Simon Gibbons

Simon Gibbons, Head of Hire, Independent Builders Merchants Group

Co-opted onto the HAE Tools and Equipment Board 2022

Just like many in the hire industry, I started my career as a Tool Hire Supervisor for Jewson Hire Point and have spent the next 30 years in various roles throughout the industry. 

I have had the opportunity to see the hire industry through multiple lenses. Through senior roles, and over my time in hire have opened many hire branches. I work with industry suppliers in advisory roles like easyToolhire (part of easy brands best known for easyJet), helping bring new digital technology to support independent hire companies.

I focus on performance, change, operations, and business development, which has allowed me to further my skills in helping develop and support team members throughout the hire industry. Through this network of relationships with large and small hire companies and their suppliers, I get the feedback necessary to continue growing and supporting the hire industry for future generations.

Some have said I am a hire veteran, but my experience helps gives me well-rounded understanding of the industry and the needs of customers, like the need for further digitisation.

I am a passionate and enthusiastic supporter of the hire industry and firmly believe in the importance of giving back to the HAE and the industry that has offered myself many friends and an exciting career. My current role is adding and expanding hire for IBMG, and I would relish the opportunity to support HAE members and friends by serving them with passion and pride on the HAE Tool and Plant Hire board.