ANDREW CASKIE – MANAGING DIRECTOR
Andrew Caskie joined Nicholson & Co. in April 2016 and succeeded Andrew Moyes as managing director in March 2018 after almost two years as his assistant. He is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and safety of the firm’s work, and for the development and welfare of our 23 staff.
Prior to joining the firm, he worked in engineering project management of large infrastructure projects around the UK and Ireland such as the Queensferry Crossing. He is a former chairman of the Scottish Federation of Organists organ advisory team and was director of music at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh for over 12 years. His organ teachers included the late David Sanger. Andrew holds an honours degree in mechanical engineering and is a chartered engineer. In his spare time he gives occasional organ recitals around the UK, and is part of the choir and the team of organists at Great Malvern Priory. Andrew presently also serves as chairman of the Worcestershire Organists’ Association.
JAMES ATHERTON – HEAD VOICER
James joined Nicholson & Co. in 2005 as a tuner and voicer working under Guy Russell. He previously worked with Matthew Copley as part of the Organ Design team as head tuner. He began his career in organ building as an apprentice tuner with David Wells in Liverpool over 20 years ago. As head voicer he has particular responsibility for the manufacture, scaling and voicing of Nicholson & Co.’s pipework. Alongside his work at Nicholson & Co., James is a renowned professional tenor, having sung in several cathedral choirs including Winchester Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He conducts Leominster Choral Society, has sung in most of the UK’s top ensembles and is in demand as a soloist.
KEVIN DAVIES – SENIOR ORGAN BUILDER
Kevin Davies joined Nicholson & Co. on work experience straight from school in 1981 as apprentice organ builder and has been with the company ever since, working his way up to the position of foreman. After 20 years in this role, Kevin stepped back in July 2020 and now concentrates on project delivery and training of our newer team members. Kevin also still runs projects from time to time.
TIM BENNETT – FOREMAN
Tim Bennett joined us in 2007 from a background in boat-building and in the construction and repair of brass and woodwind instruments. He has become a highly skilled all-round organ builder and was promoted to become foreman in July 2020. He has responsibility for a team of 13 in the workshop, and successfully combines this with the on-site management of projects. In the workshop, he has a particular speciality in the construction of soundboards and consoles.
His considerate and collaborative approach to site work is appreciated by customers and colleagues alike. Outside work, Tim brings his organ building skills to bear in undertaking a thorough restoration of his VW camper van.
MIKE LANE – DESIGNER
Mike Lane joined Nicholson & Co. in 1977 as a trainee/apprentice organ builder in the workshop. He left Malvern in 1984 and moved to Yorkshire, where he was employed at Laycock & Bannister (Nicholson & Co.) in Keighley. Having moved on to a career in cabinet making and shopfitting, Mike gained considerable experience in AutoCAD in the design office and became a draughtsman/designer. In 2002, Mike returned to Malvern and once again joined the Nicholson & Co. team in his new role as draughtsman. Mike is responsible for producing the designs from tender stage with input from colleagues on technical and tonal matters. He produces a full design from site survey to finished organ.
RICHARD SANDERS – PIPE MAKER
Richard Sanders has recently celebrated 45 years of service with Nicholson & Co. since joining straight from school at the age of 16 in 1971. His initial role at the company was as tuning assistant but he became an apprentice pipe-maker after 18 months and has not looked back. Richard is now supported by his assistant Luke Gallichan, whose initial role at the company was as tuning assistant! Nicholson & Co. is one of the few British companies retaining its own metal shop and Richard now has sole responsibility for the manufacture and restoration of its pipes.
ANDREW MOYES – TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Andrew Moyes was managing director of Nicholson & Co. from 1994 to 2018. During this time, he oversaw the installation of major new organs at Auckland Cathedral, Llandaff Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, Southwell Minster and Christchurch Priory, rebuilds in Gloucester Cathedral, Great Malvern Priory and Bridlington Priory, plus many smaller projects, and led the company’s move to new, larger, premises in 2003.Following his retirement as managing director, Andrew now supports the firm part-time as a technical consultant with a particular speciality in electrical and mechanical action design. He is himself an organist. Prior to joining Nicholson & Co., he worked as a design engineer and project manager with GEC and the underground railways in Hong Kong and London. He holds a B.Sc. degree, is a chartered engineer and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has served three times on the Board of the Institute of British Organ Building, of which he is currently President.
GUY RUSSELL – TONAL CONSULTANT
Guy Russell joined Nicholson & Co in 1978 as head voicer and took over from Dennis Thurlow as Tonal Director in 1998, until retiring in 2018. His interest in organ building stems from his time as a choirboy at Wimborne Minster when he had organ lessons under David Blott and the firm of J.W. Walker & Sons rebuilt the organ. He subsequently served an apprenticeship with the Walker firm, eventually specialising in voicing. Guy has served on both the board and the accreditation committee of the Institute of British Organ Building. He now supports the firm part-time as a tonal consultant as required.