Our Team

Our team has the experience, the knowledge and the time to fully understand and meet your specific needs. Through our partnership approach, we continuously look at ways we can improve our services and our people – for your business.

Ian Gilston


Ian is totally committed to his staff, clients and the development of the business. A hands-on Chairman. Organic growth, our service levels and consistently meeting the needs of our clients are key drivers for Ian and the business.

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Nick Atkinson 

Managing Director

Nick brings a wealth of business growth experience within the B2B sector, having worked with major institutional investors in addition to being a main board director of a fully quoted London Stock Exchange company.

Nick’s strategic and commercial expertise will accelerate the group’s growth whilst maintaining the company’s excellent reputation for service.

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James Wheeler

Relationship & Major Business Development Director

James now has over 25 years’ experience within the facilities services Industry and having held numerous Senior Management positions, James is a well-respected member of the senior team.

Since starting his own company and more recently merging with Cleanall to form Aston Services Group, maintained a hands on approach by putting staff and customer needs at the forefront of the business performance.

A positive thinking and disciplined individual, he brings to the table excellent leadership, organisational, decision making and communication skills.

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Alistair Clayton

Sales & Marketing Director

Alistair has a wide range of experience across a broad spectrum of sectors. His passion lies primarily in the retail and leisure industry along with the development of multi-site portfolios.

Alistair is a straightforward and open individual who firmly believes in providing the client with the service they have bought and being there for his customers after the ‘deal’ has been done. His long-standing relationships with his customers is a testimony to this approach and commitment.

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Darrell Clews

Operations Director Cleaning

Darrell is a highly motivated person with extensive operational and support skills and a firm advocate of delivering ‘value for money’ for the client and exceeding their expectations of service and support.

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Simon Hawkins

Operations Director Security

Simon has a great many years of working within the security industry and has held a number of senior roles in managing the delivery of this service to both national clientele as well as to a more locally focused customer base.  He is passionate about customer service delivery and is very focused on making sure that his team always go the extra mile and that they strive to over deliver in all that they can do.  Simon is very well connected within the security industry and is able to call upon additional specialist resources should the need ever present itself.

Simon brings with him passion, ambition, proven commercial acumen and a vast amount of contract delivery experience all of which dovetails beautifully into the Board’s other areas of focus, ability and skill set.


Melanie Smith

Financial Controller

Melanie has been with the business since 2003 and has recently become Financial Controller to the Group.

Her control and management of financial and accounting affairs are critical to the Group, ensuring that ASG is on an even keel and that cash ‘flows’.