We are delighted to welcome two new Site Managers to the O.C.O team and announce the appointment of Paul Barber to General Manager – Operations
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
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.”