Team

Our business leaders

Dave Mallinson

Dave Mallinson

Group Managing Director

Łukasz Kolendowicz

Łukasz Kolendowicz

Managing Director (Poland)

Keegan Pather

Keegan Pather

Managing Director (Africa)

Phil Colquhoun

Phil Colquhoun

Director of Projects & Building

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown

Account Director

Chris Bullock

Chris Bullock

Director of Engineering

Matthew Hidderley

Matthew Hidderley

Director of Sales & Marketing

Elliot Follows

Elliot Follows

Head of Compliance / H&S

John Dilley

John Dilley

Senior Project Manager

Nick Jones

Nick Jones

Senior Project Manager

Adrian Nicholls

Adrian Nicholls

Engineering Manager – Utilities and Sustainability

Tim Redfern

Tim Redfern

Engineering Manager – Electrical and Control

Jonathan Cannon

Jonathan Cannon

Engineering Manager - Process

Tony Reynolds

Tony Reynolds

Engineering Manager - Compliance

Duncan Johnstone

Duncan Johnstone

Engineering Manager – Packaging

Richard Mullen

Richard Mullen

Engineering Manager - Building & Civils

Stephen Hodgetts

Stephen Hodgetts

Health & Safety Manager

Krzysztof Szymczyk

Krzysztof Szymczyk

Sales and Business Development Director, Poland

Maciej Król

Maciej Król

Building Projects Director, Poland

Maciej Mielnik

Maciej Mielnik

Process Projects Director, Poland

Ashrant Singh

Ashrant Singh

Technical Manager, Africa

Liz Cooper

Liz Cooper

Resourcing Partner

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Dave Mallinson

Group Managing Director

Dave Mallinson

Dave Mallinson is the Group Managing Director of Lorien Engineering Solutions with overall responsibility for Lorien’s operations in the UK, Poland and South Africa. He has been with the business over thirteen years and has a track-record of delivering successful international projects in Europe and Russia and building strong relationships with our clients.

Dave started with Lorien in the packaging department and held a variety of roles including Senior Engineer, Packaging Department Manager, Engineering Manager, Beverage Sector Lead, Engineering Director, UK Managing Director before spearheading the Lorien group expansion as the Group Managing Director. This provided him with an in-depth knowledge of the services provided by Lorien, the CapEx capital investment market and the sectors in which the company supports whether this is for brownfield assignments through to building a new greenfield factory.

As a Chartered Engineer, Dave has a solid engineering background in the design and implementation of manufacturing systems in the food and drinks industry. Over the past twenty-five years, he has assisted many of the industry’s leading manufacturers both in the UK and internationally. 

Prior to joining Lorien, he has also held senior engineering positions at a major food producer and an international packaging systems manufacturer.

Recently Dave worked as:

 

  • Project director to develop a package of feasibility studies on strategies for future production development at multiple locations for a large international client.
  • Programme lead to define the scope, design and implement a large investment task consisting of modernising the infrastructure of a food manufacturing client.
  • Successfully setup and expanded the South Africa office working with some of the leading food and beverage manufactures.

Łukasz Kolendowicz

Managing Director (Poland)

Łukasz Kolendowicz

Łukasz heads Lorien’s operations in Poland/CEE as Managing Director. He is a results driven, self-motivated and resourceful leader with a proven ability to develop and strengthen management teams in order to maximise project efficiency and ensure a steady growth of the business. He possesses 20 years of experience of working for international Engineering and Project Management companies.

As a qualified engineer, Łukasz has an excellent insight into the entire facility development process, including project origination from concept stage, permitting, procurement and the construction management process. He is multi-skilled professional with a superb track record of managing complex functional projects in various environments in Poland and other CEE geographies, including Russia, Serbia and Lithuania. Regularly acting as a Project Director, he is able to manage stakeholder expectations and willing to take full responsibility for the delivery of project objectives.

