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Unique engineering skills and experience

Tinsley Bridge Group employs over 200 people, many with unique engineering skills and experience developed from a lifetime in a company which is proud of its engineering heritage.  These skills complement our innovative and design led approach to deliver outstanding results.

Mark Webber

Mark Webber BSc, MBA

Managing Director

Mark Webber BSc, MBA

Mark Webber

Mark joined Tinsley Bridge in 1989 working on purchasing, logistics and IT and became a Director in 1990. From 1997-2001 he took the role of Managing Director at a Sheffield family firm, producing agricultural wear components, growing their export business by 300%. He rejoined the Tinsley Bridge Group as Managing Director in 2001.

mark.webber@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 221 1125

+44 (0) 778 673 8072

MBA 1989 
BSc Civil Engineering 1980

David Owens

David Owens CEng, MIET, BSc

Technical Director

David Owens CEng, MIET, BSc

David Owens

For 10 years David chaired at The Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium in which TBG worked alongside Cambridge University professor David Cebon. Also represented are Camcon, Denby Transport, Firestone, Goodyear, Haldex SIMPACK, Mektronika Systems, MIRA, Poclain Hydraulics,  Tridec BV and Volvo Trucks and Shell. “Combining this calibre of knowledge and experience is enlightening and also highly productive. We have the brainpower and the means to create and produce new innovations.”

David started as a graduate trainee at British Steel Corporation in Rotherham in 1973 and joined Tinsley Bridge in 1977. David began as a Maintenance Engineer, moving up to Engineering Manager, becoming the Engineering Director with the MBO in 1987 and finally the Technical Director in 1991.

dave.owens@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 221 1133

+44 (0) 779 341 6960

Member Institute of Engineering and Technology (1983)

Kevin Charlesworth

Kevin Charlesworth BEng Hons, MBA

Production Director

Kevin Charlesworth BEng Hons, MBA

Kevin Charlesworth

During a traditional engineering apprenticeship, Kevin gained his ONC and HNC qualifications in Mechanical & Production Engineering, then becoming a Machinist/Fitter until he joined Tinsley Bridge in 1989 as a Tool/Product Design Engineer. Here he fulfilled several roles in Customer Services, Business Development and Production. He then became Works Manager and was appointed Production Director in 2001. After his MBA in 2007, Kevin was seconded to India working on a joint venture development project, returning to Tinsley Bridge in 2009 as Group Production Director.

kevin.charlesworth@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 221 1129

+44 (0) 791 932 4681

MBA 
BEng (Hons) Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (1st Class)

 
Chris Steele

Chris Steele MCIPS

Materials Manager

Chris Steele MCIPS

Chris Steele

Chris has been at Tinsley Bridge for 37 years - all his working life. He started as an apprentice in 1979 at British Steel Corporation gaining experience in the whole steel making process before working in purchasing, planning and sales. By the time he was 23 he had become Purchasing Manager. In 1994 the logistics function was moved under his control and in the future, one of the key tasks will be to bring together group purchasing for the three companies on site.

chris.steele@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 221 1065

+44 (0) 791 932 4679

Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply

Martin Filleul

Martin Filleul MSc, CEng

Sales and Marketing Manager

Martin Filleul MSc, CEng

Martin Filleul

Martin joined Tinsley Bridge in 1986 as a Design Engineer for vehicle suspensions. He spent time in Production Engineering and as a Team Leader in Business Development, becoming Sales and Marketing Manager in 1999.

martin.filleul@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 221 1085

+44 (0) 797 953 6390

MSc Business Management & Metals Technology (1991) 
BSc Mechanical & Production Engineering (1984) 
CEng – Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Barry Race

Barry Race BSc

Quality Manager

Barry Race BSc

Barry Race

Barry trained as a Mechanical Engineer and worked at Doncasters Sheffield Ltd as a Product Development Draughtsman and Project Engineering Draughtsman. He joined Tinsley Bridge in 1981 as a Tool Design Engineer, then Production Engineer before moving into the Quality Manager role in 1990.

