The Hillbans (Vectis) Ltd. Team

Hillbans have a proud tradition of providing a prompt reliable service which we believe makes all the difference in what can be a traumatic time for any householder. Our trained staff are here to help you from your first enquiry through the survey and report stage and on to managing the contract in a prompt and effective manner. Above all, we remember that communication is vital and we will keep you informed at all times.

Carl Houghton C.S.R.T., C.S.S.W.

Managing Director

Carl started with Hillbans in 1983 as a trainee Surveyor. He then studied and qualified first at the Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education in Timber Infestation surveying in January 1986 then at the Institute of Wood Science as a Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments in 1995 and lastly at the Institute of Wood Preserving and Damp-Proofing as a Certified Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing in 2008 when he also gained the ‘Student of the Year award”.

He has also attended training workshops at the Scottish Lime Centre in Edinburgh and John Newton & Company among others. He enjoys a busy family life bringing up two teenage children with his wife, Lisa, but he can also be found on the golf course when time permits!


Trevor Thorne C.T.I.S., C.S.S.W.


Trevor established Hillbans (Vectis) Limited on the Isle of Wight in 1974 and has enjoyed a long career serving the Island’s needs. He remains as an occasional consultant/sounding board which is a considerable benefit to the Company.


Peter Monk C.S.R.T., C.S.S.W.


Peter started with the Company in October 2014 and qualified as a Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments in June 2015. A further qualification was gained in July 2016 as a Certified Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing. Peter admits to being a stickler for small details which has proved to be a valuable asset for the Company.


Graham Hoy

Contracts Manager

Graham has been with the Company since 1977 and has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from his years on the tools and subsequently as the Contracts Manager. He also has a keen eye for detail and an outstanding ability to see a job through to the very end.


Doug Potts


Doug started working for Hillbans in 2004 as an operative and has since risen to the role of Foreman which can sometimes be a thankless task! His warm and friendly manner and knowledge of the job make him an excellent troubleshooter.


Mary Edmonston

Office Administrator

Mary (on the left) commenced working for Hillbans in March 2009 and has been an essential part of Hillbans operations since. If you want to know something, ask Mary!

Gayle Hoy


Gayle started full time employment with the Company in 1990. Gayle now works on a part-time basis following the birth of twins in 2009. Gayle admirably juggles her work/life balance and when asked what she does with her spare time she replied “what spare time!”


Pat Underwood


Pat has the unenviable task of keeping the books and joined Hillbans in 2010 on a part-time basis. Nothing escapes her all knowing eye!