Introducing AKP Precision Engineering
With over 30 years’ experience in the precision engineering industry, we pride ourselves on delivering a friendly, first class machining service to a variety of sectors including the aerospace, automotive, defence, marine, medical, oil and gas and subsea industries.
To set a benchmark for precision engineering by giving best-in-class manufacturing companies the power and confidence to innovate through our team’s relentless dedication to creativity and excellence.
Our Core 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 UK’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.
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.
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 and is pleased to be involved with this vibrant company.
Toni Smith – Operations Director
Having worked in a variety of jobs in the past – including working as a nanny, bookkeeper, 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 in 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!
Christopher Trubshaw – Estimator/Planner
Chris started his career as an apprentice toolmaker 50 years ago. Over the years he has been a hands-on Manual and CNC Miller, Foreman, Cell Manager, Planner, Scheduler and Purchaser.
He had worked for engineering companies which service the Automotive, Aerospace, Defence and Nuclear industries, working closely with these customers he has extensive knowledge of their requirements and expectations.
When not at work he likes nothing better than taking long walks in the countryside with his wife and dog (Suzie).