Designer    People 09 Oct 2017

Craig Nutter, Technical Director at ESSE Engineering discusses his long career within design

Craig Nutter, a Technical Director at ESSE Engineering Ltd who has worked at the company for over 35 years, tells us all about how he got into the industry and what inspires him.


Where are you from?  Earby.

Job title and length of time in the role:  Technical Director (5 Years).

Previous roles:  I’ve worked at ESSE since I left school; starting as an apprentice sheet metal worker in 1978, then progressed to Foreman and then Manager and now Director.

What made you choose a career in design?  I have always been interested in how things work and how they are put together.  This has led to a natural evolution from apprentice sheet metal worker to a more design-based role.

What is the best part of your job?  Getting to work with my hands and design and build new products.

What is the toughest part of your job?  Working to ever-changing regulations.

Which designer/product/building most inspires you and why?  Maurice Wilks (chief designer on the Land Rover Series 1). As a sheet metal worker, I have always loved the Land Rover design and build, has remained in production and relatively unchanged for over 60 years.

Which have been your favourite projects so far and why?  Grange/Manor/Priory Victorian fireplace and the Solo.  I have always liked the Victorian style design and these products I worked on were based on that style.  I still have one of each of these working in my house.

Who or what inspires you?  Family.

Current music choices:  Classic Pop music.

TV programmes you never miss:  I watch very little TV but I do enjoy documentaries programmes.

Favourite place in the world:  Lake District.

Best book you’ve ever read: Land Rover (The story of the car that conquered the world) Ben Fogle.

Which famous designer (past or present) would you most like to invite round for a cup of tea (and why)?  William Morris.  I have always liked his designs and they never seem to go out of fashion or style.

Outside of work, what’s your passion in life?  Land Rovers and Allotment.

Social media: love it or loathe it? If the former, which do you use?  Love it.  Use Facebook quite a bit but I don’t post on it much.

Which three words would you use to describe yourself?  Methodical, Practical and Technical.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?  When working on prototypes only change one thing at a time.  Otherwise, you won’t learn what change makes the required difference.