Barrnon’s business has been built on the brilliant execution of big ideas. Working with a small, gifted team of specialists we’ve found a way to solve problems that other, larger organisations can only dream about. So, despite our modest size, we punch well above our weight when it comes to design and delivery.

Key staff

Andy-Barr-ProfileAndy Barr, Managing Director

Andy has over 20 years’ experience in product development and has worked across many industry sectors. He’s highly proficient in 3D CAD, and takes the lead design role at Barrnon.

Andy is a metal specialist. He intimately understands the demands of working with different kinds of metal – particularly hard-wearing metals that have desirable attributes but can be difficult to fabricate. Andy often draws his inspiration from nature and has a reputation for lateral thinking that delivers surprisingly successful results.

Andy is also Barrnon’s founder and has successfully managed the business since inception, recently growing turnover by 80% while maintaining turnover and moving to a 20,000 square foot fabrication plant that has Hardox Wearparts accreditation from blue chip steelmaker, SSAB.

Shuai Wang B.Sc, M.Sc, D.Phil.

Shuai is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership graduate in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and is supported by the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Manchester University.

Shuai is a robotics expert and has successfully developed our many inventions for remote deployment.

David Balmer

David is an exceptionally talented welder, blacksmith and fabricator who can work closely to detailed drawing or by freehand. A time-served tradesman, David has many years experience of fabricating and installing our marine products as well as supporting our prototyping of specialist tools for the nuclear industry.

Steve Thompson

Steve is a fourth generation papermaker who spent most of his long career in various roles in the paper industry. At Barrnon, he keeps the office administration running and helps to ensure the delivery of our many projects.