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Judy Calvert
Finance Director
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Judy
Calvert

Finance Director
SUPPORT SERVICES

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.

Nick Flint
Group Director
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Nick
Flint

Group 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.

Steve Craddock
Group Director
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Steve
Craddock

Group Director
THE VALVE ALLIANCE LTD

Steve’s career has spanned nearly 40 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 valve alliance at the turn of the Millennium. Steve is part of the AC Velo cycling team.

Jessica Findell
Group Finance Director
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Jessica
Findell

Group Finance Director
SUPPORT SERVICES

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 and HR.

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 Air Torque 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.

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.

Gary Plant
Sales Director
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Gary
Plant

Sales 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.

Richard Clapp
Design & Engineering Manager
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Richard
Clapp

Design & Engineering Manager
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Richard has recently joined the Group in a new role as our Design and Engineering Manager. His love of engineering began at a young age, working with his father whilst at school learning welding and fabrication. In 2003 he joined manufacturing specialist LG Ball Valves as a fitter, developing a number of skills before settling into a valve design role. He has worked on valves in numerous industries including nuclear, offshore, food, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and brings to the group a wealth of experience.

Nick Papworth
Technical Manager
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Nick
Papworth

Technical Manager
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Nicks tour of duty in the valve industry began at BSS 30+ 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 solutions and has recently moved into a new role of Technical Manager. Nick will be liaising with our suppliers regarding product development and passing on some of his knowledge by delivering our comprehensive product training programme.

Bev Johncock
Quality Manager
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

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 17 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.

Gary Weston
Quality Control Manager
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Gary
Weston

Quality Control Manager
WAREHOUSE

Gary has been in the valve industry for over 20 years and for the last 16 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.

Stuart Walters
Area Sales Manager
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

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.

David Smith
Sales Manager Scotland
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

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.

Tracey McCarthy
Marketing Manager
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Tracey
McCarthy

Sales / Marketing
SUPPORT SERVICES

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.

Clive Gamble
Project Manager
Technical Valve Services

Clive
Gamble

Project Manager
Technical Valve Services

Clive started in the Valve Industry as a Fitter at a UK Ball Valve Manufacturer, since then he has worked in Production, Design, Sales, Contracts and has held Management roles in both Valve Distribution and Manufacturing. In his spare time, he is Head Brewer at EvilC Brewing and is the Membership Secretary for the Leicester CAMRA Branch.

Sudhir Jaycee
Workshop 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.

Graham Adams
Technical Manager Actuation
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Graham
Adams

Technical Manager Actuation
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Graham’s industrial journey began in 1994 at an air compressor company and moved through other associated companies giving him a strong background in pneumatics and hydraulics. He has been working with Air Torque actuators since just after the turn of the millennium and with his knowledge of the latest 3D Solidworks design software he can put together complete packages with controls to suit many bespoke applications.

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.

Matt Anderson
Sales
AIR TORQUE UK LTD

Matt
Anderson

Sales
Air Torque Ltd

Matt started his career at Paladon Systems and was involved in actuation and control projects before furthering his career with Econosto as a project sales engineer, selling valve and actuator packages. Matt brings to Air Torque UK Ltd over 7 years’ worth of experience from the valve and automation industry. He loves a challenge and has competed in Wolf Runs and has recently completed a 10K Race.

Mark Conway
Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Mark
Conway

Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Mark started his career at Eurotube in 1988, working in the associated industries of pipe, flanges, fittings and valves. He joined ac valve alliance in 1999 and is now responsible for the integration of the Sammi, Zwick and Ammtech ranges into the Groups product scope.

Stefan Stringer
Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Stefan
Stringer

Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES 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.

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.

Andrew Lees
Project Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Andrew
Lees

Project Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Andrew joined our sales team from the Cameron Valve Division and has over 10 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.

Simon Boxall
Project Sales
Starline Ball Valves Ltd

Simon
Boxall

Project Sales
STARLINE BALL VALVES LTD

Simon joined the group in April 2018 from Valve (Engineering) Services Ltd with over 6 years’ experience in the valve and actuator industry.

With a degree in Engineering, Simon brings technical knowledge of valves and actuators as well as Project Sales and Contract handling experience to the team.

Harry Flint
Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Harry
Flint

Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

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.

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.

Luke Beasley
Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS LTD

Luke
Beasley

Sales
AC VALVES & CONTROLS 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.

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.

Kevin Gorringe
Projects
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

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.

Bhuwinder Sunnar
Project Manager
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Bhuwinder
Sunnar

Project Manager
SUPPORT SERVICES PROJECTS

Bhuwinder is the latest member to join our Project Management team. Bringing with him 26 years + of experience of purchasing and production planning from Velan Valves UK where he was responsible for all purchasing activities, including sub contract machining, painting and subcontract NDE; and planning all jobs through shop floor. He holds a HND in MV Engineering and was recently awarded his CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) Diploma.

