Eddy Spires, Joint Chair
A life in dust control has always been a great conversation killer but that’s what my working life has been about, from draughtsman to salesman with a major dust control company to creating a new dust control company never afraid to promote new technology.
The other side of life has involved family, a passion for classic cars, playing rugby,sailing, keeping fit, mountain biking and a love of food.
Di Spires, Joint Chair
Di left school at 18 and went to college in Leicester where she trained as a computer programmer and subsequently worked for a machine tool company in Leicester. Married to Ed for 41 years and Dustcheck for 34 years, ‘staying power’ is a phrase that often springs to her mind.
She has two great children, a super son-in-law, four wonderful grandchildren and two dogs. Always active, she enjoys walking, biking, zumba and circuit training. Her active life is added to by both her part in village life and work, in a voluntary capacity, for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Pete Dawson, Sales Director
Leading the sales team at Dustcheck, Pete has over 30 years of materials handling and process engineering experience, with a significant amount of that time spent specifically in the Dust Control Industry. His formative years at Dustcheck were spent serving the company’s southern area client base, before he moved to a sales management role.
On a personal level, Pete has spent the last few years completely renovating an old property in his home county of Leicestershire, is married with two teenage sons and spends what spare time he has as front man of a local rock covers band.
Nigel Hubbard, Managing Director
Nigel is a keen sportsman who in his youth enjoyed some success in football at local level but quickly realised that he needed another career to earn a living! So thirty years ago he entered the industrial dust control industry with what is now a major Dustcheck competitor. Being exposed to all aspects of the industry, and at all levels from design engineer to worldwide product management, has allowed him to gain valuable experience within the industry as a whole. Presenting at national and international seminars, contributing to industry publications and European standards on explosion protection all reflect his extensive knowledge in the industry today.
He is still very interested in sport and particularly football, but nowadays, this is mainly from an armchair!
Bill Moran, Production Director
Bill joined Dustcheck in January 1993 as a 23 year old sheet metal worker and started in the production of dust collectors. He was also involved in work at on-site installations and the servicing of dust collectors all across Britain. Having become the works foreman, his rise in the company’s management continued as he became production manager and then production director.
Now older and certainly wiser, married with three children and a lot of grey hair, Bill says he would not change anything in his life to date. He says that he finds Dustcheck a very satisfying company to work for and all the challenges that come with the job. Providing a quality service to our customers, working together with a great team of dedicated staff, makes his day.
Andy Darby, Southern Area Sales Manager
A member of Dustcheck’s external sales team, Andy has spent all of his working life in the dust control industry and with over 24 years experience providing industrial ventilation and filtration solutions, is well equipped to support customers with their environmental needs. From initial identification of issues through to provision of an efficient, working solution he will be there to offer guidance from start to finish.
An avid Boxing and Rugby fan, Andy is now also exploring his musical side by playing electric guitar (or attempting to).
Chris Taylor, Production Manager
Chris started his working life in his home town of Oldham, working as a sheet metal apprentice within a company manufacturing powder coating spray booths and duct systems. He moved into the catering sector manufacturing stainless steel fabrication where he spent 16 years working his way up to management level. Now living in leafy Cheshire Chris has been with Dustcheck for four years where he started as Works Foreman.
Chris is a family man with three children – youngest being five and eldest 17. A season ticket holder at Manchester City and a fan for over 20 years, he can remember his first game standing in the Kippax at the old Maine Road Stadium. He is a keen golfer who is elated if he manages a PAR!
John Osman, South East Area Technical Sales
John has over 16 years of experience working for some of the UK’s leading materials handling companies. He started his career in the industry as a project engineer later moving into sales. He has been successful in providing effective materials handling solutions to some of the most prestigious companies in the food, beverage and chemical industries.
When he is not working he enjoys walks around central London and the surrounding countryside with his wife and daughter, spending time with friends, and occasionally can be seen cycling in the Hertfordshire countryside.
Mal Sharpley, Northern Area Technical Sales
Mal has spent all his working life in bulk storage and materials handling; with 37 years of experience in all aspects ranging from systems design to components.
A keen sportsman, he now relies on a leisurely stroll around a golf course or coaching his son at football to keep fit. Mal also enjoys sampling real ales in his free time – though this can be in demand as he and his wife are often driving their three young children around to various activities!