Meet the Team

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.”

Stephen Bodsworth

Executive Director

“I joined Ward CNC in February 2018 having held senior management and board level positions, successfully expanding over 35 years of industry experience. A driven, proven leader who is committed to growing and transforming business through serving and delighting customers. My key role has been to establish a new strategic direction with vision, values and implementing three key strategic objectives of growth, transformation and talent management at Ward CNC.

Our future is very exciting as we look ahead to ‘Creating and Shaping our Future…2023”

Stuart Lawson

Head of Strategic Accounts & Projects

“I have spent my whole career in engineering, starting as an apprentice and working across several organisations before joining Ward CNC in 2016. During my time here, I have been fortunate to work across different areas of the business, before my current role as Head of Strategic Accounts & Projects which is a new and exciting opportunity to work with our customers and partners.”

Richard Hunter Rowe

Head of Sales Operations

“I have nearly 30 years’ business experience across retail, manufacturing, wholesale and supply chain with considerable knowledge of project management and sales operations.

I join TW Ward at such an exciting time. The business has a vast depth of knowledge of the industry, a superb group of principal suppliers and a tremendous portfolio of customers. I hope I can help in continuing to provide excellent levels of customer service on behalf of Ward CNC.”

Andrew Elliott

Head of Used CNC Machinery Division

“I initially joined ‘T W Ward Machinery Ltd’ in 1986 as a Sales Executive before working as a Technical Officer at The Machine Tool Technologies Association. I then re-joined Ward CNC in 1993 and have held Sales Manager & Director positions before my most recent role heading up our Used CNC Machinery Division.”

Iain Spink

Area Business Manager - Scotland & North East

“I have worked in engineering for over 30 years, including over 18 years with Ward CNC where I have seen a lot of positive changes during my time here.  I cover the Scotland region where I have been fortunate to meet a customer base of outstanding individuals in excellent organisations.”

David Rawson

Area Business Manager – Yorkshire, East & Humber and Nottingham

“I bring a wealth of machine tool knowledge to Ward CNC having held various roles across my 25 years within the industry; starting as an apprentice before undertaking roles including CNC Programmer & Machine Shop Supervisor prior to working in Machine Tool Sales for the last seven years.

I am delighted to join a company with over 140 years of history and very exciting future plans. Between myself and the vast knowledge and experience of the whole team at Ward CNC, I am looking forward to working with customers on new projects and showcasing the vast range of solutions that we can provide them.”

Andrew Dolan

Area Business Manager – Midlands & East

“Having a passion for engineering from a young age I secured an apprenticeship with a leading company. Having completed this I was given the opportunity to get in to the machine tool industry.  Over the last 30 years I have had the pleasure to work for three key Machine tool companies and in these have covered roles including Applications through to installations and training through to national and international shows and special projects. I have spent the last 15 years in the Sales side of the business and helped secure stability and growth for many customers.

After my initial meeting with Stephen Bodsworth of Ward CNC, I knew this was a company with professionalism, drive and the Customer first approach. This made my decision to join Ward CNC with 140 years history but still driving change an easy one. With an excellent machine portfolio and first class customer support, I am looking forward to working with the team at Ward CNC to grow the success of the business and our customers and to realise the company’s plans for future growth.”

Charlotte Emery

Head of Customer Experience & Transformation

“I have worked in customer-focused roles for over 13 years across different industries. Having joined Ward CNC recently, I can see it is a very exciting time for us. With the vast wealth of expertise in the business, there is a great opportunity to take the company to the next level. Our customers are the key to future success and we as an organisation are keen to get closer to understanding their needs and expectations to be able to build strong and lasting relationships.”

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 20 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.”

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.”

Linda Wilson

HR Business Partner

“During my 13 years at Ward CNC I have seen a lot of positive changes within the organisation, particularly with our new strategic direction and exciting five year plan. During this time, we have already seen a lot of colleagues promoted from within, as well seeing new talent join the organisation.”