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The Executive Team

ParkerSteel's continued success is rooted in strong leadership and the ability to evolve in order to take on the challenges of the future. Our vision to be the premier and most respected steel solutions company in the UK is achievable due to the dedication and expertise of our people. As leaders in innovation, we recognise that departmental collaboration is a vital aspect of long-term growth and success.

To capitalise on the years of experience and ability within our business, we are delighted to announce the establishment of our new Executive Team, who will be responsible for making strategic decisions for the company.

Dylan Alexander, Managing Director of ParkerSteel, commented: "Each of our Executive Team members has a wealth of knowledge and skill in their field, which they will use to further ParkerSteel's growth through close, long-standing customer relationships and superior product and service offerings."

As an introduction to our Executive Team, we asked each member to tell us about their background experience, business philosophy and hobbies outside of work.

Dylan Alexander

Managing Director of ParkerSteel

Dylan Alexander has been a Director of ParkerSteel and John Parker and Son (JPS) since July 2012. While he has knowledge and experience in most areas of the business, his particular strengths lie within the commercial arena, industry awareness and vision for the future. His exceptional analytical approach to business allows him to consistently command above-market performance.

Prior to joining ParkerSteel, Dylan spent 3 years working in oil and gas consultancy, focusing on FTSE-listed executive search and HR management. His graduate job was with Morgan Stanley in 2008, working in leveraged finance, which focused predominately on syndicated loan deals covering aluminium markets in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Dylan's career achievements are based on a strong academic foundation, with an MSC in Management Research from SAID Business School, University of Oxford, and a BSC (Hons) from Loughborough University.

Martin Ord

Operations Director

Martin Ord is our MBA-qualified Operations Manager with a wealth of knowledge that he gained from 20 years of experience working for Ford Motors, Jaguar and Land Rover. He joined ParkerSteel briefly in 2005 for a number of years and latterly returned again in 2021 to manage the Operations at the company.

Business Philosophy

Martin’s business philosophy reflects his commitment to maintaining a standard of excellence at ParkerSteel: "We are in the business of training and developing our people to safely process and deliver customer orders to specification, on time and at the right cost."


Outside of work, Martin enjoys rugby and is completely fluent in German.

Melvin Slight

Sales Director

Melvin Slight has worked in the steel industry since 1976, and brought his prolific knowledge of the industry to ParkerSteel when he joined 17 years ago. As an FPP expert and Special Projects Sales Manager, Melvin has worked on a number of unique and large-scale projects that helped promote ParkerSteel's capabilities. He is the heart and soul of the Sales Office.

Business Philosophy

Melvin's philosophy reflects his hard-working attitude: "Focus on being productive rather than being busy."


When he is not at ParkerSteel, Melvin's hobbies include football, reading the works of Dickens and Shakespeare and taking walks with his granddaughter.

Andrew Stephens

Health and Safety Director

Andrew Stephens spent 22 years in the Fire Service before joining ParkerSteel in 2017. As a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner (CMIOSH) with a diploma in Health and Safety, and a graduate of the Institution of Fire Engineers (GIFireE), Andrew’s expertise in his field has been of the utmost value to ParkerSteel.

Business Philosophy

Andrew's business philosophy is: "Zero accidents, zero harm", and this motto is implemented daily throughout his department.


In his spare time, Andrew enjoys fishing, weightlifting and football.

Gary Axford

Purchasing Director

Gary Axford is a long-serving employee at ParkerSteel, with 40 years of experience behind him. He spent 15 years in Commercial Sales before moving on to Purchasing, where he progressed to serve as Manager. Gary's wealth of knowledge of the inner workings of ParkerSteel help ensure the stability of the company.

Business Philosophy

"You may like company policy and deliver it. You may not like company policy but you still deliver it."


Outside of ParkerSteel, Gary has a UEFA licence, founded the StrikeForce football club and is now a Trustee of the club. He also plays the saxophone.

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International Safety Awards 2022 Winners News>

International Safety Awards 2022 Winners

We are delighted to announce that ParkerSteel Limited are the proud recipients of an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council. This achievement recognises ParkerSteel's ongoing commitment to keeping the workplace and our employees healthy and safe.

The International Safety Awards celebrates organisations around the world who have committed to preventing workplace injuries and work-related health issues, in addition to promoting wellbeing and mental health while at work.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of British Safety Council, congratulated ParkerSteel, saying, "The British Safety Council applauds ParkerSteel on their achievement. The vision of the British Safety Council is that no one should be injured or made ill through their work - anywhere in the world. Achieving this requires more than complying with legislation; it means people being committed not only to health and safety but also more and more to workplace wellbeing and impelling others to follow suit."

ParkerSteel's Health and Safety department are firm believers in educating and training employees on health and safety procedures in order to prevent workplace incidents. Andrew Stephens, the Health and Safety Director of ParkerSteel commented, "Winning the International Safety Award is fantastic recognition for all the effort we have put in as a company to protect the health and wellbeing of all ParkerSteel's employees. Our consistent investment over the years in training sessions, specialist equipment and resources ensure that our employees are able to prevent hazardous situations and are fully prepared should a work-related incident occur. We will continue to foster a positive culture of health and safety in the workplace and expand our training schemes even further."

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Lindapter visits ParkerTools

At ParkerTools, we welcome the chance to improve our technical knowledge by learning from outside experts. Recently, the ParkerTools division were visited by Matthew Taylor, an experienced Regional Sales Engineer from Lindapter International, the globally renowned innovators in cutting-edge clamping systems.

This in-depth training session was an excellent opportunity for our team to upskill, allowing us to provide better information and service to our customers across the UK.

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