Key People within the Oliver Family of Companies

Michael Oliver OBE, DL Founding Chairman

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver is the founding Chairman of Oliver Valves and since its establishment 40 years ago in 1979, the company has grown to be a world leader in innovative valve solutions. As a graduate Mechanical and Production Engineer, Michael Oliver had ambitious dreams.

Starting out by working from a garage in his family home, he realised the idea of producing a revolutionary severe service needle valve. This dream resulted in pioneering a Non-Rotating Tip, Anti-Galling Needle Valve which soon became a trusted product amongst energy industries including British Gas and other large oil and gas providers internationally.

As Oliver Valves Ltd was steadily growing so were design ideas for other leading innovations. Michael went on to develop a fibre optic gauge protector and a microswitch system applied to an air actuated ball valve - no other engineer in the world had designed and manufactured such a product.

Michael’s engineering expertise and leadership have enabled Oliver Valves, Oliver Valvetek and Oliver Twinsafe to become a major employer and an international market leader in the field of flow control solutions.

Mark Oliver Deputy Chairman

Mark Oliver

Mark Oliver is the Deputy Chairman across Oliver Valves, Oliver Valvetek and Oliver Twinsafe. His role across the companies involves the identification of new and emerging markets as well as product opportunities.

Founder of Oliver Twinsafe, his development across the company has allowed the identification of further opportunities for the products manufactured. A large part of his expertise can be seen in the application of the company’s products for service in the demanding environment of the polymer and mining industries. Mark holds patents on a number of Twinsafe and Oliver products.

Colm Kane Managing Director

Colm Kane

Colm Kane, a Post Graduate in Industrial & Operations Management joined the Oliver family of companies in 2004, leaving behind his previous role as a Sourcing Manager at an international rail transport company. Initially recruited as the Supply Manager for Oliver Valves, it soon became clear that Colm’s responsibilities should be expanded as a reflection of his expertise and experience.

Working across all 3 companies, Colm came to establish operational activities in India the same year he joined. This included sourcing an assembly/test plant and since then, Oliver’s operations in India have become an integral part of the companies’ success. 2 years later in 2006, Colm was appointed General Manager across all three companies.

As the Project Manager for the refurbishment of the Oliver buildings, he also established the new set up for Oliver Twinsafe and Oliver Valves operations, which were opened in October 2006 and March 2008 respectively.

Colm’s responsibilities extended further in July 2009, when he became the Operations Director. Today, he provides invaluable strategic direction and Performance Management across all of our Company Operations and was appointed Managing Director in January 2019.

Richard Bedford Sales Director

Richard Bedford

We welcomed Richard Bedford to the Oliver family of companies in 2009. Richard joined as the European Business Development Manager with the role of growing our OEM and distributor sales across mainland Europe. Richard’s experience serving as a European Distribution Manager in the bearing and power transmission industry for 13 years had equipped him with the experience we were looking for.

By 2011 Richard had successfully grown our business in Europe, and in recognition of this was appointed General Manager of our global sales effort. This role involved leading the front-end of our businesses, driving growth and development in all of our territories globally. In 2017, Richard was appointed Sales Director for Oliver Valves, Oliver Valvetek and Oliver Twinsafe and his role across the companies focuses on driving profitable growth and to ensure the brand is of choice for our worldwide customer base.

Paul E. Shillito Technical Director

Paul Shillito

Paul Shillito has been employed at Oliver Valves since 1991 where he was invited to join the family thanks to his wealth of valve design experience. Having previously worked on a range of nuclear projects, Paul’s background as a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers makes him a fundamental employee across our technical operations.

In 1998 Paul was granted the patent for our Small Bore Double Block and Bleed Valve (UK2271164) followed in 2001 by the patent for our Large Bore Double Block and Bleed Valve (PCT/GB01/02574).

Nick Howard Engineering Director

Nick Howard

Nick Howard joined the family of Oliver companies in 2004 as the companies' first full-time Research and Development Engineer.

After graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Nick found employment as a Design Draftsperson for a company that produced weld-on pipe fittings for the oil and gas industry. His skills and knowledge made him a highly desirable employee for our team.

In 2006 Nick gained chartered status with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and in 2014 he became one of the youngest members of the IMechE in the country to become a Fellow.

Paul Rowlands Financial Director

Paul Rowlands

Paul Rowlands joined the Oliver family of companies in January 2018 as Financial Controller. He is responsible for all finance matters here in the UK, for our Indian operation and globally. Prior to joining Paul had held senior finance positions within UK and US owned global technology businesses in Oil & Gas, Telecoms Testing & Assessment. Paul became Finance Director for the Oliver businesses in October 2019.

Paul qualified with a highly respected North West firm of Chartered Accountants prior to moving into industry. He holds a degree in Economics, in addition to being a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Sharon Inch Human Resources Manager

Sharon Inch

Sharon Inch has been part of the Oliver team since 2008, when she joined as Human Resources Manager, responsible for both UK and International Human Resources.

Sharon’s background has always been in Commercial Operations and HR within engineering and manufacturing companies. Her passion for both led her to gain her Fellowship with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2009 and in April  2019 was formally recognised by the CIPD for ‘providing exceptional service to HR for over 20 years’.

Sharon is also an Ambassador for the company’s philanthropic activities and works very closely with many charities, as well as being a Fund Holder for the Oliver Foundation Fund, created to help and support Carer's in Cheshire.