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.

Simon Rogers - Chief Financial Officer


I joined Thermal Engineering as CFO in June 2018 with 20 years’ finance and commercial experience. During my initial career I had a strong portfolio advising manufacturing clients. In the last 10 years my experience has been driving change and improvements in businesses across a wide variety of sectors and hope to bring a fresh perspective and learnings. My focus will be to support Jon through SATE’s growth journey by maximising financial and operating performance.

Matthew Thear – Commercial Manager


 I joined Thermal Engineering in February 2019 as Commercial Manager. I have worked in commercial roles for Aviation and Aerospace companies for many years most recently 16 years with the Volga Dnepr Group. I have worked with OEM and Tier 1 Aerospace Engineering companies, Oil and Gas, Automotive and Energy industry clients providing Transport and Logistics services and Engineering Solutions. I have always been driven by customer needs and the desire to make a success of the business, this is what I bring to SATE.

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.

Sebastien Berckmans – Head of Quality