Key Management

Lars McBride


Lars McBride became non-executive Chairman of Calder in March 2006. He is also non-executive Chairman of four other engineering companies and holds a number of other non-exec positions. Prior to joining Calder he led the successful management buy-in of an engineering group backed by Permira, and prior to that was Finance Director of a diversified engineering and manufacturing FTSE 250 company. He is a Chartered Accountant with 12 years' City corporate finance experience.

Ben Travers

Chief Executive

Ben Travers joined the group in October 2004. Prior to joining Calder he spent 6 years with Corus as a business improvement specialist, where he led several successful projects to improve the performance of metals processing and distribution subsidiaries. He has an MBA from Cranfield and has 18 years' experience as Managing Director of UK and European manufacturing businesses in the metals and ceramics sectors.

Greg Andrews

Finance Director

Greg joined the Calder Group in January 2015. Prior to joining the group Greg was the Strategic Investments Director with the NSG Group (formally Pilkington PLC) with responsibility for M&A activities and JV relationships in Russia and China. Over the course of 15 years with the NSG Group Greg held a number of senior finance roles across Europe and Asia. Greg is a Chartered Management Accountant with significant experience in manufacturing and engineering environments and has a BSc in Mathematics.

Dr Horst R Koch

Director - Mainland Europe

Horst R Koch joined the Calder Group in April 2007 as Managing Director of Röhr+Stolberg, PDG of D’Huart Industrie and Board Director of Uzimet. He was appointed Group Director - Mainland Europe in November 2010 with the responsibility for Calder’s continental European businesses. In his career he has held several senior management positions with European and global responsibility as Operations Director, Purchasing Director and Managing Director for coating and glass businesses for BASF and PPG. He holds a Dr. rer. nat. of Makromolekulare Chemie from the University of Mainz in Germany.

Dave Barker

Commercial Director - Nuclear & Healthcare

Dave Barker joined Calder Group in June 2011 as Chairman of Aquila Nuclear Engineering, with additional responsibility for group-wide business development in the nuclear and healthcare markets. Prior to joining Calder, Dave was Chief Executive of Gravatom Engineering systems, which he developed to become one of the UK's leading nuclear and healthcare engineering subcontractors. Dave holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute. He also sits on the editorial board of the Nuclear Institute.

William Buist-Wells

Non-Exec Director Corporate Finance

William Buist-Wells became a non-executive director of Calder in March 2006. He is also non-executive Director of three other engineering / industrial services companies. Prior to joining Calder he spent 17 years in corporate finance with Lazard where he ran the Industrials group as a Director of the Bank and was a member of the executive committee of Lazard Ventures. He has a MSc from London Business School / Wharton, and has 7 years' experience with AT Kearney Inc in London and New York.