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Nick Tomlinson

Nick Tomlinson 

Head of Sales

Joining Bri-Stor Systems in 1998 with fresh ideas, Nick exemplifies the quality and world-class standards Bri-Stor Systems is known for.  For over twenty years, Nick has been a critical part of the team that has seen the business go from strength-to-strength and with vast experience holds the role of Head of Sales.  Nick tells us more about his journey through Bri-Stor Systems and the factors that influence his role today.

“It was the company founder Eric Smith that gave me my first break at Bri-Stor Systems, I joined in the new product development team and very quickly realised the scope of the opportunity to advance my career in a really progressive business.  Back in the late 90s we were converting a few dozen vans a month, not the hundreds that pass through our doors each month now, but even back then, the business was driven by values centred around quality and customer care – values that remain very much in place today.”

By 2003 Nick became the Fitting Manager and by 2009 was leading was leading the quality team as Quality Manager, playing an instrumental role in the implementation of a state-of-the-art spray paint line in sister company Atlas Coating.  Nick picks up the story from here: “I’ve worked through many functions within the business and seen the firm grow ten-fold in the last two decades.  It’s with this insight that I’m able to bring value to the customer experience whether it’s through the implementation of software tools to aid and improve job-flow, or through our deep relationship with vehicle manufacturers.  My role touches many other functions within this business and I strive for perfection in everything we do.  There’s no secret post-COVID, it’s been a challenging time for many of our customers, but it’s the strength of our relationship with vehicle manufacturers, coupled with deep insights and knowledge of the market, that enables us to flex to meet customer needs.”

In recognition of Nick’s significant contribution to the success of Bri-Stor Systems, he became Head of Sales at the end of 2021.

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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. 

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.

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

Jack Draper

Sales Manager

With 15 years’ experience in the van conversion industry, Jack Draper lives and breathes Bri-Stor Systems with specialist knowledge of the welfare vehicle market.  Joining us initially in 2017 and after a brief spell elsewhere, re-joining in August 2020, Jack leads the relationship with our welfare vehicle customers.