Everyone at Phoenix Drilling was delighted to welcome Christopher Gillies to the team last month!

The previously self-employed, 42-year-old joins the business in a dual role of Geotechnical Manager and Engineering Geologist.

Having previously worked as a senior financial consultant, Chris rolled back the years to go to University at the age of 34 to study Geology and after graduating, joined DAM Geotechnical Services as an Engineering Geologist, working there for 4 years before going self-employed in mid-2021.

On being asked what he’d like to achieve here at Phoenix Drilling, Chris said: “I’m hoping to help improve the logging at both engineer and drillers levels and drive professionalism and consistency in all aspects of ground investigation. I’m also looking to learn the ropes of how a busy drilling operation functions on a daily basis.”

In his spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, reading and binge watching the latest TV series’ as well as watching his son play football at the weekend. With comedy “Superbad” as his favourite film and Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” as his favourite read, we’re looking forward to getting to know more about Chris over the coming weeks and months.

Chris did let slip that his favourite karaoke song is Eagles classic “Lyin’ Eyes” – we’ll be holding you to that at the next staff get together!

Welcome to Phoenix Drilling, Chris!