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.
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. Unfortunately Peter passed away on 21 September 2019. He is hugely missed.
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.
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 additioinal expertise in Strategic Planning and Management Processes.
Non Executive Director
Paula Minowa has held senior roles at Boots and Asda before becoming Managing Director at Ann Summers, CEO of Strauss Innovation in Germany and COO at Moss Bros. Paula has lived and worked in Japan, Taiwan and Germany, has a smattering of Japanese, basic French and fluent German. She now lives in the Surrey countryside where she walks, indulges her photography hobby and can be seen on a pretty regular basis at the local gym.
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 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 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.
Interim Commercial Director
Ceri Stone has joined us from Smart Kids UK Ltd where he was Managing Director for eleven years and a very proactive customer of Gratnells. Ceri initially comes from a travel industry background and has worked in the education supplies industry for the last twenty years. His experience is in leadership, sales, marketing and outstanding customer service. Away from work Ceri likes to run Ironman triathlons and has cycled the Tour De France for charity in 2019 for pleasure and he is a trustee of Swansea City for torment. He is also the author of a mediocre travel book called Indian Summer.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony is our Product Manager, looking 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.
Learning Rooms Leader
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.
Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator
Emily is Gratnells' Marketing Coordinator and Graphic Designer. 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.
Digital Marketing Executive
Amy is 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.
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.
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.
Customer Success Manager
Tatiana ensures accurate and full client onboarding of new accounts and enhancing customer experience. Working with existing and new customers to maximise Gratnells’ product representation. She enjoys travelling solo or with family, and is well known for preferring winter and snow over sunny destinations.
Sales Support Advisor
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 the UK. In her spare time she likes cooking, travelling and improving her crochet skills.
Customer Service Team Leader
Fiona has joined Gratnells as our customer service team leader, bringing 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 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.
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
Rachel is a key member of our Customer Service team and will be happy to help you with any queries relating to your UK, France or Germany orders. Rachel speaks fluent French and good German. When not at work Rachel looks after her two pet rats - George and Michael
Customer Service Advisor
Maria joined us in Oct 2018 and has worked in the Education sector before managing Middle East accounts. Maria also worked in Egypt and Dubai for one month training new staff as part of a handover process. Maria loves everything from belly dancing to rock choir and is kept busy by her three grown up children.
Customer Service Advisor
Katherine joined us in Feb 2019 and is used to working in fast paced environments, which is good as she will manage customer accounts in the Eastern European, Australian and New Zealand sectors. Her favourite holiday destination is Disney World Florida, which is a good thing as we all think she looks like Merida from the film Brave.
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.
Technical Engineering Advisor
Callum joined in October 2019 after graduating with a Master’s degree in engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys attending Leicester City matches as well as watching baseball
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.
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.
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 Production Engineer
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 whenever he can.
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.
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.
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. In his spare time Peter likes nothing more than spending time with his girlfriend and children who he loves very much and helping people who are less fortunate than him, he is never not smiling and is always happy to give help and advice to anyone.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Office and Factory Services
Sue works tirelessly to make sure Gratnells office and factory are spick and span. When she is not at work she loves spending time with her eight grandchildren.