Colleen Clarke
Purchasing Stock Controller
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Colleen
Clarke

Stock Controller
SUPPORT SERVICES

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.

Lois Halfpenny
Document Control
SUPPORT SERVICES

Lois
Halfpenny

Document Control
SUPPORT SERVICES

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.

Jamie Bartlett
Project Co-ordinator
AC VALVE ALLIANCE GROUP

Jamie
Bartlett

Project Co-ordinator
AC Valve Alliance Group

Jamie originally joined the AC Valve Alliance group in 2012 working in goods out and then gaining experience in the fitting area.

After a yearlong trip to Australia in 2017 he re-joined the group in 2018 and is now responsible for projects and expediting as our Project Co-ordinator.

Andy Lewin
Testing Supervisor
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Andy Lewin

Testing Supervisor
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Andy joined the group over 7 years ago from a refrigeration company. He has over 40 years of experience in Engineering including hydraulics, pneumatics, welding fabrication and fitting and testing. All of this comes in useful out of work too for his self-built Nissan Micra in which he has just won the 2018 UK formula G front wheel drive championship. Andy’s eye for detail and extensive experience have made him the perfect person to be our Testing Supervisor.

Bob Marshall
Engineer
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Bob Marshall

Engineer
Technical Valve Services

Bob is a time served Engineer whose career began in 1963 when upon leaving school he joined Expert Industrial Controls, a Solenoid Valve manufacturer. In the 39 years he was with them Bob gained experience as a Capstan Operator, a Setter, a Machine Operator and eventually became a Supervisor. He joined ac valve alliance over 12 years ago and everyday we are grateful for his wealth of experience. Bob could have retired 5 years ago but lucky for us he loves it so much that we still have him.

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.

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.

Kylie Burton
Accounts Clerk
SUPPORT SERVICES

Kylie
Burton

Accounts Clerk
SUPPORT SERVICES

Kylie has recently joined our accounts ladies working in an administration role. Coming from a background in HR and administration she brings a great deal of enthusiasm and a desire to take on new responsibilities. With her happy outlook she is sure to go far.

Dean Findell
Goods Inward Inspector
VPS PRODUCTION

Dean Findell

Goods Inward Inspector
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.

Peter Mott
VPS PRODUCTION

Peter
Mott

VPS PRODUCTION

As our skid business has grown so has our requirement for new skill sets. Luckily, Peter has filled the new role of welder for the group. Bringing with him over 10 years’ worth of experience from Adey Steel in Loughborough where he was Foreman for a period of time.

Luke Chambers
Valve Fitting Supervisor
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Luke
Chambers

Valve Fitting Supervisor
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES

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.

Sean Bailey
Actuation Fitting Supervisor
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.

Justin Cornwall
Production
TECHNICAL VALVE SERVICES LTD

Justin
Cornwall

Production
Technical Valve Services

Justin is the newbie to our Engineering team but still manages to bring with him over 20 years of experience from the valve and actuation industry and from his time with Remote Control.

Coupled to his fitting and machining experience he also has expertise in the design of mounting kits, which proves most useful with our more bespoke valve and actuation packages.

David Prescod
Shipping Manager
WAREHOUSE

David
Prescod

Shipping Manager

WAREHOUSE

David has been with the group for 13 years and there is nothing that David cannot fit into a packing case and get to its destination safely and in one piece. Recently promoted to the position of Shipping Manager, David now has a team, to whom he can pass on his wealth of shipping and packing knowledge. He also has much more paperwork to complete these days.

Gareth Findell
Shipping Supervisor
WAREHOUSE

Gareth
Findell

Shipping Supervisor

WAREHOUSE

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.

James Grahame, Dion Prescod, David Evans, Sam Jennings
TECHNICAL

James Grahame,
Dion Prescod, David Evans, Sam Jennings

TECHNICAL

James has recently joined the group from Ebro Valves where he has spent the last 11 years assembling butterfly valves and actuators with switchboxes and solenoids. Dion is in his 3rd year studying for his Level 3 Mechanical Manufacturing BTECH and David is studying for his Level 2 Engineering BTECH. Both are at Loughborough College.

Finn Jarman & Jordan Bonser
Goods Out
WAREHOUSE

Finn Jarman & Jordan Bonser

Goods Out
WAREHOUSE

Finn and Jordan face the daily challenge of ensuring that all of our odd shaped, different sized and various weight orders leave us correctly and safely packed.

Ollie Miller & Josh Straw
Goods In
WAREHOUSE

Ollie Miller & Josh Straw

Goods In
WAREHOUSE

Josh has been with the group for 5 years plus and has experienced all aspects of the busy work within our warehouse. He is the perfect person to guide one of our new guys Ollie when I comes to checking that all our goods come in correct.

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.