Consulting Services

In April 2019, as part of a consolidation of our businesses, Donald Gillies ceased trading independently as Cadgelift, and now offers his agricultural ‘man & machine’, as well as his construction industry consulting services, under the Hirsel Enterprises umbrella. This allows Hirsel Enterprises to offer the agricultural and construction industries a service that priorities safety, efficiency and accuracy.

This includes:

  • CAD lift plans and story board presentations for agricultural, construction, and marine-based clients;
  • Appointed Person Services, including site visits, method statements, risk assessments,and lift supervision;
  • Site visits producing information packs assist your own Appointed Persons in their decision making processes;
  • Utilizing Donald’s 30+ years experience and extensive contacts in the crane and plant hire industry to advise and assist in sourcing the most suitable and cost effective plant for your project.
  • “Man & Machine” services for small farms in our local area of the Scottish Highlands.

To discuss how Donald can help your upcoming project be a safe and unqualified success, write to him directly at, or call him at +44(0)7810875147.

Fencing off the Bog, part of an agri-environmental scheme,
and an important part our efforts to encourage a healthy ecosystem across the entire farm.

A little about Donald Gillies:

Donald has worked in the construction, haulage and heavy plant service industries for over 40 years in a variety of positions, including:

  • all areas of material movement and lifting: driving and operating heavy haulage (as an HGV 1 Driver) and cargo handling equipment;
  • crane operations involving heavy lift planning and supervision in oil industry rig inspection;
  • repair and maintenance work; and
  • construction/plant assembly.

Latterly specializing in lifting operations, his experience includes land, near-shore, sub-sea and some off-shore works – from feasibility study, through risk assessment and methodology, to on-site supervision. He has “hands on” experience to supplement his work with operations story-boarding and lift plan diagrams, blending insight and experience with theory and knowledge of approved codes of practice.

Also, with over 40 years of varied sub-aqua experience, he has a unique blend of knowledge and skills in this specific arena which allows him to translate theory into practice, when working in the marine environment. And as a former plant operator, he can communicate effectively with staff at all levels and encourage a safe working experience.

Currently, Donald’s primary client is Keynvor Morlift, a UK based marine contracting firm, for whom he consults and designs on Heavy Lift operations. In addition, when he is not busy in our own fields, his wealth of experience and ability to operate a range of construction and farm equipment is put to good use on small farms across the Sutherland region.

What they said…

Sonsub Saipem UK: During 2008 we had a varied and extensive, scope of work carried out from the port of Invergordon. Donald Gillies headed up most of the operations and was found to be an excellent asset, with a high level of expertise and professionalism in all aspects of his work.. I would have no hesitation in recommending his services for any work scope from planning and arranging challenging crane ops with multiple cranes involved SIMOPS, to the day to day ops with labour, forklifts transport etc, arranged and supervised as required.” – Robert West

Balcas: Our thanks extend in particular to Donald Gillies, for his invaluable expertise and out of ours and out of hours commitment which irrevocably contributed to the successful operations,during our project construction.
We would without hesitation, highly recommend and indeed commission your very professional services again in the future.” – Colin McKenzie, Plant Manager

Saipem UK Ltd. : ”Just a quick thank you for your excellent service over the last few days during the Bar Protector Mobilisation. It was a pleasure working with such a professional outfit who more than contributed to an efficient Port Call”.

Subsea 7: Thank you …….for your help with the demob/mob, you were spot on. Your help much appreciated. Look forward to working with you in the future”. – Steve Warman

To discuss how Donald can help your upcoming project be a safe and unqualified success, write to him directly at, or call him at +44(0)7810875147.

On the job for KML, with his wee assistant by his side.
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