About us

About AJ Tensile

AJ Tensile Fabrications Ltd (now AJ Tensile Group Ltd) was formed at the turn of the millennium by ex-Landrell and Clyde Canvas associate Andrew Jerrum, who heads our Production department as part of his role as Managing Director. The business has grown from modest roots offering fabric welding services into one of Britain’s largest and most respected companies servicing the tensile fabric industry today.

Under the AJT Group umbrella are separate divisions for Manufacturing, Biogas Systems and Tension Structures, with all departments being consolidated in the same offices and manufacturing plant. Located in rural South-East Wales between the old and new Severn Bridges (and adjacent to a beautiful castle), our premises are ideally placed with easy access to the M4 corridor and other essential transport links.

Our enthusiastic and dynamic workforce has been carefully selected based on specialist knowledge and experience, and bring with them decades of involvement in related industries and disciplines. Our work with renewable energies in our Biogas division reinforces a strong ecological ethos that underlines everything we do, from encouraging employees to walk or cycle to work right through to energy-saving initiatives and the diligent recycling of waste. We are fiercely protective of our hard-won reputation as a rapid-responding and proactive provider of the highest level of service, and our philosophy that the customer always comes first forms the basis of our day-to-day operations.

Meet the team

Andrew Jerrum

Andrew Jerrum
Managing Director

Andrew has been involved in the tensile fabric industry for almost all of his working life, starting out at Landrell Fabric Engineering in 1989 before being headhunted by Clyde Canvas in 1996 to head up their production facility. Tasked with processing 30,000 square metres of PTFE fabric in just three months, this seemingly impossible requirement […]

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Richard Cherry

Richard Cherry
Director of Engineering

Having gained his Honours Degree in Civil Engineering, Richard started his professional path as a Highways and Bridges designer before changing direction and following a distinguished career in environmental engineering.

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Paul Driscoll

Paul Driscoll
Finance Director

Paul offers a rare blend of technical financial skills and practical business experience which clients find invaluable when seeking to develop or revive their businesses. Since 1997 Paul has assisted a number of firms, both privately and as a Business Link Business Adviser (1998-2008).

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Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson
Tension Structures Director

Gary joined A J Tensile in 2010 as the General Manager and was involved in the restructuring and relocation of the business over the next few years. In July 2014 Gary was appointed as a director of A J Tensile Tension Structures Limited.

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Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown
General Manager

An Honours degree in three-dimensional design and a Master’s in industrial design gave Stephen a solid foundation in practical problem-solving that has served him well during the course of his career.

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Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke
Project Manager

Our resident artist Mike hails from South London where he enjoyed a colourful upbringing in the 60s and 70s. After attending Epsom Art College he swapped the chaos of the capital for a more sedate existence in the country, moving to rural Wales in the early 1980s to set up his own signwriting business. Notable […]

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Rob Challingsworth

Rob Challingsworth
Facilities Manager

Rob trained as a textile engineer in the 1960s and at the end of his apprenticeship was offered a position with Kai Langebeck (UK) Ltd and tasked with the automation of the Lancashire and Oslo based manufacturing units.

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Raul Alvarez

Raul Alvarez
Project Engineer

Raul’s experience includes assignments in countries and cultures across the globe. He currently has over thirty membrane gasholder projects to his credit.

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Iain Frowen

Iain Frowen
Engineering Detailer

Iain comes from a technology-based background and worked in the electronics and telecommunications industry at Mitel for a number of years before setting up his own textiles business. This eventually led to a period as a production supervisor at Landrell Fabric Engineering, before Iain was tempted away in 2002 to join AJ Tensile as a […]

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Steve Marshall
Installation Supervisor

On leaving Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Mansfield, in 1966, Steve joined Brandreth Heating Ltd as an apprentice plumber & heating engineer. Two years was spent gaining practical experience and one year designing heating systems. In 1969 he joined the Royal Air Force as an electronics technician specialising in navigational instruments and three years later transferred to synthetic trainers to work on flight simulators.

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