Keegan Pather

Managing Director (Africa)

Keegan Pather

Keegan is a Director at Lorien Engineering Solutions and leads our African business unit which is positioned as the hub for our growth plans into Sub-Saharan Africa. Keegan’s experience and expertise along with his knowledge of operating within the region makes him the ideal person to lead our growth strategy in Africa.

Keegan’s main responsibilities as BU Director are:

  • Business Development & Growth within Africa.
  • Operations Management (Resourcing, Cost & People Management, Business strategy and organizational setup).
  • Project/ Programme Management.
  • Technical Consulting.

He has extensive operations experience working at a multinational FMCG market leader (SABMiller/ABInbev) over 18 years and 10 of those years at executive management level. All his roles have been turnaround in nature and he is skilled at stabilising and growing operations performance.

He is extremely results orientated as per his career achievements. He has a continuous improvement approach to operations and has gained Six Sigma Green Belt & Team Leader accreditation. He is a passionate, engaging and intuitive leader with a completely entrepreneurial approach to work. He is passionate about partnering and growing businesses with an appetite for success with people at its core.

His core skills are Project & Program Management, Production (Processing, Packaging & Utilities) & Cost Management, New Product & Business Development, Maintenance & Reliability Engineering.

In his previous role as Business Operations & Development Director in South Africa, he specialised in Project/Program Management services, Business development around engineering solutions and management consulting (process development/optimization). He has executed project and program management services to first tier multinational companies as well as engineering solutions to improve performance and cost.

Keegan is an Engineer (Electrical) and a certified Project Management Professional.

Phil Colquhoun

Director of Projects & Building

Phil Colquhoun

Phil Colquhoun is a chartered engineer and operates as Director of Projects & Buildings.  Working for Lorien for over 20 years, he has been responsible for the successful completion of many of the company’s large multi-disciplined projects in this time.  He acts as a project manager, programme manager for clients, and he coordinates the Project Management Team within Lorien’s UK centre.

Product and sector experience include bakery, dairy, pharmaceutical, snack foods, convenience foods, bakery products and industrial products. Typically these projects require fast track management techniques to achieve clients’ delivery targets, and involve working alongside current operating plant without disruption to production. Projects completed include multi-disciplined delivery (building and process plant/ manufacturing lines) as well as building-led and process-led CapEx investments.

Phil has also had experience of supply chain and logistics facilities, gained in the baking, snack foods, retail clothing and housewares sectors.

Previous to Lorien, Phil had operational experience of running a FMCG food manufacturing plant, and managed a military engineering team for the British Army. 

Recent examples of Phil’s work include the following:

  • Managing the delivery of a validated final dose pharmaceutical batching plant for a multi-national, multi-sector client.
  • Delivering a basket of production throughput and quality enhancement projects for a baked goods client.
  • Relocating a complete manufacturing cell from one manufacturing facility (donor site) to another including the complete new build of the receiver factory in demanding circumstances.
  • Leading a project to develop national distribution centres for a major retailer.

Stephen Brown

Account Director

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown is the Account Director and is responsible for the management of major multi-disciplined engineering projects mainly in the food and drinks industry for a major snack foods client.

Stephen has led the successful implementation of many multi-£million capital projects within the food and drinks industry. He takes specific responsibility for the overall project management and programme management function including budget control, programme control, and the overall direction and co-ordination of multi-disciplined teams consisting of electrical, control, process, packaging, utilities and building design engineering. He is particularly experienced in front-end design studies and CapEx investment justification reports.  

He also has a wealth of practical site construction management experience, often working in high-care food environments with installation activities occurring alongside live food production.

With over 30-years of industrial experience, Stephen has worked for Lorien for over 20 years, and his previous positions included as a Senior Projects Manager and also the company’s Packaging Engineering Manager.  In this role he was responsible for the management, resourcing and technical outputs of the Packaging Engineering Design Department.

