Meet the team


As well as our large team of fully qualified engineers we also have staff behind the scenes. Find out more about some of them below...

Simon Sheppard

Managing Director

As a family business, I started working at Royale when I was 17 as an apprentice, I stayed at Royale for 10 years but then left with my brother to start our own business, primarily concentrating on air conditioning. We ran a successful air conditioning business for many years carrying out a wide variety of projects from small domestic to large industrial, during this time we accumulated a good customer base through workmanship and recommendation. In 2014 we were then approached to return to Royale, this was when both companies merged and Royale become a family business once again. Both myself and my brother now run the business whilst my father heads towards retirement with his feet up in Madeira.

In my spare time I enjoy renovating and tuning cars, also travelling the UK with friends racing around the best UK circuits such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

James Sheppard

Technical Director

I joined the family business when I was 17 and worked for a number of years as an engineer before leaving to start an Air conditioning service and installation company with my brother. After building a successful business we had the opportunity of returning to Royale and merged both companies.

After 20yrs on the road as an engineer I now work in the office running the business with my brother.

Outside of work I enjoy football, boxing, music and travelling.

Gary Millard

Commercial Director

I started off at Royale as an Engineer Apprentice where I worked my way to Service Supervisor. In 2011, I left Royale to set up my own company and work for myself where I was able to gain invaluable business knowledge and contacts. During this time I was approached by Celtherm to become Project Manager, giving me an opportunity to learn a new aspect of the industry and gain a wealth of experience in designing and delivering cold room projects. I came back to Royale in 2017 where I'm now Commercial Director bringing in service contracts and project work - delivering some amazing installations!

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to gigs, keeping fit, playing and watching football and boxing.

Steven Crocker

Service Director

I started at Royale when I was 16 years old, I have been at the company now for 28 years. I started as a apprentice working my way up to Senior Engineer, I am now Service Director and my role now is in the office to oversee the service department and the engineers. 

In my spare time I enjoy playing cricket, golf and watching most sports

Angella Kalikwani

Accounts Assistant

I have been working at Royale since 2015. Royale gave me the opportunity of working in the Accounts department just after I had completed my AAT Level 3, without any experience.  With all the support and training acquired whilst working at Royale they have helped me grow in my career. I love my job and look forward to further progress. 

In my free time I enjoy being around people, laughing, cooking and partying. 


Hannah Minhinnett

Service Supervisor

I joined Royale in 2019 after past experiences in admin and service roles. Since working at Royale I have witnessed that every day is not the same with different challenges to face. With the support and opportunity from Royale I have now gained a new role of Service Supervisor. I love my job and the team at Royale and am hoping to gain further opportunities going forward.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and also watching football and F1.

Liam Madden

Contracts Manager

I joined Royale in 2016 from a background in training new staff at ING Direct UK and working as a Housing Officer at West Berkshire Council. It was a fresh challenge in a sector that was all new to me and every day is different as a Contracts Manager for Royale!

In my spare time I enjoy music, running, cycling and generally trying to keep the body ticking! I also keep myself occupied with football, NFL and Rugby - Pretty hard to keep track at times! 

Sarah Millard

Business Development Manager

I started at Royale in 2021, bringing a wide range of skills and knowledge from a career in external and internal communications, marketing and event and project managment. As a new member of staff I am looking forward to life at Royale and the new challenges it has to offer.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, good food, live music, reading, being outdoors and pottering around at my allotment. 

Sean Egan

Service Manager

After leaving the printing industry of nearly 14 years, I joined Royale in 2014 to pursue a new career and have worked my way to Service Manager. I deal with the daily pre-planned works as well as the reactive service calls, it certainly makes life interesting at Royale! Working alongside a great team it has been great to see the company go from strength to strength.

Out of work I enjoy time with my family and have a passion for motorsport especially F1 and cooking.