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Meet the Team

 


 

Our longest serving team member!
Our longest serving team member! John Terry joined Gratnells in 1976

In February 2016 we were delighted to celebrate the occasion of John Terry's 40th year with Gratnells. John joined us as a sixteen year old trainee and has been with us ever since! Above is the group picture we took at the celebration. John is on the podium at the back.

Murray Hudson
Murray Hudson Managing Director & Chairman

Murray Hudson joined his father at Gratnells in 2000. He had previously obtained a Degree in Design Engineering and Manufacture at Loughborough University before working as a BBC journalist for 10 years.  He succeeded his father as Managing Director in April 2012. He is currently on both the Executive Council and Management Committee of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the UK trade body that represents school suppliers. He was chairman of the British Educational Furniture Manufacturers Group from 2012-2016. He lives in central Cambridge and when he is not supporting his son Rory on a kart track he is on his bike. 

Peter Mayo
Peter Mayo Financial Director & Company Secretary

Peter Mayo joined Gratnells in 1989 as an Accountant having spent the previous 8 years learning his trade in the travel, food manufacturing and engineering industries. When he doesn't have his head buried in the Financial Times he enjoys scuba diving, golf and watching all sports. Blue is definitely the colour!
 

Nick Pearch
Nick Pearch Non Executive Director

Nick joined Gratnells as Non-Executive Director in 2013. As well as attending monthly board meetings Nick works with the executive directors on the implementation of the company’s strategy. He has 12 years’ experience as an independent director on the boards of a variety of privately owned companies. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Dyson International and helped to grow Dyson into the internationally recognized brand it is today.

Carol H Scott
Carol H Scott Non Executive Director

Carol H Scott is a proactive and practical HR and Business Professional with over 25 years experience all the way up to Board level. Her aim is to ensure that employment law works to the benefit of the organisation and its employees. When Carol is not studying the latest changes to employment legislation, she can usually be found out riding on her horse.

Richard Picking
Richard Picking International Marketing Director

Richard has an extensive background in marketing, having worked around the world with blue chip companies such as Loctite and Ciba Geigy. Most recently he has been running his own digital marketing agency. He has recently joined Gratnells as Marketing Director for our UK and international markets.

Away from the office Richard is keen on bikes - both the pedal and the motor varieties.

 

Loic Jones
Loic Jones Operations Director

Loic joined us from Flaktwoods in Colchester where he was Operations Director.  His background is in Manufacturing and Quality in the HVAC and Automotive industries and he has over 25 years experience with various companies. Most of his spare time is split between helping to look after his four children and coaching the local kids football team.

Spencer Randon
Spencer Randon Commercial Director

Spencer is responsible for all the UK and International sales and business development for Gratnells. He has extensive experience in international markets having actively sold to over 50 countries in many different market sectors. Not surprisingly he counts overseas travel as one of his interests and is a lover of architecture and design. Spencer is a keen chef and when time permits still plays field hockey for his local team.

Ann Mitchell
Ann Mitchell Accounts and Office Manager

If you need to know anything about Gratnells products Ann Mitchell is the person to ask. Ann has been a key member of the Gratnells Customer Service team for 12 years. When not hard at work Ann enjoys walking and travelling. She is friendly and always willing to help so please call with any questions you may have.

Emily Byham
Emily Byham Marketing Coordinator

Emily is Gratnells' Marketing Coordinator. If you are interested in promotions with Gratnells or need any help with images, Emily is the person to contact. Outside of the office, Emily’s main passions are her dog, the great outdoors and photography. The majority of her spare time is spent exploring the UK’s coastal paths with her dog, capturing the wildlife and scenery as she goes.

Alan von Siegert
Alan von Siegert Product Manager

Alan is responsible for product management for new launches from Gratnells. He is currently working on the PowerTray and PowerTrolley, and other exciting new products to come. In the past Alan has devoted his time to working and volunteering in the third sector and most recently left Apple to start working for Gratnells. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and cycling.

Tariq Phillips
Tariq Phillips Business Development Manager

Tariq has recently joined Gratnells and is responsible for developing our UK markets. He has extensive knowledge in particular of the Education market, most recently at Kit for Kids. When not working he is shopping with his 15 year old daughter and also is a proud “Dad Taxi”!

A keen mixologist, (cocktail making) his favourite cocktail has to be a French Martini! He can be found at many BBQs and partys throughout the year. He also enjoys travelling, film, cooking and cars.

Tony Barron
Tony Barron Account Manager

Tony is responsible for UK sales development and looking after our key customers.  Tony lives in the historic town of Thaxted, North Essex in a 300 year old cottage full of oak beams and spiders. In his spare time he is involved in the local music scene which varies from Morris Men to rock bands.

Andrei Andronic
Andrei Andronic Area Sales Manager - Eastern Europe

Andrei is responsible for sales and business development into Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS countries. He has experience working in these markets and enjoys the challenge of bringing Gratnells products to them. He loves travelling, interacting with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and discovering new cuisines. In his spare time he enjoys long walks, cycling and baking.

