Meet The Team

Welcome to Specialist Switchgear

What we do here at Specialist Switchgear is cutting edge and high-tech, but our approach to you is quite simple: you get to deal with a real person who puts your needs centre stage. And while we might be switchgear nerds, we do have a life outside. Admittedly, there’s a bias toward all things cars and football, but we promise that when it comes to switchgear and components, we’ll always be on your side.

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Managing Director

Phil Hoy

  • Years in the industry: 40+
  • Best thing about SSSL: Enthusiasm of the staff
  • Proudest career moment: Our great new facility; a place to be proud of.
  • Dream job: Formula 1 driver.
  • Favourite things: Man Utd, fast cars and food!
  • Greatest personal achievement: Working hard to buy my Ferrari

Sales Manager

Joseph Greenhalgh

  • Years in the industry: 45
  • Best thing about SSSL: Every day is different and the people are great
  • Proudest career moment: Joining Specialist Switchgear Systems!
  • Dream job: Numerous major projects throughout the country
  • Favourite things: Man Utd, DIY, gardening and marine / fish keeping
  • Greatest personal achievement: Seeing all 3 of my children graduate from university
  • Interesting fact: I’m a marine / reef fish expert

Technical Design Engineer

Joe Derbyshire

  • Years in the industry: 4 years
  • Best thing about SSSL: The drive and enthusiasm of my colleagues
  • Proudest career moment: Winning large commercial projects
  • Dream job: Spy
  • Favourite things: Tapas, MUFC, music
  • Greatest personal achievement: Buying my car at 19

Project Engineer

David Howarth

  • Years in the industry: 15+ years
  • Best thing about SSSL: The people
  • Dream job: MI5 Agent
  • Favourite things: Football and Italian food
  • Greatest personal achievement: Becoming a Dad and Distinction Profile at HND level
  • Interesting fact: Descendant of one of the founders of the Rochdale Pioneers – Charles Howarth

Distribution & Warehousing Manager

Karl Westby

  • Years in the industry: New to switchgear, but seasoned in distribution
  • Best thing about SSSL: The people – they’re really special
  • Proudest career moment: Joining Specialist Switchgear Systems!
  • Dream job: Multi-millionaire man of mystery
  • Favourite things: Man Utd and all sorts of music
  • Greatest personal achievement: Passing my HGV Class I
  • Interesting fact: I’m an open book and what you see is what you get

Senior Electrical Engineer

Vinny Fox

  • Years in the industry: 26 years
  • Best thing about SSSL: The people are friendly and co-operative
  • Dream job: Sculptural Artist
  • Favourite things: Rock, Woodturning/Carving, Electronics/Amateur Radio. Making in general.
  • Interesting fact: I used to restore antiques/classic cars

Finance Manager

Beccy Moughan

  • Years in the industry: 5+
  • Best thing about SSSL: The team, we all work together
  • Favourite things: Shopping, socialising, holidays.
  • Greatest personal achievement: My 3 beautiful children.

Office Manager

Melissa Preston

  • Years in the industry: 4 years
  • Best thing about SSSL: The people
  • Dream job: Undercover Detective

Senior Sales & Ecommerce Manager

Darren Byrne

  • Years in the industry: 21 years
  • Best thing about SSSL: Teamwork makes the dream work
  • Proudest career moment: Working for SSSL
  • Dream job: Putting the bubbles in spirit levels
  • Favourite things: Food, F1, cooking, and football.
  • Greatest personal achievement: My wife & children
  • Interesting fact: I am a proud Grandad

Warehouse & Ecommerce Assistant

Leah Westby

  • Years in the industry: 1 year
  • Best thing about SSSL: The opportunities
  • Dream job: Dance teacher
  • Favourite things: Music, fashion, my family
  • Greatest personal achievement: Buying my own car
  • Interesting fact: I worked as a waitress for 4 years

Production Manager

Michael Smith

  • Years in the industry: 19
  • Best thing about SSSL: The people
  • Proudest career moment: Joining the SSSL team
  • Dream job: Footballer or DJ
  • Favourite things: Man City
  • Greatest personal achievement: Having kids
  • Interesting fact: Man City season ticket holder for 25 years, not since 2008!

Electrical Engineer

Andrew Maiden

  • Years in the industry: 4
  • Best thing about SSSL: The atmosphere
  • Proudest career moment: Qualifying to be an Electrical Engineer
  • Dream job: Footballer
  • Favourite things: Food, beer, and football.

Electrical Engineer

Danny Summerfield

  • Years in the industry: 13 years
  • Best thing about SSSL: The lads and the banter
  • Proudest career moment: Starting at Specialist Switchgear Systems Ltd
  • Dream job: Footballer
  • Favourite things: Family, and Man United
  • Greatest personal achievement: Staying out of trouble!
  • Interesting fact: I make a perfect copper bar!

Electrical Engineer

Stuart Nye

  • Years in the industry: 4 years
  • Best thing about SSSL: The staff
  • Proudest career moment: 6 weeks on data centre in Hamburg
  • Dream job: Football scout
  • Favourite things: Man United, and my family
  • Greatest personal achievement: My son being born
  • Interesting fact: None of the lads know but I lived in Australia for 2 years!

Electrical Engineer

Josh Grundy

  • Years in the industry: 3 years
  • Best thing about SSSL: The lads
  • Proudest career moment: Completing SAP course
  • Dream job: Switchgear Engineer
  • Favourite things: Pies, and rugby!
  • Greatest personal achievement: Playing rugby for North of England
  • Interesting fact: Building a JCB at 4 years old

Trainee Electrical Engineer

Georgios Sitaridis

  • Years in the industry: 7 years
  • Best thing about SSSL: The teamwork
  • Proudest career moment: Joining SSSL
  • Dream job: Astronaut
  • Favourite things: Combat sports
  • Greatest personal achievement: Becoming a father
  • Interesting fact: I was in the Special Forces in Greece

Apprentice Electrical Engineer

Harrison Duckworth

  • Years in the industry: 1 year
  • Best thing about SSSL: The people

Apprentice Electrical Engineer

Kian Warbrick

  • Years in the industry: 1.5 years
  • Proudest career moment: Being promoted from butty duties
  • Dream job: Entrepreneur
  • Favourite things: Football, mates, pub
  • Greatest personal achievement: Played football on Camp Nou

 

 

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Whether for component parts, a replacement panel or a complete switchgear system, our dedicated team is on hand to attend to your power management needs, from a simple part price to a complete technical specification in conjunction with your engineers and commissioning electrical experts.

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