Staff News – December 2021

We wanted to give a shout out to all those at SMS who are working on developing their skills, along with all those who have contributed so much to the company over a long period of service. Below we’ve listed some great milestones and huge achievements our staff have achieved or are working towards, along with those who have recently joined our team. Have a look, and don’t forget to congratulate your colleagues when you next see them around the office.

Students among the team

Mara Balcombe
Studying CIMA (Chartered Management Accounting) in a Level 7 Apprentice

David Bereyni
ACCA (Chartered Certified Accountant), currently part-qualified

Taylor Ward
Mechanical Engineering L5
Higher National Diploma

Michael Abreu
Mechanical Engineering L5 HDC

Billy Garrett
HC4N Mechanical Engineering L4
Higher National Certificate

Bivun Bid
Apprentice in Mechatronics L3

Jad Bouji
Apprentice in Mechatronics L2

New team members – see who joined us in the last 6 months

Michael Figini
Electronics engineer,
started in July

Randy Schwartz
Lead DVS Production Technician,
started in November

Andrew Lebby
Embedded Systems Engineer,
started in November

Martin Mead
Technical Author and Illustrator,
started in November

SMS Leavers – a fond farewell to our retiring team members

Phil Hope

After more than 20 years with Surface Measurement Systems, serving most recently as Production & Tech Support Coordinator, Phil is hanging up his soldering iron to retire from a live of scientific adventure. With an unwavering dedication to ensuring the highest level of quality in our offerings, Phil will be sorely missed. We wish him a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a long and peaceful retirement.

Nachiketa Vimalan

With more than 15 years under his belt at Surface Measurement Systems, Vim will soon be retiring to enjoy some well deserve peace and quiet. Working with constant diligence in his time here, Vim has made amazing contributions to the company and has ensured the smooth running of key aspects of the business. We wish you Bon Voyage, Merry Christmas, and a wonderful retirement Vim!

SMS Veterans – who has been with us the longest

Gold (25+ years)

  • Daryl Williams
  • Katy Simmons

Silver (20+ years)

  • Victor McClean
  • Andrea Gimbar
  • Greg Faucon
  • Daniel Burnett
  • Phil Hope: retired this year – wishing you all the best!!!

Bronze (15+ years)

  • Majid Naderi
  • Ron Gray
  • Armando Garcia
  • Manaswini Acharya
  • Syed Qutubuddin
  • Nachiketa Vimalan
  • Pramod Kerai

Runner up:

  • Paul Witter – 1 year away from his 15th anniversary with SMS