Julie White is the Managing Director of the ‘D-Drill Group’.
Julie completed a management buy-out of D-Drill from her father in 2008 and has set about restructuring, remodelling and transforming the business. Julie has always been a hands-on MD and completed her NVQ5 in Business at the same time as starting her own company, Superfloor UK Ltd in 2001, introducing new techniques for specialist floor preparation to the UK.
D-Drill has now been trading for over 45 years and has the UK’s largest branch network in its sector with an unrivalled team of experts utilising the latest equipment in diamond drilling, sawing and controlled demolition technology.
Julie White is the only women running a business in this specialist industry and the first woman to be appointed to a professional body for the industry, having joined the board of directors for ‘The Drilling and Sawing Association’ and stands as UK representative at the World Association. She has recently been unanimously voted as the vice-president of the organisation – the first woman ever to take up that post.
She has shown a huge commitment to training and apprenticeships – spending five times the industry average on training and, currently, 45 per cent of the D-Drill workforce are either undergoing or have completed an apprenticeship with the company. Julie herself has undertaken the apprenticeship to better understand what staff has to contend with on a day-to-day basis.
Under her leadership, D-Drill has won numerous industry accolades including a coveted award from the ‘International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers’ (IACDS) ‘The Diamond Awards’, the equivalent of an Oscar for the drilling and cutting sector and late in 2011 she was chosen as the Vitalise Businesswoman of the Year – following in the footsteps of Karren Brady and Hilary Devey.
Since then, White has raised her own profile as well as that of the business by appearing on several occasions on the national news and radio also on BBC’s Question Time, Daily Politics Show, The BBC & Sky Budget & Autumn Statement, Show Me The Money, The Bottom Line and Sky paper reviews as well as in the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph. On top of that, she has invested heavily in the business to launch three new divisions of D-Drill.
In March 2008, Julie raised finance to acquire 100% of her family’s specialist construction services business. Within 6 months the company had lost 40% of its turnover as the recession took hold. In Julie’s keynote presentation, “I Didn’t Expect That!” Julie talks about how she faced up to this and used the recession to reshape her business and prepare it for growth, including why she decided to maintain investment in her apprenticeship scheme when all logic said it was an obvious cost to cut.