Simon Cooper’s Journey with Shearline: From Machining Expert to CNC Workshop Manager

My Shearline journey began in late 2009 with an unexpected phone call from our owner and CEO, David Littlechild. David had just purchased two Matsuura 5-axis machining centres from a company in Kent where I had recently worked. Initially, he was looking for someone to train Shearline’s existing engineers on these machines, and my name had been recommended by the owner of Jefferson Engineering, where I had served as the production manager for several years.

My previous role was very hands-on, involving a lot of programming and setting up the very Matsuura machines that David had just acquired. When David reached out, I was intrigued but hesitant to leave my current position without a clear opportunity. So, I told him I would only be interested if there was a job offer at Shearline. David invited me for an interview and a tour of the factory the following week.

After meeting with David and Shearline’s milling supervisor, I was offered the role of the 5-axis cell leader. Accepting the job meant relocating 120 miles to Cambridgeshire, which I did, making it my new home.


My next major career progression at Shearline came in 2017 when I was offered the role of CNC Workshop Manager. This position involved overseeing the day-to-day management of 37 staff working across three shifts in six different cells within the machine shop. The constantly varying demands of the role are something I really enjoy, and with no two days being the same, there is seldom a dull minute!

Looking back, I have never regretted my move to Shearline. Not only has it provided me with a rewarding career, but it is also where I met my partner. This relationship led to the birth of my daughter in 2013, who is now ten years old.

My journey with Shearline has been marked by growth, challenges, and personal milestones. I’m excited to see what the future holds as we continue to innovate and push the boundaries of precision engineering.