Heading up the Company since 1999, I remain actively involved with material sales to our customers across the UK. I thoroughly enjoy working within this industry and have been lucky enough to make many good friends in it over the years.
I am proud that we now have customers throughout the UK and in all the key sectors, not least Automotive, which has become the significant driver for our industry in recent years.
I have enjoyed developing our digital marketing strategy over the last 4 years to raise our profile beyond our traditional customer base.
I am a passionate supporter of UK Manufacturing and was very proud in 2016 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining : IOM3
I joined the company back in 1987 as a junior sales rep, following 8 years working in International Hotel Management in the UK, Switzerland and the United States.
It may not have been the hard-core Chemistry background that some in our industry can boast, but it certainly taught me the importance of keeping customers happy and this has stood me in pretty good stead over the years!
I have been with Hardies for over 20 years, starting originally as the bookkeeper and then working my way through the other departments, haulage, purchasing and then sales.
The knowledge from working in all these different areas combined with skills I have learned from undertaking various other tasks over the years means I have an in-depth understanding of the business from the ground up.
The plastics industry, and indeed Hardie Polymers, has changed dramatically since I joined the company and the history and contacts built up over time is invaluable.
I have been very involved over the past few years with operational changes in the business but my aim is now to refocus on Sales – this is the part of my job I enjoy the most. It allows for more interaction with customers and I thrive on finding solutions to the diverse problems that keep coming my way.
I love travel and visiting new counties and my ideal scenario would be to tick off a few new countries each year.
My favourite so far has been Vietnam when I got to practice my other passion, photography. I think it has taken longer to edit the photos taken there, than the actual holiday itself took!
Wow! It’s now 18 years since I joined Hardie Polymers. I can do a bit (or a lot!) of everything but am especially enthusiastic about helping customers to get the materials they need at the best price, in as timely a fashion as possible.
Immediately prior to joining Hardies I worked in credit control and advertising for a mug manufacturing company, and before that I served 12 years + in the Royal Navy.
I did take a few years off in between to raise 2 children, but they’ve long since fledged the nest, so most weekends and evenings I can be found just doing whatever I like. This often involves friends, food and wine, and sometimes even canvases and acrylics.
It is hard to believe, but it's been nearly 10 years since I married into “the polymers world.”
My main role at Hardies is to keep the customers happy by providing the materials they are looking for and if possible reducing the lead times. In order to achieve this I contact as many partners as possible from our extensive 350+ list to find the required grade.
Before Hardies I studied at the University of Economics in Krakow, Poland and then I moved to Scotland to continue my education at the University of West of Scotland. During my studies I had a few part–time customer service jobs.
I love my sports and when I’m not at work I can be found playing badminton, football, volleyball, tennis and riding my motorbike.
I have been at Hardies since 2004 and my main role is to process the orders sent over from the Sales Team.
This involves various admin duties and liaising with our suppliers and customers. This includes placing purchase orders and creating sales order acknowledgments for our customers, before passing to Mark to arrange the transport.
Before Hardies (which is hard to remember now) I worked for Royal Institute of British Architects, in a commercial section of the Institute, providing technical libraries to architects, surveyors, local authorities, hospitals etc. I worked there for 28 years - that in itself tells you I am not one of the younger members of the team!
When not at work I "attempt" to keep fit by doing Zumba, Body Combat and aerobics - I say attempt!
My main role at Hardies is to handle all the shipments to our customers. I work with a number of haulage companies to get our materials to the customer as quickly as possible and for the best price.
I also have a number of other admin roles and answer the phones. Chances are if you’ve called the company you’ve already spoken to me.
Before Hardies I studied at The University of Glasgow and worked in a few customer service jobs.
When I’m not at work I can usually be found at Firhill Stadium watching Partick Thistle (Nil) or involved in something musical. I’ve played the drums in bands since I was at secondary school and music takes up quite a lot of my time – and money!
My main role at Hardies is bookkeeping and I am responsible for all the financial aspects of the business including all the supplier payments and looking after credit control.
I thoroughly enjoy this side of the job as I get a chance to keep in touch and have a chat with all our customers and suppliers.
I am new to the plastic world, but spent 17 years in civil engineering in subcontract accounts.
When I’m not at work I can be found doing volunteer work with air cadets. I am currently the Honorary Wing Treasurer of the West of Scotland Wing. I’m also studying law at the moment.