Meet the team

Management Team

Nick Andrew

Managing Director

Nick has 30+ years’ engineering experience including in rail, having started his career as an apprentice. Nick specialises in business growth and turnaround and has a strong operational and commercial background. He has previously worked at Newburgh Engineering, TATA, Wabtec, and joined CWE as Operations Director in 2019 before being appointed MD in 2021.

Oliver Baker

Chairman

Oliver joined CWE as chairman in 2014, bringing 14+ years’ experience working as a CEO or chairman in manufacturing and technology. Prior to this, he worked as a partner at Ernst & Young following a career in investment banking in the City.

Dave Bates

Commercial Director

Dave has extensive knowledge of CWE’s core business and products having joined the firm in 2004 as a coupler fitter, achieving both welding and inspection accreditations. He was promoted to Coupler Shop Supervisor in 2010, Production Manager in 2012 and Operations Manager in 2014. He was made Commercial Manager in 2020, and was promoted to Commercial Director in 2022.

Col Jaques

Operations Manager

Col has 32+ years engineering experience. He started his managerial career with British Rail before transferring over to Unipart Rail, giving him 16 years of experience in rail. Col joined CWE in 2005 as Site Manager and is currently responsible for overseeing operational activities across CWE’s manufacturing facilities and coordinating off-site projects.

Ash Darvill

Technical Manager

Ash was apprentice trained within the rail sector and now has over 15 years experience within both passenger and freight. Over the last eight years, he’s supervised and managed freight vehicle workshops, successfully carrying out vehicle GR’s, bogie overhaul programs, modifications, and repairs. Ash also works closely with customers to produce bespoke engineering solutions, project managing them from conception to completion. Ash is currently working to complete his ILM level 5 apprenticeship in Operations Management.

Adrian Salatowski

Quality Manager

Adrian started out on the CNC milling and was promoted to quality inspector for development. He has recently been made production engineer responsible for launching our new Buffer cell process. Adrian has also completed a level 6 Bachelor of Engineering degree in manufacturing technologies and has been nominated for several awards.

Mark Lifsey

Contracts Manager

Mark is an apprentice trained Tool Maker with an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. With 33 years of experience in engineering, Mark has a wide range of knowledge of machining and fabrication of complex products and refurbishment and upgrades of existing plant and equipment across a wide range of industries including rail, oil and gas, nuclear, material handling, power generation and steel manufacturing. He works closely with clients as a solutions provider to develop existing design and manufacturing methods to help improve industry performance, product liability, and lifetime performance. With over 28 years of employment at CWE Mark is the go-to person with a wealth of knowledge of the business and has been involved with all aspects of the business from H&S to project management.

Shamas Mahmood

Finance Manager

With over 10 years’ experience in Manufacturing, Shamas has gained valuable knowledge within finance from running the day to day to managing the finance function itself. He is regarded a team player and helps where he can as well as managing a team with high quality, accurate and timely reporting. Prior to CWE, Shamas has worked in Steel, Medical devices and Rail industry. Shamas studied at Sheffield Hallam University where he received a BA Hons in Accounting in Financial Management. He is in his final stages in completing his ACCA qualification and aspires to be a Finance Director.