Company overview

Pyroban is a specialist manufacturer of explosion protection equipment that is safe for use in hazardous environments. Headquartered in Shoreham-by-Sea with operations in the Netherlands and China, it provides explosion protected materials, handling equipment, engines and engine conversion kits.

Brief & process

The business was recently acquired by SEA Equity, and Directorbank’s Simon Thomas was approached during the pre-deal stage to source a proven, PE-experienced CEO to support the existing management team and drive growth.

Due to the strength of Directorbank’s network and the team’s candidate knowledge, Simon was able to identify six high-calibre individuals within 48 hours. Four of these candidates were then interviewed by the client culminating in the successful appointment of Brian Quarendon. 


Brian has a proven track record of building PE-backed, international engineering businesses both organically and through M&A. Previously he was Group CEO of Industrial Acoustics Company, the private equity-backed provider of noise and acoustic control solutions, where he delivered year-on-year profitable growth taking revenues from £28m to £200m during his tenure.