Meet The Team


Anthony Exell – Managing Director

Member of ISPE

Anthony started building swimming pools over 20 years ago before founding XL Pools in 2002. He is the director and head of sales, but you will often see him on-site directing your pool build and getting his hands dirty.

Helen Smith – Finance Director

Member of ISPE

Helen co-founded the business in 2002 with Anthony. Helen deals with things back at base, managing staff and the financial aspect of the business. Over the years, Helen has gained experience and knowledge in all aspects of the swimming pool industry which to this day continues to grow.

Penny Mayes – Finance Assistant and Office Manager

Penny is the most recent addition to XL Pools, joining us with a wide knowledge of finances and sales. She can answer any questions you have about building your pool and you may see her friendly face on the occasional site visit.

Josie Bricknell – Office Administrator

Josie joined us in 2015 and has since taken over the company’s social media accounts. She handles the incoming enquiries and makes sure to assign the rest of the team to where they’re needed. Why not say hello to her on our company Facebook or Twitter page?


Mike Baker – Site Manager

Member of ISPE

Mike has been with us since 2008. He will co-ordinate the work team as well as get heavily involved in much of the ground work required for your installation. Mike knows his way around a digger and has an excellent approachable manner. Feel free to ask him anything!

Terry Andrews – Pool Engineer

Terry joined XL Pools early 2016 from a leisure centre. He’s got excellent knowledge and insight into the world of professional pools and a friendly approach to any problems you might have. Feel free to ask him anything!


Chris Bartholomew – Senior Engineer

Member of ISPE

Chris joined XL Pools early 2012 but he’s got more than 20 years’ worth of experience. He handles the cleaning side to the business ensuring your pool is perfect all year round.

About XL Pools

XL Pools are a team of dedicated professionals who have built a reputation for outstanding swimming pool design and construction. We are the leading suppliers and installers of Compass Pools.


XL Pools Ltd

t: 01233 840336


a: Unit 5 The Glenmore Centre, Moat Way, Orbital Park, Ashford, TN24 0TL

Award Winning Pool Installation

XL Pools is an award winning Swimming Pool Installation company.

Swimming Pool Contractor of the Year 2018 & 2015

11 x SPATA Gold Winner