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Meet the Team

Murray Hudson
Murray Hudson Managing Director & Chairman

Murray Hudson joined 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 with his daughter Olivia. Murray is qualified as a bike mechanic. 

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.

Anthony Byrne
Anthony Byrne Product Manager

Anthony looks after existing ranges and developing new products for both the UK and export markets. He has a history of working in product management and marketing roles internationally and speaks French, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese. Away from the office, Anthony is usually found in the kitchen, cooking something Italian or Thai.

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.

Chloe Winyard
Chloe Winyard Marketing Assistant

Chloe has completed a Marketing apprenticeship in London gaining lots of valuable skills. When she’s not in the office she enjoys walking her dog and is a keen horse rider -  having been brought up on a farm Chloe just simply loves the outdoors!

Amy Collins
Amy Collins Digital Marketing Executive

Amy joined Gratnells as our Digital Marketing Executive and brings with her an extensive knowledge of all things social media and video production. When not at work, you’ll most likely find her enjoying live music, spending time in London or chilling out with her Godson.

Tariq Phillips
Tariq Phillips Business Development Manager

Tariq 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.

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.

Luigi Ghezzi
Luigi Ghezzi Area Sales Manager - Western Europe

Luigi is responsible for sales and business development into Western Europe. His expertise spans many different market sectors (from design to the wine industry). He can’t live without good music and travelling. If you need some advice about real italian pizza, he is the man.

Tatiana Olivo
Tatiana Olivo eCommerce & Sales Support

Tatiana joined Gratnells as eCommerce & Sales Support and her goal is to add value to the Sales and Marketing team.  Her passion is to travel and explore the world, but she always finds time to fly back home in El Salvador to spend time with her family.

Sally Fry
Sally Fry Customer Services Manager

Sally joined Gratnells from Eaton Electric to head up our Customer Services team. She brings 18 years experience in customer services management and a degree in human resources. Her passion at work is people, behaviour and culture while her passion outside of work is  travel - she has been all over the world, but her favourite place is Thailand.

Fiona Willicombe
Fiona Willicombe Customer Service Team Leader

Fiona has joined Gratnells as our customer service team leader, brininging with her 10 years of experience in customer services. In her spare time Fiona enjoys travelling, swimming, baking and spending time with family and friends. 

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.

Mark Esler
Mark Esler Technical Customer Service Adviser

Mark has joined the customer services team with a great knowledge of engineering having spent three and a half years managing ETO projects going into the middle east and India. He has a psychology degree from Bangor University and in his spare time loves playing golf and going to the cinema with his wife.

Sabrina Polverino
Sabrina Polverino Customer Service Advisor

Sabrina is a vital part of 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 Ruiz
Marina Ruiz 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.

Philip McGowan
Philip McGowan Injection Moulding Manager

Phil is our injection moulding technical manager. He helps to oversee quality control and tooling as well as managing and helping our apprentices to develop their skills, when Phil isn't at the moulding machines he likes going to gigs, playing guitar and spending quality time with his family.  

Ben Morris
Ben Morris Injection Moulding Team Leader

Ben is one of our Injection moulding team leaders, in his spare time he enjoys going to the gym and spending time with his family, he has two sons. When he is at work Ben runs the plants and machinery and keeps everything in check he is also doing a 2365 electrical installations course which will help him in his role. 

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.

Daniel Newman
Daniel Newman Production Engineer

Daniel Newman has been working at Gratnells for over 11 years and is the Production Engineer, Dan is responsible for evaluating current production activities and making recommendations for improvements. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys taking his dogs to the park.

Lee Wood
Lee Wood Quality Engineer

Lee is here so that the customer can be assured that they receive good quality products; as well as ensuring our processes are as lean and robust as possible to provide great value, and great lead times. Lee’s background is within the Aerospace industry, with an extensive knowledge of compliance to International Standards and Regulatory requirements. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family.

Adrian Cook
Adrian Cook Logistics Manager

Adrian makes sure all your orders are dispatched to you as smoothly and quickly as possible. Originally from Cleethorpes, he has lived in South Africa for the past 10 years and has a background in warehousing, sales management and logistics. Adrian is married with one child and loves sport particularly cricket and football.


Simon Ellis
Simon Ellis Logistics Team Leader

Simon is one of our Logistics team leaders, he is originally from Devon, Simon has two daughters who he loves very much and he spends most of his time outside of work taking his daughters to various different activities apart from when he is cooking. When he is at work Simon spends his time running the team, helping them with any issues and solving any queries. 

Leigh March
Leigh March Stock Controller

Leigh has joined Gratnells as our Stock Controller he is responsible for controlling the stock levels in the warehouse making sure we have stock avaliable for you. In his spare time Leigh likes to play golf, snooker and occasionally pops down the gym mainly to have a go at the vending machine. 

Mark Woods
Mark Woods Logistics Operator

Mark is one of our logistics operatives, he loves sports and in his younger days was a keen runner and even conquered the London marathon, Mark now runs part time and enjoys football, pool and darts as well. 

Dean Bird
Dean Bird Logistics Operator

Dean is one of our logistics operatives, outside of work he likes to play computer games and take his dog for walks he also likes to spend time with his mum. At work you will find him operating a forklift helping to keep the stock organised.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin Logistics Operator

Steve is a part of our logistics team, he helps with picking and packing orders. When he is not at work he enjoys watching football. 

Bradley White
Bradley White Logistics Operator

Bradley is part of our logistics team, he helps to ensure that orders are packed and sent correctly and on time. When Bradley isn't at work he likes playing on his PS4.  

Adam Brewinski
Adam Brewinski Logistics Operator

Adam works in logistics, he can usually be found on a forklift sorting pallets full of trays, he is also responsible for packing orders and making sure they are correct. In his spare time Adam likes to visit his family in Poland whenver he can.  

Patrick Orange
Patrick Orange Logistics Operator

Patrick is one of our logistics operators, in his spare time he likes spending time with his family and is a coach for a local youth football team. 

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. 

Peter Allison
Peter Allison Spray Line Operative

Peter is one of our spray line operatives and a long serving memeber of the team, he is a family man who loves working and keeping himself busy.

Daniel Gillies
Daniel Gillies Primary Operator

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.

Russell Abbott
Russell Abbott Primary Operator

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. 

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. 

Jenny Mann
Jenny Mann Primary Operator
Jenny's main responsibilities are to ensure that packaging specifications are met by inspecting the quality of materials and presenting the products ready for the Logistics team to transit to our customers. In her spare time Jenny loves to cook. 
Dave Maddison
Dave Maddison Injection Moulding Operator

Dave works in our injection moulding section and works hard to make sure that trays are transported and stored in the right places as well as running our scrap process. When he is not at work Dave enjoys watching football and spending quality time with his family. 

Reginald Coker
Reginald Coker Injection Moulding Operator

Reg works in our injection moulding section, he makes sure that the lines are tipped and the trays are up to standard, when he is not working Reg enjoys football. 

Jamie Berry
Jamie Berry Injection Moulding Apprentice

Jamie is one of our injection moulding apprentices he has already proved to be a vital part of the team and is looking forward to learning all there is to know about injection moulding. When he is not at work Jamie is a keen rugby player.

Thomas Fry
Thomas Fry Injection Moulding Apprentice

Thomas is one of our injection moulding apprentices, proven to be a key member of the team Thomas is looking forward to being able to operate the machines. When he isn't at work Thomas likes to play football 

Sam Nkorongo
Sam Nkorongo Primary Apprentice

Sam is our primary apprentice, he works mainly on the welding robots and is keen to learn lots more about our primary section. In his spare time Sam likes to play cricket. 

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!


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