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.
It’s the person inside the overalls that makes DRB the family that it is.
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”
The Senior Team
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.
Engineering & Operations Director
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. He now runs our engineering and operations teams.
Head of Administration
Ali joined us in 2005 as an adminisration assistant, since then she has worked her way up in nearly every department and knows the business inside and out. She is now our Head of Administration, which covers our admin, procurement, sales and logistics teams.
Head of Customer Relations
Julie joined DRB as an administration assistant for the electrical team, and quickly progressed as her technical knowledge and interest in motors developed. After managing our sales team and growing strong relationships with our customers, she is now head of customer relations.
Head of Engineering
Mike joined DRB straight from school as a Mechanical Manufacturing apprentice in 2011 and is currently studying for an MSc in Engineering Management. He is the head of our engineering team you’ll see below.
Head of Manufacturing
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 is the head of our workshop and manufacturing team.
Business Development 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. After building up strong customer relations as an account manager, he is now our business development manager.
QA and Training Manager
Peter brings more than 40 years’ experience in Quality Assurance for engineering, previously with GEC, Alstom, and GE Power Controls. He also manages training including our apprentice program.
ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS
Martin is a time-served multi-skilled fitter and machinist. He spent five years in Europe installing and commissioning robot assembly lines for car manufacturers, as well as making and repairing armoured vehicles.
Nathan joined the DRB family in 2012 as a hydraulic apprentice. He’s now a production engineer having gained further experience with our fluid power and valves solutions. Nathan’s studying for a BEng in Industrial Engineering.
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.
Chris joined DRB in 2016 after serving as a CNC engineering machinist. He’s now an experienced Production Engineer providing high-level technical expertise to plan, design, modify, optimise and monitor manufacturing processes.
Stew has more than 30 years’ experience supporting our clients’ mechanical, production and maintenance engineering teams. He has extensive knowledge in the specialist area for cereal roll manufacturing.
Barry has more than 40 years’ experience of manufacturing, precision engineering, and design improvements. He’s been part of the DRB family for seven years, helping customers solve their manufacturing challenges.
Tony started working for DRB in 1978 as a machinist. This developed into a more customer-facing role and he now helps customers with their production and processing challenges.
INNOVATION AND DESIGN
Head of Design
Dragos joined in 2018 with 6 years’ experience as a design engineer and drawing office manager, and now manages our team of in-house designers. He holds an MEng in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.
Design Team Leader
John has more than 13 years’ experience in design engineering from mass production vacuum cleaner cyclone packs through to bespoke OEB level 5 pharmaceutical machines. He holds an Industrial Design degree from Loughborough University.
Saul is a time served mechanical apprentice machining parts for defence and aerospace, automotive and nuclear power, before completing a BEng in Industrial Engineering and moving into design.
Iwan has four years’ experience in the oil and gas industry designing mechanical and structural systems for industrial gas turbine acoustic packages. He joined us in 2016 and holds an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering.
Jake joined the DRB family in 2017, having spent four years working for Ifor Williams Trailers at a robotic welding fixture designer. He graduated from Liverpool John Moors University with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering.
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