Our Team

Croft Additive Manufacturing is a small organisation with a big reach, here are the people who make it all happen…

 
 
Neil Burns
Director
Mark Burns
Director
Louise Geekie
Director
Darren Travis
Director
Rob Watkins
Marketing Manager


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Neil Burns
Neil Burns is a founder and co-director at Croft Filters and Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM), and has more than 25 years’ experience developing and delivering high quality filtration solutions to a range of industries in the UK and overseas. CAM provides state-of-the-art metal additive manufacturing opportunities and was recently selected as the first company to join the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) CERN Business Incubation Centre, which aims to bridge the gap between science and industry, and drive UK commerce. CAM was selected for its application of innovative AM technology and commitment to developing this. Neil co-leads product development within the company and supports open innovation through academic partnerships and grant funding. Neil is currently the Treasurer of the Filtration Society UK, a Committee Member of ASTM Standards Board (USA), and a Committee Member of the ISS Standards Board (UK). Neil gained his MBA (University of Chester, 2012)
Mark Burns
Mark has an extensive knowledge of manufacturing and leadership skills with 27 years experience as a Director for Croft Filters Ltd. An eye for detail is essential for a role that ensures our work is accurate and to the best ability. His excellent knowledge of filters and their purpose has been gained through wide research and experience working within an ever growing business. Mark’s aeronautical background from time served in the RAF gave him the idea of building a filter around its apertures. Despite extensive trials this filter type could not be manufactured by conventional processes. Successful production of this prototype, layer by layer using additive manufacturing introduced Croft to the possibilities and opportunities that 3D printing can bring to industry. The acquisition of our metal 3D printing machine has allowed Mark to bring more previously untested ideas to life without the constraints of some conventional manufacturing techniques. Mark co-leads the design and product development for our additive manufacturing to maximise the technology’s potential to deliver high value to customers.
Louise Geekie
Louise Geekie joined the team at Croft Filters Ltd as Project Manager in 2013. Her role was to support and develop innovations at Croft through obtaining grant funding for product development and business support. Croft took delivery of their AM machine in April 2013. Louise supports the extensive metal 3D printing R&D programme by co-ordinating the approach to maximise the technology’s capabilities and product specifications. She believes that the extensive capabilities of metal 3D printing can create new opportunities for industrial processes across many industrial sectors. Her project management and delivery skills were developed as a Researcher in Biomedical Sciences at University of Edinburgh.
Darren Travis
Darren started working at Croft, in 1988, whilst still at school, working weekends and holidays. After leaving school he joined full time as an employee and began his training which developed his skill range and gave him a wide understanding of manufacturing. His extensive use of all the manufacturing methods in the workshop developed a solid foundation in all steps of fabrication processes leading to expertise in production, scheduling and engineering principles. He became Production Supervisor in 1995, and through his strong leadership skills moved on to become Manufacturing Manager. Darren was invited to become a Partner in 2008, and is now a Director of Croft Filters Ltd following rebranding of the Partnership and Croft Additive Manufacturing Ltd on its formation in 2013. Darren uses his extensive design skills and fabrication knowledge to identify where additive manufacturing technology can lead to prototype development, product enhancement and tooling replacement. He continually improves the additive manufacturing technological process through R&D to deliver product enhancement through optimisation of the build parameters. Darren co-leads AM product production taking customer enquiries through the design process to production to deliver high value industrial products.
Rob Watkins
Rob’s career began as an Apprentice Technician at a Ford Dealership in Warrington. After successfully completing his Apprenticeship Rob gained his HNC in Management which aided his advancement to the position of Manager at a Ford Dealership. Having gained 21 years of experience Rob then moved to GE and further developed his skills in Sales. After 3 years Rob wanted the opportunity to diversify his sales experience and so joined the Croft team at Croft Filters as Sales and Marketing Manager in 2010. At Croft, Rob has used his extensive knowledge and artistic abilities to create diverse and effective marketing material to support the promotion of their bespoke filtration services. Rob’s extensive skill as an amateur photographer can be seen in our website photographs and has been recognised nationally, by winning the amateur photography section in the EEF Photography Awards in 2012 and again in 2014 and 2016 and in the mobile section in 2013. Rob’s proficiency in Design and Media supports his development and maintenance of our website and in our media and marketing campaigns. Rob supports our Research and Development programme showcasing the innovations we develop through metal 3D printing technology. Rob’s role in Sales co-ordinates customer enquiries, product design and delivery whilst maintaining Croft’s high levels of customer service.