Covid-19 Decontamination Team Leader
Jim Gildea is the founder, managing director and owner of Rubbish Clearance and Waste Removal Ltd, a company based in Hampshire which offers domestic, commercial and industrial waste removal services, specialist cleaning services, asbestos removal and disposal, and rapid response services.
After experiencing much emotional upheaval during his teenage years which saw him leave secondary school without qualifications, Jim Gildea began working for himself at the age of 16. Much of his early career was spent working in odd jobs locally. He balanced this with his personal ambition to self-educate and undertook college courses in his own time to acquire the basic O-Level qualifications that he would require.
His first taste of the waste removal industry came in the year 2000, and it would leave a sizeable impression as Gildea made his first personal business venture into the sector just seven years later with the launch of his own business, Rubbish Clearance & Waste Removal.
On the back of a plan to create a small, profitable and versatile company that would provide a high level of customer service and fulfil the needs of the local area on the south coast, the business started to operate as a sole trader in 2000 It initially provided waste removal services in Hampshire and surrounding areas.
It soon became apparent to Gildea that clients were looking for a more comprehensive service than waste removal and multiple tradesmen were often summoned to premises in order for all of the necessary tasks to be completed. On the back of this, Gildea set about expanding and diversifying his business to offer an all-encompassing service for his customers.
After diversifying its operations, the business became a limited company in 2015. After Gildea completed a training course with the National Academy of Crime Scene Cleaners - owned by Ultimate Environmental and the only recognised crime scene forensic cleaning course provider in the UK - the company was then qualified to offer rapid response services. To date, the business provides domestic, commercial and industrial waste removal services, specialist cleaning services, asbestos removal and disposal, alongside its rapid response services.
In June 2020, Gildea appeared on a Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland podcast, discussing the importance of leadership and the impact it has had on his career to date.
The fight against Covid-19
With his business capable of providing rapid response work and fully experienced in conducting murder clean-ups and forensic cleaning jobs on behalf of Ultimate Environmental, the emergence of Covid-19 in the UK in early 2020 offered the business another opportunity.
As he arrived in the arrivals lounge at Heathrow Airport following a holiday, Gildea was contacted and asked to provide Covid-19 infection prevention and control services.
Since accepting the call on February 13, Rubbish Clearance & Waste Removal carried out the February 29 clean-up operation at Haslemere Health Centre in Surrey where the UK's Covid-19 'patient zero' was housed, and featured on the BBC Local and National News alongside Duncan Kennedy to demonstrate clean-up procedures for Covid-19 hospital units. The company’s work has also featured on Global News in California and the wider US.
Two of the company’s latest contracts include operated as an Emergency Response Clinical Waste Team for Hampshire Highways, and providing specialist cleaning contract services for the Southern NHS Trust.
Listen to Jim Gildea's Leaders Council podcast.
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