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Fiennes Performance:
Meet Our Team & Our New Workshop

Article by: Hannah in General - 6 May

At the end of February this year, Fiennes Performance, formerly Rob Walker Engineering, moved from its premises at New Yatt Business Park in Witney to join the other Fiennes Group divisions at our Cotswold hub, bringing our family altogether at Broughton Poggs.

With Rob Walker Engineering having grown since starting out more than 25 years ago the move was no easy task. Since its origination, RWE has operated from 3 previous locations but this latest one is the most significant and complex with the challenge of integrating them into the existing Fiennes premises alongside Fiennes Engineering and Fiennes Classics involving not only the relocation of RWE machinery but some changes to the workshop layout of existing divisions. The move took place over several days led by Group chief Executive Ben Edwards, various heavy lifting machinery and helping hands to site the equipment in the most task efficient manner and also ensure that any customer work in progress was carefully and safely moved. We are pleased to say that the team have bedded in well and are now fully operational from Broughton Poggs.

So, as we start this new chapter, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our Fiennes Performance team:

Ross: General Manager –  Ross joined the Fiennes Group in September 2020 and is the General Manager for both Fiennes Engineering and Fiennes Performance. His experience ranges from technician to management roles in many sectors including motorsport, insurance, disability vehicles and hydraulic leveling systems. His passion and understanding of the motor industry is invaluable to the Fiennes Group.

Matthew: Lead Engineer – Matt has been with Fiennes for nearly 2 years as the latest development in a career that is rich with general and performance engine reconditioning experience. Following college qualifications he began as a welder fabricator and went on to continue in various engineering sector roles for 16 years with the last 6 of those at F J Paynes in the specialist skills of white metalling and line boring. Matt now uses this experience at Fiennes Performance as Lead Engineer, bringing with him his passion for engineering which benefits all.

Dennis: Engineer – Dennis joined Rob Walker Engineering back in 2000, after many years’ experience in engineering. Starting as an apprentice plumber for Leigh & Sons in Witney, Dennis then joined Freeland Engineering where he worked on a vast spectrum of projects, gaining welding expertise in his 30 years there on projects as diverse as road structures and fairground rides. As the years of his experience grew, Dennis moved to Amusement Refurbishment and Manufacture (ARM), part of Freeland Engineering, manufacturing, reconditioning and constructing fairground rides all over the world. Dennis’ experience and knowledge is invaluable to Fiennes Performance, both to staff and our customers.

Alex: Engineer – Joining Fiennes Engineering in the spring of 2020, Alex is now a valuable member of the Performance team and already has a range of experience in engineering. Starting his career at SST Technology, Alex spent 3 years gaining knowledge manufacturing exhaust manifolds and turbos. Alex then moved to Dyson Automotive, working on electric cars, manufacturing components for lab cars. With his enthusiasm and already developed experience in the trade, we look forward to seeing Alex’s engineering career develop in Performance.

Lewis: Engineer – With his passion for racing established as a young child, Lewis joined the team in June 2020 ready to gain more knowledge and experience of engineering in performance vehicles. Working alongside our experienced team, learning from their expertise and guidance, Lewis shows great potential not just on the track, but working behind the scenes too. Learn more about Lewis’ success on the track here.

Bernadette: Office Manager – our friendly voice at the end of the phones, Bernadette keeps the cogs turning at Fiennes Performance! Having started her career in sales and moving to purchasing, Bernadette has over 20 years experience in accounting and has been with us since August 2020. From supporting the technicians to invoicing and purchasing, Bernadette’s exceptional attention to detail keeps Fiennes Performance running smoothly.

Our team are always happy to help with any enquiry you may have – if you’d like to get in contact, please visit our contact page, where you can give us a call or send us an email.