barry.race@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 221 1120

+44 (0) 783 628 7642

BSc Engineering (1981) 
Associate Member Institute of Mechanical Engineers 

 
Russell Crow

Russell Crow CEng, MEng

Engineering Development Manager

Russell Crow CEng, MEng

Russell Crow

Russell joined Tinsley Bridge as Engineering Development Manager in July 2014. Prior to this he held the position of Senior Engineer at Network Rail. During his time working in the rail sector, Russell led a portfolio of successful development projects including the design, development and introduction of the Tubular Stretcher Bar for Network Rail, now manufactured by Tinsley Bridge Limited.

russell.crow@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 221 1086

+44 (0) 782 654 4376

CEng (2012)
MEng Mechanical Engineering (2007)

Barry Cunliffe

Barry Cunliffe BA, FCA

Finance Director

Barry Cunliffe BA, FCA

Barry Cunliffe

Barry trained as a Chartered Accountant before moving into industry and has worked in several international engineering and manufacturing companies at board level including ITM Power, Sogepar and Kvaener. He has become a specialist in targeting profit focused business development to achieve growth in companies within advanced manufacturing sectors.

barry.cunliffe@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 211 1128

+44 (0) 776 449 9756

Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Chris Buckley

Chris Buckley MIOM

Operations Manager

Chris Buckley MIOM

Chris Buckley

Chris worked for British Coal for 19 years, initially as a Mining Apprentice before progressing to the coal face and then into hydraulics. In 1994 he joined Tinsley Bridge looking to a new career, and having started as a Production Operative has since worked his way up to Operations Manager.  

chris.buckley@tinsleybridge.co.uk

+44 (0) 114 221 1052

+44 (0) 784 121 1574

DPIM Diploma in Production and Inventory Management 
DMS Diploma in Management Studies 
IOSH Health and Safety Management

 
Paul Barkas

Paul Barkas

General Manager

Paul Barkas

Paul Barkas

Paul joined Tyzack Machine Knives in July 2014 as General Manager. Prior to this Paul was UK Manufacturing Manager/Director of Betafence UK (formerly Tinsley Wire) for the last three years. Prior to this he was with Carrington Wire for 23 years, his last role as Plant Manager. Paul has been involved in manufacturing for over 25 years and brings a vast experience and driven emphasis on results orientated improvement through leadership and performance measurement.

paul.barkas@tyzack.com

+44 (0) 114 221 1054

+44 (0) 796 180 6063

MBA 2006 
BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1996

Martin Bagshaw

Martin Bagshaw

Project Engineering Manager

Martin Bagshaw

Martin Bagshaw

Martin joined Tinsley Bridge in 1977 as a Craft Apprentice in the Maintenance department. Driven by a positive work ethic and desire to achieve, Martin progressed though the organisation gaining experience in Tool Design, Sample Manufacture and Business Development, Project and Process Engineering. An engineering graduate, he also has significant experience in production management having been responsible for managing Tinsley Bridge Anti Roll Bar production activities during a 5 year period of unprecedented growth, and a further 5 years manufacturing experience as General Manager for Tyzack Machine Knives.

martin.bagshaw@tyzack.com

+44 (0) 114 221 1064

+44 (0) 784 121 1575

BEng (Hons) Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Andy Wake

Andy Wake

Sales and Technical Manager

Andy Wake

Andy Wake

Andy Wake has 40 years of experience within the machine and industrial knife-manufacturing sector. Andy, who had 20 years previous service with Tyzack, re-joined them from Wolstenholme Machine Knives. Prior to that Andy worked both in the Knife Regrinding sector and was six years in the role of Sales Manager at Microblade. All these manufacturing companies have a proud Sheffield heritage and are part of the “MADE IN SHEFFIELD” campaign.

Andy was part of the Henry Rhodes Machine Knife team, which, together with W.A Tyzack, acquired and brought together companies with long Sheffield and Machine Knife history such as Tyzack Sons & Turner, A.R. Heathcotes and Firth Brown (Shears) to form Tyzack Machine Knives.