Recent examples of Stephen’s work include the following:

  • Programme Manager for a food manufacturing client, overseeing multiple projects across the client’s manufacturing network to ensure that linked projects remain aligned to a common business case.
  • Project management of snack foods multi-packing installations for a global snack foods client, across a number of locations in the UK. This high value and high profile project resulted from a manufacturing network review and closure of a major production site.

Chris Bullock

Director of Engineering

Chris Bullock

Chris Bullock is Director of Engineering, having initially joined Lorien as Engineering Manager for Packaging with extensive experience of packaging line design and implementation of packaging systems, automation and warehousing.  With over 20 years’ experience in delivery of multi-disciplined engineering projects and project management he is responsible for our engineering teams in the Process, Packaging, Utilities and Electrical departments. He is also responsible for engineering training and development including our accredited graduate development scheme.

He has lead multi-disciplined projects for clients in a range of sectors including brewing, soft drinks and food. Chris is adept at developing solutions that consider a client’s production and operational needs aligned with their commercial intent.

Chris’ project delivery knowledge ensures our core engineering teams are brought together alongside our building and civils, compliance and H&S management disciplines.

Recent project examples include the following:
• Overseas Masterplan Study for strategic site(s) development and production capabilities.
• Facilities Upgrade at major UK manufacturer of condiments, including building design and construction management, process and utilities design, coordination of entire process and packaging installation.
• New Aseptic PET Bottle Line – Project management of a high speed packaging line for soft drinks including design to tender, procurement, programme management and implementation.
• FEED Study for development of client’s production facilities, focused on rationalisation, capacity and capability.
• Leading UK based projects and initiatives for a global brewing group.
• Can Line Development – Project manager for two existing high speed can filling lines, developed to achieve 30% increase in OEE, new secondary packaging and end of line facilities.

Matthew Hidderley

Director of Sales & Marketing

Matthew Hidderley

Matthew is Director of Sales & Marketing directing business development activities to drive new sales and manage key FMCG accounts for the company’s multi-disciplined engineering team covering food and beverage through to the life sciences and advanced manufacturing sectors.  Matthew’s clients operate throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

Matthew has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) with 20 years business development experience responsible for liaising with clients and in-house management teams at all levels, managing the whole process of attracting and developing client relationships with extensive sales & marketing, operations, event management and communications experience.

Matthew has delivered varied and complex engineering CapEx projects ranging from small engineering consultancy assignments such as Process Design Reviews, Factory CAD Drawing and Compliance PUWER/ CE Marking through to complete production line upgrades and large multi-£million capital projects:

  • Master Plans (facility, business-wide)
  • Process and production line de-bottlenecking
  • Process scale-up
  • Technology review and search
  • Equipment replacement
  • Front-end engineering design
  • Project development strategy ​​​​​

Elliot Follows

Head of Compliance / H&S

Elliot Follows

Elliot Follows brings over 20 years’ experience in quality and health, safety and welfare management, which is supported by an extensive suite of qualifications and Institute memberships; NEBOSH NGC, NCC and Diploma in H&S Management, CMSE® (Certified Machinery Safety Expert), GradIOSH, DipNEBOSH and MIIRSM.

After working over 6 years as the Health & Safety Manager in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors for Briggs of Burton, Elliot joined Lorien in 2016 bringing a wealth of experience in CDM projects.  He has recent practical experience gained in the food, beverage and brewing industry, and the advanced manufacturing, pharmaceutical and well-being sector for a wide range of international clients.

The combination of Elliot’s strategic/holistic thinking and hands-on practical implementation earns respect throughout the project team from the client through to the contractors.  The high levels of safety compliance and systems thinking means that Lorien enjoy the certification of the Safety Management System to BS OHSAS 18001. 

Elliot has experience of running projects in the UK, Germany, India, Africa, France, Poland, Belgium and Holland.

