Learn about our Team and Culture

We are a team of dedicated professionals, committed to helping our customers achieve commercial success.

<center>Ian Barker</center>

Ian Barker

Managing Director

Throughout his career, Ian has specified and sold capital equipment to industrial users. His first 12 years were in the materials handling industry, working first for a major UK forklift manufacturer before spending 5 years managing the sales operations of their Saudi Arabian distributor. On his return to the UK, he joined a well-known coding equipment manufacturer, managing existing distributors and establishing new routes to overseas markets. He returned to the Middle East in 1991 to set up their regional headquarters in Dubai, before leaving them to set up the business which would become Al Thika Packaging.

Ian was until recently a successful cross-country rally driver and continues to be active in the local motorsports scene. He is also a moderately talented guitarist.

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Tim Ansell

Sales Director

Tim originally trained as an aircraft engineer at the R.A.E. in Farnborough, UK, but soon moved into a career in technical sales. After establishing a U.S. distributor network for a British instrumentation company, a chance meeting with Ian Barker was to change both their lives. Tim moved to Dubai to work alongside Ian in the coding and marking industry, then five years later relocated to Sydney, Australia where again, he established and built up the direct sales and service operations of a British machinery manufacturer. When the opportunity arose in 1999 to become a business partner at Al Thika Packaging, Tim and his family returned to the U.A.E.

Outside of work Tim is a keen wildlife and motorsports photographer and freelance writer, contributing regularly to automotive and B2B magazines.

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Craig Russell

General Manager - ME

Formerly with Heat & Control, Ishida and GEA, Craig joined Al Thika with over 22 years of food processing & packaging experience..

<center>Ravi Shetty</center>

Ravi Shetty

Export Sales Manager - ME

Ravi has worked in the print and packaging industry in the Middle East for more than 25 years, 16 of which have been with Al Thika Packaging. His success in business development has been a core part of our company’s growth, predominantly in our export markets. In particular, Ravi has developed expert knowledge of packaging and process solutions required by the date fruit industry. He is a frequent traveller and fluent in several languages, including Arabic.

To relax, Ravi loves spending time hiking in mountains and scenic areas.

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Rick Carless

Project Manager - ME

Ex Astra Zeneca, Smurfit Kappa and Proseal Rick has over 20 years involvement in polymer and paper based packaging solutions for food and pharmaceutical applications. Rick has gained an extensive knowledge of material behaviors including the automated handling characteristics of these materials, he can therefore provide highly efficient solutions fit for purpose following strict development and innovation protocols. Managing expectations by involving all stakeholders in projects from the start to invoke global understanding of all elements required to grow a successful collaborative project. Also a former rally and racing driver who has previously represented Great Britain in long distance F class target shooting.

<center>Abdul Sathar</center>

Abdul Sathar

Finance & Logistics Manager - ME

A commerce graduate with an extensive knowledge and more than 20 years’ experience in accounts, administration & logistics, working with Al Thika for the last 15 years with a proactive view in dealing with customers , suppliers and other related parties. Abdul Sathar is handling all our government related works like licensing, visa processing of the employees etc.

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Rob Jones

Service Manager - ME

Rob has more than 30 years of technical service experience in the print and packaging industry, having managed distributors and customers in over 90 countries; he has been involved with technical support in the Middle East for the last 10 years. Rob began his career at Tetra Pak in Australia, prior to relocating to the UK, then the Czech Republic for GEW(EC) Ltd., before joining Al Thika in 2013. His experience has given him understanding of the necessity for proactive service which meets the individual customer’s needs and developing tailor made service solutions through close interaction with clients.

In his free time, Rob enjoys travelling, spending time with the family at the nearest beach and jet skiing.