Tom Townsley

Tom Townsley

General Management

Tom is an experienced Managing Director specialising in the manufacturing and engineering sectors where technical competence and process control are critical to success.

He began his career as a young engineering apprentice with Caterpillar (UK) Limited where he enjoyed a 22 year career in a variety of technical and shop floor supervisory roles.  He left to join an Ayrshire forging business in 1987 as a Die Shop Manager and after a series of management roles became General Manager in 1995.  In 2000 he bought the Company and in 2002 acquired another forging business in Newcastle to form High Integrity Products, employing 75 people and with a combined annual turnover of £6million.  A boyhood ambition fulfilled, Tom traded the business successfully taking turnover at its peak to £10m and employing 90 people, until in 2010 after a period of difficult trading as a result of the general recession, he transferred his interests in the Company to Barrett Steel Limited to ensure that business could continue to trade.

Tom became an associate of Symphony’s in 2011 and his specialist skills include all aspects of general management in an SME manufacturing environment including:

  • Leadership
  • Corporate and Strategic Planning
  • Organisational Development
  • Change Management
  • Sales & Marketing Strategies
  • Quality Management

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