Recent examples of Elliot’s work include the following:

  • CDM delivery manager during the installation of new food processing and packaging plant for a major breakfast cereals manufacturing client. The overall Lorien team delivered against a tight timeframe whilst safe-guarding up to 250 personnel and working alongside operational food production plant.
  • Leading the design and system provisioning of a live H&S information capture and dashboard reporting system to be deployed on all client sites where Lorien operate as the CDM Principal Contractor.  The system allows efficient capture of data at site, and intelligent trend analysis of the data.
  • Designing and leading H&S training for Lorien directors, managers and engineers, including Accident Investigation, Designing Safely, CDM Regulations and Asbestos Awareness.

John Dilley

Senior Project Manager

John Dilley

John Dilley is a strategic senior project manager at Lorien, having joined the business in 1999, as a process and utilities engineer.  John has developed a remarkable breadth of knowledge and experience in the food and drinks industry, dealing with the manufacture of products such as snacks, morning goods, fresh and cooked meats, vegetable processing, grain, oils, soups and dairy products, carbonated and concentrate drinks, mineral water, and brewing.  He has also led projects for pharmaceutical, specialist chemicals production and distribution, and industrial ceramics clients. 

John has also developed a great depth of skills within the project process through his activities with new product development, master planning (for single and multiple sites), capital investment programmes, and complete life-cycle engineering project development from feasibility through to implementation and commissioning.  He has also been involved in ‘OpEx’ assignments such as workforce training and upskilling, asset care system development, critical spare parts analysis and intelligent preventative maintenance systems.

Prior to joining Lorien, john worked for BOC Gases as a projects engineer.

Recent examples of John’s work include the following:

  • Programme Manager for a food manufacturing client, overseeing multiple projects across the client’s manufacturing network to ensure that linked projects remain aligned to a common business case.
  • The upgrade and redesign of a process water supply and distribution system for a major brewer in order to double the production volume at the brewery.
  • Design coordination and site management of the replacement of an oat kiln for a major breakfast cereals brand.  This required the segregation of the works from the adjacent kiln, which remained in production throughout.

Nick Jones

Senior Project Manager

Nick Jones

Nick Jones is a Senior Project Manager delivering successful complex projects within the Food, Brewing, Dairy and Beverage Industries. Nick has built up a significant amount of experience both at home and overseas.

Nick is an experienced process engineer and a senior project manager who has worked in various capacities in the Food, Beverage and Dairy industries, managing strategic projects including Front-end/feasibility studies, utilities, design of piping systems for industrial services, plant improvement & new equipment/plant installation projects and their project management & commissioning.

 

Nick was instrumental in the development of The Opti suite including Opti-Milk (dairy modelling tool), Opti-Spirit (distillery) and Opti-Brew (brewery & beverage modelling).

 

  • Management and reporting of risk, cost control and programme planning
  • In-depth knowledge of process technology, design, equipment specifications, installation and commissioning
  • Leading role in many feasibility & design studies for CAPEX submissions and the follow-on detailed interface design and implementation phases
  • Significant experience of food and beverage installations in UK and overseas
  • Travelled extensively in UK and overseas to equipment suppliers’ sites for design and progress review meetings and pre-delivery inspections

Recent examples of Nicks work include the following:

  • Programme management and implementation of a large 2-year phased installation of new equipment from concept through to commissioning including Principal Designer and Principal Contractor for a food manufacturing client
  • Several brewery and distillery studies including planning permission through to full design and site masterplanning
  • Management of design to tender of a new Clean-in-place (CIP) including civil works

Adrian Nicholls

Engineering Manager – Utilities and Sustainability

Adrian Nicholls

Adrian Nicholls is an Engineering Manager leading the Utilities, Building Services and Sustainability team at Lorien.  He has extensive experience in the design, implementation and commissioning of utilities installations and renewable energy projects.

Adrian is an experienced engineer and manager who has worked in various capacities in process industries managing utilities, in front-end/feasibility studies, design of piping and distribution systems for industrial services, plant improvement & new equipment/plant installation projects and their project management & commissioning.

