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Craig Blackwell

Toolroom Manager

Craig heads-up the Precision Components department and has over 16 years of experience in tool-making.

Dan Brown

Multi-Skilled Engineer

Danny has 14 years of experience in the plastics industry as a Senior Engineer.


Darren Beardsmore

Managing Director

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Dave Preston

Multi-Skilled Engineer

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Ellis Bloomer


Ellis is 16 years old, an Air Cadet and Gripple Automation is his first job.

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Isobel Park

Project Manager

Isobel has a project and product management background, spending a number of years at Gripple before joining Gripple Automation.


James Beaton

Software Engineer

James has 30+ years experience with leading brands in the Medical, Pharmaceutical, FMCG and Building industries

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Joe Goldthorpe

Multi-Skilled Apprentice

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Joe Lee

Machine Designer

Joe started as an Engineering apprentice and having qualified now has 8 years experience in machine design.

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Kirk White

Production Manager


Rad Czyzewski

Controls Engineer

Rad has over 10 years experience, gained across the Food, Pharmaceutical and FMCG industry sectors.

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John Joyce


John has a wealth of manufacturing management experience, spending the past 25 years with Gripple.


Steve Woodall

Multi-Skilled Engineer

Steve has clocked-up 5 years at Gripple and joined Gripple Automation for a new challenge in 2017.

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Stephen Coultas

Multi-Skilled Engineer

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Josh Smith


Josh has 3 years experience of machine operating and is now working in the Precision Components department.

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Matt Kay

Trainee Designer

Matt works at Gripple Automation whilst studying and now holds a First Class Degree in Aerospace Technology.

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Steve Benton

Technical Author

Steve has 3 decades of technical communications experience, gained across a wide range of industry sectors.

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Justin Newborn

Applications Engineer

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Paul Kay

Mechanical Engineer

Paul comes from a Maintenance Engineering background and has worked at Gripple for 10 years.