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Stefan Callear

New Product Development Manager 

Describing the new product development (NPD) team at Bri-Stor Systems, NPD Manager Stefan Callear explains that the team’s broad range of expertise and skills gives them a unique advantage when it comes to bringing value to the engineering process. Stefan tells us more about the team and how his own experience as a former apprentice influences his role as a manager.

“The NPD team is very much part of the engineering division within Bri-Stor Systems but we approach every project like an internal consultancy.  Across the team we have a wealth of expertise from a broad range of industries – from construction machinery to surveillance equipment – and its with these insights that we’re able to approach projects with an independent perspective.  Bri-Stor Systems has been the leading name in van conversion systems for many decades, and it’s that reputation that continues to underpin the new innovations we’re bringing to market – we always have and always will deliver engineering excellence.”

Starting out his own career as an Apprentice, Stefan is committed to supporting the career development of the people in his team and shares these thoughts: “Bri-Stor Systems has a highly respected Apprenticeship Scheme and as a former apprentice myself, I understand the importance of working in an environment where people come first.  In the NPD team, we all have vastly different skills and expertise, which not only brings high levels of innovation to the projects we work on, but also the opportunity to transfer skills and knowledge within the team.  This creates a dynamic and energetic working environment – the very essence of NPD.” 

NPD Team

Martin Smith 

Group CEO

Growing up in Staffordshire, just a few miles from the family business, Martin Smith spent much of his childhood watching his parents build Bri-Stor Systems Limited (Bri-Stor is an abbreviation of British Storage). Today, as CEO of the Bri-Stor Group, he reflects on his own career and the tough lessons he learned along the way. 

Simon Webb 

Managing Director 

Simon Webb, Managing Director of Bri-Stor Systems knows all about hard work.  Leaving school in the 80s, his first experience of engineering came about when he started a four-year Mechanical Technician Apprenticeship at Portsmouth based firm Dunham-Bush Ltd. 

Karen Barnacle

Group HR Manager 

At just 17, Karen joined the Bri-Stor Group as a receptionist.  Unsure of her career path at that point, she loved the vibrant atmosphere of the Bri-Stor Group.  Today, almost three decades on, Karen holds the most senior HR position across the Group

Neil Prescott 

Prototype Manager 

With almost 30 years working in the Bri-Stor Group, Neil Prescott has seen the business from every perspective.  It’s with this unique insight that Neil leads the prototype team and works closely with engineering colleagues to deliver the industry’s most advanced van conversion systems.

Andy Skelton 

Customer Handover Manager 

Joining Bri-Stor Systems in January 2020 as Customer Handover Manager, Andy Skelton is entirely focused on the customer experience.  With first-class credentials working as a service manager for one of the world’s leading automotive brands before becoming an account manager in the van conversion sector.