Significant major projects include utilities recovery and rebuild projects following the Canterbury Earthquakes in New Zealand, Process optimisation of incineration plants in the UK, installation of CHP plants in wastewater plants and capacity increases / modifications in the food and beverage industry. 

Adrian’s skills include, high level feasibility studies and surveys, detailed design of utility installations, design calculations (mass and energy balances, pump sizing etc.), site and project management, programme management and coordination, plant commissioning and optimisation.  Technically, Adrian and his team design systems concerned with heating, ventilation, controlled environments, hot and cold-water services, gas utilities, laboratory gases, chilled water, refrigeration systems and effluent treatment for both commercial, industrial and heritage projects.  The team also delivery renewable energy projects, including biomass, energy from waste, and biogas installations.

Recent examples of Adrian’s work include the following:

  • Major refrigeration and chilled water upgrade for a major international brewer in order to significantly increase the volume of beer brewed.
  • Leading the design and site installation management of utilities plant reinforcement for a new cooking and food processing plant for a major breakfast cereals manufacturer in the UK.
  • Leading a factory estate utilities review for a leading UK health, beauty and pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Tim Redfern

Engineering Manager – Electrical and Control

Tim Redfern

Tim Redfern is an Engineering Manager leading Lorien’s Electrical and Control team in the UK.  He is responsible for the management, resourcing and technical outputs of the Electrical & Control Engineering Design Department, as well as being responsible for managing engineering projects. He is degree educated and is a Chartered Engineer of the Institute of Electrical Engineering.

Tim has worked on a wide variety of projects in the process and packaging industry in the brewing, food, snacks and beverage sectors, and has developed an extensive knowledge of control systems, electrical technology as well as project management and construction management skills. 

Tim and his team deliver projects with one or more of the following requirements:

  • User Requirement Specifications (URS)
  • Functional Design Specifications (FDS)
  • Software Design Specifications (SDS)
  • PLC and Data Network Architecture
  • PLC Systems
  • SCADA Systems
  • High voltage systems, including reinforcement of existing infrastructure
  • Low voltage sub-main distribution
  • Building services
  • Installation and contractor supervision
  • Commissioning and testing
  • Data and communication networks

Additionally, Tim has led a fire damage remediation exercise for a food client in regard to their electrical infrastructure, process control and packing line control systems.

Recent examples of Tim’s work include the following:

  • Snack foods multi-packing installations for a global snack foods client, across multiple locations in the UK, Holland and Belgium. This high value and high profile project resulted from a roll out of new products and manufacturing technology.
  • Leading the High Voltage and Low Voltage distribution systems for a convenience foods client.
  • Leading the upgrade of a PLC control system from Siemens S5 to S7 for a major UK biscuit bakery in the UK.
  • Control, instrumentation and electrical design lead for a process expansion and upgrade for a vegetable oils processing plant.

Jonathan Cannon

Engineering Manager - Process

Jonathan Cannon

Jonathan Cannon is an engineering manager leading the process engineering team at Lorien.  He has lead multi-disciplined projects for Blue Chip Clients in a range of sectors including brewing, food, snacks and beverage.  He is responsible for the management, resourcing and technical outputs of the process engineering department, as well as being responsible for managing engineering projects. 

Jonathan has a proven track record in process engineering and project management, leading projects within all of Lorien’s key market sectors.  Having studied as a chemical and process engineer, since then, gaining experience of process engineering design, implementation and commissioning.   He is experienced in managing front-end/feasibility studies, design of piping, distribution and storage systems, plant improvement & new equipment/plant installation projects and their project management throughout from concept to completion.

