Our Team

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.

Away from work Ian is a family man with a love of dogs, horses and is actively involved in local charities.

Nick Atkinson

Group 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 groups growth whilst maintaining the company’s excellent reputation for service

Away from work, Nick has three grown-up daughters, spread around the world in New York, Singapore and London. Living in Harrogate, he is a keen tennis player representing  Chapel Allerton in the Yorkshire League (now playing more doubles than singles on account of the aches and pains now associated with each game and his wife reminding him that he is no longer 18).

James Wheeler

Integration Director

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

Since starting his own company and more recently merging with Cleanall to form Aston Services Group, he has maintained a hands-on approach to leading and developing the strategy, by putting the 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.
Away from work James is a dedicated family man with one daughter. He has a passion for motorsport and racing cars around the UK and Germany, on various track day events.

Alistair Clayton

Commercial 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.

In his mid-forties Alistair is being kept on his toes by his long-suffering wife and young children though still manages to fit in playing rugby for Bury, albeit at a much slower and more injury prone pace!!

Darrell Clews

Operations Director

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.

Outside of work Darrell is a lifelong Burnley FC fan and is also a keen runner with a love of cruising the high seas.!

Jim MacKinnon


Jim has many, many years of experience, primarily in the security industry having formerly served Queen and country. He is a highly motivated person with an extensive ‘black book’ of contacts through his long and successful career in the facilities services sector and a firm advocate of delivering ‘value for money’ for the client and exceeding their expectations of service and support.
Outside of work Jim is a lifelong Preston North End FC fan and is also actively involved in a number of local charities and has helped to raise many thousands of pounds over the years.