Describing Bri-Stor Systems, Operations Manager Paul Airston is passionate about the business. Joining sister-company Alpha Manufacturing in 2004, like many colleagues in the business, Paul has enjoyed a variety of roles in the Group and today leads the operational performance of Bri-Stor Systems.
Explaining his journey through his career so far, Paul shares these thoughts: “As a lad I was absolutely mad keen on cars, motorsport and engineering so I always felt I’d end up in some sort of automotive or engineering role. Reflecting on my career, I’ve had the opportunity of working in many world-class manufacturing environments which gave me a fantastic grounding when I joined the Bri-Stor group almost 20 years ago.
Initially, I joined Alpha Manufacturing as a Quality Engineer and it was from here that I managed the migration of Atlas Coating to its current site. It was a really challenging role but one that I relished and with that experience, I was able to take up the position of Production Manager at Bri-Stor Systems. After two years I joined the account management team which gave me great insights into the commercial realities of the van conversion sector. And it’s with that 360-degree experience that I’m able to really embrace the role of Operations Manager – having the experience of seeing the world through the eyes of the customer ensures that the needs of the customer stay front of mind at all times.”
Paul is a vital part of the team ensuring that the entire Bri-Stor Group operational performance is designed to meet the exacting needs of our customers and he concludes with these comments: “As a Group, we’ve got all the tools in our locker to meet the widely varying requirements of our customers. No two customers are the same which is why our operational set-up on one site brings vast operational and engineering efficiencies. It’s a fantastic business and I’m immensely proud of the role the operational team play in delivering on our customer commitments.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.