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Our People

Bringing clarity through collaboration.

The moment you talk to the people at Howorth about clean air technology, will be a moment of clarity.

What makes us different is the way we care about our ultimate customer, the patient.

We use every microgram of our knowledge and expertise to deliver a service that gives you more, every day.

Technical precision and passion defines our culture and makes Howorth a breath of fresh, ultra clean air. Making us great people to innovate and collaborate with.

Meet The Team

Jim Liptrot

Managing Director

Jim Liptrot

Tom Ford

Group Sales Director

Tom Ford

Adam Ainslie

Finance Director

Adam Ainslie

Dave Howes

CEO - Howorth Inc.

Dave Howes

Carlo Rava

Pharma Operations Director

Carlo Rava

Claire Fenlon

Service & Aftersales Director

Claire Fenlon

Jason Marchant

Medical Operations Director

Jason Marchant

John Hale

CI & QHSE Director

John Hale

In the spotlight

Mark Connor

Service Engineer

Mark is part of a team or Service Engineers that ensure the equipment in both NHS and private healthcare facilities is functioning safely and within the relevant guidelines.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
4 and a half years.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the variety of working on UCV, Lights/Pendants and Safety Cabinets. Also the variety of not being in the same place day in day out.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
I'm proud of coming from a completely different background with no knowledge at all, to where I am today.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Rex from Toy Story (tiny arms...)

Mark Connor

In the spotlight

Jamie Huggan

LEV Engineer

Jamie is one of the newer members of the team but is already making a difference out in the field as an LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) Engineer.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
Six months

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being part of a team that makes a difference, supporting our heroes and allowing them to continue with the amazing work they do.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
The highlight of my short career in this industry is knowing that we are all saving lives and that gives me a great sense of pride.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Being from Newcastle it has to be Alan Shearer. Imagine scoring in front of 52,000 Geordies!

Jamie Huggan

In the spotlight

Neil Ruppelt

Pharma Commissioning Engineer

Neil is part of the UK based Service & Aftersales team but plays a vital role in supporting our global customer base, in particular the USA.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
Nine years.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Meeting and working with people that have the same passion as I do in trying to make the world a safer place for this and future generations.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
Being able to help our customers make a difference in people lives through the use of our equipment.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Richard Hugh McCaw, ex New Zealand professional rugby union player. He captained the national team, the All Blacks, in 110 out of his 148 test matches, and won two rugby world cups.

Neil Ruppelt

In the spotlight

Steven Ratcliffe

Quality Engineer

Steven is one of our longest serving employees and has held a variety of roles during his time.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
Over 22 years.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working as part of an excellent team. Knowing that I've contributed to helping Howorth provide the best possible products for our clients, ensuring that we keep on helping to save lives.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
Fitting the Ultra Clean Ventilation Canopy that the Queen Mother had her hip replacement under.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Just a slimmer version of myself!

Steven Ratcliffe

In the spotlight

Anthony Rushton

Service Engineer

Anthony is part of a team of Service Engineers that ensure the equipment in both NHS and private healthcare facilities is functioning safely and within the relevant guidelines.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
4 and a half years

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Knowing that the pieces of equipment I service can be in diverse areas such as operating theatres, mortuaries, universities, pharmaceutical research & production and laboratories.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
To travel to places I wouldn't have otherwise gone to. These include Lights & Pendant Training in Saalfeld, Germany and Isolator Training in Boston, Massachusetts.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
John McGuinness - IOM TT Races. I've always been interested in motor racing, and I like how down to earth he is.

Anthony Rushton

Apprentice Development Program

Since 2010, we have been recruiting and training electrical and mechanical engineering apprentices. Working with local education and training partners, we've gone on to build our own Apprentice Development Program.

  • We encourage 'would be' apprentices to come and have a look at what we can offer
  • We then offer work experience to interested candidates
  • Followed by a formal interview for candidates who want to become apprentices
  • If successful, we then enrol apprentices into college
  • We develop their product knowledge and client interaction
  • Offer further education up to degree level if desired
Apprentice Development Program

Building great people

At Howorth, building great people is part of our business. Not only do we want to develop the next generation of engineers, we believe in developing great people too.

That's why when we bring new apprentices onboard we;

  • Actively engage with Parents or Guardians
  • Mutually develop a step by step progression plan
  • After initial training support further development by allowing study time
  • Support skilled staff to act as 'Mentors'
  • Encourage development in other skill sets

Our development program has been such a success, that we've now expanded it to include administrator apprentices too.

Building great people

Interested in working for Howorth?

Howorth have been clean air pioneers since 1858. Utilising our expertise in air engineering to deliver controlled clean environments for healthcare and pharmaceutical and its our people that make us unique.

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