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Judy Calvert
Group Finance Director
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Judy
Calvert

Group Finance Director
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Quite rightly Judy refuses to discuss how long she has been in the industry. One thing is for sure, she keeps exceptional control of the group finances.

Steve Jennings – Director
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Steve
Jennings

Director
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Steve began his industrial journey 30 years ago working for an electric actuator manufacturer and joined Airtorque in the summer of 2008. Steve spends most of his time out of the office dealing directly with the automation needs of our customers on site.

Gary Plant – Sales Director
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Gary
Plant

Director
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Gary’s 25 year plus industrial path has led through a butterfly valve company and has taken in a valve and associated equipment distribution concern. He arrived at AC Valves in 2006 where he continues to represent the company externally on a Worldwide basis.

Nick Papworth –  Technical Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Nick
Papworth

Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Nicks tour of duty in the valve industry began at BSS over 25 years ago, taking in a stop at George Fischer before arriving at AC Valves in 2002. He is an essential port of call for everyone when it comes to application solution.

Stefan Stringer – Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Stefan
Stringer

Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

While studying at university Stefan has been in and out of AC Valves for several years experiencing many aspects of the business from goods in to expediting. Following his graduation in November 2013 he has now become a permanent member of the sales team.

Graham Adams – Sales
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Graham
Adams

Sales
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Graham’s industrial journey began in 1994 at an air compressor company, including other associated companies and actuator companies on the way before arriving at Airtorque in 2009. Along with son Haidyn he is part of the AC Velo cycling team.

Tom Kirkham
Project Engineer
VALVE & PIPEWORK SYSTEMS LTD

Tom
Kirkham

Project Engineer
VALVE & PIPEWORK SYSTEMS LTD

Tom is the newest member of the VPS team and has been with us since June 2014. To compliment his sales role he utilises the company’s 3D CAD software to produce models for our skid assemblies. He has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hull.

Colleen Clarke – Purchasing Stock Controller
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Colleen
Clarke

Accounts
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Colleen joined the valve industry in 1989 working for valve manufacturer Grove Italia Spa’s UK office as a Junior Administrator and moved to Ball Valves UK in 1995 as Production Co-ordinator. During the last 22 years Colleen, has gained a wealth of experience in stock control, warehouse/logistics and supply chain management and has weathered 2 two company name/management changes.

Colleen brings to AC Valve Alliance a calm head. Looking after both suppliers and customers as our new Stock Controller.

Helen Flint – Accounts
SUPPORT SERVICES

Helen
Flint

Accounts
SUPPORT SERVICES

With almost 40 years’ worth of experience in the valve industry Helen has seen every aspect of accounting and shipping in our industry.

Nathan Wilson,Dave Prescod, Josh Straw, Jamie Bartlett
WAREHOUSE

Nathan Wilson,Dave Prescod,
Josh Straw, Jamie Bartlett

WAREHOUSE

The guys who ensure goods leave us expertly packed in order to arrive on time, safe and sound at our customers premises. As well as looking after our extensive stock range and dealing with numerous carrier companies.

Nick Flint – Director
THE VALVE ALLIANCE LTD

Nick
Flint

Director
THE VALVE ALLIANCE LTD

Starting some 30 years ago, Nick’s industrial adventure began with a manufacturer of ball valves before including – as General Manager – a ball, gate, globe and check valve distributor. Along with Adrian, Nick was instrumental in the formation of AC Valves in 1996 and is the instigator of AC velo.

Jeff Horton – Director
VALVE & PIPEWORK SYSTEMS LTD

Jeff
Horton

Director
VALVE & PIPEWORK SYSTEMS LTD

Starting out as an apprentice in the petrochemical industry some 35 years ago. Jeff moved into valve distribution in the mid 1980′s where he progressed onto Director level. He joined AC Valves in January 2013 implementing our Valve and Pipework Systems division which has since grown from strength to strength.

Stuart Walters
Area Sales Manager
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Stuart
Walters

Area Sales Manager
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Stuart served a 5 year Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship with Land Rover. Since 1993 he has held various technical sales roles within the valve industry selling valves, actuators and instrumentation into the H & V, Process, Power and Oil & Gas markets and gaining experience from manufacturers, distributors and service and repair companies.

