Desford Tubes appointment is the next move for Castle

Desford Tubes, part of the Hay Hall specialist engineering group, has appointed Maurice Castle as operations director. He replaces Frank Cope, who has retired after 17 years with the company. Desford Tubes makes specialist bearing tubes and employs 600 people at its Kirby Muxloe site near Leicester. Castle has previously worked at a number of […]

Desford Tubes, part of the Hay Hall specialist engineering group, has appointed Maurice Castle as operations director. He replaces Frank Cope, who has retired after 17 years with the company.

Desford Tubes makes specialist bearing tubes and employs 600 people at its Kirby Muxloe site near Leicester.

Castle has previously worked at a number of automotive-related companies, including Renold Automotive.

* Automotive paint finish specialist Haden Drysys International has made Barry Hunt-Taylor managing director. He succeeds Philip Leach, who has retired.

Hunt-Taylor has spent the past ten years working in Germany, most recently running Senior Engineering Group’s Air Systems division, producer of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

John Rose has been elected as the president of The Society of British Aerospace Companies, the national trade association for the UK aerospace industry. Rose, who is chief executive of Rolls-Royce, succeeds Gordon Page, chief executive of Cobham, who was SBAC president for 1997-98.

Cliff Bennett has been reappointed as a director of Warwick-based Durr UK. He will be responsible for the company’s paint finishing and environmental systems division.

The appointment follows his return from an overseas posting with Durr Environmental, a US company based in Plymouth, Michigan.

Tom Botts has been made natural gas director of Shell UK Exploration and Production, succeeding Gary Vassie, with effect from 1 July. Vassie is moving to a senior position in Shell Canada.

Botts was previously working on special assignment to the president of Shell Oil in the US, leading the co-ordination of strategic Shell Oil initiatives.

Hochiki Europe (UK), a Gillingham-based manufacturer of industrial fire detection products, has appointed Kevin Restell as production director.

Klockner-Moeller has appointed Andrew Collier as its new products manager, with responsibility for electronic drive products. He joins the company from industrial drive supplier BSL Engineering.

Royston-based engineering consultancy Team Consulting has made five new appointments. Matthew Young, design engineer, has joined from Hozelock, where he was responsible for new product development; Elizabeth Stares joins as design engineer from disposal products company Rocket Medical; Sophie Butler joins as industrial designer from Baskerville, a giftware manufacturer; Julian Dixon, who has worked in the nuclear industry and for Carlton Sports, joins the mechanical engineering team; and Adam Fairless joins as IT specialist.

The Government has made five appointments to the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. The new members are: former chief executive of British Energy Dr Robert Hawley; Professor John Pendry of Imperial College; Professor Christopher Sachrajda of Southampton University;

Anthony Brenton, global issues director in the foreign and commonwealth office; and

Robert Foster, director of technology and standards directorate in the DTI.

An honorarium of £5,390 is paid to each appointee, with the exception of Brenton and Foster, who are civil servants.