WDA Committee

Find out about our committee members.

Darren Hughes


Darren has over thirty years’ experience in the drilling industry, his career having taken him as far afield as the Middle East and South America. As Managing Director of D Hughes Well Drillers Ltd, specialising in domestic and commercial boreholes, Darren’s hands-on approach ensures an excellent reputation for high standards of customer service, delivering bespoke solutions to clients’ individual requirements.

Rebecca Taylor

Vice Chairman

Rebecca has been working for H.D. Services Ltd since 2012. Hailing from a public-sector background, she has taken responsibility for business development and compliance. She liaises with industry associations and government offices regarding legal requirements associated with the services the company offer and heads their marketing and publicity campaigns.

Rebecca has attended WDA meetings alongside the Director of HD Services Ltd since 2017 and has had an active involvement with the Association since then.

While not a driller herself, she has experience with policy and procedure, quality management, health and safety and in liaising with professional bodies and government departments and hopes to help make the WDA council a well rounded one.

Karenlee Barrett

Secretary and Treasurer

Karenlee has a background of accounting and IT sales and developing sustainable strategies. After being employed for just on 14 years she decided to ‘break free’ allowing her to work with the customers she wanted to and being able to offer more than she was able to in an employed role. She set up her own consultancy business in 1999 trading under her name and then in 2011 under the banner of Clarity Business Development. In this role she has helped small, mainly family run businesses grow in an organised, structured and profitable way.

She thrives on the challenges and rewards that working with growing businesses can bring. Within CBD she sits as a Non-Executive Director for two companies and since 2011 has held the role of Operations Director at Agricultural Water Engineers Ltd. In early 2017 she became fully responsible for all financial matters and adds Finance Director to her role, and made the decision to close CBD in August 2017 to focus entirely on AWE Ltd and the WDA.

Passionate about succeeding in whatever task lies ahead of her, Karenlee was voted in as Secretary and Treasurer of the WDA at the AGM in January 2016. You can contact her on 07585 955001 or email her using the contact us form.

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