Jonathan and his team deliver projects with requirements including:

  • High level feasibility studies and surveys
  • Surveying, checking and updating of existing processes/drawings
  • Process and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Design calculations including pump/pipe sizing, mass & energy balances
  • Design modelling including the development and use of Lorien’s “Opti” software
  • User requirement specifications (URS) or process control descriptions
  • Specifying, tendering and technically/commercially evaluating work packages
  • Ensuring adherence to health & safety, compliance and engineering best practice
  • Programme management and coordination
  • Installation and contractor supervision
  • Commissioning, optimisation and testing

Recent examples of Jonathan’s work include the following:

  • New cereal production line for a global cereal client – fast track design to tender, supplier selection, implementation management and commissioning.  This resulted in site capability to produce multiple new products from raw materials delivery through to palletising.
  • Replacement of brewery water system for an international brewer from well extraction through to processing, storage and distribution
  • New cheese cooking, processing and packaging line leading a multi-discipline team from concept to completion of the project.
     

Tony Reynolds

Engineering Manager - Compliance

Tony Reynolds

Tony Reynolds manages a team of compliance engineers within the Lorien business division of GP Strategies.  The areas of specialisms for this team includes CE marking of complex assemblies, machine safety risk assessments, validation of SRP/CS, HAZOPS, ATEX & DSEAR regarding explosive atmospheres (dusts, gases and vapours) for both new and legacy facilities. 

Tony’s position within our business is Compliance Manager, originally joining the business in 2007 having worked in the compliance and approvals industry for over 16 years previously.  He has previously worked for certification bodies such as TÜV Rheinland and British Standards Institution, and commercial companies including Pitney Bowes.

He has been involved with product approvals on a global basis and brings with him a vast and unique knowledge of product approvals and regulations from around the world. Tony has experience of working in the UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Russia, India, South Africa, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Belgium, Poland and Holland. 

In his current role Tony also delivers technical training for customer in-house courses on a broad range of safety compliance topics.

Recent examples of Tony’s work include the following:

  • Compliance Programme Manager for a food manufacturing client, overseeing multiple compliance projects across the client’s manufacturing network to ensure that assessments and report remain aligned to a common standard.
  • The delivery of safety compliance training including Machine Safety (PUWER and CE Marking), Explosive Atmospheres (DSEAR and ATEX), and construction safety (CDM Regulations) for a speciality chemicals company serving the automotive sector.
  • Explosive atmospheres on-site inspection and compliance gap reporting for facilities operated by a global household cleaning products manufacturer, surveying locations in India and Indonesia, and leading the compliant design of a new facility in the Middle-East.

Duncan Johnstone

Engineering Manager – Packaging

Duncan Johnstone

Duncan Johnstone is the Engineering Manager for Packaging and has been with the Lorien business for 14 years. He currently leads the packaging department covering the packaging and shipping process (warehouse, logistics, automation, line performance improvements) together with acting as Project Manager on strategic projects.

Coming from a background in Special Purpose Machinery design, Duncan joined the business as a packaging engineer in 2005. With extensive experience of packaging line design and implementation, he has led multi-disciplined projects across a range of business sectors including brewing, soft drinks, cereals and snack foods.

Outside of his core technical skills, Duncan has excellent knowledge of current Project Management and Health & Safety standards. He is experienced in implementing complex projects on site, working around clients production requirements, to deliver projects safely and on time.

Recent project examples include:-

  • Feasibility study looking at options for upgrading an existing line together with new packaging line concepts through a stage gate process covering Statement of Requirements (SOR), Process Flow Diagrams (PFD), 2D & 3D drawings, specifications through to installation and commissioning
  • Upgrade of a complete packing hall, to introduce new packaging formats, whilst maintaining clients production
  • Relocation of packing lines between client sites
  • Installation of new machinery to boost line output
  • Line performance audit to calculate the line efficiency in terms of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness)

Richard Mullen

Engineering Manager - Building & Civils

Richard Mullen

Richard was appointed Engineering Manager of our Buildings and Civils department, following a successful 2 year period within Lorien’s Project Management team.

Richard has worked within civil and structural design offices since graduating with honours in Civil Engineering, from The University of Warwick in 2007. He has gone onto lead multi-discipline design teams involved in the construction and refurbishment of blast furnaces all over the globe, spending much of his early career in India and Taiwan, whilst simultaneously completing an MSc in Structural Engineering at Newcastle University. 

