People

Courtney John

Chairman

Courtney John is the founder of Llanelec. At the age of 18 Courtney began working for himself; after designing, manufacturing and supplying fairground rides to some of the country’s leading fairgrounds for over 15 years, Courtney then established Llanelec as a leading manufacturing facility to The Ministry of Defence. Llanelec has worked with the MOD for over 40 years.

Courtney has been part of numerous development programmes with the MOD. Most notably, an official letter of thanks was written to Courtney by an MOD Field Marshall thanking him for saving lives after redesigned the roadwheel for ’Warthog’ . The wheel was redesigned from composite to aluminium including hub, allowing the wheel to be changed out in the field after a failure. The letter of thanks came after the ‘Gulf War’.

Those who know Courtney understand that he is a supreme Engineer, businessman and Llanelec truly owes everything to him.

Spencer John

Managing Director

Time served Engineer at Llanelec, Spencer spent some time out of the business playing professional rugby union for Llanelli Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and Wales.

Spencer gained 18 caps for his country and is the second youngest prop forward to be play for his country but had to retire at the young age of 28 through injury.

After returning to Llanelec, Spencer was appointed Director in 2017. In January 2020 Spencer was then appointed MD; he is now firmly driving Llanelec into the future.

“Llanelec offers products to our global customers that is of a consistently high quality, high volume, with on time and value for money, across both Land and Air market sectors. We take pride and are inspired by accuracy, precision, and we are dependable as our deliveries are on time, with reliability and all at a cost that meets your needs.“

Keith Wakley

Finance Director

Keith Wakley has been a director of Llanelec since 2008.

Keith was employed by the HM Revenue & Customs as a fully trained Inspector of Taxes for sixteen years.

When he left the Revenue he commenced to work for a major accountancy firm (Messrs Deloitte & Touche LLP) as a senior tax manager; he remained with this company for thirteen years.

Since 2000 he has been involved in the running of his own taxation/accountancy business, based in Cardiff. The professional services offered by the company include the production of statutory limited company accounts, submission of corporation tax computations, and Company House information as well as taxation advice to mitigate the incidence of taxation to both the company and it’s director/shareholders.

Davey Wilson

operations Director

With over 30 years’ experience in Defence, Davey commenced his Manufacturing and Engineering career as an Aircraft Technician in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Corps of the British Army.

Up until 2016, Davey’s career was in the Aviation Sector where he was qualified as an Aircraft Engineer both Military and Civilian aircraft. Back in the commercial environment he delivered many Projects and Programmes before taking on Director roles, (Engineering, Technical, Operations) within several blue-chip Defence companies, such as Cobham, Babcock and latterly General Dynamics.

He now holds the position of Operations Director at Llanelec where he looks to bring his wealth of experience to good effect and support the company’s vision.

Nicola Martin

Director of Support
Services

Nicola started her career as a BA Hons Graduate in French and German from Reading University. She continued her Post-Graduate development with a PGCE from the University of Swansea. She worked for Midland Bank/HSBC whilst studying for 5 years. Keen to utilise her knowledge of language, and to maximise its use, she taught for 6 years. Career driven, Nicola escalated quickly to management, undertaking training in London in Leadership and Management.

Nicola married and started her family. This was the time when she first worked at Llanelec. She also started her own business concurrently, Languages for All, and was instrumental in implementing the learning of foreign languages at primary level, believing that communication in the world is key to success.

She continued her professional development and gained another Post-Graduate Certificate, in Leadership and Management, from Swansea Metropolitan University of Wales Trinity St David.

As part of her continued belief in the importance of global communication, Nicola has continued her love of language learning, by immersing herself in Spanish language and culture.

Nicola re-joined the company in 2017, as part of a strategy to move the company forward and was appointed director in 2018.

“I believe it’s our people that make the difference at Llanelec. I am proud of our team here. As Henry Ford said:

The two most important things in any company do not appear in its balance sheet: its reputation and its people.”

