Richard Barnes – Director

Beran Instruments Ltd, Torrington Manufacturing Manager

Richard is currently the longest serving member of the Board of GTD Ltd, joining in June 2006. In addition to his operational duties, he supports the recruitment and training of Apprentices and is a STEM ambassador, supporting local Schools and Colleges at careers events throughout the county.

Richard began his own apprenticeship with De Vereā€™s, (manufacturers of professional photographic equipment) in 1986 which also affiliated with GTD and took advantage of the broad-based engineeringĀ training centre on the Pottington Business Park.

In March 1992, after completing his apprenticeship and HNC qualification in Electronic Engineering, Richard moved to Beran Instruments Ltd as a Wireman/Test engineer. The focus of his work soon became the installation and commissioning of the Beran equipment in the Power sector predominantly in the UK. Richard was promoted to Chargehand then Assistant Manager and is currently employed as the Manufacturing Manager.

Originally employing 15 people on the one site in Torrington, Beran Instruments Ltd has expanded over the years – acquiring Helitune Ltd and Prosig in the UK and SEI in the USA. They now have offices in Munich, Chicago and Bologna (Italy), all of which come under the umbrella of Condition Monitoring Group (CMG). The group employs 115 people worldwide focusing on Aerospace and Industrial Vibration Monitoring and Health Usage Equipment.

Group Training and Development
Group Training and Development (GTD) Limited was established more than 40 years ago by a number of like-minded manufacturing companies in North Devon. It was created with the vision of promoting and advancing the provision of Apprenticeships in this area, primarily within Engineering, and to provide support to local employers and their trainees in the form of Apprenticeship Training.

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Group Training and Development Ltd,
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