Meet The Team

Bruce Philipps, Managing Director

Bruce read Politics and Philosophy at Southampton University and has since worked across both private and public sector organisations in senior roles focussing on Commercial, Communications and General Management.

In 2014, Bruce succeeded his father, Peter Philipps, who founded Airdri in 1974 with fellow engineer, Peter Allen. Since joining Airdri, Bruce’s focus has been on developing and implementing our new business strategy (The Airdri Group 5 Point Strategic Plan), adopting our new production strategy, and commercial drive.

Bruce lives in London with his wife, and frequently spends time in Oxford, as well as travelling between our operations in the USA and China.

Emma Shortt, Chief Operating Officer

A graduate of Leeds Met University/Normandy Business School (European Finance and Accounting) and Nene Univeristy (MCIPD), Emma ran her own Business Change and Development consultancy before joining Airdri in 2015.

As COO, she holds overall responsibility for R&D, Production, Supply Chain, Quality, Operations, Marketing and Corporate Services and also manages our facility in China, Airdri Guangzhou.

Emma’s key competencies include business analysis and strategy, business development, project planning, management and engagement and relationship building with a range of stakeholders.

In her spare time Emma enjoys travelling and wine tasting.

Andrew Hunter, Group Finance Director

Andrew graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Economics with Accountancy and so brings with him a wealth of financial management experience primarily gained in the FMCG sector.

He joined Airdri in 2015 to take up the position of Group Finance Director and is responsible for all finance matters across the Airdri Group including reporting, audit, foreign exchange management, project and product costing. Andrew is also responsible for our governance arrangements including company registration, insurance and patent registration.

When he’s not at work Andrew enjoys walking and playing golf.

Steve Whittall, Group Director of Quality

Since he graduated from Wednesbury College in 1983 with an HNC in Materials Science, Steve has held many senior management roles in the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Defence and Manufacturing sectors.

Steve joined Airdri as Group Director of Quality in 2014 with an important remit to deliver our Quality Policy and Quality Objectives across the Airdri Group, as well as to ensure compliance with external standards (ISO 9001) and internal best practice.
He is also responsible for Health and Safety in all our global locations and the relationship lead with some of our major global customers, ensuring we deliver on our commitment to excellent service.

In his spare time Steve plays drums in a local band.

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