Gethin Williams

Commercial manager

Gethin completed an HNC in computer aided manufacture while completing a 4 Year Apprenticeship in Toolmaking at Turnmil Engineering. Gethin was a Machine Shop Supervisor for a further 3 years at Mono Equipment.

Further development has seen Gethin gain valuable knowledge and experience of various CAD/CAM packages and multi-axis Turn/Mill Machining.

Gethin worked at C R Hollands as a technical sales engineer manager supplying and supporting engineering companies in South Wales with cutting tools and their programming/process needs.

It was during this period he worked on numerous projects with Llanelec for the Ministry of Defence, the technical ability displayed demonstrated that Gethin was going to be a major asset. After 12 Months of supporting each other Gethin was offered a position to further develop his career within the engineering world.

Andrew Jarrett

Production Manager

Andrew started his engineering career at TRW Steering Systems LTD as a machine operator in 1996 where he developed as a line engineer in the power rack machine shop. In 2005, Andrew started working at Groundhog UK LTD as a CNC Bandsaw and Punch operator, later becoming a production supervisor and spending 3 years attending night school at Margam college.

In 2008, Andrew joined Barford Engineering where he ran the facility for 10 years carrying out all engineering and leadership tasks.

Andrew has been production manager at Llanelec precision engineering since 2018.

ALUN THOMAS

Quality and Compliance

Alun Thomas is a fully trained RAF Jet Engine Fitter. Alun has extensive specialist knowledge in engineering, compliance and quality control.

His experience includes:

  • QC Inspector – Borg Warner Automatic Transmission Division Inspection Department
  • Methods and Evaluation Technician, Machine Capability Analysis team, Gauge Control, Standards Room, Engine Test Laboratory – Ford Motor Company.
  • Senior Quality Engineer – Lucas ES, formally Smith Industries. Responsible for New Product Development and Integration, Jaguar and Rolls Royce Customer Liaison Engineer.
  • Quality Co-ordinator – Control Data responsible for Total Quality Management Process (TQMP) and SPC implementation
  • Director of Quality – Crosby Disks, responsible for UK Factory, Customer liaison UK and USA.
  • Director of Quality – DM Associates – Responsible for implementation of over 300 QMS related projects supported by the Production Engineering Research Association (PERA).
  • General Physics Corporation – UK Operations Manager and European Lead Technical Trainer, Technical Training for GM (Delphi) Europe and USA, Ford, QS9000 Implementation in Motorola. UK Business Development UK.
  • Centre Director – Bridgend Technology Centre – Collaboration between Ford, Sony and WDA to provide World Class Training.
  • Qie Consultancy – Managing Director, numerous Quality Related Training including 8D, FMEA, APQP, MSDA, 5WHYS, KAIZEN, Geometric Design and Tolerancing, and QMS Implementation to ISO9001.
  • Systems Integration Manager – MoD Contractor – Responsible for multi-million-pound infrastructure projects.

SERLE JENKINS

Quality Manager

Serle has worked in manufacturing for nearly 30 years, initially through process and production engineering, moving into Supplier Quality in 2005, and Quality Management in 2011. Previous experience in a variety of sectors includes:

  • Telecoms (Mitel Semiconductors)
  • Automotive (International Rectifier and TT Electronics AB Automotive)
  • Oil and Gas (Rotork Controls)
  • Traction (Knorr Bremse Rail Systems and TT Electronics AB Connectors)
  • Military (TT Electronics AB Connectors)
  • Aerospace (SKF)

Throughout his career, he has been heavily involved in process stabilisation and improvement activities having successfully developed teams, processes, and global suppliers in compliance with ISO9001, AS9100, and other customer-specific requirements.

Approvals and Accreditations //

BSI 9001
(BSI Membership No 41101067)

Cyber Essentials
(IASME-A-010426)

UK Ministry of Defence Approved Supplier for over 35 years

Timet (UK)
Approved Supplier

Cyber Essentials Plus
Accreditation

Certificate of Registration
Quality Management System ISO 9001

Certificate of Registration
Quality Management System EN 9100