Whilst at Lorien, Richard has led several CapEx building projects within the food sector, providing our clients with project management and technical building knowledge throughout the life cycle of the project. 

As building design lead, Richard will manage the building design team within Lorien’s UK centre, operating in Europe and further afield.

Recent examples include the following:

  • Project management of a large building extension through all RIBA stages, required for expansion of products for a food sector client.
  • Project management of the reconfiguration and installation of mechanical equipment required to increase capacity for a food sector Client suppling all major retail supermarkets.
  • Led the civil and structural engineering design team to modernisation of a 1980’s Russian design furnace for Vizag Steel BF#3, Visakhapatnam, India. 
  • Led the structural engineering design of Dragon Steel Corporation BF#2, Taichung, Taiwan; a sister furnace to BF#1, now the flagship facilities for Dragon Steel.
  • Creation of new factory following a multi-site rationalisation including the closure of a donor site

Stephen Hodgetts

Health & Safety Manager

Stephen Hodgetts

Stephen started his safety career within the PetroChemical sector back in 2005 and now has an extensive suite of qualifications and Institute memberships including NEBOSH NGC & NCC; SPA PetroChem, Food & Drink & Supervisor; CSCS; IPAF; PASMA; TechIOSH; AIIRSM and AIEMA.

Following a nine year stint as the Health & Safety, Engineering and Training Advisor for a Shell Retail & Calor Gas Joint Venture interest, Stephen joined Lorien in July 2014 as Senior Health & Safety Site Manager.

Experience has been gained in the Food & Drink, Brewing, FMCG, Heavy Engineering and Pharmaceutical Industries and Stephen’s final site project was for a leading cereal manufacturer, managing 1200 Contractors working over 230,000 hours across 2800 Permits.

In 2017, Stephen gained promotion to the Assistant Health & Safety Manager, becoming firmly involved with our OHSAS18001 Safety Management System, RoSPA Accreditation, development of our New Starter Induction and co-writer of our new Safety Management System. Stephen also has overseas experience working in Australia, UAE Abu Dhabi, Malta, Holland and Belgium.

Recent examples of Stephen’s work include the following:

  • Collaboratively writing a complete Health & Safety CDM Management System for a new Client, then training their key personnel and rolling out a series of supportive audits to ensure compliance.
  • Conducting H&S and CDM Training to our clients making them fully aware of their legal obligations under CDM and how to address them. This will include Contractor On-boarding; RA/MS Review and Permit Issue; Site Inspections and System Audits; Accident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis; Safety Communications and Key Performance Indicators; Safety Cards and Site Discipline.
  • A complete review of internal safety processes when preforming the role of Principal Contractor at Client sites.

Krzysztof Szymczyk

Sales and Business Development Director, Poland

Krzysztof Szymczyk

Krzysztof Szymczyk acts as Sales & Business Development Director for Lorien’s operations in Poland and Central Europe. He is a qualified industrial automation engineer with later post graduate education in marketing and business administration.

Krzysztof has 25 years of experience of working within international companies with operations based in Poland, responsible for sales and general business direction. In addition to project operations in Poland, other territories covered include Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, White Russia and the Baltic States.  He has worked with client organisations that have headquarters in Europe, North America and Asia, and so understands and respects the ethics of different business cultures and environments.

Throughout his career he has been responsible for sales either of industrial equipment or complex EPC projects mainly in food, chemical and water industries. Delivered projects have typically involved facility expansion, industrial automation solutions, environment protection technologies, thermal energy generation installations, and product processing systems.

Krzysztof is a nominated external technical expert of the Ministry of Environment Protection, representing Poland as Associated Member of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Seville, Spain. He has contributed to the ongoing revision of Industrial Emissions Directive regarding emissions limits and BAT technologies for organic solvents applications.

Maciej Król

Building Projects Director, Poland

Maciej Król

Maciej Król is a qualified structural engineer and acts as Building Projects Director, heading our Building and Building Services Engineering and Project Management team in the Wroclaw office.

