Meet the Team

Featured Team Members

Darren Taylor

Managing Director

Darren started the company back in 2001 with Steve and to this day both directors work very closely together to ensure the company sticks to its goal of continual improvement. Darren takes care of the general managing of the company along with sales and quality assurance focusing on systems to prevent quality and delivery problems.

Steve Balem

Production Director

Steve runs the workshop and looks after the quality control focusing on detecting any quality and delivery issues. After starting the company with Darren, Steve has followed his passion for engineering and spends most of his days in either the workshop or inspection.

Brian Reid

CNC Miller

Brian has been in the trade for over 41 years having completed his apprenticeship at A.U.W.E. (Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment) with a City and Guilds certificate as a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Much of Brian's working life has been spent in aerospace industries and he specialises in multi-axis milling and CAD/CAM. Brian has a deep knowledge of CAD/CAM programming.

Wayne Kench

Assistant Workshop Manager

Wayne has been part of the backbone of Bay Engineering for many years. His knowledge and skill on the Mazak lathes is second to none. He has been in the trade for over 20 years and is qualified with City and Guilds in CAD and CNC Part Programming. Wayne has had varied experience from high quality commercial through to aerospace industries.

Lee Ollis

CNC Miller

Lee is our super quick One-CNC CAD programmer. Originally qualified with a Paragon apprenticeship Lee now has 11 years experience in high quality commercial and aerospace industries. Qualifications in engineering in the form of NVQ level 3, City and Guilds Advanced Diploma in Engineering have helped Lee master our One-CNC CAD and Haas machines.

Steve Brown

Workshop Assistant

Steve maintains the factory to its pristine standard and delivers the majority of our components. If you see our van out and about, chances are that Steve is driving. Steve has been with us 5 years now and has proved to be a valuable member of the team.

Sam Purnell

CNC Miller

Sam has over 21 years experience programming CNC machines from 3 to 5 axis with a variety of CAD/CAM systems. He has worked in a wide range of industries including aerospace, pharmaceutical, electronics and motorsport. He has also work worked in Australia and is qualified with NVQ level 2,3 and 4 as well as Advanced Part Programming.

Mikolaj Huk


Nick covers a variety of jobs. Booking in materials, stores, goods out, packaging and product finishing are all in Nick's capable hands. He has an eye for detail that is second to none and helps keep the factory flowing efficiently. Nick also gets involved with measuring the companies KPIs.

Lucas Kucharski

Production Assistant

Lucas sets all the tools for our CNC milling section and gathers all of the fixtures, tooling and programs required. He also sets and runs CNC mills, helps with product finishing and works on assemblies for our customers.

Gary Ward

CNC Turner

Gary has been in the trade for over 37 years. Progressing from his apprenticeship in manual turning to programming CNC lathes Gary has a wealth of knowledge in engineering. Qualified with City and Guilds and having worked for many industries including Formula 1 motorsport Gary is a massive asset to Bay Engineering.