Meet the team
Ben McQuaid – Director
Ben has been in the Material Processing industry since 2006 when he started as an Area Sales Manager for another major UK distributor. In 2010 he travelled to Australia to work as National Sales Manager for Lincom Group, the largest distributor in Australia. He returned to the UK in 2012 and took up the position he left. In 2014 he formed Matpro Machinery and subsequently moved to Scotland where he guided the business to turn over £2.5m in year one. In December 2016, he formally joined with CRJ Services when it acquired Matpro Machinery. He, in turn, became Sales Director for the newly structured group, offering hires and sales to the customer base; the diversity in offerings that he is a strong advocate of.
Michael Symons – Sales Manager
Mike has been involved with sister company CRJ services from an early age, spending most holidays and weekends in the workshop, operating the various machinery. Mike attended Harper Adams University from 2011-2014, and during his time there secured a university placement with another distributor of recycling machinery working as the ‘Apprentice Area Sales Manager’. After completing his degree in Agriculture with Mechanisation, he moved to New Zealand, returning in 2016, and after a summer of agricultural contracting, formally started at CRJ Services. Mike then, after the acquisition of Matpro Machinery, moved into the role of Sales Manager.
Damian Casey – Sales Manager (Ireland)
Damian graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in Accounting. After graduating, he secured the role of Depot Manager at a local fuel company, before eventually moving onto the role of After Sales Manager with Matpro. With CRJ acquiring Matpro soon after his employment, Damian has also been able to help out in other areas of the business, in addition to looking after Matpro’s after sales department. Following Matpro’s expansion into the Irish market in 2018, Damian has taken up the role of Sales Manager in Ireland where he is the main point of contact for all of our Irish activity.
Damian has played hurling, the national sport of Ireland, since he was a child, and still plays as much as he can back in Ireland on the weekends.
Paul Haviland – Head of Service Support
Vicky Lunn – Finance Officer
A part-qualified Management Accountant, with more than 8 years’ experience gained within both SMEs and large corporates, Vicky joined the Matpro team in July 2017. A full MAAT member and a part qualified CIMA member CIMA Dip MA, Vicky continues to study towards her final CIMA qualification.
At Matpro Vicky takes care of all finance related tasks for the company, liaising with all areas of the business. Vicky is very personable and can assist with any queries you may have. Outside of work Vicky plays football for Egerton Ladies in the Cheshire women’s league.
Tom McLaren – Marketing Manager
Tom joined the Matpro team in May 2018 as the new Marketing Manager. He studied Marketing Management at Manchester Metropolitan University where he achieved a 2:1. Tom has a marketing background in the engineering and conveyancing industries. He now looks after all marketing activities for Matpro as well as our sister company CRJ Services.
Outside of work, Tom enjoys his sport. More watching than playing these days. However, a highlight from his playing career would be when he represented the Scottish Exiles Rugby Team at U18 level.