Meet the Mini Gears team

Mini Gears is a privately owned subcontract engineering company supplying to a wide range of industries on a global basis. We specialise in the manufacture of precision machined components, gears and gear racks. All our customers have free technical support from our Technical Sales Engineers and Directors, who are always on hand to assist with engineering challenges.

Our Directors…

Paul Darwent Chairman

Paul Darwent

Paul Darwent trained as a Design Engineer at Simon Engineering before joining Mini Gears in 1983. With his knowledge and enthusiasm he has held senior management roles at the company for over 30 years. In 2016, whilst still remaining an owner and director of Mini Gears, Paul stepped down from the day to day running of the company and handed over the reins to the new senior management team introduced here.

Peter Durkin MD

Peter Durkin
Managing Director

Peter Durkin comes from a gearbox design background and has been in the gear manufacturing business for over 30 years.  He has been with Mini Gears since 1993 and within his role he looks after the design / cost effectiveness of customers’ products.

Nigel Walker Sales Director

Nigel Walker
Sales Director

Nigel Walker has many years’ experience in machining and joined Mini Gears in 1995.  Having worked in various machining departments on the shop floor, he gained a good understanding of identifying customer requirements and the type of work that fits into Mini Gears’ current capabilities.  Nigel moved into a technical sales role in 2007 to look after developing new business and visits customers and prospects on a regular basis.


Tim Horsley FCCA
Financial Controller

Tim Horsley qualified as an accountant in the 1990s and has had a wide range of experience in finance. Tim spent over 20 years working in public practice where he first crossed paths with Mini Gears in his role as an audit manager. In 2016 he made his move into industry with a large manufacturing company. Tim joined the team in August 2020.


David Jobe
Production Director

David Jobe comes from a valve manufacturing background with over 20 years’ experience in the manufacture of both HVAC and nuclear valves. He is a time served engineer with 15 years’ experience in a machine shop & assembly management role. David joined Mini Gears in January 2015 and oversees all production related matters.

Our Technical Sales Team…

Nigel Darwent Technical Planning Engineer

Neil Darwent
Technical Sales Engineer

Neil Darwent joined the company in 1998 and worked on the shop floor for many years in various departments.  After gaining a good knowledge of the company and procedures he joined the Technical Sales Team.  Working with our customers Neil is involved in quoting and planning for new and existing work.

Phil cuffwright

Phil Cuffwright
Technical Sales Engineer

Phil Cuffwright is a timed served engineer and has gained a broad-based knowledge of many industries through his career working in subcontract engineering.   He has trained many apprentices to operate and programme CNC machines and has held roles from shop floor supervisor to managing supply chains and all aspects of quality.  He joined Mini Gears in September 2017 and Phil’s role involves technical sales and production engineering, producing programmes using CAM software and sourcing tooling.

Adam Ravlen

Adam Ravlen
Technical Sales Engineer

Adam Ravlen is a time served CNC Turner who served his apprenticeship at Mini Gears and understands all capabilities of the company.  He has worked with all departments and, having been with Mini Gears for 10 years, he progressed into the role of Sales Engineer in 2019.  Qualifications are NVQ level 3, ONC Operations in Maintenance and HNC in Mechanical Engineering.

Our Receptionists, Production, Purchasing, Marketing and Quality Team…

Tracie Austin Receptionist

Tracie Austin

Wendy Parkington Receptionist

Wendy Parkington

Helen Lewthwaite Marketing Manager

Helen Lewthwaite
Marketing Manager

Caroline Durkin Accounts Manager

Caroline Durkin
Accounts Manager

Colin Russell General Manager

Colin Russell
General Manager

Production Planning & Purchasing Manager

John Cowling
Production Planning & Purchasing Manager

Becky Truong Production & Despatch Coordinator

Becky Truong
Production & Despatch Coordinator

Sharnah Hadfield

Sharnah Hadfield
Production Office Assistant

Niall Gunn Quality Manager

Niall Gunn
Quality Manager

Roy Smith Quality Inspector

Roy Smith
Quality Inspector

Caroline Archer

Caroline Archer
Human Resources and Health & Safety Manager

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