Meet the Team

Between us, we have over 200 years’ experience in the Automotive and Industrial Oil business. You could say that the Optimum Oils team has seen it all in over 20 years in business, but we know that there’s always more to learn about making your business better.

We each bring individual talents and we all share the same drive and passion for problem solving, continual improvement and customer service.

Nice to meet you.

  • Cliff Thrussell
    Managing Director

    Cliff originally trained as a mechanical engineer who later became a technical teacher before moving into the Lubricants Industry. He has held Sales, Senior Management and Director status positions with a number of major international oil companies for the past 30 years.

  • James Bayliss
    Business Development Director

    James is a mechanical engineer who has held Sales, Sales Management and European key Account Management roles with major international oils companies for almost 25 years.

  • Ian Moore
    Quality & Technical Manager

    Ian is a mechanical engineer with 10 years’ experience as a production and tooling engineer. He worked for an international automotive component manufacturer before moving to a major international oil company where he served as a Lubrication Engineer, Engineering Manager and Project Manager for 23 Years.

  • Bob Stoker
    Automotive Director

    Bob is a mechanical engineer who has been in the Automotive and Industrial Lubricants business for the last 30 years. He has served in a number of roles including production, distribution, commercial and sales including Key Account Management in a number of national and international oil companies.

  • Tom Stoker
    Business Development Manager (South)

    Tom is a mechanical engineer with a BA Honours Degree in Business Management & CIM Diploma in Marketing. He has held various positions including Customer Service, Sales, Business Development and Operations Management in Chemical and Oil Industries

  • David Gabbott
    Area Sales Manager (South)

    David is a mechanical and production engineer who has held various positions including Customer Services Manager at an international power generation company before taking on technical and sales roles at national and international oil companies for the past 15 years.

  • Liam Wayne
    Area Sales Manager (North)

    Liam joins Optimum in a developmental Area Sales Management role. Liam has a background in sales in the automotive industry and is part of our commitment for continuous improvement and investment in people for the future of our business.