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Simon Whitworth – Managing Director

“I joined the company ‘Ward CNC’ then called ‘T W Ward Machinery Ltd’ in 1982 when the ‘Machine Tool Division’ of ‘Thomas W Ward Plc’ was acquired by my father Barry Whitworth by management buyout at that time.

Barry Whitworth was a main Board Director and the Chief Executive of Thomas W Ward Plc and had worked for that company for over 45 years. I took over from him as Managing Director in 1997 and am very proud of the progress, successes and achievements we have made to date.”

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Phil Hopkins – Head of Strategic Sales – 07852 041 192


“I’m very happy to have taken the position as Head of Strategic Sales here at Ward CNC. It’s a role I’m very excited to get started in and I’m looking forward to working with and developing the Soraluce brand here in the UK.”

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Wayne Beadle – Regional Sales Manager – North East (0774 083 5134)


“Working at Ward CNC presents a great opportunity for myself to utilise the vast levels of resources that the company has accumulated during its rich history in terms of stock accessibility, showroom facilities and technical and service backup. I am excited to combine these resources with my customer orientated approach to both new and existing customers in the North East and surrounding areas.”

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Jaison Toon – Regional Sales Manager – Yorkshire & East (0772 074 0360)


“I am proud to be joining TW Ward and look forward to contributing to their future success. It is a privilege to be working for a company with such a long and reputable history and who represent such a fantastic range of world leading machine tools”.

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Paul Wallace – Regional Sales Manager – South East (0789 994 4241)


“I am extremely proud to be joining Ward CNC. They are a company with an established history who I have always held in high regard and their portfolio of machines including Hyundai-Wia, Hartford, Soraluce, Takisawa & Hankook offers a solution to a variety of production needs and budgets.

I am looking forward to utilising my industry experience and working with customers both new and old to build relationships and showcase the extensive product mix and after sales support that we can provide from our Sheffield & Redditch showrooms and facilities.”

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Mario De Vito – Head of Technical Engineering


“I have worked in engineering for my whole career, starting as a machine tool apprentice with progression through engineering and service roles up to my current position of Head of Technical Engineering at Ward CNC.

During my 25 years at Ward CNC, I have seen a lot of change within the organisation and it is great to work at a company and with customers and technical partners that are at the forefront of CNC machine technology.”

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Darren Briddock – Head of Finance


“I joined Ward CNC in 2018 in the position of Head of Finance after holding senior finance positions across various engineering and construction organisations.

It is certainly an exciting organisation to join and play a crucial part in the company’s growth plans with the support of our new Ward CNC Finance Team.”

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