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Phil Hodgson joined Japanese Knotweed Ltd five years ago. He is a key team member, supervising invasive weed excavations on large commercial sites across the south of England. Find out how meeting a guy who knew a guy landed him a career with us!

Explain your job, but to a 5-year-old.

I work on building sites and dig big holes and play with big diggers.

What three words would you use to describe your role?

Intense, exciting & enjoyable

You have quite a few qualifications. What do they all mean and how do they help you?

Over my 5 years in the industry I surprise myself everyday at what I’ve learnt and knowledge I can pass on to others

How long have you been in the Invasive Weed/Construction industry?

5 years.

What led you to this career?

By accident, I met a guy who new a guy and from there I began a new career.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Travel, site set up, client meetings, cat scan, plant delivery, paperwork, mark out, excavation, haulage, backfill.

What are you currently working on?

Asbestos operator course & excavations across the country.

What has been your favourite project at Japanese Knotweed Ltd, and why?

Japanese knotweed excavation leicester

Japanese knotweed excavation in Leicester against a canal. Two weeks of intense pressure and stress but the overall finish detail was immaculate. Our client was extremely happy and I overcame a difficult job.

What did you do before joining this industry?

Civilian bomb disposal

What is on your wish list for the next five years at Japanese Knotweed Ltd?

To become a Site Manager

What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Japanese Knotweed Ltd?

Every day is completely different.

What has been your biggest professional challenges?

Working in a minefield in Afghanistan

What do you like most about your job?

The variety of work and challenges it brings.

What’s your “go-to” productivity tip?

Construction team work

ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM!!

What’s the question you’re asked most, whilst on-site?

What time do we finish??

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Harlow Town Football Club

Watch Harlow Town FC

Can you share a random fact about yourself?

Royal Engineers

I spent 8 years in the British Army Royal Engineers specialising in bomb disposal

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