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Our Team

We are particularly proud of our staff at Rotech Laboratories Ltd. Our staff selection and training processes are thorough and consequently we now have a good cross section of age groups, qualifications and experience from apprentices through to technicians, technologists and junior and senior management.

John Cross

John Cross

General Manager

John also began his career at Rotech in 2006. Joining the company as a metallurgist from a background based in the automotive industry working for the TRW group and being responsible for all aspects of metallurgical management at one of its UK sites. He progressed to Customer support manager in 2007 and from 2009 took on the role of Operations Manager overseeing all aspects of testing operations. In January 2016 John became General Manager of the company with overall responsibility for all aspects of technical operations and the provision of resources needed to ensure the required quality of the laboratory operations commensurate with excellent customer service. John’s remit extends to all Rotech group sites.

Anthony Ashcroft

Anthony Ashcroft

Laboratory Manager, Linley Lodge Laboratory, Aldridge

Anthony obtained his City & Guilds in Electronics Servicing then gained his HNC specialising in mechatronics. He joined Accles & Pollock as Aerospace Quality Engineer with responsibility for the laboratory using chemistry, metallurgy, microscopy and mechanical testing. He joined Scientifics Ltd [now ESG] as a technologist extending his experience in similar fields as well as consumer product testing. Anthony joined Rotech laboratories Ltd in 2010 as a technologist and account manager in the metallurgical testing department until taking on the role of laboratory manager at our Linley Lodge, Aldridge location.

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel ProfGradIMMM

Head of Metallurgy

Sanjay has been working in independent test laboratories for 25 years. He joined Rotech Laboratories Ltd in 2005 and has been Head of the Metallurgy department since January 2012, which is currently the largest lab department. He has a wealth of experience in all departments of the company including welding metallurgy.

Dave Skeldon

Dave Skeldon

Manager, Mechanical and Product Testing

Dave started his career in Engineering as a trainee in 1992 for a large Testing Organisation, where he rose through the ranks to become the Business Manager.
In July 2005 Dave left to start his own Business outside Engineering.
After a successful spell running his own Business, Dave was tempted back into Engineering by Rotech Labs in September 2012, where, with his new team within the Mechanical & Product Testing Departments, have seen both areas go from Strength to Strength resulting in a doubling of sales in a few years.
Dave is highly Customer focused and is always willing to assist with delivery or any customer questions.

Martin Glenn

Martin Glenn

Head of Analytical and Corrosion Science

Martin began his career as a metallurgical chemist working for McKechnie’s, a leading UK copper based manufacturer where he gained valuable experience in classical wet analysis. Martin then extended his knowledge in the analytical techniques of XRF, ICP-OES and spark emission spectroscopy including method development. Furnace melt control and process calibration were key aspect of his role. Martin joined Rotech in 2009 bringing with him his expertise in analytical chemistry along with customer technical liaison and significant training skills.

Phil Raybould

Phil Raybould MSc

Quality Manager

Phil has an MSc in Geomaterials from Queen Mary College London, a petrographic consultant and an experienced SEM practitioner with experience also in optical microscopy, XRD, XRF and wet chemistry. He has many years’ experience in group quality management and compliance management including ISO 17025, MCERTS, GLP/GMP and rail RISQS (formerly LINK Up). Phil joined Rotech in Jan 2016 as part of our growing management team.

Angela Groves

Angela Groves

Principal Administrator

Angie joined Rotech Laboratories Ltd in 2014 as Principal Administrator with an NVQ Level 3 in Management and having gained experience in general administration, including 20 years with C&G Industrial Chemicals Ltd as General Office Manager. She has experience in auditing to ISO quality systems and in the operation of SAGE Line 50 and administrative accounts.


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