Penso British Engineering

Driven by industry knowledge

Penso was established in 2000 by Daniel Hurcombe and David Roche, two experienced manufacturing professionals with a background in design, finite analysis and composites.

The duo, who had worked in senior roles on automotive, F1 and Indy Car projects, spotted a niche in the marketplace to use their skills and contacts to create a UK-based engineering solutions provider that could respond quickly to the changing dynamics of global industry.

They quickly recognised the need to surround themselves with experts in their field, leading to the creation of a senior management team that, today, are crucial to delivering our anticipated growth.

Find out more about the key figures behind the business…

Daniel Hurcombe

Daniel Hurcombe

Managing Director

Experience: 25 years working within the automotive sector, including Managing Director of Bertrandt UK.
Skills: Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Project Management.

Dave Roche

David Roche

Technical Director

Experience: 20 years working across Formula 1, IndyCar and providing consultancy to automotive OEMs
Skills: Finite element analysis and composites


Jevon Thurston-Thorpe

Operations Director

Experience: 30 years experience, including holding MD positions at London Taxi International and Modec
Skills: Industrial Design and Transportation

Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Marketing and Sales Director

Experience: 20 years within automotive and engineering and key figure in securing recent projects for Jaguar and Land Rover. Prokurist at Bertrandt
Skills: Business Development in automotive engineering services

Chris H. Siedler

Finance Director

Experience: Over 25 years of experience mainly in the construction and automotive industries, proven track record of successfully leading groups and enterprises as CFO in an international environment
Skills: Business development and optimisation


Do you have an engineering project that could benefit from our wide-ranging expertise and proven track record?



P+Z Engineering officially formed in the UK


Management buy-out of P+Z


Rebranded as Penso Consulting


Specialist vehicle manufacturing project secured for Mercedes-Benz to customise Vito taxis for London


Penso achieves ISO/TS16949 accreditation


Duke of York visits Penso’s Coventry site as an example of best practice manufacturing


Penso hits the 100 employee mark after winning a number of new contracts


Second factory opened in Coventry, providing a dedicated production line for the Mercedes-Benz Vito taxi


New design and technical office opened in Brentwood, London


£8.5m invested in new composite technology production capacity, including dedicated tool room, hot compression moulding and HP RTM.


Strategic agreement with Pricol Technologies of India signed and new office opened


3,500 Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi rolls off the production line


Cytec reinforces its position as a key composites partner in the serial automotive market by acquiring an equity position in Penso