The UK's Leading Linear Actuator Specialists

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, ESI's Mil-spec COTS servo-drives, ANCA LinX® 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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Neil Moss Sales Director

Neil is a real asset to the Olsen team. He has extensive experience in the motion control sectors, specialising most recently in drives, control and automation systems integration. Neil's experience in blue-chip companies is invaluable in driving Olsen forward both in growth and reputation as the UK's leading actuator and motion control specialists. Based in Bristol, Neil is close to the aerospace and engineering hubs of the South West but is also regularly found meeting our clients throughout the UK.

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Adam Bargh Technical Engineering Manager

Adam is a highly talented Mechanical Design Engineer. He is a Cambridge Graduate with international experience in delivering projects with novel application requirements from his time with Rolls-Royce. His friendly and vastly knowledgable manner helps him manage projects from the concept and developmental stage, through to the delivery of innovative solutions. Outside of work, Adam is the sort of character who prefers more simple tasks, like building his own house... a real Engineer's Engineer!

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Helen Wilson Business Development Manager

Helen brings a wealth of experience to Olsen. Her background in automation and control systems within industries like manufacturing, rail and automotive means she is perfectly placed to provide a full and concise consultancy on a wide range of highly technical and challenging applications. Helen has a strong commercial awareness and an ability to build new sustainable platforms, deliver production and plant optimisation solutions, complete turn-key packages, Scada, Wonderware and HMI/PLC fully integrated services.

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Paul Coburn Finance Director

Paul is an FCA Chartered Accountant who brings a valuable range of experience from senior management roles in finance, operations and director roles. He trained at Ernst & Young and his impressive CV includes Bibby Distribution, Littlewoods and a diverse range of SMEs. He specialises in SME growth and has significant experience across sectors including Tech/SAAS, manufacturing and B2B services. Paul is tasked with transforming the finance functions to match the ambitions and growth of the business, forecasting the future.. then being a key player in delivering it!

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Thomas James Marketing Manager & Research Engineer

Thomas uses his combination of business and technical experience to manage the marketing side of the business. This includes managing the website, industry events, creating product technical data sheets, online technical content and managing our social media accounts. He has a background in sustainable energy through an MSc in Water, Energy & the Environment and also an MPhil in electric actuator pitch control technology.

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Mike Jones Senior Design 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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Olsen become JOSCAR registered!

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