Meet the Staff

Owner/ Managing Director - Martyn Ward
Originally a farmer's son Martyn Ward started his own plant hire business “Ward Plant Ltd” in 1973, at the age of 18, which he has grown to a fleet of more than 50 large earthmovers. While growing the plant hire business, Martyn utilised the experience he had accumulated and set up a contracting company “Martyn Ward Plant Ltd”. Since then the contracting company has executed many varied contracts, including the remediation of Ravenscraig, the former British Steel site near Motherwell. Growing up on a farm, Martyn always hoped he could get back into farming and this became a reality in 1983 when he purchased a 350 acre farm, which became the base for both the plant hire and contracting businesses. This was followed by a further purchase of another 350 acre farm and additional land around his base. This business is now farming in excess of 1,250 acres. Today Martyn continues to head up all three companies, as well as seeking new opportunities for further developing the group.

Martin Ward
Mobile:07740 081 855

Owner/Director/Company Secretary - Joanne Ward
Joanne Ward married Martyn Ward in 1977. Joanne has played a significant role in the group’s development to date, through her practical operational approach as well as providing significant managerial, marketing, administrative, accounting and HR support. Joanne is a director of the plant hire and contracting company as well as a partner in the farming business. Today Joanne continues to support all three businesses on a day to day basis as well as assisting with the group’s future development.

Mobile:07740 081 856

Contracts Director - Colin Buchanan MIQ MIEXPE MIIRSM
Colin commenced his training as a Junior Engineer with Crouch Mining Limited in 1987, progressing to Site Engineer, then Senior Site Engineer and by 1993 was appointed as UK wide Senior Engineer. In 1995 Colin was appointed Assistant Quarry Manager on Europe’s largest surface mine. By 1997 Colin was promoted to Quarry Manager and went on to successfully manage 8 other surface mines in the UK. In 2003 Colin joined Rock Fall where he project managed marine drilling and blasting contracts in USA, Western Isles of Scotland and Spain before returning to the UK. In 2005 Colin joined ATH Resources PLC as Site Manager and by 2007 was promoted to UK Operations Manager. In 2009 Colin joined MWP as Contracts Manager, working on Civil engineering projects around the UK. In 2010 Colin was promoted to Contracts Director.

Colin Buchanan
Mobile: 07595 068 459

Operator / Fleet Maintenance Manager / Business Partner - Chris Ward
Chris Ward assisted his family with operating the company’s farms during his school years, and started full time when he left school. Having worked on the company farms for 8 years, gaining a vast wealth of experience, Chris used these transferable skills, and progressively got more involved in the operating and maintenance of Ward Plant’s fleet of earthmovers. Chris studied at Auchincruive College and achieved an HNC in agriculture. Chris then went onto Barony College for a one year engineering course. Today, as well as operating the plant and providing supervision for the client, Chris does the servicing and maintenance of the plant fleet. Chris continues to be a partner of the farming business, assisting with the development of the business.

Mobile:07736 436 005
Company Accountant - Mike Kelly
Mike spent 20 years operating at a senior level in the accountancy profession, latterly with an international CA firm, specialising in the owner-managed business sector. He has spent the last 13 years working, both at an executive and non-executive level, with a range of medium sized businesses (both family owned and Private Equity owned). Mike has enjoyed working with Martyn, Joanne and the rest of the Ward Plant team since 1990.

Mike Kelly
Mobile: 07977 123 037

Farm Manager / Business Partner - Gareth Ward
Gareth Ward assisted his family with the continuous task of operating the company’s farms during his school years. Upon leaving school Gareth attended Auchincruive College, achieving an HND in Agriculture, before starting full time on the farms. During Gareth’s long and varied apprenticeship on the farms, he has accumulated a wide range of skills and experience associated with farming 1250 acres of land and dealing with livestock. Today Gareth uses this experience in order to manage all aspects of the company’s farming business. Gareth is a partner in the farming business and continues to work on developing and marketing the business.

Mobile:07734 701 225

Site Agent - Tam McPhail
Tam McPhail has worked on major civil engineering, quarrying and mining projects all over the UK. Tam started with Ward Plant Limited in 1991 as a plant operator and was later promoted to site foreman. Tam’s experience gained in these different disciplines is used on a daily basis, providing a supervisory role for the groups contracting business, as well as dealing with the day to day client requirements of the plant hire business. Tam is well known in the industry, which is a tremendous advantage as Tam is responsible for the recruitment of quality plant operators. Tam also plays a key part in the marketing of the company by visiting sites and checking with potential clients for any hire requirements.

Mobile:07740 081 854