Tracey McCarthy
Marketing Manager
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Tracey
McCarthy

Sales / Marketing
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After 5 years selling hygienic valves and components,Tracey moved to a manufacturer of cryogenic valves for a further 5 years selling to both the industrial gas and LNG markets. Following 3 years working in Sales for ac valve alliance she is now responsible for the groups marketing.

Noel Corbally – Sales
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Noel
Corbally

Sales
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Coupled with his experience of selling valves and pipework for the water treatment industries, Noel has been involved with pneumatic valves, fittings & actuators for over twenty years. He came to us from Ireland in 2011 and along with his partner Veronique is part of the AC velo cycling team.

Mark Conway – Sales
VALVE & PIPEWORK SYSTEMS LTD

Mark
Conway

Sales
VALVE & PIPEWORK SYSTEMS LTD

Beginning his career with Eurotube in 1988, Mark worked in the associated industries of pipe, flanges, fittings and valves until his arrival at AC Valves in 1999. Mark is one of the AC velo originals.

Kevin Gorringe – Projects
SUPPORT SERVICES PROJECTS

Kevin
Gorringe

Projects
SUPPORT SERVICES PROJECTS

For the past 6 years Kevin has been responsible for our large project enquiries using his 27 years worth of knowledge and experience from the water, oil and gas and petrochemical industries. He works closely with our QA team regarding witness testing and the inspection or our products.

Glenn Mortimore – Purchasing / Expediting
SUPPORT SERVICES PROJECTS

Glenn
Mortimore

Purchasing / Expediting
SUPPORT SERVICES PROJECTS

Glenn is one of the longest serving members of the group and works closely with our key customer accounts and manages many of the larger projects. He is also responsible for our Health and Safety system. Outside of work Glenn is a keen carp angler.

Gary Weston – Quality Control Manager
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Gary
Weston

Quality Control Manager
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Gary has been in the valve industry for the past 17 years and for the last 12 of these been responsible for our vast warehouse stock of valves and components. Finding the right material and the correct quantities being paramount for our business along with inspection to ensure the correct materials are always supplied.

Steve Craddock – Director
THE VALVE ALLIANCE LTD

Steve
Craddock

Director
THE VALVE ALLIANCE LTD

Steve’s career has spanned the last 30 plus years, beginning with a company manufacturing ball, gate, globe and check valves moving within the industry in the capacity of Sales Manager before his arrival in AC Valves at the turn of the Millennium. Steve is part of the AC Velo cycling team.

Jessica Calvert
Finance Director
SUPPORT SERVICES

Jessica
Calvert

Finance Director
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Starting with the group almost 10 years ago in document control Jessica has progressed within the company gaining her accountancy qualifications and now looks after all aspects of our finances.

David Smith – Sales Manager Scotland
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

David
Smith

Sales Manager Scotland
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

David has been in the Oil & Gas Valve market for almost 30 years and brings a wealth of experience to the Group. Having held General Manger and several Sales Managers positions with previous companies he has developed an in depth knowledge of the distribution market, repair / maintenance and also the valve manufacturing process.

Drew Prescott – Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Drew
Prescott

Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Drew has been with AC Valves since 2011 following 5 years working for a manufacturer of switch boxes, proximity switches and actuation products.

Sean Bailey – Technical
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Sean
Bailey

Technical
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

The newest member of AC, Sean joined Air Torque in February 2014 and has come to us with 8 years worth of experience in the actuation and controls industry. He has recently become part of the AC velo cycling team.

Luke Beasley – Sales
THE VALVE ALLIANCE LTD

Luke
Beasley

Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Following a 2 year stint in the QA department dealing with certification, inspection and the booking in of orders from our suppliers Luke made a move into the sales office at the start of 2014.

Lois Halfpenny
Document Control
SUPPORT SERVICES

Lois
Halfpenny

Document Control
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Lois joined AC Valves in October 2011 taking on responsibility for the ever growing customer requirement for documentation. Working closely with both customers and suppliers, Lois ensures our products are supplied with all the required correct paperwork.

