Philip Leahy, Director - Group Strategic Relationships, Sunbelt Rentals
Elected to the EHA Event Equipment Board 2023
Executive UK Board Director at Sunbelt Rentals U.K. in the position of Group Strategic Partnerships Director I work with the Tier one contractors in the UK along with major industry manufacturers and suppliers. I currently sit on the CPA board and work with both the European Rental Association and Build UK.
Sunbelt Rentals UK are a multi-product specialists with a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering solutions for a range of sectors including construction, events, infrastructure, industrial and local authorities. With over 200 Service Centres across the UK and Europe with a team of more than 4000 dedicated professionals it is the supplier of choice for major hirers.
I am passionate about the hire industry which I joined in 1986 as a Management trainee at LPH Equipment. I initially trained in the Royal Navy as an Engineer, following LPH Equipment I worked at Sheriff Plant Hire before running my own successful multi-site tool and plant hire operation which was divested to HSS in 2006 after 13 years. I then joined Speedy Asset Services a £350M listed company where I held senior roles as Managing Director for the Tools, Lifting and Survey divisions across the UK and Ireland. I joined initially as an Operations Director and oversaw the exponential growth of the Partnered Services business unit from £19M to over 52M within a 3 year period. I was appointed Managing Director Support Services in March 2014, encompassing not only the Sales and Partnered Services business units, but Training, TRIM and the 'Direct Contact Centre' function with an annual turnover of £140M. I became PDMR at Speedy working on the Executive board becoming joint COO. Prior to Sunbelt I was board member of Brandon Hire which was funded by Rutland Partners private equity and part of the team that sold the business to Vp Group. The £80M national tool and equipment hire business had a 150 branch network.
I am well known in the rental industry across fellow hirers both independent and national and enjoy great relationships with manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. I thoroughly believe the HAE is the is the voice of the industry and feel a strong HAE is paramount to the success of rental and continued improvement of standards.