Meet the Team

Meet the team! We have a fantastic team here at Summit Systems, take the time to get to know them all by clicking on their images below.

  • Mike Jordan

    Managing Director


    Mike Jordan

    Mike founded Summit Systems in 1989 after 10 years working in the plastics industry. Mike’s experience lies within manufacturing, up from tool setting to running an injection moulding company before setting up Summit. Mike is passionate about technology, the plastics industry and loves solving problems. In his spare time, Mike enjoys winter sports, windsurfing with his 3 kids and coaching the local rugby team – having played himself since the age of 9.

    Mikes ambition has been, and continues to keep Summit the most innovative and customer focused supplier within the industry.

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  • Ian Lowe

    Operations Director


    Ian Lowe

    Ian joined Summit back in 1995, having finished University and entered the final stages of journalist training.

    Mike, who certainly does things differently, asked Ian to join his team having liked his work ethic during years spent gardening for him and others to pay his way through his education.

    Within a month, Ian had taken control of the purchasing and soon after added warehouse and distribution to his role. 23 years on, and almost the last decade as a Director, Ian’s focus is to maintain Summit’s high service standards and always work with a few laughs along the way, amongst the team, suppliers and most importantly customers.

    Outside work, Ian’s hours are short – especially with 3 young boys! Ian’s main pastime is to watch the claret & blue of Birmingham most weeks, and disappear up to the Llyn for as much of the outside life he can grab, either stomping or kayaking around the coast.

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  • Matthew Ross

    Sales Director


    Matthew Ross

    Matt started working life as an apprentice trained maintenance engineer for a tier 1 automotive injection moulding company, then moved on to become a service engineer for an ancillary company within the plastics industry. After a challenge, Matt decided to move into the world of technical sales where he worked for a process temperature control company, before joining Summit in July 2016 as technical sales engineer. Matt’s main role is to ensure customers have a technically sound solution for their ancillary needs, whether this be on a single machine or completely automating their factory.

    Outside of work Matt is a lover of most sports, mainly rugby, however since retiring he has now turned to golf. Matt’s a family man and loves to travel, taking in the local cuisine with Italian food being his favourite. If Matt’s not working, you’ll most likely find him abroad somewhere on a stag do!

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  • Jason Culleton

    Independent Technical Sales Engineer


    Jason Culleton

    Jason began his career in the Injection moulding industry as a qualified toolmaker and draughtsman, eventually becoming a Technical Sales Engineer within the temperature sector. Nearly 20 years ago Jason started his role at Summit and now covers a huge part of the UK market.

    A huge Leicester Tigers fan, Jason is a husband and father of 5 children (AKA a taxi driver!)

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  • Simon Woods

    Technical Sales Engineer


    Simon Woods

    Simon began his career in plastics back in the late 80’s where started as an apprentice for a manufacturer of laboratory testing equipment. It didn’t take him long to find his feet and became a sales manager in no time. From here, Simon moved to a world leading company in Measurement and Control equipment for the Extrusion industry, then eventually found his way to Summit just over 20 years ago!

    As a Technical Sales Engineer, Simon is responsible for developing and maintaining our customers in the East of England.

    Outside of work Simon is a keen adventurer, recently embarking on a family trip to Vietnam with his wife and 2 children. He’s a keen sportsman, mountain biking, skiing, golf to name a few. He’s a Leeds United supporter but also follows Premiership and England rugby.

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  • Steve Trainor

    Northern Technical Sales Engineer


    Steve Trainor

    With over 27 years of experience with Summit Systems, you could say he’s just about getting his feet under the desk!! Steve has a wealth of knowledge across all types of plastics ancillary equipment and possess experience to recommend the perfect system for your shop floor whether it be a dryer, doser, blender or anything else!
    Outside of work, Steve’s a family man and spends most of his time listening to radio 2, pretending to be good at football and not sleeping!

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  • Steve Tranter

    Technical Sales Engineer


    Steve Tranter

    Steve (aka Trants) started his early career in electronic security, progressing on to the fluid power industry for five years working internally from administration level through to technical sales. Steve’s experience within the automation, plastic and various other industries grew rapidly.
    In 2016, Summit welcomed Steve to the team – his sense of humour and presence in the office never goes unnoticed! His role focuses mainly on establishing new business around the UK and Ireland and introducing them to Summit wide range of products and services.

