Nicholas joined the group in 1972 and was instrumental in the set-up of the 4B division’s USA business in 1984, where he spent a number of years before returning as Sales Director for Braime Pressings Limited. Nicholas was appointed Chairman in 1987 and became Group Managing Director in 2006. He stepped down as Managing Director in February 2023. Nicholas remains Executive Chairman and takes a prime interest in the Group's infrastructure and product development. Nicholas has built close relationships with the company’s key suppliers over several decades and has a clear vision of expansion for the business in strategic locations.
Joint Chief Executive Officer
Alan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG where he worked for four years before joining the group. Alan joined the board in 2010 as Group Commercial Director and was jointly appointed Group CEO in February 2023. He oversees the commercial operations of our manufacturing division Braime Pressings Limited and as well as our operations in Thailand. Alan is also responsible for the group’s IT operations and strategy. Alan has spent considerable time on the development of the group’s ERP systems, giving him a unique perspective into the impact of technology on the group’s business drivers.
Joint Chief Executive Officer
Carl joined the group in 2003 as Group Sales Director and was jointly appointed Group CEO in February 2023 and spent a number of years in South America with the group prior to being appointed to the board in 2010. He is responsible for the 4B division, overseeing its strategic customer relationships, as well as the management of key supply chains and its marketing strategy. Carl has built up a strong expertise and know-how of the group’s product offerings and technologies, and their interdependencies.
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Cielo qualified as a chartered accountant with EY and has been divisional finance director in various public listed companies including KCOM plc and NEXT plc. She was Group FD of Chaucer Foods, a private equity backed multinational manufacturer and before joining the group, she was at Froneri, a JV of Nestle SA. Cielo’s extensive experience in international businesses makes her fully attuned to the cultural issues of global operations and their impact on financial management.
Mark joined the board on 1st May 2023. Mark was until 2022 the Managing Director of Steel & Alloy, which is part of the multinational conglomerate Gonvarri Industries. Mark has 40 years of experience with Steel & Alloy and has served in a variety of senior executive roles including Sales and Procurement and was instrumental in setting up Steel & Alloy’s plant in Turkey where he also served as Managing Director. Mark brings with him significant knowledge of the steel and automotive industry.
Tony joined the board on 1st May 2023. He is currently Chief Executive of Mpac Group PLC and has a significant track record of profitable, sustainable growth in the global technology and capital equipment industry. Tony has previously held a number of senior executive UK and international management positions at Cytec Industries Inc., Umeco Plc and Georg Fischer AG, based in the UK and China. He has degrees in engineering, management and a PhD in business process modelling from UMIST.
Philip joined the board on 1st May 2023. Phil has a degree in mathematics and electronics from the OU, and is a certified electrical engineer. He has extensive experience of the nuclear, oil and gas, engineering and manufacturing industries. Philip has previously held senior executive roles in a number of multinationals including AGT International, Thales, and Engica Technology Systems International. Philip’s key expertise is strategy and business development.