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.

Michael Bushby

Vice Chairman

Michael has over forty-two years’ experience in the ground drilling industry, beginning his career as an entry level indentured apprentice in construction plant and progressing up to Depot manager at  the age of twenty one, coordinating the operation of a large fleet of rotary drilling rigs and ancillary equipment for the civil engineering aspect of the drilling industry.

Michael moved to Drilcorp in 2011 and was fundamental in establishing the Engineering division which is known throughout the industry as Borehole Engineering Services, a department within Drilcorp Specialising in all areas of borehole maintenance and rehabilitation.

Borehole Engineering is Michael’s speciality, and he is well respected in the industry by his clients, peers, and colleagues.

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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