Meet the Team
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 has spent nine years (2019-2019) on the board of BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association), the UK trade body that represents school suppliers. He was chairman of the British Educational Furniture Manufacturers Group from 2012-2016 but is still currently a member. Murray is also on the Equipment Manufacturers council of the US Education suppliers trade body EdMarket. He lives in central Cambridge and when he is not supporting his son Rory on a kart track, his daughter Olivia in the swimming pool, he is on his bike.
Gavin controls the day to day finance function and leads the way on the new ERP system. He has over 12 years' accounting experience, most of which was as a financial controller in the consumer electronics distribution/manufacturing industry. He is a people person and spends most of his spare time entertaining his children.
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 many 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.
Non Executive Director
John joined the Gratnells board in November 2019 as a Non Executive Director. John is an experienced Management Consultant and Finance professional with additional expertise in Strategic Planning and Management Processes.
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 was responsible for all the UK and International sales and business development for Gratnells. He had extensive experience in international markets having actively sold to over 50 countries in many different market sectors. Sadly Spencer passed away in November 2022 and is much missed.
Head of Sales
Mark is responsible for the sales, and team development at Gratnells. He has extensive experience and success developing brand strategies, delivering sales plans, and coaching teams to achieve their goals predominately within the consumer tech and lifestyle space. On days off Mark loves to get out on his mountain bike and play and watch sport. Mark has twin girls that keep him busy yet entertained.
Head of Marketing
Lynn is an award winning marketer who has recently joined Gratnells. She brings 20 years’ experience across a wide variety of businesses, from SMEs to large corporates, and diverse sectors from healthcare, FMCG and luxury retail & fashion brands. Outside of work Lynn enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
ERP System Manager
Bhupendra Joined Gratnells in March 2021. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to help develop the ERP system and automation across the Company having spent over 35 years in IT. In his spare time, he enjoys playing squash and keeping fit.
Accounts and Office Manager
If you need to know anything about Gratnells products Ann is the person to ask. Ann has been a key member of the Gratnells Accounts team for many 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.
Oliver joined Gratnells in 2021 as our Management Accountant. Outside work he likes travelling and spending time with family and friends as well as going to the gym or playing golf.
Jenny provides administration help to Peter and Ann in the accounts department and is responsible for processing invoices. In her spare time Jenny loves to cook.
Chris is Gratnells resident new product designer. He is the brains behind all of our recent product launches from the entire Callero range through to the Gratnells Rover and Gratnells PowerTray. He has most recently designed the award-winning Gratnells MakerSpace Trolley.
Learning Rooms Leader and Planning Learning Spaces in Practice Director
Bhavini has been a primary school teacher for the past 6 years in Cambridge. She has a passion for teaching and learning and is always keen to extend her knowledge about all things education related. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new places.
Ecommerce and Web Performance Manager
Paula has extensive marketing experience and looks after our websites and ecommerce function at Gratnells. In her spare time she likes traveling to Ireland and further afield, and spending time with friends and family.
Digital Content Coordinator
Amy is our Digital Content Coordinator and has an extensive knowledge of all things 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.
New Business and Key Accounts Manager (Nordics, Eastern Europe and Near East)
Andrei is responsible for sales and business development into Eastern Europe, Nordics and the Near East 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.
New Business and Key Accounts Manager (Asia Pacific)
Andrew is responsible for sales and business development into Asia-Pacific. He is a fluent Chinese Mandarin speaker and, having spent the majority of his professional career out in Asia, lives and breathes the Asian market. Andrew has a true passion for adventure and culture, if he’s not physically on a motorbike, then he is planning for the next time he is.
Account Manager - Export
Viktoria joined the Sales Team at Gratnells in August 2019. She spent a few years in Austria, Germany and Switzerland before she moved to the UK. Viktoria aims to ensure customer satisfaction and is responsible for our existing and new contacts. In her spare time she likes cooking, travelling and improving her crochet skills.
Head of Customer Services
Michael is the head of our helpful Customer Service team. He brings significant customer service experience to our team. In his spare time he likes spending time with his children.
Customer Service Advisor
Shannon has joined our Customer Service team bringing previous experience of sales within the hospitality industry. Outside work she has many interests, she is a dog lover, loves horse riding and is a qualified swimming instructor.
Customer Service Advisor
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.
Export Shipping Administrator
Rachel looks after export shipping for Gratnells. In her spare time she enjoys socialisng with friends.
Customer Service Advisor
Wes has worked in customer service for 20 years including being Front of House Duty Manager for the biggest handling agent at Stansted Airport. Wes enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and friends, going out for meals, travel, film and many genres of music. He enjoys watching football and follows American Football and attends matches when the International Series comes to the UK.
Customer Service Advisor
Sabrina 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.
Customer Service Advisor
Cem has experienced 20 years in customer service including working as a Financial Specialist in London and Senior HR & Compliance in the energy sector. Cem enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys live music events.
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.
Technical Customer Service Advisor
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.
Kermitt 'Bernie' Bentham
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.
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.
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.
Luca is Logistics Co-Ordinator in the Logistics department, overseeing the departmental administrative tasks & the daily operations and productivity on the shop floor. Outside work Luca loves learning new things, taking inspiration from his Sicilian background when cooking, gaming, listening to music and looking after his cat, Koga.
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.
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 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.
Stefanos works at Gratnells as the Team Leader in the assembly area. In his spare time, Stefanos spends time with his children and enjoys football.
Daniel Newman has been working at Gratnells for over a decade and works in the Primary Section. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys taking his dogs to the park.
Steve joined Gratnells as part of the logistics team to maintain and improve our delivery performance by controlling our stock levels and stock data accuracy. His background in purchasing, material control and production planning help him to have the correct stock available at the right time to meet demand. Outside of work Steve’s two sons have recently flown the nest, he now finds time to grow a variety of chillis in his garden and watch a good boxset or film with his wife.
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.
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.
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 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.