Our Team

Halifax Fan invests heavily in the training and development of its staff and a planned apprentice training scheme ensures not only a constant supply of highly skilled production staff but also a strong and very experienced engineering and management team. Many of today's senior personnel originally joined the company as apprentices or in other junior positions.

Our Team

Malcolm Staff - Managing Director

Malcolm Staff joined Halifax Fan in 2003, after a successful career at Danfoss drives as their Sales and Marketing Director. Malcolm has transformed the turnover at Halifax Fan through strong business strategies backed up with continuous investment in people and technology.

As our figure head; Malcolm's role at Halifax Fan is to co-ordinate all our departments and ensure the smooth, efficient running of Halifax Fan UK, China and Thailand.

Dr John Irons - Chief Engineer / Drawing Office Manager

Dr John Irons has joined Halifax after many years with one of the world’s largest fan makers in Scotland

Leigh Prescott - Sales Manager

Leigh is an external technical sales engineer with over 20 years fan industry experience.  Based between in Manchester and Brighouse, Leigh is tasked with servicing existing customers and new business development throughout the UK.

Wayne McKenna - Technical Sales Engineer

Wayne originally served his time at Halifax Fan as a sheet metal apprentice. After seven years working in all departments; Wayne moved into the office, where he later attended Huddersfield University for further education. Wayne's main role at Halifax Fan is as an experienced engineer in sales both internally and externally. Wayne works on the front end engineering selecting and specifying the fans before preparing the technical tenders. With over 20 years’ experience at Halifax Fan Wayne also represents his department in both the daily production and NCR meetings, mentors new sales engineers and often produces new programs and reference material for internal and customer use. Wayne is also heavily involved in our online marketing on both our website and social media.

Graeme Mount - Technical Sales Engineer

Graeme Mount is an established engineer at Halifax fan. He originally served his apprenticeship at Hartley and Sugden Boiler Makers as a heavy-gauge fabricator. Graeme moved to Halifax fan as a skilled engineer where he fabricated our fan cases. He later spent many years in our drawing office as a draughtsman. Using all his previous fan knowledge Graeme is now one of our dedicated sales team.

Waheed Nadir-Technical Sales Engineer

Waheed recently joined Halifax Fan having spent 7 years working for another fan manufacturer. He is a fully qualified Mechanical Engineer and has worked in various different departments/job roles such as Workshop Apprentice, Apprentice Engineer, Contracts Engineer, Project Engineer, Design Engineer and Research & Development Engineer. He joins Halifax Fan as Technical Sales Engineer with the intention to take Halifax Fan further in the world of Fan Engineering. Waheed is a talented individual currently attending further education at University of Huddersfield, aiming for a First class bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (BEng). Waheed intends to complete his BEng degree with a first class BEng qualification and continue to go for a Masters and PhD in Engineering in the coming years.

Dr. Gareth Colley - Project Development Engineer

Gareth recently joined Halifax Fan having spent the last 6 years working in research & development of high speed rotary screw compressors and turbine wheels. He graduated from The University of Huddersfield with BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering with his research in the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), development of parametric optimization models and numerical based fault detection systems. His research outputs include seven publications in prestigious conference and journals proceedings. Gareth has also been invited to present his work at multiple international conferences including COMADEM Norway, ICREPQ Las Palmas and Puna India. Gareth currently takes on the role of ‘Project Development Engineer’ where he is actively involved in fan design and optimization.

Dr Ian Parker - Research & Development / Project Draughtsman

Ian is a very talented engineer who has a passion for science and physics. Ian joined Halifax fan as a graduate after attaining a B.Eng and a Ph.D from Bradford University. His abilities have made him a core member of our team. Ian's role at Halifax Fan is a Project Engineer/Draughtsman, he carries out regular audit tests on our fan ranges allowing us to comply with BS848 Part 1, 1980. Another role carried out by Ian is FEA (Finite Element Analysis) on our arduous applications. 

Neil Baker - Spares and Repairs

Neil Baker is another Halifax Fan apprenticed-trained engineer, who has also worked in all areas of the company, he is now the longest serving original Halifax Fan apprentice meaning he knows our company better than anyone. As Chief Inspector, Neil oversaw and inspects all of our products and their components, in all stages of manufacture. He also makes regular trips to our Chinese facility where he consults on quality control and the general manufacturing process. Niels new role is co-ordinating all the spare parts and refurbishment jobs

Roland Core - Group Finance Director

Roland Core joined us as Group Finance Director in August 2015. Roland is a Chartered Accountant & has a depth of experience in the manufacturing sector following over 20 years in senior finance roles.  In addition to a strong background in the traditional finance areas, Roland enjoys getting involved with the wider aspects of business at all levels.  Roland is married with two children.  Outside Halifax Fan, Roland’s interests include reading, walking & following the fortunes of Bolton Wanderers..

Andy Welbourne - Quality Control

Andy is one of our longest serving draughtsmen; he is responsible for our company quality control. Andy oversees all our Q.C. aspects ensuring we maintain our excellent standards keeping us a ISO9001 company

Paul Collins - Logistics

Paul Collins works with our suppliers, freight forwarders, foremen, inspectors, and customers. Paul started at Halifax Fan over thirty five years ago as an apprentice sheet metal worker; he has since worked as a mechanical fitter before moving up to his current role.

Drawing Office

Our Drawing office is the central hub of our fan knowledge; our highly skilled draughtsmen design and refine our fans to give the best performance, highest efficiency and longevity. Our drawing office uses the very latest 3D modelling software combined with top of the range Finite Element Analysis programmes. As leaders in fan technology we also utilise many of our own programmes developed by our own expert programmers. Halifax fans twelve draughtsmen have either worked at Halifax fan from being apprentices or come to us from smaller fan companies. Every draughtsman has had a collage or university education. 

Admin Team

We have a growing admin team that deals with all our communications, computers, servers, and human resources.


Our main buyer is Kevin Garbutt, Kevin is a qualified purchaser.


With evermore stringent specifications and the growing need for documentation our drawing office staff are all proficient at producing todays documentation needs 

Fan Case Department

Our skilled fan case department is manned by eight, City and Guilds qualified, experienced sheet metal workers. We also have a laser operator

Impeller Department

Our four impeller fabricators are experts in building critical rotating equipment, where only the best will do. Each rotor is handmade and welded by our impellermen


All our five welders are coded for all the common and some exotic engineering steels, they use our TAG, MAG, & MMA machines.

Inlet Cone Department

Our inlet cones are one of the most complicated components we make, each cone is hand formed by our Cone man.

Fitting Department

Our seven strong fitting team are all experienced mechanical, fabrication engineers. Some of whom also work on site. We also have an experienced painter who can apply wet, powdercoating, and multl-layer chemical / marine finishes. All our fitting engineers are experienced at performing trim-balancing, mechanical run tests, vibration analysis, laser coupling alignment, diagnostics, refurbishments etc.



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