Meet the Team
Duncan Keates - Managing Director
At 17 years old, Duncan began a 4 year apprenticeship, before studying coded welding at night school for a further 2 years. Following his apprenticeship became Works Foreman for the company he was an apprentice with and then Works Manager 3 years later. In 1998 Duncan went self-employed, working for various companies on the shop-floor and as management. In 2002 one of these companies closed down, prompting Duncan to open his first business, Altec Sheet Metal, manufacturing bespoke, high-end, work for the Rail and Electrical Industry. Duncan was ordering a lot of laser cutting so co-founded ADS Laser Cutting in 2005 to keep all processes in-house.
Stephen Keates - Managing Director
Stephen graduated from University in 1996 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His first jobs following graduating were split between time on an oil rig and working part time at a laser cutting company. Once his time was finished on the oil rig, Steve worked as a design engineer for the rail industry for 1 year, before getting offered full time employment with the laser cutting company he previously worked part time for. Steve was promoted to Production Manager after 1 year and remained in this role for a further 4 years before co-founding ADS Laser Cutting.
Andy Smith - Operations, General Manager
Andy has spent 39 years in industry, beginning with 14 years manufacturing specialised bespoke, handmade, stainless steel machine parts, before running a fabrication department for a large P.O.S company where he followed client briefs to assist with design and development of prototype and standard parts. Andy has been at ADS Laser since 2007 and is responsible for operations, ensuring compliance, performance and the delivery of a first class service to our customers.
Stuart Rowan - Production Manager
has been involved with precision sheet metal cutting/folding and programming since 2003. After his first 3 years, he became a Shift Supervisor for a team of employees running lasers and water jet CNC machines. He was offered a role at ADS Laser in 2014 as Laser and Folding Manager which he held for 4 years before being promoted to Production Manager. Stuart has extensive knowledge of all operations across laser cutting, folding, fabrication, finishing and assembly. Stuart is responsible for managing a team of Production Supervisors to ensure operational targets are achieved in respect of output, productivity, quality, waste and costs.
Dave Burditt - Estimating
Dave has several responsibilities within ADS Laser including Health and Safety, where he ensures strict procedures are in place and followed to limit the risk of accidents etc., Quality Manager to ensure product quality meets company internal and external standards and Estimating. Dave has been in the sheet metal fabrication industry for 31 years. During this time he has been Production Manager for several companies before joining ADS Laser 4 yeas ago.
Derek Payne - National Sales Manager
Derek joined ADS in 2014 having worked in the laser industry since 1999, when a 1.8kw co2 laser was new technology. Derek assists current and prospective customers to ensure they understand the potential of laser cutting whilst also promoting additional services we offer such as folding, fabrication, powder coating and paint, and full on-site assembly.
Pawel Kotula - Dispatch Supervisor
ADS Laser was Pawel’s first role in the sheet metal fabrication industry when he began his first role here in 2017. He now manages the dispatch department, whereby he is responsible for the day to day running of the dispatch department including the receipt of goods and storage and despatch of product to customers. He is responsible for all aspects of production stock control and continues to build effective communication with Production Supervisors to ensure that the correct stock levels are maintained and finished product stock levels are despatched to the customer as per the requirements.
Damian Rozdzynski - Laser & Folding Supervisor
Damian started working in the sheet metal industry in 2002, beginning as a warehouse operative before moving on to become a press brake operator – after some time he became a fully skilled setter/programmer. Arriving in England in 2007, Damian then worked as a press brake programmer for 2 years before being promoted to folding supervisor, this being what he has been doing for the last 10 years before joining ADS.
Bryn Pratt - Programmer & Draughtsman
Bryn has been with ADS Laser for 2.5 years. He entered the manufacturing industry over 7 years ago gaining experience across a number of processes, which he utilises in his current role.
Zeke Keates - Technical Support Supervisor
Zeke first entered the industry in 2013, at this time beginning a one year fabrication and welding apprenticeship at ADS. Zeke provides a technical support service to review and verify post production job packs, with the ultimate aim to improve business performance and reduce costs. In addition, he is responsible for the administrative team that provides a high-quality administrative business support function.
Chinonso Paschal Chigborogu - Programmer & Draughtsman
Paschal has been in the industry for 7 years, covering various roles across Laser Cutting and Press Brake Operating. He started with ADS as a Press Brake Operator before coming back as a programmer in February 2020.
Isaac Devine - Programmer & Draughtsman
Isaac has been with ADS since he left college in 2015 where he completed a HNC in mechanical engineering. He utilises his programming experience and the knowledge he has gained over the last few years to further his programming ability, with these skills assisting him outside of work with hobbies at home.
Goods-In, Packing & Dispatch
Michael Maciag - Dispatch Labourer
Before ADS, Michael spent many years at a machining company. He has now been with ADS for 3 years, processing the admin side to dispatch such as goods-in and goods-out.
Gina Starbuck - Administrator
Gina has been part of the steel industry for 11 years and has only ever worked for ADS during that time. She is responsible for processing jobs for programmers/purchasing and is typically first point of call for customers/suppliers.