John Lawrie Tubulars Team

Iain Bell – UK Sales and Purchasing Manager

Iain Bell is UK Sales and Purchasing Manager with John Lawrie Tubulars Ltd based in Montrose, Scotland. We’re proud to say Iain has been a key part of the team for 8 years. Today Iain takes us behind the scenes, shares insight into the daily work that makes him proud and provides key advice for those who aspire to work in the industry.

Have you always worked in the tubulars industry?

No, I am actually a joiner by trade. I did that for 13 years before joining John Lawrie Tubulars.

What does your job entail?

I am the focal point for any rail and overseas enquires. I also assist in the logistical side of collecting any purchased material, organising customs clearances and anything else that is required.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I really enjoy being part of the team at John Lawrie Tubulars and getting involved in the tendering for big projects.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Multi-tasking when you are working on a tender and then another four things require your urgent attention.

What do you like most about your job?

Being part of a company that is the best at what it does.

What are you most proud of as part of your job?

I would say I am most proud of what I have achieved since starting with the company. Coming from a construction background to being office based and having never seen a steel tube before was a big decision for me.

Do you have any achievements you’d like to highlight?

I don’t really like speaking about myself but becoming the UK Sales and Purchasing Manager was a big moment for me.

What advice do you have for those who aspire to work in the industry?

For me, it is all about the willingness to learn – keep your eyes and ears open and just keep absorbing information.

Where are you from?


Where did you go to school?

Forfar Academy.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I enjoy spending time with my family and working on or riding my motorbikes.


Gaming and Swimming.

What’s your favourite sport, if any?

MotoGP and NBA.

Who or what inspires you?

I take inspiration from many people, but my family is where I would say I get most of my inspiration from.

Coffee or tea?