About Us

The company was set up by Brian Field, who is an apprentice trained Mechanical Electrical Engineer in the early 70s.

He served his time at Vickers defence factory in Leeds known as Barnbow. Vickers manufactured tanks and were a munitions factory during the war who were known for producing some of the best quality engineers in the country.

He then went on to work for AE Turbines manufacturing parts for aeroplanes. His career then moved in a slightly different direction when he accepted a job as a water treatment engineer for Permutit. His time at Permutit was well spent and in the 8 years he was there he progressed from general servicing to design engineer as well as in charge of training other engineers.

What changed?

Whilst working at Permutit, Brian could see a real gap in the market for the manufacture of demin plants so he decided to set up Excel Water to provide this service. The first demin plants were called EX30’s, EX60 and EX120 (the number relation to resin bed volume). We sold lots of these over the next few years and gave the company a real boost to get themselves known in the industry. The success of the company has been hinged on the fact that we have some really fantastic loyal customers who gave us additional work over the years and helped us grow the company.

Brian has retired over the last couple of years, and now only works in an advisory capacity and Excel Water is now run by Emma Armitage (his daughter) and Darren Field (his son).

Meet the Team

We have an energetic, vibrant and young at heart team who are always willing to go the extra mile. Experienced engineers are supported by knowledgeable friendly sales and office staff. The team is the key to our success, getting the right team in place affects our ability to effectively deliver our core values and vision to our customers, suppliers and contractors.

Our team support our core values and vision for the business and are a fantastic support to our business plan.

Meet the Team

Emma Armitage

Emma Armitage

Managing Director

Emma has over 20 years experience in B2B sales & Marketing and Quality Management. She has been the financial director for over 10 years and specialises in Account Management and is very customer focused.

Likes: Socialising with friends and family days out.

Darren Field

Darren Field

Engineering Director

Darren has over 25 years’ experience in water treatment. He specialises in fixing problems and coming up with new ways of treating your water.

Likes: Fast cars and motorsport.

Tracey Field

Tracey Field

Office Manager

Along with Emma and Darren, Tracey grew up in the world of water treatment learning from their Dad, Brian Field. Tracey is passionate about customer service and organising all service visits and new enquiries.

Likes: Spending time with her family and walking her dog, Maximus!

Jessica Dodgson

Jessica Dodgson

Admin and Accounts Co-ordinator

Jessica joined the business as an Apprentice Administrator 4 years ago and now manages all Administration and Accounts related tasks. She also enjoys assisting with managing all projects and customer orders.

Likes: Loves to read and spend time with her family.

Joshua Oxley

Joshua Oxley

Engineering Manager

Josh has a real passion for water treatment and strives to ensure our customers receive the best service. He is a great team player who does his utmost to manage and support all of our engineers in any way he can.

Likes: To live the dream via Leeds United.

Ryan O’Leary

Ryan O’Leary

Project Engineer

Ryan specialises in the electrical aspects of being a water treatment engineer and can design control systems right down to the programming!

Likes: To spend time with his family and is an avid quizzer.

James Field

James Field

Engineer

James is the 3rd generation to join the family business and now has 4 years experience in water treatment under his belt. He enjoys manufacturing the plant in our workshop along with the installations on site and assisting customers with any queries they have.

Likes: To work on his car, and go to the gym in his spare time.

Aidan Haigh

Aidan Haigh

Apprentice Engineer

Aidan has been with us for 2 years as an Apprentice Engineer and has grown from strength to strength. He has shown a real skill within the electrical and controls side and fault finding.

Likes: To unwind in the great outdoors.

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