Apprentice turned CEO, Bob Dartnell outlines plans for further investment in R&D talent throughout 2021


Apprentice turned CEO

Apprentice turned CEO celebrates 40-years at Foster+Freeman

Former apprentice turned CEO, Bob Dartnell, who recently celebrated 40 years’ service at foster+freeman has today outlined his plans for expansion in 2021 with a call for talented graduates and potential apprentices to join the ever-growing business.


Having joined the company straight out of school, Bob now holds the position of CEO at foster+freeman, where he continues to promote the value and importance of apprenticeships through the creation of new and exciting opportunities.

As a leading innovator within the field of forensic technology, foster+freeman invests heavily in the Research and Development of new products. The recruitment of new talent, who arrive with new skills and a fresh outlook, is a vital part of the R&D process helping to drive the creative process and bringing new energy to existing projects.

At a time when many UK manufacturers are shying away from investment, Foster+Freeman continues to oppose that trend by embarking on a recruitment drive that will enable the company to deliver a new generation of high-tech forensic science products to a global market.


Graduate Profiles:

Software Graduate Freddie


Graduate Software Engineer

"As part of my role, I’ve been heavily involved in developing a new mobile app, in conjunction with the new range of crime-lite products, and this involved building the app from scratch, creating design mock-ups, testing the software, and more. Although this is the first company I have worked for since graduating, the level of creativity and freedom to work on a variety of projects is ever-increasing and I look forward to seeing my skills develop further. "


Mechanical Graduate Jordan


Graduate Mechanical Engineer

"I joined f+f back in 2018 and was instantly given a high level of responsibility in assigned projects. I have been working alongside the head of Mechanical Design on the new Crime-lite accessory – the PRO-Vision Goggles. It was my role to not only assemble the product but design the product features to ensure the level of contrast and visibility when viewing evidence will redefine user expectations."


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