Richard Smith

Managing Director

As Managing Director, Richard heads up the Leadership Team. He is responsible for the ongoing management of the Company, and oversees the development and implementation of strategy.

Richard also provides technical governance and leadership within WEC by fulfilling the role of Chief Engineer; he is personally responsible for knowledge retention, currency and transfer.

Prior to founding WEC in 2008, Richard led a number of engineering teams across a wide range of technical disciplines during a 25-year career in the Aerospace industry. Richard’s outstanding contribution to the engineering profession was recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2019, when he was made a Fellow. He continues to keep a keen eye on industry developments, and encourages the team to engage with, and steer, industry discourse wherever possible.

Rob Hardman

Operations Director

Rob began his career in a production environment, before fulfilling a range of international, customer facing engineering and managerial roles. His breadth of experience provided him with both a strong technical background and an understanding of the pressures faced by clients. His technical know-how and commercial appreciation allowed him to step into the role of Operations Director in 2009.

Day-to-day, Rob is accountable for ensuring customer requirements are effectively fulfilled, and work packages are delivered on time and to-budget. He works closely with engineers and managers throughout the business, promoting a culture of continuous improvement.

Mike Green

Financial Director

Mike has a keen eye for detail, and is regarded as the ‘Director of Smooth Running’ due to the oversight he provides throughout the busines. As Financial Director, Company Secretary and Quality Management Representative, Mike is accountable for all financial and regulatory matters.

Mike is also an electrical engineer by trade, and has enjoyed a varied technical career spanning four decades. Mike has been a Chartered Engineer since 1988; he is an advocate for continued professional development, which he promotes through his role as Electrical Technical Lead.

David Bradshaw

Commercial Director

Prior to helping found WEC in 2008, David held a number of technical, management and commercial roles in several blue-chip original equipment manufacturers over a twenty-five-year period.

As Commercial Director, David is responsible for driving business growth by analysing and pursuing commercial opportunities. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining strategic industry partnerships, negotiating win-win contracts with our clients and ensuring commercial compliance and best practice.

Sarah MacLean

Human Resources Director

Sarah joined WEC in 2010 as an Assistant Business Manager, upon graduating from Manchester Business School.  Initially, she assisted with business administration and the development and implementation of the quality management system.

Sarah has steadily progressed through the ranks at WEC, promoting her interest in evolving business best-practices and overseeing the Business Team. In 2015, she supplemented her breadth of understanding with a MSc in Human Resource Management, and sought to put ‘people’ issues at the heart of our strategic operations.

In 2020 we formally welcomed Sarah to the board as Human Resources Director, although she remains comfortable dipping into other commercial, financial and regulatory matters.

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