Schoolhill Hydraulic Engineering Strengthens Management

Stuart Bell

Hydraulic solutions provider Schoolhill Hydraulic Engineering has strengthened its management team with a series of key appointments to support the company’s growth in the UK and overseas.

A number of new management positions have been created over the past few months, the most recent of which is the appointment of Stuart Bell to the position of operations and sales director. Stuart’s appointment follows the recruitment of Gordon Bowie and David Brown to the positions of materials manager and drawing office manager respectively. Mark Fraser has also been appointed in a consultancy role to support the company’s improvement initiatives. He will oversee all financial functions across the business.

The new appointments are part of Schoolhill Hydraulic Engineering’s drive to consolidate and build on the company’s reputation for designing and producing specialist engineering components for the offshore and subsea industries. From its headquarters in Aberdeen, the organisation aims to provide an integrated and highly-responsive service offering, ranging from research, development and design, through to manufacture, assembly and testing.

Stuart brings with him substantial design, project management, manufacturing and business development experience, with a strong background in the energy-related and subsea sectors. In his new role, he will focus on raising awareness of the company’s increased capabilities and its commitment to customer service, while also developing its business into new markets.

“Schoolhill Hydraulic Engineering’s range of specialist deepwater subsea products continues to attract attention both domestically and outside the UK,” says Stuart. “I am looking forward to helping the business develop its client portfolio, while retaining its reputation for design expertise and product quality. Schoolhill Hydraulic Engineering has an excellent product range and our ability to anticipate and respond to customer needs will be crucial going forward.”

Gordon and David each bring a number of years of relevant experience to their positions. Both are tasked with improving operational efficiency in their respective departments.

Ronald Whyte, managing director of Schoolhill Hydraulic Engineering, said: “These are undoubtedly challenging times for the industry, however we are encouraged by the success that our subsea and other oil-related products continue to enjoy both at home and overseas.

“Stuart’s appointment is key to our ability to capitalise on this position by ensuring that we adopt a proactive approach towards new and existing customer needs. His strong track record in project management and business development will be invaluable to achieving our plans for growth. The new managerial expertise gained via the input of Mark, Gordon and David is already making an impact on our day-to-day operations and will be of great benefit as we seek to take the company to a new level.”

Founded in 1948, Schoolhill Hydraulic Engineering has over 30 years’ experience in the design and production of subsea engineering products, including gripper cylinders for running tools and quick exhaust valves (QEVs) for high integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS). In recent years the company has formed collaborative relationships with complimentary businesses to increase its capabilities and service offering to the subsea sector. These include the provision of sales and technical support for Spanish-owned Glual Hydralica’s range of subsea piston accumulators and an agreement with Stockton-based fabrication provider Francis Brown Engineering (FBE).

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Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 37

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