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Terry, who founded the business more than 20 years ago in his back garden, has more than 40 years experience in the industry. He is a former technical advisor to Classic Cars magazine and was the programme leader for engineering at Southampton City College. He now enjoys the role of company director and is a fellow of the institute of the motor industry.
Charles Tanner trained with the company starting at the age of 15. After he showed a natural understanding of tools and how to use them he quickly became proficient and was taught the company secrets of white metalling. Now in his 20s he acts as workshop foreman and handles the flow of work through our shop. This role provides Charlie with an in depth knowledge of the business and workflow and is the go to man for booking your jobs in! He always ensures the work leaving our shop is the highest possible standard and having won 2014 young craftsman of the year is one young man to keep an eye on.
Since 1983 Christ has practised the lost Dark arts of welding. He now works in house as our resident aluminium welder, he has successfully welded more holes, missing sections, splits and other various damages that you’ve had hot dinners. He has single handedly promoted a trend to repair the irreparable and prevent the potential cost of complete replacement. When he’s not in the hot shop he can be found converting seats, skimming surfaces or rebuilding some vintage component.
Bill started in the industry as an apprentice in engine reconditioning and progressed to becoming a precision engineering machinist. Similarly to Terry he taught Engineering at college level for a period of time before moving to break precision engineering with Aerospace. Joining Formhalls he has now gone back to his roots, doing most of the company’s’ precision engineering and bespoke parts manufacture. He finds working with the company is always Interesting, varied and diverse.
Gary is responsible for most of the company’s White metal machining, having joined the company after being chief engineer at Robinsons. He took up his apprenticeship at the age of 16 and has been in the industry ever since. He now boasts a medley of engineering and mathematics qualifications as well as many work environment qualifications. (Even in Boiler maintenance!). In his spare time he likes to tinker with his new GBS Zero kit car (a Lotus 7 replica), sometimes treating us by driving it to work. He finds one of his favorite things about working with the company is the free access to excellent on tap coffee in the green room.
Since the age of six Evie has shown a keen interest in helping her father, watching him work and answering the phone in the early years of the budding business. Now in her 20s’ she’s invaluable to the success of the company and a welcome presence around the workshop. With a few years of stage management under her belt and a recent completion of her level 3 diploma in Business Administration, Evie has single handedly tackled the Administration side of the company. She now keeps our workshop staff on the straight and narrow and ensures no customer is left out. Then still finds time to post exciting workshop news or wonderful pictures on our social media accounts.
Keith commenced his career in engine reconditioning in March 1962 being taken on as an apprentice engine fitter / machinist by Hunt & Co Bournemouth Ltd . During this 5 year period he was instructed on every facet of engine reconditioning.
At 29, Keith left Hunt & Co and became Works Manager at Barnes Engineering in1976. After some years, Robinson engineering bought the business and the two companies merged. Keith retained his position managing a workshop and staff numbering up to 15 and continued to excel at his roll until his retirement in 2011.
Terry had an excellent working relationship with Keith as he was developing Formhalls over the years. It seemed only natural for us to snap up Keith’s’ skills as he now undertakes a wild array of complex line boring jobs for us- thankfully there is almost nothing he hasn’t seen before with over 55 years in the industry. Keith also enjoys working again alongside Chris and Gary- two of his previous apprentices!