We are delighted to announce that Ben Johnson has joined RED Engineering as Operations Director to lead the delivery of our projects.

This is a key appointment in the ongoing development of RED, as it creates a single focal point for the operational and commercial management of every project from contract award to completion.

“Ben has joined us with a mission to make every project run seamlessly,” says RED MD Joe Orrell, “from the client’s brief, through the full process of design, build and testing, to delivery on time and within budget in line with the high expectations of our clients. He is a perfect fit with our business, our culture and our team for the next stage in our development.”

After completing his engineering degree at the University of Wales Swansea in 2004, Ben’s career began in the specialist automotive industry, but over the past decade he has been responsible for managing a wide range of complex, high value projects for clients in the oil & gas and nuclear decommissioning industries. So he understands the RED mission in both these sectors very clearly and he also understands the ethos behind the way RED delivers outstanding outcomes for clients in these cutting edge areas of engineering.

“I worked with the RED team as a supplier on a number of offshore projects in recent years, I was impressed by their capability and approach. Since then I have followed their progress with interest as they have broadened their markets and continued to build their reputation, I’m delighted to be stepping into my new role with RED.

“This is a great opportunity to become part of a small focused team achieving exceptional results for their clients in a unique way. I’m inspired by both the variety of projects RED takes on, and the breadth of my role – being involved not just in project delivery but in every area of the company’s development and management.

“The people at RED are very impressive at what they do; they’re passionate about delivering creative, effective solutions for the clients. They also want everybody to enjoy their careers and I think that makes RED a special place for the team and for our clients. My role is to make the project delivery process as efficient and certain as possible, so that even the most complicated and challenging projects are rewarding for everybody involved.”

Challenges are clearly something Ben enjoys on both sides of the work/life balance. He has a lifelong interest in motor racing, preparing and competing a classic Lotus 7 in the British Hillclimbing Championships for many years. With two young children, family now comes first and the Lotus is temporarily parked up, but Ben is keeping the wheels turning in his other passion of cycling.

“I enjoy the mental and physical challenge of road cycling, competing in a few time trials and completing some cycling challenges such as a 9 day Lands End to John O’Groats ride, when life gets back closer to normal I hope to commute from home in Durham to Hexham and back, but perhaps just once a week…”

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