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.
NatSol is committed to appropriate solutions and we 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 first 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. NatSol evolved from this work. His innovative urine separation system was a major advance that solved a number of problems plaguing earlier experiments. Andy brings his scientific training and interest to the biology and ecology of composting. He is also a qualified psychotherapist.
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 range.
Ellen Hughes – General Manager
Ellen is the General Manager of NatSol. She had been Assistant Manager for a number of years and was promoted to General Manager in June 2017 when Chris Frost retired. She is responsible for Natsol’s day to day administration which includes handling enquiries, setting up contracts, managing production, and stock control. She has been on site work and is quite familiar with the whole process from manufacture through installation to after sales support.
Chris Frost – Contract and manufacturing advice
Chris joined NatSol at the start up of the company in November 2005, having recently sold his previous company which operated in the health food and complementary remedies sector. Chris was quickly appointed as General Manager of NatSol, a post he held until his retirement in June 2017. Chris continues to be involved part time in both administrative and practical roles within NatSol Ltd.
Andrew Capel – IT Systems developer
Andrew is one of our IT people. He created and looks after the database and the links between that and other parts of our IT system such as stock control.
He is a keen Welsh learner and organises Clwb Siarad, the Friday evening conversation group in Llanidloes. Andy Warren is also a Welsh learner and we do manage a bit of Welsh in the office from time to time!
Bethan Gratrix – Book-keeper
Bethan has recently taken over as book-keeper. She also works for the Forest Stewardship Council UK which is based in Llanidloes.
Rachael Marshall – Administrator
Rachael studied sustainable building services in which she gained an HND. During a period of living ‘off grid’ in Mid Wales she used her own dual chamber composting toilet.
David Eger aka Cornelius – Small components manufacture
Cornelius assists with production of small components in our own workshop. These include stainless steel pedestals and plastic items. He is seen here fitting wastes into urinals. Best known locally as a superb musician with a vast repertoire of traditional music. Also a Welsh learner.
And the people who make the big stuff………
We make the small items like pedestals and soak boxes in-house but the bigger stuff is made by other companies in Mid Wales and Shropshire:
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 BCM-GRC which manufactures our Glass Reinforced Concrete components. These are central to the function of the Full Access and Zero Discharge toilets. Dave is seen standing in front of some NatSol stock.
Graham Jones – M Jones & Sons – Timber building manufacturers
Graham Jones (shown left) owns the family firm of joiners and builders, M Jones & Sons. He is responsible for manufacturing our timber buildings for the Full Access model. Andy Warren (shown right) is the MD of NATSOL.
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 a proportion of 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.