Skelair Announces Contract Drilling & Blasting Division Changes

Ground engineering and rock drilling specialist, Skelair International, has announced personnel changes to its Contract Drilling & Blasting division that will see Joe Farnfield promoted to Drilling & Blasting Operations Manager.
Replacing Steve Lashley who has been a valued member of the team since 2012, Joe Farnfield will take over the reins from January 2019, when Steve relocates to the UAE to undertake his next industry challenge with Stevin Rock.
Commenting on his forthcoming move, Steve said: “I’ve really enjoyed the time with Skelair and have made many new friends all over the country. I will certainly miss the variety of environments, and the mixture of people I have worked with. With the exceptional team they have, I am sure Skelair’s Contract Drilling & Blasting division will continue to move from strength to strength. I’m proud to be handing over to Joe, who will do a great job at leading the team.”
Between now and the end of the year, Steve and Joe will be conducting joint site visits to allow Steve to say goodbye and give Joe the opportunity to meet all of the customers personally.
Joe joined Skelair in 2017 as Shot firer/Explosives Supervisor. Excited to be making a step up in the division, he said: “I’ve learned so much from Steve over the years and feel it is a privilege to be taking over from him. It’s an exciting time for me from a career perspective and I look forward to building on Steve’s success.”
From January Joe will be leading the existing Contract Drilling & Blasting team which consists of experienced drillers, shot firers and explosive supervisors.
Reflecting on the forthcoming changes, John Mayo, Managing Director, Skelair, concludes: “Steve has been a huge asset to the team. Since joining us as Operations Supervisor in 2012 to becoming Drilling & Blasting Operations Manager in 2014, he has made a real contribution to our success, and while we are obviously sorry to see him go, recognise it is a great opportunity for him and we have a fantastic replacement in Joe, who is ready to take over the reins.”
Through its Contract Drilling & Blasting division, Skelair delivers an integrated service approach which combines the right equipment with high-level consultative advice and a customer-centric focus. In doing so, it ensures the efficient, effective and safe completion of all rock extraction projects.
With a fully-accredited surveying team, Skelair works with reputable explosives partners and offers a free UK-wide site visit to assess specific project requirements.