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.

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.

ADAM HUGHES

ADAM HUGHES

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.

ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS

WILL PERCIVAL

WILL PERCIVAL

Engineering Team Leader

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 heads up one our of two teams of production engineers.

MIKE HALLIDAY

MIKE HALLIDAY

Engineering Team Leader

Mike joined DRB straight from school as a Mechanical Manufacturing apprentice in 2011 and is currently studying for an MSc in Engineering Management. He heads up one our of two teams of production engineers.

Nathan Atkins

Nathan Atkins

Production Engineer

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.

Ian Brown

Ian Brown

Production Engineer

Simon Cartwright

Simon Cartwright

Production Engineer

Simon is our pump and rotating equipment specialist with more than 25 years’ experience. He has extensive knowledge in all areas relating to pumping systems and an excellent reputation within the industry for providing high quality service and customer care.

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Production Engineer

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 Cobden

Stew Cobden

Production Engineer

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 Dixon

Barry Dixon

Production Engineer

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.

Jonathan Elliott

Jonathan Elliott

Production Engineer

Martin Fisher

Martin Fisher

Production Engineer

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.

Tony Kennedy

Tony Kennedy

Production Engineer

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.

Paul Ward

Paul Ward

Production Engineer

INNOVATION AND DESIGN

Ben Clarkson

Ben Clarkson

Head of Innovation

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

DRAGOS CIORDAS

DRAGOS CIORDAS

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.

John Noble

John Noble

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.

Jake Davies

Jake Davies

Design Engineer

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.

Saul Page

Saul Page

Design Engineer

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 Williams

Iwan Williams

Design Engineer

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.

SALES, SUPPORT AND MARKETING

Julie Grant

Julie Grant

Head of Sales

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 technical components sales and technical team, she’s now managing the sales team.

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.

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.

Tom Schofield

Tom Schofield

Technical Sales

Tom’s our in-house valve specialist having worked in the engineering industry since 1976. He served his apprenticeship as a design draughtsman working for Wolstenholme Valves, moving into product development, refurbishment and sales.

Dave Weatherley

Dave Weatherley

Technical Sales

Dave’s our motor and rotating equipment specialist, with more than 40 years’ experience in the engineering sector. He served his apprenticeship with Fletcher Langley, now part of the DRB Group.

Rebecca Morgan

Rebecca Morgan

Head of Marketing

Rebecca leads our strategic growth. She’s a natural nerd with more than 15 years’ marketing experience for engineering and high-tech companies, most recently working for various oil and gas companies.

Peter Holden

Peter Holden

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.

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