People

We’re a family. 

We may not be related (well, some of us are) but we support, encourage, and challenge each other as if we were.

We take good care of our people. We invest in their professional development to help them be the best they can. We encourage apprentices to take on more responsibility and move around the business, and our more experienced staff to continue formal learning.

Our people are loyal and often remain with the company for decades: we’ve given out 28 Breitling watches so far for 25 years’ service.

We also offer flexible working arrangements because family is the most important thing.

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”

P​eter Drucker 

Employees

Apprentices

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SKILLED TECHNICIANS AND ENGINEERS

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MANUAL AND CNC MACHINES

Board Of Directors

Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett

CEO

FIoD

Matt, son of Founder David Roy Bennett, had been involved in DRB as the company secretary since 2008, becoming more involved in the day-to-day running of the business as Vice Chairman and then Chairman, until he took over as CEO in 2015.

He installed a new board and began a restructuring programme to position the company as the trusted manufacturing engineering partner to production, processing, and heavy industrial customers in the North West.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams

Managing Director

BEng (Hons) Mech, CEng FIMechE, FIoD, MCMI

Mark is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IMechE, sitting on the review board for new Members, Fellows, and Chartered Engineers. He’s also a Fellow of the IoD. Mark has worked for KBA (GmbH) Group, Pilkington’s, Hattersley, and BOC at a board level, and is the founder of several start-up businesses and ran several companies. He served a Technical Apprenticeship with Dresser based in Skelmersdale.

Hugh Haimes

Hugh Haimes

Finance Director

BA (Hons) Business, ACMA, FIoD

Hugh is a PLC-trained accountant with 25 years’ experience across many sectors including food manufacturing, general industry, distribution, wholesaling and consultancy. He spent a majority of his career with three of DRB’s key customers.

ENGINEERING

Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes

Head of Engineering Operations

Adam trained as an apprentice before joining DRB in 2005 as a mechanical fitter. He’s also worked in the project estimation team, and now manages all aspects of manufacturing.

Ben Clarkson

Ben Clarkson

Head of Innovation

Ben has more than seven years’ experience designing engineering solutions to a wide range of industries. He has worked on fuel cell technologies, safety-critical HGV components, supercar engine systems, and industrial plant equipment. He  holds an Industrial Design degree from Loughborough University.

Mark Shellis

Mark Shellis

Head of Site Services

Mark manages all customer-site activity including shutdowns and maintenance contracts, personnel, transport, fabrication and technical assembly. He’s a time-served process engineer with a Lean manufacturing background, having worked for Alcoa, GKN, and Trelleborg

WILL PERCIVAL

WILL PERCIVAL

Lead Production Engineer

Will has more than 13 years’ experience in engineering environments, working as a CNC milling programmer for 10 years before joining DRB in 2015. He works predominantly in the food sector, specialising in cereal roll repairs and manufacturing.

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Barry Dixon

Barry Dixon

Account Manager

Barry has more than 40 years’ experience in precision engineering with qualifications in engineering, Lean manufacturing and Six sigma. He is a time-served toolmaker, starting his career in the development department of the TI group of companies.

Charles Baskeyfield

Charles Baskeyfield

Account Manager

Charles has more than 10 years’  engineering experience, with an HNC in Operations Engineering.
Being involved in continual improvement projects led him to technical sales and account management roles.

Jordan Owen-Jones

Jordan Owen-Jones

Account Manager

Jordan joined DRB in 2012, bringing with him more than 10 years’ engineering industry experience, having previously worked as a supervisor for a hydraulic and pneumatic contractor based at Airbus, Broughton. 

Matt Allt

Matt Allt

Account Manager

Matt is a graduate of our Apprentice scheme, training as a competent CNC machinist and mechanical fitter. His technical background gives him a solid grounding now that he has moved into an account management role.

Stew Cobden

Stew Cobden

Account Manager

Stew has more than 30 years’ experience, specialising in cereal roll manufacture and repairs. He has overseen production trials of the rolls we manufacture and repair to help further develop quality and performance. 

 

Tom Schofield

Tom Schofield

Account Manager

Tom served his apprenticeship at Wolstenholme Valves. He also ran his own engineering firm for 12 years. He supports our energy, power and utilities customers, but assists with specialist valve enquiries.

Tony Kennedy

Tony Kennedy

Account Manager

Tony joined DRB in 1978 as a machinist. He supports customers across all fields of mechanical engineering, specialising in breakfast food and paper industries.

TECHNICAL Support

Julie Grant

Julie Grant

Technical Applications Manager

Julie joined DRB as an administration assistant for the electrical team, and quickly progressed as her technical knowledge and interest in motors developed. She now manages our power transmission, pumps, motors, valves, and stores departments. 

Peter Holden

Peter Holden

QA and Training Manager

Peter has more than 40 years’ experience in quality assurance for the engineering sector, 14 of those at DRB. He also runs our product- and site-specific training, health and safety training, and our in-house Apprentice scheme.

ALI DUNBAR

ALI DUNBAR

Administration Manager

Alison leads the administration team that supports customers and DRB personnel. She joined DRB in 2003, working in the machine shop, electric motors, fabrication and sales departments.

LISA ANDERSON

LISA ANDERSON

Reception

Lisa joined DRB in 2017 following a career in a high street bank and 12 years with the NHS as as a receptionist and administrator. She manages our busy reception, welcomes visitors, supports the administration team.

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