Based in Mid Wales, NatSol Ltd was started by Andy Warren and Nick Grant in 2005 following many years combined experience of designing and installing composting toilets. They met at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales with which they have long established links.
We are committed to appropriate solutions and will not knowingly sell you a product unless we believe that it is the best solution for your situation based on the available information.
It probably won’t surprise you that we think our products make a significant contribution to water conservation and pollution reduction, read more about our green credentials below.
The NatSol Team
Andy Warren – Managing Director
Andy has a degree in Physics from Imperial College and has worked in ecological design and construction since the late eighties. This has included advising on energy conservation, with a particular interest in energy efficient refurbishment. He has been designing, building and using compost toilets since 1993 and set up NatSol as an offshoot of other activities . His innovative urine separation system was a major advance that solved a number of problems plaguing earlier experiments. Andy also brings his scientific training and interest to the biology and ecology of composting.
Nick Grant – Technical Director
Nick runs Elemental Solutions, a consultancy specialising in sustainable building and water management. He is Technical Director of the Passivhaus Trust and a Trustee of the AECB. Trained as a design engineer, Nick has been interested in compost toilets since the early 80s. When he built his home around a waterless toilet adjoining the kitchen he had to be able to guarantee no odour or flies! He brings this knowledge and his eco-minimal approach to product design to NatSol and is proud to have helped create what he believes is an excellent product.
Chris Frost – General Manager
Chris is the General Manager of NatSol. He had previously run Natural Foods Ltd in Llanidloes. Chris is a qualified forestry contractor with experience in upland farming. He has worked as a local government officer in the public housing sector and for a number of years in the sales and marketing industry. Like the rest of the team, Chris is very practical and when not running the office he is helping refine production methods and assembling pedestals.
Ellen Hughes – Assistant Manager
Ellen is responsible for Natsol’s day to day administration including stock control. She handles enquiries when Chris and Andy are busy and is involved with marketing. She assists with preparation of components in the workshop and with despatch. She has been on site work and is quite familiar with the whole process from manufacture through installation to after sales support.
Sue Holmes – Financial Administration
Sue has 30 years experience in financial administration during which she trained in accountancy. She has a BA in history and holds an RHS general certificate in horticulture and a City and Guilds certificate in hard landscaping.
Paul Jervis – Metal Production
Paul Jervis of Chameleon Services masterminds the production of all steel and stainless steel components. This includes our box profile clad building – popular on sites where there is a risk of vandalism – and our toilet pedestal components. He is involved with product development.
Dave Bratton – BCMGRC Ltd – GRC Production
Dave Bratton is the General Manager of BCMGRC which manufactures our Glass Reinforced Concrete components. These are central to the function of the Full Access toilets. BCM is currently involved in helping us develop a new product for busy public sites. Dave is seen standing in front of some NatSol stock.
Our Green Credentials
- Our products are designed for a long service life
- We are a long time member of The Sustainable Building Association — AECB
- We have donated 0.5% of our turnover to The Size of Wales project
- Most of our packaging is re-used plastic and card. We also use some wood-shavings which can be added to the vault as soak material.
- We have retrofitted high levels of insulation in our office
- We buy our electricity from Good Energy which sells 100% renewable energy
- Our computers are switched off at the socket overnight
- We use FSC timber when available & consider all timber sourcing issues.