About us

Our team

Maycast-Nokes is led by an extensive, experienced and knowledgeable management team, which strives only for perfection.  Several members of management, including Managing Director Steve Wallings, started on the factory floor providing them with a true insight into all areas of the business. This valuable experience means the management team has an excellent and clear understanding of all best practices and this is the cornerstone of the Maycast-Nokes success story.

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Colin Richer

CHAIRMAN

Colin joined Nokes Foundry in 1982 as Managing Director and has overseen the company’s transformation from a small sand foundry into the respected, international high-precision parts manufacturer it is today. Having worked in the foundry industry all his life, Colin started his career by completing an apprenticeship in Patternmaking/Foundry Practice at Paxman Diesels in Colchester. 

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Lyn Richer

DIRECTOR/COMPANY SECRETARY

With a background in administration and running her own business, Lyn joined Maycast-Nokes in 1986. As well as being a shareholder, Lyn is responsible for overseeing all financial, high-level administrative and legal aspects of the company. 

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Steve Wallings

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Steve has been with the company since 1983 having previously completed an apprenticeship in Foundry Practice at Rayne Foundry. Starting as a skilled moulder in the sand foundry, Steve was promoted to various supervisory and management roles culminating in his appointment as Managing Director in 2004.

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Dave Blower

SALES DIRECTOR

Responsible for the sales and marketing function of the company, Dave joined the company in 1993 as a Technical Sales Engineer having worked for various steel foundries after graduating from college in 1986 with a BSc in Engineering. Dave became Technical Sales Manager in 1998 and in 2003 was promoted to Sales Director.

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Phil Poulsom

TECHNICAL CONSULTANT

Phil joined the company in 1990 as Quality Manager having previously worked for Avimo in Taunton for 23 years. He was responsible for writing Nokes’ first quality manual and achieving BS5750 (now ISO 9001) accreditation within 18 months before being promoted to Technical Director in 2000. Having recently retired, Phil remains part of Maycast-Nokes as a technical consultant to our engineering team.

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Simon Gill

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT-UK

With a background in the automotive industry, Simon has been with the company since 2003, working primarily within the Contracts Department and more recently with the UK Sales team. Simon facilitates the journey from customer enquiry to the order stage and acts as a point of contact for customers throughout the production process.

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Linda Carter

CONTRACTS MANAGER

Linda has been with the company since 1981 and is skilled in all commercial aspects of the business including export controls and documentation, production control and scheduling, sub-contract purchasing and contract review.

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Steve Ribbon

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Steve Joined Maycast-Nokes in January 2014 as Operations Manager bringing with him more than 20 years’ experience of working in the Foundry business at locations all over the world – most recently at Stones Foundries in London. Steve is now responsible for the day-to-day running of Maycast-Nokes from production to personnel reporting directly to Managing Director Steve Wallings.

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Darren Moodie

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Darren joined the company in 2003 after 19 years at Paxman Diesels in Colchester.

Having started out as a Key Account Manager at Maycast-Nokes, he rapidly progressed to Production Manager where he is responsible for all manufacturing in the foundries.

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Cyrille Heriaud

TECHNICAL MANAGER

Cyrille joined Maycast-Nokes in 2015 and has over 20 years’ experience in the French foundry industry. As Technical Manager, Cyrille is responsible for the introduction of new casting techniques and improving efficiencies in our processes.

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Jason Baliga

QUALITY MANAGER

Jason joined Maycast-Nokes at the beginning of 2012 after serving 20 years with Smith’s (Harlow) Limited, where he served a 5-year apprenticeship gaining an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. He was also their Quality Manager and was responsible for obtaining their ISO 9001and Nadcap accreditations. Jason has extensive knowledge of aerospace and technical systems and has recently been appointed as our Quality Manager.

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Paul Robson

PRODUCTION ENGINEERING MANAGER

Paul joined the company in 1982 as a patternmaker having served a four-year apprenticeship in Patternmaking at Paxman Diesels. Paul held a number of roles within the company before he was promoted to Production Engineering Manager in 2006.

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Maggie Wallings

ASSISTANT COMPANY SECRETARY

Maggie joined the company in 2000 and is responsible for all aspects of human resources within Maycast-Nokes. She also manages the credit control and supplier accounts side of the business.

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Derek Redgwell

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT

Derek joined Maycast in 2014 as Management Accountant having spent the previous 35 years with a large manufacturing company as Business Systems Analyst. Derek's responsibilities include the Day-to-Day finances of Maycast-Nokes, Capacity Planning & IT support.

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Martyn Prince

MAINTENANCE MANAGER

Prior to joining Maycast-Nokes in 1997, Martyn had spells as an electrical contractor and also worked for BBC TV in London for 10 years as a lighting technician. He now oversees all electrical and mechanical maintenance and is also responsible for health and safety.

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Tony Mays

NDT MANAGER

Having spent extended periods of time in most of the manufacturing areas within the company, Tony was promoted to Quality Manager in 2005 and subsequently became NDT manager in 2015. Tony is qualified as a PCN Level III in Radiography and Penetrant Flaw Detection.

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Michael Hunt

COMPANY METALLURGIST

Michael has been with Maycast-Nokes since 2011, following his graduation from Loughborough University with a BEng in Materials Engineering. He started as the assistant Metallurgist and quickly took on the role of Company Metallurgist. He currently manages the Nadcap qualified Heat Treatment department and Metallurgy Laboratory.

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