Gordon Heitmann
Gordon Heitmann Area Sales Manager – Western Europe

Gordon comes from Hamburg, Germany and oversees existing customers and develops new clients in Western Europe. His previous experience in the Tramp Shipping industry allowed him to travel widely and to live and work in Germany, America, Cyprus and the UK.  In his spare time Gordon enjoys walking his three little “Cypriot” dogs on  the countryside of North Essex as well as BBQs on the weekends, always provided the weather permits.

Sam Lazkani
Sam Lazkani Area Sales Advisor - Rest of the World

Sam is originally from Syria and has joined the Gratnells Sales Team to oversee our long haul customers. He has travelled widely having lived in Syria, China, and the UK. He can speak Arabic and Chinese (Mandarin) so please do contact Sam for your requirements in those languages as well as English.  In his spare time Sam enjoys watching documentary films, painting, and printmaking (his love of art rivals his love of business!)

So-Hing Lam
So-Hing Lam Sales/Customer Administrator

So processes the UK Sales Orders and deals with any product and price queries that customers may have. In her spare time she is a qualified Complementary Therapist and a Hobbyist of Sugar Craft & Cake Decorating.

Morgan Taylor-Gomez
Morgan Taylor-Gomez Customer Service Advisor

Morgan is from Belgium and can speak to you in a variety of languages. He is fluent in French, English and German and can also speak Dutch and Spanish. When he's not busy on the phone at Gratnells, Morgan likes walking his dog, going to the cinema and dining with his partner.

Sabrina Polverino
Sabrina Polverino Customer Service Advisor

Sabrina has recently  joined the customer service team at Gratnells, having spent nine years in the field of dentistry. She is a lover of languages and is fluent in both Spanish and Italian. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, salsa dancing and spending time with her friends and family.

Marina Romiti
Marina Romiti Accounts Administration

Marina provides administration help to Peter and Ann in the accounts department and is responsible for processing invoices.  She is Italian, was born in Brazil and can speak a few languages (Spanish, Portuguese and French). Marina likes playing tennis and travelling in her spare time.

 

Peter Duff
Peter Duff Northern Ireland Agent

Peter is based in Belfast and has represented Gratnells since 1972. His talents include the design and marketing of contract furniture and storage, and he is a familiar figure in the planning departments of Local Authorities. His interests vary from landscape painting to assisting novices in his local rowing club. Contact him at any time - email peterduff1@btinternet.com or phone 0289 061 1601.

Kermitt 'Bernie' Bentham
Kermitt 'Bernie' Bentham Primary Manager

Kermitt is the person who makes sure all our metal products are produced to the highest quality standards. He has been a key member of the Gratnells team over 25 years. Not only does he make sure Gratnells products keep up our award-winning standards he continues his award-winning record on his days off. He is currently the Masters World Record holder for the 4 x 400 relay and the current European Champion 400m runner.

Steve Cadman
Steve Cadman Injection Moulding Manager

Steve is our injection moulding expert. He oversees our top of the range machinery and makes sure all our trays are produced to the highest possible quality. When he's not overseeing the pistons he can be found pumping iron at the gym.

Lukasz Kisielewski
Lukasz Kisielewski Production Engineer

Lukasz has worked as a Production Engineer at Gratnells for ten years now and is also a qualified car mecahnic. In his spare time, Lukasz enjoys motorsports.

Tiago Arun
Tiago Arun Warehouse Operator

Tiago has been working at Gratnells for a year as a Warehouse Operator. Tiago likes watching movies and spending time with his friends when he isn't working. 

Gavin Joyce
Gavin Joyce Primary Operator

Gavin has been working at Gratnells for 9 years, he works in the primary section as a Primary Operator. Gavin likes to go to the gym in his spare time and he also travels to London on the weekends. He sometimes enjoys eating out and watching new movies at the cinema. 

Stefanos Apostolidis
Stefanos Apostolidis Assembly

Stefanos has been working at Gratnells for 2 years as the Team Leader in the assembly area. In his spare time, Stefanos spends time with his children and enjoys football.

Bernard Gomes
Bernard Gomes Assembly

Bernard has been working at Gratnells for 16 long years and he works in the Primary Section in the assembly area. Bernard likes reading in his spare time and also likes to keep fit. 

Ben Morris
Ben Morris Mould Technician

Ben has worked at Gratnells for over 7 years now and works in Injection Moulding, Ben is a team leader and also a Mould Technician. In his spare time, he likes to go to the gym and play golf.

Daniel Gillies
Daniel Gillies Primary Section

Daniel joined Gratnells 3 years ago and works in the primary section, specifically focusing on sheet metal. In his spare time, Daniel likes to go to the cinema and play golf.

Darren Taylor
Darren Taylor Machine Operator

Darren Taylor has been at Gratnells for around 3 years now and is a Machine Operator in the injection moulding section. Darren likes motorbikes. 

Russell Abbott
Russell Abbott Spray Line Operative

Russell Abbott has been working at Gratnells since February 2004 and works as a Spray Line Operative in the primary section. In his spare time, Russell likes to watch horseracing and football and also likes to go fishing. 

Daniel Newman
Daniel Newman Injection Moulding

Daniel Newman has been working at Gratnells for 11 years and is the Team Leader in injection moulding. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys taking his dogs to the park.

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