Meet the Team

Here are the key personnel who drive our business and ensure that we maintain the highest standards at all times.

David Shelmerdine

Managing Director

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’.

Zoe Shelmerdine

Sales and Marketing Director

As the Sales and Marketing Director, Zoe works closely with customers to design and create rides for theme parks throughout the world. Much of the business success comes from here commitment to delivering satisfaction. In her own words, they do this by ‘manufacturing dreams’.

All this is backed up by a thorough understanding of the engineering challenges faced by the team and the need for absolute safety by the operators.

She is backed by a workforce that enjoy seeing their work come to life. But perhaps it comes from a commitment to creating fun. Describing how they work, Zoe sums it up quite succinctly.

‘We aim to put a smile on faces, not just of our theme park and attraction customers who commission us, but for their customers too. We design and build to exceptional engineering standards, but we are always focussed on making the Garmendale experience one that is fun and ultimately profitable into the very long term. This has taken years of continuous investment, learning and improvement in everything we do.”