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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 gained within the Food and Plastics industries at a Senior Engineer level.


Darren Beardsmore

Managing Director

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Dave Preston

Multi-Skilled Engineer

Dave has 10+ years experience in the car components and appliances sectors, as a Production Engineer.

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Ellis Bloomer


Ellis works in our Precision Components department and studying for a Precision Machining (Level 3) qualification.

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Isobel Park

Project Manager

Isobel has over 24 years experience of project and product management, and previously worked for Gripple.


James Beaton

Software Engineer

James has 30+ years experience working in the Pharmaceutical, Medical, FMCG and Building sectors.

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Joe Goldthorpe

Multi-Skilled Apprentice

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Joe Lee

Machine Designer

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

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John Joyce


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

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Josh Smith


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

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Justin Newborn

Applications Engineer

Justin has a wealth of automation application experience, gained across multiple manufacturing industries.

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Kirk White

Commissioning Engineer

Kirk started as an apprentice with Gripple over 20 years ago, and has amassed a broad wealth of knowledge.


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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Matt Kay

Trainee Designer

Matt joined after a 1 year placement from University studying Aerospace and is now a junior machine designer.

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Paul Kay

Mechanical Engineer

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


Rad Czyzewski

Controls Engineer

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

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Stephen Coultas

Multi-Skilled Engineer

Stephen is an apprentice trained electrical engineering, with production engineering and robotics experience.


Steve Benton

Technical Author

Steve has a technical communications and marketing background, working across a variety of industry sectors.


Craig Bagnall

Multi-Skilled Engineer

Craig comes from a production engineering background and is also an experienced tool setter.