He brings with him extensive experience across a wide range of industries, as operations manager at a leading automotive component manufacturer, and managing director roles at a vehicle adaptation specialist and an industrial fan company.

A common thread during all these previous roles was his purchase of XYZ Machines within their production environments.

“It is fair to say that I had a good knowledge of XYZ Machine Tools prior to this opportunity arising to join the company. That knowledge combined with the chance to put all of my skills to use, in what will be an all-round role of overseeing the ongoing growth and development of XYZ Machine Tools made the decision to take on this position straightforward,” said Hellier.

“I felt it was time for new challenges and the feeling I get from XYZ Machine Tools, in terms of the set-up of the business, great products and the team ethos that runs through it, rekindles fond memories of my 23 years working in the automotive component sector.

I have been given a large degree of freedom to look at the overall business strategy and develop long-term plans. It is an opportunity that excites me and one that I was comfortable with as soon as I had my first meeting with Nigel Atherton.”

In addition to his operational and commercial skills, Hellier has also been involved in setting up overseas subsidiaries throughout Europe and America. With XYZ Machine Tools continued development and exploration of its markets across mainland Europe, this experience may prove to be highly valuable.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Chris to the team here at XYZ Machine Tools. We are already seeing the benefits of his extensive experience of managing businesses in the manufacturing sector.

"As we progress further in emerging from the impact of Covid19, and with new products in the pipeline, his overall business knowledge will be very useful and I am confident he will be a great asset to XYZ Machine Tools,” said Nigel Atherton, managing director, XYZ Machine Tools.