Chris Simpson is the Engineering &Development Manager for Coatbridge (Scotland) & Austin (Texas) - basedCompany, Retronix Ltd.

Retronix Ltd is a high reliability electronic solutions provider across multiple industry sectors.These sectors cover medical, defence, automotive and commercial organisations. Retronix provides a wide variety of electronic component services including reballing of BGAs (Ball Grid Array) devices, Retinning/replating of component leads and connections, full PCB rework & repair, along with reclamation and testing of components. They offer all industries a bespoke service to suit their reliability & reclamation challenges. With the recent Global chip shortage Retronix is seen as the go to organisation for component reclaim, refurbishment and test services for all types of electronic devices.

Chris started his career as a ModernApprentice Engineer at Motorola Bathgate, completing one year of the programme before the factory closure. He then went on to complete the remainder of his apprenticeship with BAE SystemsEdinburgh (Now Leonardo). During and after his apprenticeship he completed work based qualifications, such SVQs levels 2, 3 & 4 in engineering & management. He also completed academic qualifications inElectronic Engineering (HNC and Degree (BEng)).

Following his apprenticeship, Chris worked for 6 years as a Hardware/Electronic Engineer at BAE Systems/Leonardo, responsible for dealing with allElectrical/Electronic tasks within key Military projects, from laser systems toRadars.  Chris moved into a management role in 2010 as Apprenticeship Programmes Manager, responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of all Modern Apprenticeship programmes within Leonardo.He was responsible for all training, HR and employee development linked to the programmes. Chris is also a qualified SVQ Assessor (A1) and verifier (V1).

Having worked for large scale multi-national companies for 14 years, following his desire to combine both his management and “hands on” engineering skills, Chris moved to SME Scottoiler inJanuary 2014, taking on the role of Product Development Manager and later becoming the Technical & Business Development Director overseeing all technical& supply chain operations of the new and existing businesses.

In 2020 Chris changed roles to a more operations focused taking on the role as Service Centre Manager for Sulzer, Electronic and Electro-Mechanical Services in Glasgow. There he managed the whole site operations servicing the whole of the UK, particularly in the Electronics repair field.

Chris joined Retronix in Dec 2021 and now leads to complete Engineering function of the two Retronix sites. His role covers all research & development, process & production and facilities based engineering activities across the 2 sites. He leads the automation strategy for the organisation.

Chris, 40, is married with two daughters and lives in Carluke, Lanarkshire. He has a keen interest and passion for Golf, Motorcycles and Football.

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