Meet the Team

We wouldn’t be able to help deliver a whole host of successful events all year round if it wasn’t for the help of a fantastic team. Find out more about us below.

Josh Hignell

Founder/Director

One hungover Friday as a Loughborough university Business student in 2011, the coursework was set and Blast was created! Flash forward a few years and Josh has now grown this idea, into being the founder of a very successful Event Equipment Hire company. Starting out in the Bristol events industry at a young age has enabled Josh to bring an up-to-date and modern approach to his business, that clients running events today can relate to. He is constantly working on the business development of Blast and exploring other avenues to keep up with the ever-growing industry. He oversees the day to day duties of all team members, including the logistics and scheduling of the delivery runs and general upkeeping of the warehouse and company ensuring that everybody is doing their job!

In his (rare) spare time, Josh is our very own Bear Grylls and enjoys nothing more than off-roading, camping or running ultra-marathons – in October 2021 he completed the Marathon De Sables, running 250km across the Sahara Desert!

Lily Hyett

Hire Co-ordinator & Administrator 

 Lily is responsible for the admin side of the company and ensures that no order gets released before receiving all of the necessary information to enable a smooth delivery process on the day. She assists in the taking and processing of orders, and will even go into the warehouse to help pick the orders when she isn’t too busy in the office. Lily has many other “background” duties in her admin role and is essentially the cog for keeping what is naturally a chaotic industry, organised!

Out of the office, Lily likes to live by the ‘work hard, play hard’ motto! When she isn’t working hard at the gym, she is planning her next holiday and enjoying Bristol City’s nightlife like the bubbly, social butterfly that she is!

Leanne Benney

Warehouse Manager

Leanne is the person responsible for organising the warehouse and her team to ensure that everything runs smoothly once the office team has passed on the orders. Leanne ensures that all orders are picked correctly, loaded onto the lorries efficiently and sent off with the correct driver and drivers mate each morning. She assists Josh in the scheduling of all deliveries, and is the main link between the warehouse team and office team – and this isn’t just because she loves a chat! It’s not an easy task managing this group but if there is anyone who can handle the warehouse guys, it’s Leanne!

Leanne is very family-orientated and thoroughly enjoys spending her free time taking her nephews and niece out on day trips, and spending time with her friends.

Tina Hignell

Accounts Receivable

Tina plays a crucial role within Blast and is responsible for collecting all outstanding payments in line with customer payment terms. She also is responsible for ordering in new items and equipment for Blast and will do all it takes to get the best deal!

When Tina isn’t mothering her three ‘children’ or decorating her new house, she is busy planning the next family holiday or family gathering – which isn’t an easy task when there is 23 of them!

Esther Drewe

Accounts Payable

Esther is Blast’s bookkeeper and is responsible for ensuring that all the bills and staff get paid on time and in full and the tallying and cross-referencing of all payments in and out of the company. Additionally, she is the person that tries to reign in Josh’s purchases of new equipment and vehicles etc. for the company! 

In her spare time, Esther can be found ferrying her two daughters to gymnastics, university and swimming all over the country.

Delivery Drivers & Warehouse Team

Of course we can’t forget our lovely group of delivery drivers and driver’s mates! These guys spend their days loading/unloading lorries, fixing and testing equipment on a regular basis, clearing the warehouse and delivering/collecting (sometimes across the country) to and from clients’ events. They are incredibly hard-working and friendly and are sure to deliver your order with a smile! They will go above and beyond to ensure that you are happy with everything on-site – they will even go that extra bit further if you offer them a coffee!

Amazingly when they’re not working together in the warehouse, they are spending time together on fishing weekends, nights out and even bingo trips! The cheeky, friendly vibe that you will get from them when they deliver/collect your order is down to the fact that they are genuinely good friends, which makes for a remarkable working atmosphere.

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