He has many years’ experience of high-value, complex facility construction projects, and his experience covers the entire EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management) delivery.

Maciej is a highly experienced manager with almost 20 years of progressively responsible supervisory, complex project management, and technical design positions. He has a long track record of ensuring projects are delivered to the highest quality, within timescale by effectively organizing, managing and utilizing all resources.

Maciej has the ability to control all aspects of construction projects, including engineering, design and construction management, risk management, implementation of safety standards, planning and budget control.

Maciej possesses a broad range of experience in structural engineering that he gained as principal designer on projects for multinational industrial clients where he implemented best building practices and cost effective solutions. He demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of design standards and codes.

Maciej’s strength lies in his analytical approach and deep understanding of interfaces between various disciplines combined with sound experience in structural design for complex greenfield and brownfield projects.  He is very familiar with professional project control and reporting techniques, as well as the building permitting process for Poland.

Maciej Mielnik

Process Projects Director, Poland

Maciej Mielnik

Maciej Mielnik acts as Process Projects Director, heading our Process Engineering and Project Management team in the Wroclaw office.

Maciej is a qualified Process Engineer and Project Manager who has taken a leading role in process design, project engineering, project management, construction, commissioning and validation on a wide variety of projects within the Food and Drink, Dairy, Confectionary and Snack manufacturing processes as well as Oral Care and Fine Chemicals.

Maciej possesses in-depth specialist knowledge of hygienic plants design, primary and secondary utility systems, bulk material handling, thermal processing and packaging.

His experience has been gained in Poland and the UK and ranges from feasibility studies to implementation, providing clients with directions to achieving their business objectives and facilitating decisions to be made. The majority of projects Maciej was involved in required fast track management techniques and adoption of project implementation methodologies and technical solutions minimizing or eliminating disruptions to on-going production activities.

Maciej is an Associated Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Ashrant Singh

Technical Manager, Africa

Ashrant Singh

Ashrant is the Technical Manager at Lorien Engineering Solutions part of the African business unit. He has a proven track record with more than ten years across FMCG environments including glass container manufacturing, brewing, dry pet food & treats manufacturing and bottling of carbonated soft drinks. 

In his previous roles as Regional Operation Manager and Factory Manager he led multi-disciplinary teams and with a focus on continuous improvement and implementing lean manufacturing principles to promote efficient operations. He has experience in leading CapEx projects ranging from smaller factory projects to major structural repairs and additional capacity installations. Ashrant’s attention to detail coupled with strong interpersonal skills makes him a valuable addition in growing Lorien’s African influence. 

Ashrant is a mechanical engineer and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  

Recent project examples include the following

  • Leading the factory compliance for machinery safety assessments, Explosive Atmosphere (DSEAR and ATEX) studies  in Africa for large foods manufacturers of snack foods, beverages, and bakeries
  • Confidential Feasibility Study as part of a masterplan to expand manufacturing facility
  • Technical support and project management for a beverage client.
  • Line performance audits of manufacturing lines and processes to deliver improved OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness)

Liz Cooper

Resourcing Partner

Liz Cooper

Liz joined as the Resourcing Partner covering the Lorien Engineering Solutions roles in 2021. She oversees the talent acquisition process within the EMEA Region. This role is crucial following a two-digit growth in revenues compared to the previous year as we continue to grow.

Liz is involved in enhancing the external reputation of the group and to ensure we have a strong talent pipeline for future business needs.  Liz has previously worked as a recruitment partner and advisor across a number of industries for companies such as Dräxlmaier Automotive Group, Vax, Royal Bank of Scotland, British Gas etc.

Liz is keen to talk to engineering talent that can support the continued growth at Lorien ranging from CapEx Project Managers, Process Engineering, Utilities & Building Services, Electrical, Packaging Engineers through to occasional contractors.

Check out our vacancies page for the latest opportunities.