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.”

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.”

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.”

Shane Greveson

Head of Service & Operations

“I have spent over 25 years in the industry with roles varying from machine shop manager to business development director at engineering companies. I was delighted to join such a fantastic organisation, with the company’s values being a deciding factor when the opportunity arose.”

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

Administration Manager

“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.”

Chris Cooke

Commercial Finance Manager

“I have worked in engineering for over 30 years and have worked with Ward CNC for two years. My industry experience has given me a good insight into what customers require and I can see the positive changes made at Ward CNC recently give customers that added value that the industry demands.”

Iain Spink

Area Business Manager - Scotland

“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.”

Paul Wilkinson

Area Business Manager – North East & North West

“I joined Ward CNC in 2018 after spending over 13 years in the industry. Earlier this year I was delighted to add the North West of the country to my area coverage, which will allow me to extend my network even further and build upon the great contacts I have already made in the North East.”

Julian Frankland

Area Business Manager – Yorkshire

“Having started my career as an apprentice, I have been privileged to spend over 30 years in the industry, supplying CNC machine tool solutions to all industry sectors. Working with companies in the Yorkshire region has allowed me to see the work of some fantastic, locally based organisations who have built themselves up over the years – a trait they very much share with Ward CNC.”

Chris Smith

Area Business Manager – South West & Wales

“I have spent over 35 years in manufacturing and engineering sales after serving a toolmaking apprenticeship followed by work in production engineering. I joined Ward CNC in 2018 which has allowed me the opportunity to introduce a high quality range of machine tools to customers to allow them access to new and more efficient methods of production.”

Alistair Macdonald

Area Business Manager – Midlands & South East

“I joined Ward CNC in early 2019 following 13 years within the engineering sector. A key factor in my decision to join was the company’s great reputation for providing cost-effective machines, all supported by excellent levels of customer support and service.  I am also very excited about the company’s plans for future growth which will show great benefit to the customer base that I work across.”