The Machine Shop Team

Ian
He has been a central part of the Fiennes team for over 20 years. Before joining he spent time working in the oil field and aircraft industries as well as press tool manufacture. He manages the work flow through our machine shop, and our quality control inspections, as well as specialising in high precision grinding work too. Outside work he practices photography preferring aircraft and wildlife subjects, and is a keen horticulturalist and horticulture judge.

Brian
Completed the Austin Rover Apprenticeship then worked on W.O. Bentleys for 8 years. He has also worked in an orthopaedic company for 15 years, spending much of his time in the R&D dept. Here at Fiennes he is an integral part of our manufacturing operations, from managing stock levels to machining the parts themselves. Outside work he enjoys DIY (installed his own bathrooms and kitchens), travel (Burma is next on the list), and reading through his CAMRA magazine. And he is also a fully paid up member of CAMRA.

Roger
A very skillful toolmaker with lots of experience in press tool and injection mould manufacturing. At Fiennes Restoration he specialises in line boring. An avid follower of sports including golf, cricket, and rugby. Currently trying to visit all the premiership rugby grounds with his team London Irish RFC. Has always enjoyed playing sports since childhood, even picked up a few trophies along the way. Still plays golf. And finds time to enjoy the occasional pint of real ale every once in a while.

Paul
Worked for 16 years in sub-con engineering having completed a 4 year toolmaking apprenticeship after finishing school. At Fiennes he specialises in operating our Haas machines, manufacturing parts from the simplest bolt heads to cylinder heads and blocks. With his father being in the RAF his has lived all over the UK. He has now settled in Wroughton, where he is part of the team that masterminds the popular Wroughton Carnival, and has been Chair of the event for the past three years.

Martin
With a background in aerospace industry (10 years) and SP machines (20 years) he has now become one of the key machinists here at Fiennes. He specialises in work on the centre lathes and manual mills producing, for example, bearing shells and shackle pins. Having always lived in the Wiltshire area he values the rural setting offered by our new premises. Outside work he is a keen railway enthusiast who is very interested in model railways. He has bought and restored his own full-size railway locomotive and is a volunteer at the Swindon & Cricklade heritage railway.

Chris
After finishing school he worked for a body shop painting and preparing cars. Now part of the Fiennes team he is our machine shop parts finisher, and has welcomed the move into machining and parts manufacturing. Outside work he enjoys Kendo (Japanese martial art) and the occasional victory that goes with it. When asked for information about himself for the purposes of writing this profile he mentioned he saved a school kid from some older bullies while walking home recently.