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Meet the Team

There's something quite magical about the team at HydroWorks. We've chosen our team well. We're all cut from the same cloth.

Mark and I are very proud to have a team of people working with us that are stimulating, innovative, and work hard together to have delighted customers.

ER Longley Hydroworks is the oldest established water softener dealership in the UK and has been operating across Kent, Sussex, and London for over 93 years.

Starting with the team serving you today, we are rebuilding the systems to be here for the long-term, and together, we see ourselves as custodians of this great business for the future.

Laurence Willis

Owner & Director

I run the business from day-to-day, setting the business direction and goals, and although I have an excellent team around me, you'll get to know me as I am also out on the road every day.

To me, my long-standing reputation is our guarantee, and I am committed to meeting every single one of our clients and ensuring they are delighted with the service we provide.

We will get to know each other well over the years, and I am always contactable, day-in-day-out.

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Daniel Millroy

Business Manager

Daniel is not very good at saying what makes him special, so I thought I'd do it for him.​

The reason I chose Daniel to run the business day-to-day is that he has a unique commitment to doing things right, and has a lot of knowledge and experience which is important to a fast-growing business like our own. ​

When you call in, you are very likely going to talk to Daniel, and he is entirely committed to delighting our customers.

Alex Kingsley

Installation & Service Engineer

I joined Hydroworks in October 2018 when Laurence advertised for a professional plumber to join the team.

My job is to do an excellent job installing domestic and commercial softeners, plus I am being fully trained up in servicing and maintaining our customer's water softeners.

I make sure all the work I do is carried out to the highest of standards and always with a smile.

I always check that the customer is 100% per cent happy and satisfied with the work that has taken place as customer satisfaction means a lot to me, and fits in well with the values of Hydroworks.

You may also see me around in the van carrying out various tasks whether it maybe delivering salt or changing filters for our customers.

Peter Collins

Salt & Washing Powder Deliveries

I am Laurence's father-in-law, and I joined Hydroworks just after the first lockdown in 2020. I was happily enjoying retirement, and not necessarily looking for anything else.

I love being outdoors and I'm always going for long walks or cycle rides and I've seen some beautiful parts of the country and the world on my travels.

I saw that Laurence had advertised for a part-time salt delivery person and I thought that would be a perfect opportunity for me to get out even more. I thought I knew Kent well, but since taking on this role, I have enjoyed the stunning scenery, homes and quaint towns and villages we visit.

You'll frequently find me having my lunch overlooking the sea all the beautiful Rolling hills of Kent and Sussex.

Mark Collins

Social Media Guru & Director

Although I have a career outside the business, I'm the person who does most of the social media posts you'll see on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Our evenings are spent planning how best to develop the business, normally with a glass of wine.

Laurence has this belief that the business should be always moving forward and tends to work very quickly, and so I think my role is to reign him in, making sure we capture all his ideas, add them to our plan, and then implement them when the time is ready - there are so many ideas in his head that I think the only thing slowing us down is finding the right staff to join the team, and so I am always on the look-out for the right people to fill the roles we are quickly creating.

Jane Garez

Virtual Finance Director

We're one very busy business, and I have been delighted to see how quickly the business is thriving given the very challenging circumstances in which Laurence and Mark bought the business.

Laurence took me on with one remit - to give him the data needed to make the right decisions for the business, and this certainly keeps me very busy.

Laurence has designed and had developed this very elaborate and far-reaching database system that now links to the iPads, does full stock management and enables the business to manage the business in one of the most professional ways I have encountered. It is most impressive to see this business in action.