Pictured, left to right: Ian Rudling, Paul Barber, and Chris Steer

Ian Rudling joins as Site Manager of our Brandon plant and Chris Steer takes over the reins at Avonmouth.

Ian began his career as a Maintenance Engineer, followed by various roles in process improvement and manufacturing management.

He brings with him a proven track record of business management within the manufacturing sector having previously been a Plant Manager at Parker Hannifin’s European Filter Division and a General Manager at both Cooper Roller Bearings and Phasa Limited, a member of the Pexion Group.

Ian has also previously been involved in company acquisition and business development.

Ian says “I am excited to join O.C.O Technology at this time and feel that my experience gained from working within other manufacturing industries will help support the Company’s development and growth.  The opportunity to be involved with the construction and management of the future site at East Wretham shows the Company’s continued commitment to Carbon Capture and Sustainable Construction Products”

Over the last 25 years, Chris has gained extensive manufacturing experience across a number of light and heavy industries, including Elliott UK with its concrete structures through to British Sugar and Europe’s largest sugar refinery.  Until recently, Chris was a Factory Manager within the 2 Sisters Food Group with responsibility for over 600 associates.

Chris has been involved in numerous site and process improvement exercises and hopes to impart some of the lessons he has learnt over this time with the team at Avonmouth.

Chris says “Given the tremendous potential of O.C.O within the sphere of carbon capture and sustainability, this is a great time to join the team.  I am confident that the experience I can bring to the role will help support both the site’s and company’s future development.”

At the same time, Paul Barber has taken on a new role within the Business as General Manager – Operations.  Paul joined the Company in January 2018 as Site Manager in Brandon after a long career in the block-making industry with Lignacite – our very first aggregate customer.

Paul will oversee the operations at all three of our current UK sites – Brandon, Leeds and Avonmouth – as well as the building of our next purpose-built plant in Wretham, near Thetford.

Paul says “With the continued growth and future development of the business both in the UK and overseas I look forward to building upon the “One Team” principal while ensuring the operational side of the business is prepared and developing in a safe and efficient manner to meet the current and future demands of our customers and staff.  I feel privileged to be part of a company that is committed to its staff, its customers and of course the ethical process of Carbon reduction and supplying sustainable building products.”