Meet The Team
General Manager Sean Fairest is Group lead at Walker Filtration. Responsible for the Headquarters in the United Kingdom, and business units in the United States, Australia and Japan, Sean manages the Group strategy and the supply of Walker Filtration manufactured products to over 100 countries worldwide. Sean has amassed extensive knowledge and expertise over 24 years leading high growth businesses across compressed air and gas equipment, generators, industrial tools and vacuum pump manufacture, sale and servicing.
A Mechanical Engineer by education, Sean’s experience includes General Manager, Country Manager, Vice President of Marketing and Business Line Manager roles serving global markets. A strategic thinker, Sean’s values are underpinned by a strong belief in offering exceptional engineering for outstanding value, to deliver long term growth.
Operations Director Julie Robinson oversees the Groupwide manufacturing processes at Walker Filtration, which produce over 2.2m parts annually across more than 10,000 unique products.
With over 35 years of experience in filtration, and over 30 years’ dedication to Walker Filtration, Julie has unrivalled knowledge of the filtration market and the Walker Filtration business. Julie is absolutely dedicated to delivering excellent customer service and an exceptional product, whilst driving market leading levels of efficiency throughout the factory.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer Sally Robinson heads up the Finance and IT functions for the Walker Filtration Group and is responsible for coordinating all legal and governance functions.
A Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience, Sally’s wide-ranging experience is grounded in “Big 4” practice and includes working with public and private businesses across numerous industries and geographies. Sally has significant expertise in fast scaling businesses, operating in International markets. Highly skilled at identifying and succinctly summarising key business issues, trends, risks and opportunities from large data sets, Sally is key in driving remarkable value for all stakeholders.
Vacuum Business Development Lead
Vacuum Business Development Lead Simon Wise spearheads the Vacuum business unit at Walker Filtration, working in collaboration with our OEM customers to support their global distribution channels.
Simon has worked in the filtration market for over 28 years, leading commercial and engineering departments that serve international markets and standards. A Chartered Engineer, Simon is a nominated BSI UK expert and member of various ISO committees for standards development for medical gas and compressed air.
Simon is meticulous in his approach to all aspects of business, customer confidentiality and delivering high quality products and levels of service for our customers.
Chief Design Officer
Chief Design Officer Stephen Bittle leads the Engineering team at the Walker Filtration Group. Steve is responsible for research and development, new product development and testing and compliance across global markets.
A Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years of experience dedicated to developing innovative products in the air and gas filtration industry, Steve balances his technical expertise with his commercial acumen and has an MBA from Newcastle University Business School. Steve is instrumental in delivering market leading products, built in collaboration with our customers to ensure that they are unique to their market requirements.
Group Human Resource Lead
Group Human Resource Lead Lisa Davies heads up the recruitment and people service functions at Walker Filtration. Lisa boasts over 25 years of Human Resource experience in the Manufacturing, Legal, Logistics and Transport sectors. A member of the Chartered Institute of People Development, Lisa is experienced in building high performing teams and environments driven through business change projects.
Lisa and her team are dedicated to delivering our business strategy through the acquisition and retention of highly skilled, committed and customer focused people that are the cornerstone of Walker Filtration.
Compressed Air and Gas Treatment Business Development Lead
Neil heads up our Compressed Air and Gas Treatment (CAGT) business unit at Walker Filtration, leading the commercial team with a view to strategically developing and maximising our market position. Neil is responsible for devising future growth strategy, identifying new business opportunities and contributing to new product development.
With over 20 years international sales and managerial experience in several global businesses, Neil is well-versed with the requirements of managing a diverse commercial team and creating effective sales channels. A natural facilitator with a strong focus on the customer, Neil is a champion of building meaningful and sustainable partnerships that drive forward business growth and success.