Chris Thompson has managed and invested in over 40 engineering and manufacturing companies in the past 30 years and has personally built an extensive portfolio of engineering and service sector investments, known in the market place as “Express Group”.

The growth of this investment portfolio has been fuelled by start-up businesses, acquisitions and joint ventures. Shareholder value has been generated and realised through the addition and disposal of several companies within the aerospace and defence, medical and scientific and oil and gas sectors.

Current investments employ more than 2,000 people, are based in North East England, and provide a diverse range of services including component manufacture and assembly, precision engineering, digital media and banking.

Chris’ knowledge of business and the investment/divestment cycle has transformed Express Group’s balance sheet and the financial returns for partners and colleagues.


Express Engineering

Director & Shareholder (Former Chairman)

Express Engineering has an international reputation for unrivalled precision engineering quality, service, experience and best-in-class processes.


Chairman & Shareholder

Mediaworks is a full service digital marketing agency specialising in Design, Development, SEO and PPC.

Avid Technology

Shareholder (Former Chairman)

Avid Technology provides electrification solutions for ancillaries of heavy duty diesel engines.

Omega Plastics

Chairman & Shareholder

Omega Plastics provides high-quality prototyping tooling and moulding solutions for plastic components.

Quartztec Europe

Director & Shareholder

Quartztec provides quartz products for the semiconductor manufacture sector.

Atom Bank

Founder Investor

Atom Bank is a digital challenger bank based in the North East.