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.

<center>Tim Ansell</center>

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.

<center>Ian Gregory</center>

Ian Gregory

Service Manager

Ian has around 15 years of packaging machinery knowledge gained whilst working as an Operational Project Manager for UK based Premier Foods and previously Kraft Foods. With a football playing and ex-Royal Air Force background Ian has had careers in the UK, USA and Italy, however, having now settled in the UAE Ian is keen to continue to improve as a single handicap golfer.

<center>Abdul Sathar</center>

Abdul Sathar

Finance & Logistics Manager

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.

<center>Prakash Dsouza</center>

Prakash Dsouza

Service Supervisor

Prakash graduated as a Mechanical Engineer and with over 17 years of experience at Al Thika, is one of our longest serving employees. As our Service Supervisor, he has the responsibility of managing a team of dedicated electrical and mechanical technicians, assigning jobs based on their skill sets and his understanding of the customers’ requirements. Prakash’s is therefore a calming voice for our customers, being the first point of call for their service and maintenance needs.

Outside of work, Prakash enjoys listening to music and watching both Bollywood & Hollywood movies.
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