Lisa Calvert – Accounts
SUPPORT SERVICES

Lisa
Calvert

Accounts
SUPPORT SERVICES

Lisa has grown up with the company and has seen most aspects of the business. She now helps to support the accounts team and has the very important task of organising the annual Christmas party.

Sudhir Jaycee
Production Manager
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Sudhir
Jaycee

Production Engineer
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Sudhir has been in the manufacturing industry of valves and steam traps for the past 30 years. He previously worked for Velan and joined the AC team in July 2014 adding his experience in valve manufacturing and value engineering to the business.

Gareth Findell – Shipping Supervisor
WAREHOUSE

Gareth
Findell

Shipping Supervisor

Gareth joined the group following a year at Caterpillar working in their warehouse. He has an IMI in mechanics and after gaining experience with the fitting team and within our warehouse he has recently moved into the role of shipping supervisor.

Ray Lewis – Director
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Ray
Lewis

Director
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTDD

One of the AC velo originals, Ray has been involved with valves and valve design for over 35 years. He has worked for a wide variety of companies including, Weir, Keystone, Orbit and Tomoe Butterfly valves. We have shared his valuable experience for the past 12 years.

Peter Knight – Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Peter
Knight

Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Following 16 years working for a manufacturer of lined valves, sight glasses and check valves for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, Peter joined AC Valves in 2003.

Andrew Lees –  Project Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Andrew
Lees

Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Andrew has recently joined our growing sales team from the Cameron Valve Division and has 8 years’ worth of experience from within the valve industry.

Coupled with his technical valve knowledge Andrew also brings to the AC Sales Team extensive project and contract management experience.

Vanessa Birchall – Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Vanessa
Birchall

Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Vanessa began her industrial career selling ball, gate, globe and check valves in 2000, signing for AC Valves in 2008.

Dean Findell
VPS PRODUCTION

Dean
Findell

VPS PRODUCTION

Coming from a sheet metal work background Dean is one of the team responsible for the building and testing of our large skid units for the Valve & Pipework Systems side of the business. He is one of the AC Velo cycling team.

Andy Lewin & Bob Marshall
Production
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Andy Lewin &
Bob Marshall

PRODUCTION

Between them Andy and Bob bring to the Group over 80 years worth of experience in the engineering industry. The backbone of our production facility they offer a testing, machining, welding and fabrication service to support the valve business.

Harry Flint – Sales / Purchasing Stock Controller
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Harry
Flint

Purchasing / Stock Controller
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Harry has literally grown up with AC Valves and Controls. Despite successfully completing a university degree and attempting to escape to Australia he has found himself firmly ensconced as part of the team responsible for purchasing our vast stock of ball valves. He has recently added a sales string to his bow and is now developing this role on the AC pod. Although the youngest member of the AC velo team he is the go to guy for any bike mechanical issues.

Bev Johncock
Quality Manager
PRODUCTION / QA

Bev
Johncock

Quality Manager
PRODUCTION / QA

Our AC valves cricket team captain/coach and part of the AC velo team Bev has been with the company for over 13 years coming from a coal mining background. He has the unenviable task of ensuring all goods come in and go out correctly and with the relevant certification. As well as dealing with our company accreditation and list of suppliers.

Luke Chambers
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Luke
Chambers

PRODUCTION

Luke has recently completed his level 3 BTECH in Engineering and is now onto his HNC in Engineering with Stephenson College. For over 8 years Luke has been part of the production team involved with the machining and testing side of the business.

The Engineering partner of the group formed in 2002 to provide specialist in-house testing and modification services.
The parent company and founder of the group which was formed in 1997 and has an alliance with Pekos valves from Spain.
With Perar in Italy the Valve Alliance has developed a comprehensive stock of trunnion mounted ball valves.
An affiliate of STARLINE SPA Spain who manufacture forged steel ball valves.
An affiliate of AIR TORQUE SPA Spain who manufacture pneumatic actuators for industrial valves.
Formed in 2013 Valve and Pipework Systems Ltd specialise in skid mounted valve and pipework packages.