Bryan Sanderson – Engineering Manager
Joining LB Bentley in August 2013, Bryan is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, with an MSc in Valve Design & Technology, awarded by Cranfield University. Having spent all his working life in valve design and manufacturing, he has brought his considerable knowledge and experience to bear on his current role. With 15 years experience in the subsea oil sector, a number of valve related patents and patents pending and a National AUTOCad award winner, he is ideally suited to the role.
Since taking over the role he has successfully managed the introduction of a number of new products into the LB Bentley product range and also Engineering improvements in the Engineering Design, R&D and Manufacturing functions, whilst also developing close links with the Sales and Marketing team to ensure that all new products meet Customer’s needs both now and in the foreseeable future.
“Anything is possible with good teamwork.”
Leonardo Gonzalez – Area Sales Manager – Brazil
After graduating from university Leo worked for 4 years in the Mining business prior to his move to the Oil and Gas Industry. Working for LB Bentley since 2013, Leo is the company representative in Rio de Janeiro, acting as the first link between LB Bentley and its Brazilian customers. During this time, he held an interim position within projects management team in the UK which allowed him to experience LB Bentley office atmosphere, increase product knowledge and understand the manufacturing process along with the challenges in fulfilling customer demands. With this experience Leo is able to offer the customer a more knowledgeable approach in helping the customer to fully satisfy their needs.
“To understand customers’ needs is to make them your own.”
Paul Hatherall – Product Support Supervisor (Filters & Dryers)
With 38 years of experience within LB Bentley, Paul began his working career straight from school where he spent his first 4 years completing a City & Guilds apprenticeship in Turning & Fitting. He works in a very close-knit team producing a product which is built and manufactured to customer requirements and is engineered to the highest quality from start to finish with equipment that we believe is the best in the industry. The role Paul fulfils is very varied dealing with all stages of production from customer orders, running the workshop to Installation and regular servicing of the equipment installed on the customer sites, for example, he has M.O.D. clearance and is an approved ’Competent Person’ permitting him to work on National Grid sites. His role requires a wide range of skills and talents from machining and computer skills to customer liaison and supervisory skills.
“Everything will be ok in the end, if it’s not ok then it’s not the end.”
Rich Wood – Returns Co-ordinator (Aftermarket Technician)
LB Bentley offered an apprenticeship scheme at the local Stroud College where Rich completed his City & Guilds, NVQ2 and ONC in machining and engineering. With 14 years of experience he has worked in various areas of the company before his current position in the Aftermarket section. This job certainly has its unique challenges where there is the need to develop a wide range of product knowledge and gain a wider experience of the production processes. The main skills and talents required to deliver this role successfully are the ability to troubleshoot, identify problem areas and apply the necessary solution in line with customer requirements. The variety of the job is a key factor in this role and to Rich’s job satisfaction, with the need for good time-management skills.
“Every day is different.”
Thomas Hanks – Area Sales Manager – US
Having been brought on board by LB Bentley 2 years ago, Thomas brings a well-rounded view of our industry to the company. After obtaining a Master’s degree in International Business, he has worked for 8 years in the Oil and Gas Industry, most recently in business development for a major international EPCI firm. Located in Houston, Texas he represents LB Bentley in the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago. With Houston being the oil and gas hub for the Western Hemisphere, Thomas has numerous opportunities to maintain and build on current relationships, seek out new customers, spread product knowledge, as well as receive invaluable feedback and information from major operators for projects around the world.
“Ask your customers to be part of the solution, and don’t view them as part of the problem.”