Hayden Smith


Entrepreneur and industrialist, Hayden Smith has over 50 years business experience under his belt. He was founder, managing director and laterally chairman of TRAD Group; one of the largest independently owned access companies in the UK. As Chairman, Hayden has been instrumental in the formation, funding and strategic development of TEXO. Hayden heads the TEXO executive board of directors; providing support, counsel and oversight to the leadership team as the business grows and evolves.

Chris Smith
Managing Director


Chris is an industrial business leader with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of sectors including construction, survey inspection and technology. He has been instrumental in the growth of TEXO DSI, which delivers state-of-the art surveying and inspection systems to sectors including oil & gas, renewables, nuclear energy and construction. He is responsible for the ambitious growth plans for TEXO as it expands its reach across the oil & gas and renewables industries in the UK and abroad. Chris was a director of TRAD Group, one of the UK’s largest independent access companies and played a key role in the sale of the business to the EUR1billion ALTRAD Group.

Richard Lamb
Managing Director, TEXO Workspace Solutions


Richard has more than 30 years’ experience of leading design, project and build services within the construction, manufacturing, commercial fit-out and offshore industries. He is supported by a hand-picked a team of industry specialists delivering best-in-class architectural fit-out and modular accommodation projects designed to suit the unique needs of customers in any environment.

Alan Conway
Managing Director, TEXO Port Services


Alan is a veteran marine engineering professional with over 20 years of demonstrable experience, managing thousands of tonne of multimillion pound cutting edge Offshore and Energy projects to successful outcomes. With a vast knowledge of vessels and their operational needs, Alan has supplied port services and bespoke engineering solutions to many multinational companies, often at short notice but always with the customer’s needs, requirements and timelines in mind.

Steve Moir
Operations Director, TEXO Asset Integrity


Steve is a Chartered Manager, with over twenty-five years’ experience in the Integrity and inspection, petrochemical and marine industries. He has introduced multiple new technologies to these industries, developing the testing regimes to create the technical tools, products and competency requirements, to deliver a credible, reliable and consistent product to the marketplace.

Gary Mitchelson
Managing Director, Texo Engineering & Fabrication


Gary is an experienced business leader in the fabrication and pipework industries, drawing on a long track record delivering mission-critical projects for clients. He has worked with a wide range of products and customers including nuclear submarines, semi-conductor manufacturing, the European Space Agency, valve actuator manufacture and in fabrication for the oil and gas, petrochemical and renewable energy industries.

Donny Marshall
Engineering Director, TEXO Engineering & Fabrication


Donny is a degree qualified, results-oriented and performance driven professional with 15+ years’ experience in design, engineering and construction for the oil and gas, petrochemical and renewable energy industries. He has a proven track record of success in developing and leading multi-functional teams, completing projects on time and budget, building relationships with key clients, and optimising revenue and profit. Donny has remarkable acuity in strengthening enterprise by establishing and implementing health and safety, life cycle project controls, best work practices, policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Karen Laing
Head of Finance


Karen is an ACCA Qualified accountant with over 20-years’ experience of leading finance operations across a range of industrial sectors. She has a distinguished track record in the delivery of efficient and effective finance function across complex, international business. She has led on business improvement activity including significant change to processes, systems and teams to create a quality business partner. She has developed systems ensuring they are robust, utilised and understood by all users, and is passionate about people development.

Samantha Csorba
Human Resources Director


Samantha is an experienced HR Leader, experienced gained in a variety of industries. She is skilled in implementing change resulting in Company growth. She has a track record in supporting organisations through acquisitions and entrepreneurialism. Samantha is passionate about developing people through competency, apprenticeships and graduate programs. She is also experienced in delivering major HR projects.

Lauren Arnott
Group HSEQ Manager


Lauren is a focused and committed HSEQ Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction, renewables, oil & gas and aviation industry, proven experience of delivering strategies, plans, policies and procedures, enabling streamlined internal and external audits to be completed, with positive results. With a customer service ethos, networking with internal areas and external organisations to gain buy in and compliance, Lauren continuously remains up to date with legislation changes and best practice.

Debra Bruce
Managing Director, TEXO Recruitment


Managing Director Debra Bruce brings over 10 years’ experience within a sales and recruitment environment, 4 of those as Managing Director of an Independent Recruitment Firm with a multi-million-pound turnover. Debra is an extremely driven individual, with a proven track record of successfully leading a team through an economic recession, while continuing growth. She brings in-depth knowledge of temporary and permanent recruitment services. Starting her career as a Recruiter, working with a broad range of companies in the construction industry Debra is passionate about recruitment and ensuring the team at TEXO Recruitment continues to operate at the highest possible service levels.

Steve Johnson
Head of Commercial Management


Steve is an experienced commercial and supply chain manager who has worked in the Oil & Gas industry for over 25 years in Operator, Tier 1 Service Company, SME and Industry body roles, with responsibility for a broad range of operational and engineering based contracting scopes. He has an MSc in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management and is a Chartered Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has strong, established relationships at a senior level within the Oil & Gas industry, along with a good network within Manufacturing, Nuclear, Renewables and Telecoms markets, as well as the Public Sector including the MOD and local government.

From his background as an apprentice with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) followed by 10 years with BT prior to joining the Oil & Gas Industry in 1995 , Steve is comfortable in both a technical and commercial environment from the shop floor to the boardroom, combining mechanical and engineering experience with commercial, legal and operational management experience to consistently deliver tangible value to customers

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