ first point of contact for any technical enquiries and he leads much of the innovation and R&D activity that takes place within TTS. Xavier works with stakeholders across the industry, and in academia, to ensure that our product range is constantly updating and evolving along with our customers’ needs. Xavier has completed Network Rail’s Design for Reliability training, is an experienced Solidwork’s practitioner and has formal education in Energy Management and Systems Technology, and in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. Combined with his field service engineering experience Xavier is able to provide a complete design to install service for our customers.
Bailey works alongside Peter in sales operations, looking after all client enquiries and managing goods in / out, ensuring that our attention to world-class customer service is maintained. Having worked in accounts and sales processing functions in various sectors prior to joining TTS, Bailey brings with him a wealth of experience.