Expect the best, be the best, train the best

When you demand excellence, as we do, you know that everything rests on the people.

CPL is an award-winning company recognised for the capability of our expert and qualified engineers and the innovation and creativity of the entire work-force.

We work to specifications far beyond those expected of most engineers, so we invest in the training of our teams at all stages of their development with us. From apprenticeships to MBAs we tirelessly seek to learn, grow and improve … as individuals, as teams and as an organisation.

Our commitment to always being best in field, results in a dynamic and forward-thinking culture, rich in experience and manufacturing knowledge.

Being employed by Cambridge Precision Limited is a badge our people wear with pride. They know they are part of something unique, delivering to extreme standards for each and every client.

“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Will Durant (on Aristotle)

Nigel Rata

Chief Executive Officer

Nigel Rata Cambridge Precision Engineering

Having successfully run a laser processing business within the microelectronics industry, Nigel co-founded CPL in 1994, to offer a highly adaptive and expert resource to the emerging hi-tech engineering market. Driven by a desire to provide an unrivalled customer experience, Nigel directs the company’s commercial activities and has a watching brief over customer service and quality.

“Continuous enhancement of our service and product to meet and exceed customer expectations is paramount to our success.”

Richard Hefford-Hobbs


Richard Hobbs Cambridge Precision Engineering

Founder of Cambridge Precision Ltd (CPL), Richard is a successful professional manufacturing engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Qualified as a Manufacturing Engineer, he is engaged in numerous commercial, educational and voluntary endeavours to promote and support manufacturing, engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation. After completing a Master’s degree at UCL, he went up to Oxford to read for a MSt in the History of Design. Richard is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the  Royal Microscopical Society (RMS).

He believes strongly that “The impossible can be achieved when freedom of design, partners with the strict principles of engineering and modern technological capability.”

Tony Murray

Commercial Director

Tony Murray Cambridge Precision Engineering

Tony has been with the company since 1995, and has been key to shaping the culture of the business and developing capabilities. He believes that everything in business is about trust and confidence. This commitment to customer collaboration has seen Tony’s career develop hand in hand with CPL’s evolution into a global manufacturing asset.

“Partnership is the only basis on which you can really build good business relationships. We need to put ourselves in the shoes of our clients and work with them to overcome design, delivery, stock management issues and ensure that our production is spot-on.” 

Nick Raven

Operations Director

Nick Raven Cambridge Precision Engineering

Nick has worked with CPL since 1995, joining initially as a CNC Miller, to then become the section leader for the company’s very first machining centre.   He is now one of the four key strategic managers of the business, having studied with the CMI and then completing an MBA. Nick is a “chartered manager”, (the highest level of CMI accreditations), having built upon his practical experience with management training to complement his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications.

“Our engineering capability is second to none and we invest in personnel, capital equipment and technology to keep it that way.”



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