First Line Team

To celebrate our achievement of 1 million hours without a reportable incident we commissioned a composite photograph, made up of all TST employees, that is proudly on display in our reception. Our business is built on our people and their Health & Safety is paramount. Well done to you all!

John Kilgallon

General Manager


John Kilgallon is the General Manager at Turbine Surface Technologies Ltd, seconded from Rolls-Royce plc where he started in 2001.

After completing his Aerospace Engineering Degree at the University of Bristol John joined Rolls-Royce Bristol and moved into the Turbines Nozzle Guide Vanes (NGV) machining manufacturing eighteen months later. After several years of part ownership for a range of NGVs and as a ME team leader for a range of NGVs, John then led the development of a machining cell as part of the project to build and move NGV operations into the new Bristol Turbines Facility.

In 2008 John moved to the process-driven world of investment casting, as Manufacturing Engineering Manager in the BTF-Foundry, before moving to Derby in 2012 as Chief of Manufacturing Systems, leading development of the shop floor IT capability for Turbines. In 2015 John moved to Rotherham to be the Manufacturing Manager of the Advanced Blade Casting Facility, leading a team to industrialise this highly advanced, automated and digitally capable investment casting facility.

Joe Barker

Head of Operations


Joe Barker is the Head of Operations for Turbine Surface Technologies and in this role Joe is responsible for manufacturing, production planning, maintenance, health, safety & environment.

Joe is an employee of Rolls-Royce and has worked for them for 20 years in a variety of engineering, operations management and production planning roles. Joe holds an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Staffordshire University and completed Six Sigma Black Belt training on 2001.

Andy McMillan

Head of Technology


Andy McMillan is Head of Technology leading the companies Engineering & Quality teams including New part introduction & Capability Acquisition.

Andy began his career as a metallurgist working within Chromalloy labs & has since performed roles within engineering & operations management cover key aspects of coating technology.

Andy was seconded from Chromalloy in 2010 initially in an engineering management role stepping up to his current position in 2015.

Andy holds an honours degree in Metallurgy from Manchester University.

Raggie Sockalingam

Head of Finance


Raggie Sockalingam is the Head of Finance and reports to the General Manager of TST. Raggie was seconded from Chromalloy into his current position in 2013 and has responsibility for the Finance, Purchasing, Information Technology and for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) functions. Raggie is member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and started his carrier with Dunlop Tyres International Ltd performing various roles within finance, International trade and marketing divisions. Raggie then moved to Caparo Plc and was the Finance director of the Precision Tubes group of companies based in the West Midlands until 2013.

Ruth Wattam

Head of Human Resources


Ruth Wattam is Head of Human Resources. She joined the company in 2007 and provides leadership for all Human Resources activities including staffing and people development, performance management, compensation and benefits, change management and employee relations. Previously she worked for Northern Foods for 10 years.

Ruth is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Tom Meehan

Head of Programmes and Facilities


Tom Meehan is Head of Programmes and Facilities for Turbine Surface Technologies. In this role Tom is also responsible for outsourcing of coatings, business continuity and capital investment programmes in both buildings & infrastructure.

Tom has been at Turbine Surface Technologies since 2009 firstly as production Planning and Control Manager then later in the role as Project Manager responsible for Capital Expenditure. Prior to this he has had a varied career firstly in the Armed Forces and within Rolls Royce in various positions such as Inspection, Quality and Logistics. Tom left Rolls Royce and joined Enginetics aerospace in Dayton Ohio working as the international business development manager until re-joining Rolls Royce in 2005 as Operations Manager at Aero Repair and Overhaul.

Tom has completed various training in Business continuity, Risk Analysis Risk Facilitation and Advanced Project Management. Tom also studied Business and Marketing at Derby University.

Steve Hunt

Head of QHS&E


Steve Hunt is the Head of HS&E, Occupational Health and Quality at Turbine Surface Technologies.

Steve started his career in Non-Destructive Testing in an Investment Casting Facility in Sheffield, before joining Rolls-Royce Turbines Manufacturing Engineering in 1999 as an NDT Level 3 Manager.

During a 20 year career within Rolls-Royce, Steve had a number of senior leadership roles across the company including; Laboratory Manager in Turbine Systems Supply Chain Unit, Nuclear Materials Manager, Head of Laboratories for Maintenance Repair & Overhaul, Chief of Manufacturing Engineering - External Supply Chain and Head of Manufacturing Engineering for Structures & Transmissions Supply Chain Unit.

Steve holds a MSc (Eng) Masters Degree in Operations Excellence from Cranfield University.

Tom Wall

Head of Planning


Tom is the Head of Planning and IT at Turbine Surface Technologies having started in 2019.

In this role Tom leads both the Production Planning function and also the combined IT and ERP teams.

Prior to joining TST, Tom worked for Rolls-Royce in a variety of roles and sectors from 2003 to 2019, including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul sector, Manufacturing and Procurement as well as covering both Civil Aerospace and Defence work. This covered work in Ansty, Barnoldswick and Derby sites.

Tom has a BSc degree in Business from Lancaster University, an MSc in Global Supply Chain Management from Nottingham University, and also holds MCIPS status.

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