Meet the Team

Meet the Team

We are proud to announce our leadership team at SA Thermal Engineering (SATE).  Together with our committed Team Leaders and employees across the site we believe we have the skills and attributes to build on the already established business specialisms and drive SATE forward to become a supplier and employer of choice for customers and employees alike.  We have carefully selected our leadership team to help drive our business improvements and would like to introduce you to the team below.

Jon Rowland – Chief Executive Officer

Jon Rowland

I joined Thermal Engineering as CEO in February 2016 having spent 4 years at GKN Aerospace as GM at the Yeovil site, followed by Head of Programme for Honeywell Turbo Fan Engines.  Throughout my career I have always worked within the Aerospace industry, working at Cobham, GE Aviation and British Aerospace so bring a large amount of customer knowledge and experience to Thermal Engineering. I am currently focusing on improving the operational performance of the business, thereby re-building customer confidence allowing us to grow the business in the future.

Miles Garrod – Chief Financial Officer

Miles Garrod

I joined SA Thermal Engineering in February 2015 after spending 3 years with Moog as the Finance Director of the Navigational Aids and Surveillance Systems Sector. Prior to that I spent 4 years as Group Financial Controller at Everest Home Improvements. I’m a fully qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW) and have 15 years of post-qualification experience from time spent in practice (BDO Stoy Hayward) and industry. I have a strong blend of technical, leadership and interpersonal skills that enable me to recognise, communicate and implement sustainable growth in profitability and sales.

Mike Picken - Head of Engineering

Mike Picken

I joined Thermal Engineering in July 2016 as Head of Engineering having previously been with Rolls-Royce as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager for 5 years. Throughout my career I have worked for Aerospace, Defence and Automotive OEM and Tier 1 Engineering Companies covering such areas as New Product Introduction, Repair and Overhaul, Process Engineering, Continuous Improvement and Production Transfer.  My aim is to take SATE to a new level of Engineering and Process Excellence.

Mark Pilborough - Operations Director

Mark Pilborough

I have worked at Thermal Engineering since May 1999 starting on the shop floor in Metallic Insulation. I then moved on within the organisation gaining my accreditation in Non-destructive testing before going on to carry out roles such as Quality Engineer, Commercial Manager, Business Unit Manager and now Operations Director. Throughout the years I have seen the business move from strength to strength; I have enjoyed being part of the continuous improvement journey.

Warren Davies – Head of Commercial Sales


I joined Thermal Engineering in September 2017 as Head of Commercial having previously worked in commercial sales for the past 30 years. Initially a Production Engineer I have worked predominantly in the Aerospace industry but have also been involved with Automotive, Defence, Nuclear, Rail and General Industries. I look forward to working with the current blend of both experienced and new staff in forging stronger and mutually beneficial partnerships with our customers.

Sebastien Berckmans – Head of Quality