Group Managing Director
I am Group Managing Director of the Westin Group of companies. Previously I had finance and operational roles within large retails groups. Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, son and daughter.
Michael Limb BSc
I began my career as a trainee with a company making drive systems for industrial motors and have over 35 years’ experience of field service / aftercare across a variety of business sectors. I have been a field engineer, worked in technical support and progressed into a management role several years ago. I oversee the management of our repair and mechanical engineering workshops and am working to increase efficiency by improving working and administrative procedures.
Fraser Lynch BEng
Fraser started with us in 2006 as an apprentice motor technician. He spent several years learning to repair and rewind electro-mechanical equipment while completing his advanced modern apprenticeship. When a role of trainee electrical engineer became available, he took the offer and has been in the technical services team ever since. He now manages the department and assists Michael Limb in the technical aspects of the running of the company. "Working with Michael, my aim is to continually develop Westin Drives to exceed our customers' expectations in everything we do," he says. Outside work, Fraser enjoys spending time with his fiance Laura, exploring the watering holes of Yorkshire and playing tennis.
Tony began at Westin Drives in 1973 as an apprentice motor technician. His aim is to ensure that every electro-mechanical repair that comes through our workshop is carried out to a high standard and that customers are kept informed of progress and results.
"Understanding the needs of our customers is important to be able to offer a good service," he says. Outside work he enjoys fishing, spending time with his family and walking his dog to and from his local.
Internal Sales Representative
We were very pleased to welcome back Richard Bruffell to Westin Drives. He rejoined as Internal Sales Representative and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. His enthusiasm, expertise and extensive contacts within the industry are already helping him to make a valuable contribution to our future success.
Steve started at Westin Drives in 2006 as an apprentice motor technician. After living in France for a while, he decided a job in engineering was for him, so chose to move back and find a role here. He now supervises the electro-mechanical repairs team, including workshop quality procedures and practices. "Ultimately, on the shop floor our job is to get the customer up and running as soon as possible," he says. Out of working hours, Steve enjoys shooting, following Huddersfield Town FC and accompanying Fraser around the pubs of Yorkshire.
Accounts and Administration
Linda joined the team in 2007 and her role varies from receptionist, to purchasing admin, to attempting to keep the lads in order. She previously worked as a customer service manager for a coffee firm, so good customer service is second nature. Outside work, her main interest is in motor bikes.
I am an apprentice-trained mechanical engineer with ONC level qualifications and have been in the industry for seven years, performing a broad range of work from precision machining, fitting and constructing to engineering drawing and repair work. I came to Westin Drives in July 2016 to develop my knowledge in the engineering industry, to advance my electrical and mechanical engineering skills and for the opportunity to progress within a growing business. At present I am strengthening the precision machining workshop within Westin Drives. I also work on the shop floor and go out on site. My aim is to ensure that each machine shop repair and each new product manufactured is to the highest of standards and the correct tolerances, keeping the customer happy and satisfied.
Wayne has been with us since 2004, repairing and rewinding a large range of electro-mechanical equipment. He's had a big part to play in training apprentices in the workshop. His previous experience was with DC repairs in the automotive sector but he can now turn his hand to all aspects of repair. "A recent addition to my role has been the final quality inspection. I'm enjoying this as it has made a real impact so far," he says. Outside work, Wayne enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, and following the fortunes of Huddersfield Town.
Barrie’s eight years in the Army with the Corps of British Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers stood in him in good stead for a career as an electrical engineer in civvies street and he praises ‘the excellent training’ he received. Outside work, he follows Bradford City, enjoys walking, cooking and the company of four dogs.
Jake joins us from an engineering company in Pudsey and has been employed in engineering since he was introduced to the subject at school. At Westin Drives he will be involved in repairing electric motors of all sizes and types. A Bradford lad, he enjoys swimming, walking and running in his spare time.
Pump Repair Engineer
Engineering in general and pumps in particular have been a part of John’s working life for more than 20 years. After school, he trained as a motor mechanic before moving into the more specialised world of hydraulic engineering. His experience and expertise enable him to inspect, diagnose and repair industrial pumps of all sizes. Away from work, John enjoys rugby league, especially the Bradford Bulls, and the enthusiasm clearly runs in his family – his son is a qualified referee.
Apprentice Repair Engineer
Jake came to Westin Drives for work experience while in the sixth form at Shelley College. He enjoyed his three weeks with us so much that he came back in the school holidays. After completing his A-levels – Maths, Design Technology and Applied Science – he started to look for jobs in engineering and was glad to be offered a job here. He's studying full-time at Kirklees Engineering College until December and will be on day release after then. Away from work, he's a keen cricketer and plays for Emley.
Apprentice Electrical Engineer
Thoughts of a career in engineering surfaced when Adam was studying for A-levels in biology, IT and PE at Greenhead College, Huddersfield. "I realised I didn't like biology or PE, but I did like IT – and that pushed me towards engineering,” he says. He joins our team equipped with a BTEC gained at KITS in Brighouse and two years of experience as a maintenance engineer in Halifax. He is now working for his level 4 HNC in electrical and electronic engineering. Outside work, he plays football for Shelley first team and tennis at Longley Sports Club.
Apprentice mechanical engineer
Nathan joined our expanding precision engineering department in January 2018 after completing a Level 2 mechanical engineering course at Kirklees College. His interest in engineering was sparked at The Brooksbank School, Elland. "I always like making things and I enjoyed art and graphics at school and I thought engineering would be an interesting job with good opportunities," he says. Out of work, Nathan is a keen footballer, keeping goal for Elland AFC – and the lucky lad holds a season ticket at Huddersfield Town.
Graham is our most experienced rewinder - though he insists he is still learning, He joined us in 1983 from a Youth Opportunities programme and recalls that he did many tasks in the workshop before he was allowed to try his hand to rewinding motors. "In between, I learned a lit bit of everything," he says. A rugby league fan since he played the game at school, he follows the fortune of the Huddersfield Giants. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and supporting his local.