Former apprentice, Adam Hughes, has been appointed as Engineering and Operations Director at North Wales-based engineering company DRB Group.

DRB Group is a 110-strong, family-run engineering company that supports blue chip manufacturers in the North West.

Adam began his career as an apprentice at Cheshire Electrical specialising in repairing electric motors, also known as motor rewinding. He joined the DRB family in November 2005.

“I remember the day I joined because I saw Status Quo at Venue Cymru that night!”

Adam has been involved in many aspects of DRB’s business, working with a multitude of customers.

My most memorable jobs were working on-site for 8 months as a mechanical fitter at a local chocolate factory. I moved onto a 7-month project as part of a major overhaul at a coal-fired power station.”

After five years ‘on the tools’, Adam joined the office-based team as a production engineer where he worked closely with customers, recommending solutions to their engineering challenges. He quickly progressed to team leader. Adam now runs DRB’s design, engineering, and manufacturing teams, with an overview of all customer operations from concept to delivery.

“The past 15 years have been exciting and challenging. I’ve seen the factory double in size and expand with strategic acquisitions. But the thing I’m most proud of is our award-winning apprenticeship programme, especially coming from an apprentice background myself.”

Matt Bennett, CEO at DRB Group, said: “What sets Adam apart is his dogeared determination to deliver what the customer needs. His deep knowledge of what we do means customers really understand the value we bring to their business.”

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