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

Neil Bedforth

Technical Publications Team Leader

Neil joined Howorth in 2012 as a freelance Technical Author and accepted a permanent position as Technical Publications Team Leader in 2018. He heads up the Technical Publications team who are responsible for writing and illustrating technical literature for customers, enabling them to operate and maintain our containment equipment safely.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
Ten years in June 2022.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Writing and illustrating quality technical literature that enables our customers to operate and maintain our containment products safely and optimally. Subsequently ensuring efficient production of essential medications for our ultimate customers: patients around the globe.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
Although arduous at 600+ pages, producing the factory acceptance test document for an aseptic filling/foiling line to the client's satisfaction. Also, passing my ILM Level 5 in December 2021.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Probably a member of the German electronic band Kraftwerk. Enjoying a long, lucrative yet enigmatic career producing and performing some of the most revered and influential electronica in music history.

Neil Bedforth

In the spotlight

Stacey Bridge

General Finance Assistant

Stacey joined Howorth in January 2018 as a part time cleaner. In 2019 she was given the opportunity to assist the finance team in the processing of company expenses. When a job for a General Finance Assistant became available she was encouraged to apply for the role and was successful.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
I have been very happily working with the finance team for the past two and a half years.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
My favourite thing is the people I work with, knowing we are all contributing to such amazing industries that help to save lives.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
Starting my AAT Foundation Level 2 Course and scoring an 87% on my first exam module.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Celine Dion. She has an amazing voice and I love to sing. Not vey well but I still enjoy it. Not sure my colleagues would share my enjoyment though after hearing me all day!

Stacey Bridge

In the spotlight

David Ormerod

Senior Project Manager (Pharma)

David is one of the longest serving employees at Howorth and has contributed to various departments during his time with the business.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
I joined in January 1994 when my wife was 3 months pregnant with my son, Ryan, who works on the shopfloor and is now 27 years old. However, with all the unpaid overtime I've done over the years, I've probably spent at least 30 years of my life working for Howorth Air Tech.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I've been lucky and done everything in this business apart from being a Director, but that's another story!

What's the highlight of your career to date?
The highlight of my career was joining Howorth as Contracts Manager. The saddest day will be when I leave in 2023.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore or Joe Bonamassa. I'd loved to have been a great guitarist but will have to stick with playing 'air' guitar for the rest of my life!

David Ormerod

In the spotlight

Ellis Longworth

Junior Service Engineer

Ellis is currently learning his trade as a Service Engineer within the Service and Aftersales department.

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

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being able to travel to different areas of the country.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
Assisting with commissioning of the operating theatres at Ipswich Hospital.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Ryan Reynolds because he's a good actor and rich!

Ellis Longworth

In the spotlight

Denise Catterall

Service Administrator

Denise is a Service Administrator within the Service and Aftersales department, providing valuable support to the field based engineers and technical team.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
15 years

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being part of a team that is helping to save lives.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
Working all the way through the COVID pandemic. Knowing that we, as a team, are making a difference and saving lives with the hospital equipment we manufacture and maintain, as well as the pharmaceutical equipment we produce is being used to develop the COVID vaccine.

Denise Catterall

In the spotlight

Sean Myatt

Small Works and Technical Lead Engineer

Sean was a Service Engineer for many years but is now a Technical Lead Engineer and responsible for Small Works within the Service and Aftersales department.

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

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I have really enjoyed undertaking the installation and commissioning of the new lights from our partners, KLS Martin Group.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
Being on the installation and commissioning team for projects in Florida, Canada, Tanzania, New Jersey and more. It's a great opportunity to visit new places and promote our UCV canopies.

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
I love my motorbikes so it has to be Valentino Rossi.

Sean Myatt

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

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

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

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

Dave Howes

CEO - Howorth Inc.

Dave is the CEO of our US organisation, Howorth Inc. He is responsible for the management and growth of our operations in North America.

How long have you worked for Howorth Air Tech?
Just 1 year, having started in February 2021.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with a group of colleagues who have a total commitment to doing the right thing each and every day.

What's the highlight of your career to date?
Not to state the obvious but what I am doing today. Having the daily opportunity to significantly influence the further growth of a tremendous company and being part of the team that will take it from good to great!

If you were a celebrity or sportsman, who would you be?
Lassie! (I mean who doesn't love Lassie?)

Dave Howes

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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