David Shelmerdine, Managing Director

David Shelmerdine featured on BBC East Midlands
David Shelmerdine featured on BBC East Midlands

Having trained as an engineer, David’s first job was the build of Dale Works in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, where Garmendale opened its offices and workshop. This building still stands today and houses one of our fabrication workshops.


David took over the business from his father Roy who started Garmendale. Today, he has over 25 years’ experience from the ground upwards, and has driven the business to work and serve customers within the theme park and attractions industry throughout the world.


Garmendale has moved from a classical engineering firm to a high tech engineering solutions business. They have developed and trained their team to work to the very highest standards.


David is a no-nonsense straight talking, decision-making Managing Director who still loves getting fully hands-on in the workshop. His biggest strength is his drive and commitment to customer satisfaction, and his ‘can do, will do’ approach is how the company continues to grow from strength to strength.


Although David is renowned for working far more hours at Garmendale than he should, engineering is his passion when relaxing too. Along with his family, he has successfully restored the first of two Fowler BB1 Steam Traction Engines to the highest engineering standards.


For the future, David will continue to drive the growth of Garmendale in the theme park and attractions industry with new designs, products and services. His aim is to let the world experience the legendary Garmendale customer service and attention to detail, whilst still living time to finish the second Fowler BB1 Steam Traction Engine with the addition of a ‘Showman’s Engine’.