About Us

George Brown & Sons Engineering have been offering engineering services to a wide range of companies throughout the UK and beyond since 1828.

We operate departments specialising in engineering servicesship repairsautomotive engineering and lifting and testing.  By employing the key skills available through these specialisations, George Brown & Sons are able to undertake a huge variety of different jobs for our clients in all kinds of environments.’

Meet our team

George Brown

Managing Director 

Prior to joining George Brown & Sons in 1985, George served his four-year cadetship with Ocean Fleets in Birkenhead on Blue Funnel and Elder Dempster ships.  He then joined Overseas Containers Ltd and sailed for six years on the re-engine Liverpool Bay class motor ships obtaining his ChiefEngineers ticket.

Initially assisted by his father and the late Tom Duncan when first joining the Company almost 40 years ago, George has built a huge experience of engineering knowledge.

Since enabling diversification of customers and activities in the 90’s, George has driven the business forward into a multimillion-pound group supporting the employment of over 40 individuals from apprentice to senior management whilst still being involved in countless customer projects. He continues with the same commitment to the everyday running of the business as ever.

Charlotte Brown – Director, Company Secretary 

Almost a decade into her service at George Brown and Sons, Charlotte joined the business from a luxury retail background. From the youngest ever boutique manager on London’s Savile Row she progressed into store development and regional management before joining the Prada Group. Responsible for multimillion pound turnover stores, their teams and client basis in flagship locations throughout the Northern European market she gained a wealth of experience in people, business and financial management. The first female director within the business’ history she brings a host of transferable skills to her role as Company Secretary, also maintaining another generation of family involvement. Whilst overseeing finance and administration she is becoming increasingly involved in the day-to-day management of the business.

Henry Boyd

Engineering Manager

Serving his time with Charlie Forbes, a well-known Leith Blacksmith shop in the mid-seventies, Henry started his career manufacturing and installing the likes of spiral staircases, balustrades and brass work. As stainless steel and aluminium became increasingly popular his skills developed and he undertook installations in pharmaceutical plants, breweries, distilleries and swimming pools alike.

From being heavily involved with fabrication and site installation of aluminium structures for the Northern Lighthouse Board during the automation of the lighthouses in the eighties; restoration and conservation projects for the National Trust and Historic Scotland and 6 years at Roslin Precision, a fine limit workshop: Henry developed a vast and skilled knowledge set. 

After 7 years of subcontract work, Henry joined George Brown and Sons in 2009 and now heading up sheet metal and fabrication supports the team with wealth of experience to successfully manage an extensive variety of different projects.

John Richardson – Engineering manager

John, one of the newest members of the management team, is entering into his 3rd year at George Brown and Sons. He brings to the company a wealth of operational engineering experience from the manufacturing, production, nuclear energy and oil-gas sectors.

His knowledge was expanded at Petroineos as he advanced into operations and coordination after spending 15 years at Doosan Babcock developing expertise in welding development and project management for plant implementation, modification, and improvements. He contributes a wide range of abilities to our welding, manufacturing, and heavy industrial projects in addition to being a time-served coded mechanical welder with extensive NDT and H&S experience.

James Mulraney

Engineering Manager

Jamie joined the business in 2015 having served a full army career as a well-respected Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer. With a wealth of technical and theoretical experience, his extensive qualifications and project management skills facilitate complex oil and gas customer requirements. An experienced auditing practitionerqualified Health and Safety professional (DIPSM, IOSHH) and member of the International Institution of Risk and Safety Managers as well as a registered engineer his wealth of knowledge is invaluable. Whilst continuing to develop his already extensive knowledge, Jamie continues to excel in heading up large scale projects across a host of disciplines whilst supporting the wider business.

Tom Wylie

Assistant Manager

Having completed his apprenticeship at James Bowen and Sons, Tom spent 18 years at Bowens where he progressed to working chargehand before moving to the Scottish Bus Group.  In 1990 Tom joined George Brown and Sons, progressing to a management position. Having over 30 years of service to his name and a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience, Tom continues to provide excellent support to the Auto machine shop on a consultancy basis only now, his profile unparalleled within his speciality.

Steven McIntosh

Engineering Manager


After gaining experience of light to heavy machining at Alexander Mathers, James Ritchie & Son and Millers Foundry, Steven joined George Brown & Sons on a temporary contract of 4 weeks in 1988 in their machine shop, having previously served his time as a turner /miller with Ferranti Ltd at their laboratory workshop at Crewe Toll. 30 years later he has built extensive engineering knowledge benefitting countless projects across a variety of sectors. 

Whilst nurturing long standing customer relationships and new enquiries alike he successfully heads up machining, pipe work and fitting with an ever-expanding skill set contributing to the business as a whole.  

Robert McGachie

Lifting Engineering Manager

A full circle moment saw Robert join the management team atGeorge Brown and Sons in 2019, having initially worked for the firm in the late 80’s. He returned with extensive commercial, project management and business knowledge having successfully driven business development at Lloyds British and Speedy Asset services. Considerable Lifting and Testing knowledge from installation, overhaul and recommissioning, he continues to cultivate business relationships across a host of sectors managing his department, team and broader business projects simultaneously.

Matty McGoohan – Engineering manager

Having completed his apprenticeship and progressing into a tradesman then Chargehand position at George Brown and Son’s throughout the initial 2000’s, Matty’s career and knowledge continued to flourish with a period at Dales Marine. Developing his commercial experience, management skills and marine engineering knowledge, he returned to the business in 2016 before more recently being promoted to Engineering Manager in recognition of his ever-expanding knowledge and capabilities. 

Brian Waller – Workshop and Operations Coordinator 

Prior to joining the company in October 2020, Brian spent numerous years visiting customers and gaining a wealth of material knowledge before transferring this into stock control, where he efficiently managed the extensive holdings of one of the UK’s largest independent companies. 

His growing skill set recognised, he was promoted to in-house training covering 5-ton Forklifts and Side-loaders, 6-ton twin pendulum overhead cranes, manual handling, working at height and slinging.

With a broad spectrum of practical skills and knowledge hehas successfully developed the workshop and operations role, ensuring best practices across quality management and Health & Safety. 

For almost 20 years now, he has successfully supported the

Whilst providing well-honed expertise across several disciplines he provides invaluable knowledge to apprentices, trades and peers alike, continuing to expand his own broad set of knowledge, experience and skills. 

Ryan McDonald – Chargehand

Serving his time at Volkswagen before early career development at Audi as a technician, Ryan was headhunted by Tom Wylie who recognised his expanding knowledge and skill set.   

Almost a decade into his career at George Brown and Sons, Ryan has since gained an extensive and specialist understanding of Auto engineering, which has since seen his progression into in a Chargehand position. Ryan continues to gain valuable engineering and commercial experience, successfully leading the auto department whilst supporting the machine shop and other departments on larger scale projects.

Euan McGachie – Chargehand

From commencing his career as an apprentice in 2015, Euan has since progressed to machineshop Chargehand where he continues to gain valuable engineering experience. He successfully supports the team in a host of manufacture, modification, and repair contracts. His developing skills and knowledge enable his successful cultivation of customer relationships, and we look forward to witnessing his developing career. 

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