About Us

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About Us - Management Team
Our management team has over 200 years of collective foundry experience within Ballantine’s and many are 3rd or 4th generation foundry workers. All our management staff started their careers in house and worked up to the positions they are in today, learning a broad range of different skills and areas of proficiency along the way. Our wide range of technical and traditional skills gives us the ability to take on any contract, no matter how small or large.

Ian Ballantine
Managing Director

Ian has over 40 years of foundry experience and has been Managing Director of Ballantine Bo’ness Iron Foundry (BBI) for 30 years; employing just fewer than 100 people and managing an average yearly turnover of over £3 million. Ian is the key decision maker for both Ballantine Bo’ness Iron Co. and Ballantine Engineering and is responsible for the day to day running of the business element of the companies. With a lifetime of iron founding experience Ian has a vast technical understanding of wrought and cast irons, paints, stonework/masonry, restoration techniques, site assembly and the use of cast iron in modern construction and architecture. His passion lies in restoring Britain’s once great iron tradition and reinvigorating city landscapes with traditional British ironwork.

Please see our case studies section to see the range of projects Ian has completed in his life time.

Alan McGillivray
Works Manager

Alan has over 25 year’s foundry experience with Ballantines. Alan is in charge of the day to day running of all aspects of the foundry shop floor; this includes overseeing the furnaces (two 3 tonne electric Inductotherms), management of the 4 man maintenance team, management of the shop foreman and general control over Health and Safety practises in the workplace. Alan has worked in all aspects of the foundry and is qualified in almost every department – this experience proves invaluable due to the fluidity of his day to day duties. Alan is also the foundry’s Quality Assurance Manager and is the lead figure in the supervision and investigation of all metal related issues. As part of this role Alan is also responsible for achieving and maintaining the British Standard BSENISO9001/2008. In addition to this, Alan is the foundry’s chief metallurgist doing all the in house metal analysis and creating the individual charge sheets for different metal specifications in the furnaces. His strong ideals on quality assure that all the work we send out the door is of the highest quality.

Please see the metallurgy section to see the different grades of metals we are able to produce.

William Neill
Pattern Shop Manager

William has been with Ballantine’s for over 40 years and has 40 years of pattern making experience, 23 of which have been in a managerial capacity. Through experience and training William is the foundry’s lead figure in all technical aspects of ironwork whether it is ornamental, architectural or structural. William is involved at in every major job that comes through the foundry from the job’s conception until the final product. He is also responsible for all in-house design work and shop drawings and is a key pre-contract advisory consultant.

William’s experience and keen eye have proved a valuable asset in many contracts throughout the years and work that he has completed can be seen all over Scotland and indeed the world.

Please see out dedicated patternshop section to see the variety of pattern making skills we have in house,

Geddes Burns
Engineering Manager

Geddes in charge of the overall day to day running of Ballantine Engineering (Ballantine Engineering is a sister company to Ballantine Bo’ness Iron Co.) He has over 30 years experience in metalwork engineering and 19 years management experience running Ballantines. He is completely in charge of the entire workshop, the company spending, and is the overall decision maker in regards to the company’s production. Coming from an Engineering background at Kerse Engineering and Kingdom Engineering, Geddes has the breadth of experience to handle a vast array of jobs. Working with Ballantine Bo’ness Iron Co. Geddes is vastly experienced in engineering works consisting of both iron and steel.

Please see our dedicated Engineering section to see the scope of the work Geddes can carry out.

Brian Ballingall
Senior Contracts Manager

Brian is the Senior Contracts Manager dealing with all site work and site erection throughout the UK. With over 20 years of experience in metalworking fabrication and engineering Brian is a key voice in advising clients on all aspects of metal restoration and all other aspects of metalwork. He has experience managing an array of different projects ranging from railing reinstatements of up to 3 kilometres on undulating land, lighthouse erection, hanging 2 tonne gates,  installing spiral staircases and erecting bridges (Abercorn Bridge in Paisley and Tournament Bridge in Kilwinning being the two most recent examples.)

Brian carries out all initial site surveys for all projects detailing the scope of the work and the timescales of the project. These projects range from £10,000 to over £1,000,000. Brian also carried out much of the in-house CAD drawing for clients on certain projects.