We are blessed with a really great team, like a family we are. Look at them all, aren’t they lovely?
Paul Brettell – Operations & Quality Standards Director and Co – owner
Duties: Amongst many other things – ensuring the smooth running of the factory and all production processes, designing, fabricating and installing standard and bespoke ironworks. Ensuring consistent quality of all goods leaving the production line.
Experience: Over 30 years
What he gets up to outside of work: A qualified PADI diver, keen cook and dinner party host, curry enthusiast and reliving his youth on the Yamaha RD250 he is restoring, hands on and fun dad to his two young daughters.
Anthony Brettell – Technical & Strategic Director and Co – owner
Duties: Calculating and submitting customer quotations and tenders, advising customers on technical issues, designing bespoke patterns to customer requirements. Being very helpful to customers, he can sort out almost any issue with ironworks as he has donkey’s years of hands on experience with installation.
Experience: Over 30 years
What he gets up to outside of work: An overly keen fly fisherman, legend has it that he has ambitions to fish every river in the UK. He has now got a fisherman’s beard. Shares his brother Paul’s passion for curry, chilled Cobra and cooking. An Aston Villa fan. Enough said.
Zara Chapman – Office Manager
Duties: Being lovely. She’s very helpful to our customers, answering enquiries, sending out quotations, taking and processing orders. She’s also our Health & Safety lady.
Experience: Zara joined us in March 2014 as an apprentice and she was so lovely we decided to keep her. She’s now reached the dizzy heights of office manager.
What she gets up to outside of work: She’s got a really creative side to her and she loves all things arty and crafty, eating out and chilling with her friends. She’s also just started her own blog.
Pauline Brettell – Business Development Manager
Duties: Despite looking half asleep in her photo Pauline does marketing, developing the business to achieve continuous improvement, website design and maintenance, slaying dragons to bring the family business into the 21st Century, making tea and coffee.
Experience: Always wanted to be a Tiller Girl but studied Marketing and Business Strategy instead. Decades experience elsewhere in senior management.
What she gets up to outside of work: Drinking wine, making curtains, painting and decorating.
Lisa Blick – Accounts Manager
Duties: Ensuring company books and all things fiscal are up to date and reportable to company accountants. Making banana loaf and drinking coffee. We were lucky to find Lisa, she’s a lovely friendly lady who completes our team.
Experience: Donkeys years experience of balancing company books using accountancy software. A dab hand at bringing ancient companies into the 21st Century as she did with us.
What she gets up to outside of work: Look at her there being posh on Rocky, she can do all manner of glamorous equine sports such as dressage. A proper country girl is Lisa, she makes her own jam and chutneys. We love Christmas with Lisa because she brings us things like her super home made Sloe Gin.
Duties: Works closely with Andy John fabricating and installing our standard and bespoke ironworks. They’re both a dab hand at it and they’re a joy to watch in action.
Experience: Ooh about 15 years all told.
What he gets up to outside of work: Being a lovely dad and devoted husband. His marriage is a modern day love story. Making his camper van into a palace. Leigh is a keen VW fan and coarse fisherman. Also a biker, owning a beast of a Kawasaki Z1000.
Duties: Andy is our ‘not so new now’ boy and he works closely with Leigh Tromans. Between them they are our top ironworks craftsmen. Always smiling is our Andy, we think we must have written this into his job description. He fitted in with our family straight away and it’s almost like he’s been here longer than the directors, he loves it.
Experience: Years of experience, too numerous to mention, fabricating and installing ironworks.
What he gets up to outside of work: Andy has a lovely Husky girl called Kira, she keeps him busy when he’s not blasting around on his super tasty Yamaha R1.
Duties: Manufacturing our ever popular tin baths, coal bunkers and corn/storage bins.
Experience: Over 35 years, he started here on leaving school and has never managed to escape. Steve is thought to be the only person left in the country who can make tin baths like ours. He’s so fast at the workbench, he can turn out a coal bunker from scratch in under 30 minutes. Our smiley chap Ricky James (see below) will take over from Steve when he retires but we don’t plan to release Steve for at least the next 135 years. Good at buying cakes and biscuits for the office ladies.
What he gets up to outside of work: Walking his German Shepherd Tess and feeding her beer. An avid golfer, he’ll play in all weathers because he just doesn’t feel the cold.
Duties: Making our coal bunkers and corn bins, cutting sheet metal parts for these products, helping Steve with tin bath manufacturing and spray painting our ironworks. Good at buying cakes and biscuits for the office ladies, his fiancée makes a very mean cookie which we don’t see enough of (hint hint). And did you ever see a smilier face than his?
Experience: Around seven years in this business and currently learning how to make our handmade tin baths, a skilled and complicated job.
What he gets up to outside of work: Our smiley chap Ricky embarked on a major purchase of jewels beyond belief, an engagement ring for his fiancée. Since recovering from that expense he’s expanded his family by welcoming a new son into the world. He’s champion at growing different types of beard and is a dab hand at DIY. A committed family man, Ricky is kept busy with his home life and socialising with friends.
Duties: Lee works hard in our spray shop, painting ironworks with primer/undercoat so they have an excellent base over which the customer can paint their own topcoat. Lee is also a dab hand at welding, he prepares sheet metal components for our coal bunkers, and he packs our ironworks for despatch to customers.
Experience: Lee has had many years experience in various different roles and following redundancy he joined our team in 2015. He loves it here does our Lee and he’s settled into the family with ease.
What he gets up to outside of work: A keen cyclist – he does the proper stuff like going over mountainous terrain. He also likes the gym (you can tell by those biceps) and to top it all he’s got golden vocal chords and isn’t afraid to take to the stage during Karaoke nights.
Archie Blick – Resident Border Terrier
Duties: Supermodel. Looking handsome, you can’t deny it. Official inspections of the floor and bin, there’s crumbs out there that need to be found.
Willow Watson – Resident Cavapoodle
Duties: Looking too cute, just look at her.