To gain experience before joining the family firm, Simon completed a technician's course at the Engineering Industry Training Board. This gave Simon a foundation on which to grow his experience by joining Street CraneXpress in 1980 and working in each department including the shop floor, sales and accounts before working full time in internal sales and admin at both Street Crane Company and SCX. Within a year of gaining the qualification of Member of the Institute of Administrative Managers in 1984, Simon was placed in charge of the Crane and Hoist division where his brief was to integrate it into the core business and thereafter to grow the business. In 1987 Simon took over the running of SCX in its entirety upon the retirement of the director in charge and has cultivated SCX to provide a unique combination of mechanical handling services, products and solutions. In 1995 Simon commenced a MBA at the University of Sheffield and graduated in 1997. His hobbies include running, scuba diving and skiing.
Steve graduated with an honours degree in Engineering Technology from Leicester Polytechnic and then spent a number of years as a field engineer on oil, gas and water construction projects in the Middle East, South Africa and Scandinavia. Upon his return to the UK, he joined a global supplier of integrated logistics solutions and gained 15 years experience in project management roles, predominently on materials handling projects in the automotive sector. Projects included the BMW Mini final assembly systems in Oxford.
A Chartered Engineer, Steve joined Street CraneXpress Ltd as service director in March 2004 and was appointed operations director in May 2008.
Andy joined the Street CraneXpress group in 1991 to concentrate on developing specialist materials handling projects, utilising the extensive manufacturing and service resources from across the group.
Prior to his appointment, Andy served 14 years with a leading manufacturer of overhead travelling cranes, but was heavily involved in the special projects sector. His area of expertise varies tremendously from theatre to nuclear and aerospace to stadia. Overall Andy has served more than 30 years in the industry with the majority being involved in major handling schemes. His overall responsibility is for the sales and design teams, ensuring successful implementation of a project from the original concept through to the handover.
Prior to joining Street CraneXpress Ray completed a mechanical apprenticeship with a Sheffield based engineering company. Ray then progressed into a sales-related role, working for a construction and engineering plant hire company, covering the north of the UK from a sales perspective.
Ray joined Street CraneXpress in 1991 to work for the Crane and Hoist division as area sales representative, predominently covering the North of England. This was mainly the sale of spares and smaller components, which later progressed to working with the service department. This role incorporated the sale of crane refurbishments, crane upgrades/modernisation and larger projects covering the whole of the UK.
In 2003 Ray was appointed sales manager for standard projects and was responsible for managing all Regional Sales Engineers. Ray was appointed director (designate) for Street CraneXpress in 2008 and became a full Director in 2009.
Mick joined Burnand Components Ltd in 1985, prior to the company becoming part of the SCX Group. As van driver, Mick would make deliveries to Street CraneXpress and it was the strong relationship he forged here that planted the seeds for the purchase of Burnands in 1987.
Shortly after this, Mick moved into internal sales for Sheffield and then Hull, and then became manager of the Scunthorpe branch when that opened five years later. Mick progressed on to become general area manager for both Hull and Scunthorpe and later Featherstone when that was created in early 2008.
Mick’s many years of experience with Burnand XH led to him being appointed Director (designate) for Burnand XH in October 2011, taking over the overall running of the company from MD Simon Eastwood.