Steve Foster retires after 46 years at P&V

Steve Foster retired from Padley & Venables last week after more than 46 years’ service, joining us in September 1975 as a ‘Craft Apprentice’.

After finishing his apprenticeship in 1978 he became a Setter in our now obsolete Coal Cutter Section.

In 1980 he became a Skilled Machinist  in our also now obsolete, Percussive Bits section.

In 1987 he was promoted to Foreman in the General Machine Shop, over the years gaining experience in every department except the Carburiser.

In 2002 to Quality Manager Designate, naturally migrating to Padley & Venables Quality Manager.

Steve travelled internationally for the business to help our customers.

In the last few years Steve has reduced his working hours gradually but has been overseeing and bringing to fruition various projects including the purchase and installation of new plant and equipment.


Steve has been a great servant to the company, a fantastic colleague to work alongside and he will be greatly missed by us all!


We wish him well for a long, happy and fun filled retirement.