Meet the Team

Wayne Read – Managing Director

Wayne started his career as an apprentice machinist over 30 years ago. He progressed to various senior management positions over the years and was responsible for servicing some of the U.K s largest blue chip companies.

Together with his reputation locally, his wealth of experience and knowledge within the sub-contract manufacturing industry, Wayne took a leap of faith and set up his own family business back in 2002. As the business evolved over the years, AKP now has a great team of employees but Wayne still maintains a hands on approach in the business.

When not at work he is usually to be found on the water indulging in his passion for messing about in boats!


Tracy Read – Director

After working in various senior management positions within both retail and the local council, Tracy joined Wayne with setting up the family business back in 2002.

Since then Tracy has become an integral part of the company and takes a very hands on approach in all aspects of the business. Tracy’s experience combined with her ability to multi-task and tackle any situation has enabled her to help in all areas of the company including shipping, packing and she has even been known to operate the CNC machines where appropriate!

Tracy enjoys boating and likes nothing more than being out on the Norfolk broads – or further afield when holidays permit.

Tracy Read

Andrew Bolton – Quality Director

Andrew has had a 35 year career in Quality Management Systems including 20 years in the RAF with ISO 9001 and for the last 15 years auditing worldwide in 29 countries with the aerospace standard AS9100D.  He is also involved with AS9100 consultancy and always ensures that the aerospace standard he introduces is built on firm foundations.  Andrew has been able to do this with AKP Ltd and is pleased to be involved with this vibrant Company.

Toni Smith – Office Manager

Having worked in a variety of jobs in the past – including working as a Nanny, book-keeper, Freight forwarder and even 15 years within the entertainment industry – Toni found her place working alongside Wayne and Tracy.

After 14 years as Office Manager, Toni has gained a wealth of knowledge into the engineering industry and she ensures the business moves forward at a steady and organised pace. Thanks to her attention to detail, excellent organisation skills and ability to multi-task, Toni has made the office the heart of the company!

Married with two grown up sons and having just become a grandparent, Toni’s weekends are spent enjoying time with her family and her Lakeland terrier Rubie – who is a frequent visitor to the AKP office!


Chris Beckett – Workshop Manager

Chris is apprenticeship trained and has over 20 years turning and milling experience within the sub-contract environment. He has a strong knowledge of the subsea and aerospace sectors.

Chris strongly believes in the necessity of excellent customer service and strives to know the background of his customers to ensure that they get the first class service AKP pride themselves on.

As Workshop Manager Chris is able to demonstrate his ability at successfully managing a team of engineers whilst maintaining the high standards needed in the running of a CNC machining establishment.

In his spare time he is a keen photographer, enjoys motorcycles and trains in MMA/Jiu Jitsu. Chris also likes spending time with family and friends.

Chris Beckett

Michelle Busby – Business Development Manager

Michelle has a strong background in Business Development & Account Management having worked within various industries over the years including recruitment, charity, construction and IT.

Communication and customer service is extremely important in all aspects of Michelle’s life; she strongly believes that by listening to people and recognising that they are all individual, enables her to build strong relationships and provide the level of service that is needed.

In her spare time Michelle enjoys being with her husband & sons, walking her two dogs & cooking. Reading is also a big passion of Michelle’s and she can often be found with a good book on the go!