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  • Richard Dean

    Service Manager


    Richard Dean

    Rich started out his working life as a Pneumatics and Hydraulics engineer, completing his ONC in technical engineering, before moving into an automation role building special purpose machinery for Automotive and telecoms. Rich then moved in to the automotive industry as a maintenance engineer completing his HNC in Mechatronics, before moving through the ranks to become a Facilities and Maintenance Manager for several years before Joining Summit Systems in 2012.

    His role as Service Manager allows him to work closely with Summits suppliers & customers to ensure they get the best service & efficiency out of their equipment to keep their own customers supported.

    Outside of work, Rich is a very keen golfer – attempting to maintain his single cap handicap. Having represented Worcestershire County at Junior Colts level moving into the B & A Team, he is now striving to make the Seniors County team.

    Interesting fact: Rich played in a Junior team Golf event with a team mate who went on to become a European Tour Player winning the 2006 French Open at Le Golf National!

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  • Richard Smith

    Summit Process Cooling


    Richard Smith

    Richard has been involved the cooling industry since the very start of his career. Richard spent his first few years in sales for cooling towers, before becoming the sales director for a further 10 years. After this, Richard took on a new challenge and created his own Air Blast Cooling company but, in this time, he stumbled across Total Process Cooling and became a director, and has been for 16 years now! Richard moved to the Summit offices in 2018, when Summit acquired Total Process Cooling. His role within the cooling division involves building the temperature control business by driving sales, managing projects and heading up the technical department.

    Outside of work, Richard shows his creative/artistic flair by writing, recording, playing music and guess what… he has a band! One Week Later – click if you want to check it out! He also has a sporty side, enjoying badminton, tennis, the gym…. and the odd bit of astronomy.

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  • Rob Pritchard

    Summit Process Cooling


    Rob Pritchard

    Rob’s engineering career began with an electrical / electronic engineering apprenticeship in a welding and automation company, moving into sales at the end of the fifth year training programme. A few years later, he joined a well-established British chiller and TCU manufacturer which launched his career down the process water cooling path. Rob has since worked for several process cooling companies as regional sales manager, product manager and sales director – dealing with individual chiller sales and large-scale turnkey installations.

    Rob’s experience in the plastics industry covers all sectors and he has a keen focus on energy conservation and system reliability.Rob joined Summit in 2019, allowing him to continue his career delivering the best available process cooling solutions to customers, many of whom he has dealt with for multiple years.

    Outside of work, Rob enjoys the great outdoors, spending time with his family walking and exploring the great British Countryside.

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  • Megs Jordan

    Marketing Manager


    Megs Jordan

    Megs doesn’t like writing about herself…!

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  • Wade Grindley

    Head of R&D


    Wade Grindley

    From an early age Wade has been fascinated in fixing or modifying toys and bicycles. This interest led Wade to a hobby in electronics and computer programming, making various gadgets from rain detectors to infra-red remote controls.

    Wade’s career started as an electric engineer for a 1st tier automotive supplier, working on plant maintenance and improvements. He later progressed to the technical department, designing a new plant supervisor, Paint Shop Control System and various machine controls. In the next phase of his career, Wade designed bespoke control panels for plastic extruder refits and VSD drive panels up 160kW. He also carried out energy surveys for lighting installations and water pump control panels.

    He joined the Summit team in 2018, primarily to develop their supervisory system. Integrating all of the products to an Industry 4.0 user interface: Summit Vision and Summit IOT.

    Outside of Wades technical hub, his interests include listening to music, playing badminton, squash, family outings on bikes and going to music gigs.

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  • Alan Maher

    Warehouse Manager


    Alan Maher

    Alan is one of Summit’s longest reigning employees, joining in April 1996!

    He came to Summit with a strong background in retail and sales. As the warehouse manager Alan spends his days supervising the warehouse, maintaining health and safety in the work place and general maintenance.

    Alan’s hobbies and interests outside of work include travelling, socialising with family & friends and reading.

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