our story.

PDV was founded in 1990 by David and Anne Platts. Over David's career, he gave back to the industry by mentoring and providing opportunities and internships for the next generation of process engineers. Prior to his retirement, David was awarded the prestigious CHEMECA medal for his outstanding contribution to the service of chemical engineering in 2018.

Today, the team is led by Gerard O'Connor who took over as managing director in November 2018. Gerard balances setting strategy and business objectives and monitoring performance while retaining a ‘hands on’ role as a Principal Engineer. In this role, Gerard enjoys maintaining relationships with clients and mentoring new engineers and lending his expertise, particularly in the design of evaporators, lactose and infant formula plants. Under Gerard’s leadership, PDV Consultants has grown its team. The UK team now includes mechanical as well as process engineering expertise, and the NZ team now offers electrical engineering and control systems services. While our leadership may have changed, and our team and the reach of the business continues to grow – some things stay the same. Our focus continues to be on delivering innovative processes, collaborative design and exceptional value, while providing the high level of service and expertise our global clients have come to expect.

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Our Company Values

We continue to live our core values as a company and you can experience this first-hand when you engage and work with us at PDV.