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The Team

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Customer Services Team
Isla Townsend, Customer Services Team Manager
Isla Townsend
Customer Services Team Manager
I joined Benders after a recommendation from a family member who already worked here. When not spending time with my twin girls I get pleasure from doing my job to a high standard ensuring all customers are kept up to date. I'm also a huge fan of rugby union.
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Emma Griffith, Artwork Coordinator
Emma Griffith
Artwork Coordinator
I'm known as the 'Custom Print Queen' at Benders. It's my speciality. After two years working at Benders I left to have my daughter, only to return in 2014- I simply can't stay away! When at home I love jumping in muddy puddles and watching Disney films with my little girl.
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Dawn Thomas , Customer Services Executive
Dawn Thomas
Customer Services Executive
I am often told that I never stop talking, and my role in customer services allows me to do this as a job, whilst providing an excellent level of customer service and building customer relationships. My Family are my muse and enjoy nothing more than spending time with my two boys.
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Field Sales & Marketing
Ian Keefe, Sales Manager - Vending
Ian Keefe
Sales Manager - Vending
I am about to complete 7 years at Benders, and have seen the company grow and build to the organisation it is today. A Great team, with a fantastic range of products to offer. Away from the business I am a keen cyclist, help in training dogs for the disabled.
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Daniel Sharp, Sales Manager - Brands/Coffee To Go
Daniel Sharp
Sales Manager - Brands/Coffee To Go
I joined Benders in 2005 and I now look after the major brands that the business works with. I work to exceed customer expectations by providing a high level of service and in-use production solutions. Away from the business I enjoy cooking for family and friends and honing my skiing skills.
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Jonathan Smith, Sales Manager - Wholesale
Jonathan Smith
Sales Manager - Wholesale
I have worked in sales for over 30 years. It is my passion, I always look to build broad relationships, and think creatively. I have a tendency to never switch off - I could work 24/7. When I'm at home I enjoy gardening, cycling and tending to my aquarium.
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Adrian Pratt, Marketing Manager
Adrian Pratt
Marketing Manager
The Foodservice channel has been a passion for nearly all of my career, and now part of a dynamic team developing customer solutions to build the use of our paper hot cup ranges. When not working I'm following cricket and rugby or walking my pair of springer spaniels.
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Hannah Jones, Marketing & Sales Executive
Hannah Jones
Marketing & Sales Executive
Being a relatively new member of the team I am very much looking forward to developing the digital marketing strategies within the business. There is nothing better than working with people who are passionate about their job. I would one day like to travel along the four corners of the world.
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Operational Team
Julie Dunlop, HR Manager
Julie Dunlop
HR Manager
After leaving my Irish hometown, I came to university in Wales. I arrived at Benders after working across a range of industry sectors before finding 'home' in manufacturing. I love yoga and have a knack for bringing people out of themselves- key for maximising any situation.
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Alan Burrows, Purchasing Manager
Alan Burrows
Purchasing Manager
I grew up in North Wales and joined Benders in the 90's. Having spent most of my career in Purchasing working for a number of FMCG companies, I have developed a feel for establishing long-term reciprocal relationships. When at home I enjoy time with my family, hiking and karate.
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Allan Paterson, Technical & Development Manager
Allan Paterson
Technical & Development Manager
I believe a phrase most applicable to Benders is "never a dull moment". The phrase has remained true for 18 years and continues to do so. Having assisted in the installation of our latest two cup machines my focus for the remainder of 2016 is ongoing quality improvement projects.
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Howard Bradshaw, IT Manager
Howard Bradshaw
IT Manager
I have worked for Benders for almost 20 years. IT plays a key role in moving the business forwards allowing us to service our customers effectively. Away from the office I enjoy nothing more than entertaining my family and friends by throwing a good dinner party.
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Claire Dobbins, Financial Controller
Claire Dobbins
Financial Controller
I joined Benders in 2011 as a Financial Accountant and moved into my current role in 2016. As Financial Controller I support the senior management team in delivering and increasing the European wide business. When I am away from work I enjoy spending time with my family. I love nature and my guilty pleasure is relaxing with a nice glass of wine
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Steven Felsbergs, Operations Manager
Steven Felsbergs
Operations Manager
Joining Benders in 2015 as an Engineering Manager I quickly became involved in a number of substantial developments increasing the production resource within the business and now as the Operations manager I have the perfect opportunity to thrive on the challenge of achieving targets. I am often inspired by investigative reading which has profoundly changed the way I think.
Management Team
Andy Cunliffe, Managing Director
Andy Cunliffe
Managing Director
As Managing Director my aim is to build a business that provides security and development for staff while giving our customers the best products, the best service and the best quality. When not at Benders I'm outside enjoying the elements - especially windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Mike Gardner, Sales & Marketing Director
Mike Gardner
Sales & Marketing Director
I joined Benders in 2013 to play a part in the growth of dynamic, forward thinking business. Previous sales roles have included vending and packaging where I spent several years selling plastic cups before "seeing the light" of paper. At home in Hampshire I am a football Referee.
Graham Matthias, Supply Chain Director
Graham Matthias
Supply Chain Director
I joined Benders in 2014 in a factory management role, later assuming greater responsibility for all aspects of the supply chain, before becoming Supply Chain Director in 2016. This role presents many challenges and opportunities to keep Benders at the forefront of the market. Away from work, I enjoy reading, quizzes and travel. Iím also a long standing Wrexham FC fan, which definitely has its ups and downs!
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