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After nearly twelve years as engineering manager at Leyland Trucks, Michael Bolger has moved to Cheshire-based trailer-maker and bodybuilder Cartwright Group as engineering director. The main aim of his appointment is to give technical director Lionel Curtis more time to spend on future development projects, according
to Cartwright Group managing director Mark Cartwright. “Our growth in recent years has been unprecedented and we recognise the major bene ts we can potentially develop for our customers through investing in Lionel’s passion and skills as an innovator,” he says. “We believe we now have the dream ticket, having appointed a highly experienced engineer in Michael Bolger to head our engineering team and allowing Lionel Curtis the time and  exibility to focus on innovation and development projects that we hope will be game-changers for the future.”
After graduating from the University
of Salford with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mr Bolger worked for nearly three years at Ford Motor Company’s Basildon, Essex base as a component engineer. From there he moved to the Warwickshire of ce of Altair Engineering, a US-based computer software  rm specialising in product design and development, as software business manager. After 11 years at Altair, Mr Bolger joined Leyland Trucks, a sister company
of Daf Trucks in the giant Paccar truck- making group, in 2007.
“I am delighted to be joining Cartwright at a time when the company is expanding into new and international markets,” he says. “I was aware of their reputation
for producing high-quality and reliable products, and their customer portfolio of household names speaks for itself.”
Lionel Curtis was engineering manager at Gray & Adams, a Fraserburgh, Scotland- based trailer-maker and bodybuilder specialising in the controlled-temperature sector, before moving to Cartwright Group four years ago as technical director. “The move to further develop and expand the engineering and technical areas has created an exciting new chapter for Cartwright and allows me to spend time on innovation and ideas for future product development that are sometimes out of the box but which will enable Cartwright to stay at the forefront of the industry,” he says.
Lionel Curtis
Richard Else
At Cartwright Group’s near-neighbour and arch-rival trailer-maker Tiger Trailers, set up four years ago by Steven and John Cartwright, Richard Else has been appointed manufacturing director. Mr Else,
50, has been manufacturing director at McLaren Automotive, a Woking, Surrey-based manufacturer of high- performance and racing cars, for the past year. For nearly 17 years before that he worked for the Jaguar Land Rover car-making group in the West Midlands, initially as operations manager and latterly as operations director.
Tiger Trailers is preparing to move its trailer-making operation to a new £22 million purpose-built factory in Winsford, Cheshire. One of Mr Else’s key responsibilities will be to manage the move and make this site run as ef ciently as possible.
“The opportunity to join such
a young, dynamic, family-run
business on its exciting journey was simply too good to miss,” he says. “With our genuinely state-of-the-
art manufacturing facility almost complete, the prospects for Tiger Trailers  ll everyone in the company with real excitement and passion. My  rst remit is to manage the transition to our new manufacturing facility
but I’m already fully focused on engaging the power of the people to deliver a better, even more ef cient production process to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. I want
to help position the business as an internationally recognised example of UK manufacturing at its very best.”
Michael Bolger

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