Renishaw plc is engaged in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy, additive manufacturing and healthcare. Its principal activity is the design, manufacture and sale of advanced precision metrology and inspection equipment, additive manufacturing equipment, and Raman spectroscopy systems. The company's products are used for varied applications, including machine tool automation, co-ordinate measurement, Raman spectroscopy, machine calibration, position feedback, 3D printing, laser surveying, CAD/CAM dentistry, stereotactic neurosurgery and medical diagnostics. The company was founded in 1973 by Sir David McMurtry and John Deer and is headquartered in Wotton-under-Edge, UK.
Sir David McMurtry, CBE, RDI, FREng, FRS, CEng, FIMechE, Chairman and Chief Executive, was employed by Rolls-Royce plc, Bristol, for 17 years, latterly holding the positions of Deputy Chief Designer and Assistant Chief of Engine Design of all Rolls-Royce engines manufactured at Filton in Bristol. After inventing the original probe in the early 1970s, Sir David founded Renishaw in 1973 with John Deer.
His CBE was awarded “for services to Science and Technology” and he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 1989. He is a visiting Professor of Huddersfield University and has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering at the University of Birmingham and honorary degrees of Doctor of Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Bristol and the University of Bath. He has also been awarded an honorary fellowship at Cardiff University. Sir David is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2011 became a Fellow of The Royal Society. The Institute of Physics jointly awarded its 2012 Swan Medal to Sir David and John Deer for their role in founding Renishaw and leading it to become one of the world's principal manufacturers of metrology equipment. In addition to his role as Chairman and Chief Executive, Sir David also has responsibility for group technology and is the Chair of the Nomination Committee.
John Deer, Assistant Chief Executive
Deputy Chairman, trained as a mechanical engineer and worked for Rolls-Royce plc, Bristol, from 1960 to 1974. He was Managing Director of Renishaw from 1974 to 1989, primarily involved in the commercial direction of the Group, with particular emphasis on marketing and the establishment of the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiaries in the USA, Ireland, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. John and Sir David McMurtry were members of the four-man team of Renishaw engineers honoured with the MacRobert Award in 1987. In 2012 John and Sir David were also jointly awarded the Swan Medal by the Institute of Physics. He is responsible for group manufacturing and is chairman of the overseas marketing subsidiaries.
Ben Taylor, Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor, CEng, FIMechE, Assistant Chief Executive, has been involved in the field of metrology all his working life, after graduating in mechanical engineering and design from Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Renishaw Inc as President in 1985, he was the Director of Engineering at Sheffield Measurement, USA. Ben was appointed to the Board of Renishaw plc in 1987 and is responsible for group marketing, international operations and human resources. He serves on various metrology committees and other professional associations and is a Chartered Engineer, a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.
Allen Roberts, Group Finance Director
Allen Roberts, FCA, Group Finance Director, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Before joining Renishaw in 1979, he was employed for 11 years by Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. He was appointed a director in 1980. Allen heads group finance, business systems and Wotton Travel Ltd.
Geoff McFarland, Group Engineering Director
Geoff McFarland has a degree in mechanical engineering, and is a visiting professor at Bath University and an honorary professor at Heriot-Watt University. After working in the medical device and electronic manufacturing sectors, Geoff joined Renishaw’s research facility in Edinburgh in 1994, before moving to Renishaw’s headquarters to become Director and General Manager of the co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) product line. Geoff was appointed to the Board in July 2002. He heads the group engineering function and is also responsible for group IP and patents. Geoff is a non-executive director of Delcam plc.