My engineering career started at 13 working school holidays and weekends in the machine shop at my father’s engineering company in Sheffield, where I did everything from scrapping out machines to working a Herberet 2C.
My working life started in 1990 with a technical apprenticeship at a large engineering company in Sheffield (now called Davy Markham). I then moved to a sub division of theirs in the design office, working on new and existing designs for rolling mill guide equipment.
I left in 1995 to work at my fathers engineering company which he unfortunately had to sell, so I moved onto Arrowhead Rockdrill in Chesterfield where I worked as production engineer and then production manager. After 4 years I moved to Scotland, and was offered a job working for a Sheffield based tooling distributor (now Kyocera). In 2008, as the recession hit, I went to work for an American Ceramic & Carbide tooling manufacturer Greenleaf Corp. I was responsible for growing sales of ceramic indexable tooling in Northern Europe, machining difficult to machine materials such as hardened steels, and Heat resistant alloys. I then moved to Cutwel in 2018 to look after national key accounts and the external sales team.