Who Are Labman? 

Andrew Whitwell Labman MD managing director

Andrew Whitwell

Managing Director

Andrew Whitwell is the managing director of Labman Automation. Following a lifelong love of all things engineering and technology, Andrew took over Labman in 1992 and has since seen the company transform from a humble startup to a rapidly emerging leader in the field of automation. As well as running the company and sitting on the board of directors, Andrew takes an active role in many of the systems that Labman produces and is a keen advocate of the work/play ethos that Labman champions.

Ian Riley Technical Director Labman

Ian Riley

Technical Director

As Labman's technical director, Ian is responsible for managing the specification, design, build, compliance and support of Labman's automated laboratory systems and instrumentations. Ian is also responsible for Labman’s direction as a company day-to-day; including HR, project guidance and key customer accounts and sales. With a MEng in Mechatronics from Leeds University, Ian is experienced in instrumentation design and manufacture in both the laboratory and medical device field and is responsible for delivering products in line with EU directives with a detailed knowledge of the machinery, EMC, low voltage, medical device and IVDD directives.

Christine Smith Financial Director Labman Automation

Christine Smith

Financial Director

Christine has been with Labman since 1998, and as the company's financial director, she keeps the company in order. Her wealth of knowledge in accounting, budgeting and forecasting mean that she plays a key role in reviewing and assessing the feasibility and viability of projects.


Meet the Team

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North Yorkshire

At Labman's HQ in North Yorkshire we have over 110 staff across all our departments. There are far too many to name in person, but we have an in-house, multi-disciplinary team of brilliant mechanical, electrical and software engineers.

Labman Staff
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Materials Innovation Factory - Liverpool University

Darren and Liam currently manage all maintenance and issues for the Labman systems based Liverpool University. With an integrated reporting and management system in place, maintenance issues are autonomously sent to them before the customer even discovers the problem. The Formulation Engine is a broadly versatile, open access facility, meaning it is in constant use with very little downtime; the reporting system allows the team to always be on their A-game, getting problems fixed efficiently.

Both originally from Liverpool, Darren and Liam run a tight ship - but they always have time for a proper coffee and a chat.

Labman Team at Liverpool University
Labman Team at Liverpool University
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Syngenta - Jealott's Hill International Research Centre, Bracknell

Henry is the Business Unit Leader at Syngenta's largest R&D site, managing sales as well as thinking up new ideas for automation and providing support. He is supported by Jamie, our on-site dedicated robotics engineer. Henry is a classic car enthusiast, and he is originally from Cambridge.