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 Management 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

Tracey Field

Tracey Field

Team Manager

Tracey is a friendly and enthusiastic individual, joining the family business as the new Team Manager. Whether you need to book in a service visit or require a quote for a whole new system, she is happy to help!

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

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

Ray O’Leary

Ray O’Leary

Senior Water Treatment Engineer

Ray has over 30 year’s experience as a water treatment engineer. He specialises in designing and building water treatment equipment. He is an ex houseman and is a marine engineer.

Likes: Golf and Guinness

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