The UK's Leading Linear Actuator Specialists

Meet the Team

Senior Management Team

Piers Olsen Managing Director

Piers is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with decades of industry experience. Olsen Actuation was formed by Piers in 2008 and quickly grew to be one of the largest electric actuator distributors in the UK. With an impressive product portfolio including Exlar roller-screw actuators, EH-D electro-hydraulic drives, Concens actuators and a full range of motors, alongside a distinguished list of blue-chip clients, the business looks set to continue its success for many years to come.

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Joanne Lawes Operations Manager

Joanne is the heart of our organisation and is the co-ordinator of our main office operations. She is an expert in managing challenging inbound enquiries and complex export arrangements. Her background includes managing diverse teams during 16 years at O2, providing consultancy on business processes and finance management. She is relentlessly upbeat, friendly and really drives the positive office atmosphere we enjoy at Olsen.

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Andy Burgess Project Management

Andy is the team's projects expert. With decades of experience in project management and a strong background in engineering, Andy is responsible for making sure that every project is dealt with as efficiently as possible. Andy is also responsible for the company's ISO compliance.

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Thomas James Marketing Manager & Research Engineer

Thomas wears two hats at Olsen, managing the marketing side of the business while also researching a PhD into the specific energy saving capabilities of electrical actuators in renewable energy systems. His background is in Business Development but completed a Masters in Engineering to increase his expertise in the sector.

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Mike Jones Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mike is a consultant engineer with over 30 years of mechanical design experience. He is utilised for his specialist mechanical design skills on our in house modified range of COTS actuators, Bespoke actuator solutions and project specific problems and is an Autodesk certified professional user of the Inventor design software used for all mechanical design and simulation.

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Georgia McKnight Sales Administrator

Georgia is critical to the sales process at Olsen with an excellent all round set of skills. She handles goods in/out, checks in and despatches orders, sends quotes, prepares the monthly sales margin report along with countless other essential duties. Her background as a billing clerk and quantity surveyor administrator means she has an excellent eye for detail. Outside of the office she is a devoted mum to her little girl.

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Mike Clarke Senior Test/Technical Engineer

Mike has a wealth of experience in electronic engineering and actuation. He is the go-to man for testing applications (in all senses!) having worked in the aerospace/defence industry for 20+ years. Outside of work he puts us all to shame by trail running, when he isn't cycling and hiking up mountains.

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Chris Hewitt Design & Development Engineer

Chris is an experienced automation engineer with a background in aerospace and 6-axis systems. His programming and electrical engineering skills have helped many of our customers overcome their toughest challenges. He has patience and calmness to spare, crucial in some of the more time-critical projects. 

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Carl Bowden Senior Technician

Carl is a very experienced technician. His background includes highly specialised equipment engineering in the pharmaceutical sector. As a result, his attention to detail and organisational management is outstanding. In his spare time, he is the owner of a narrowboat and enjoys sailing the canals.

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Chris Whitley Technical Director

Chris has extensive experience in working with customers to develop technical solutions to requirements. His background enables him to draw on experience in many disciplines to develop system solutions and manage focused teams to produce results. His expertise lies in the field of Electro-Mechanical Systems and Technical Proposal work both for customers and to obtain funding from Government bodies.

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Phoenix Team Mascot

Phoenix has a great personality and is widely regarded as the life and soul of the office, although is known to be a liability outside of the building... She can be loud and has been known to eat other people's food, but she still manages to be loved by absolutely everyone. Who couldn't love that face!

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