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 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.


Rob MacNeill
Finance Director

Rob MacNeill has been working in Finance since 2000 where he started out working for a Chartered Accountant before moving into industry in 2002 gaining experience at two Aerospace companies. After 3 years Rob decided to take a career break and moved abroad. On his return he joined Mini Gears in 2008 where he became Company Secretary in 2014 before being appointed Finance Director in September 2018


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.

Adam Ravlen

Adam Ravlen
Sales Engineer

Adam 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 has progressed into the role of Sales Engineer.  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

Andy Hart

Andy Hart
Engineering Buyer

Niall Gunn Quality Manager

Niall Gunn
Quality Manager

Andrew Kurtz-William Quality Engineer

Andrew Kurtz-Williams
Quality Engineer

Roy Smith Quality Inspector

Roy Smith
Quality Inspector

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