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Team

 

If there is one thing you can say about our award-winning team, it is that we are passionate.

Find out more here about the people who enable us to achieve a standard of service for our members.

Rod Leefe Chairman
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Rod Leefe

Chairman

Rod joined the team as chairman in 2016 with a key responsibility to guide and support the ongoing development of the board, ensuring that it flourishes as a high performing, business leading team. With broad experience of starting, growing and supporting businesses, Rod is perfectly qualified to help shape the strategic direction of Ecosurety well into the future.

After studying business at the Bocconi in Milan he then studied at Cranfield School of Management where he is a member of the 50 Entrepreneurs alumni, who give time and input to support post graduate programmes.

When not working you’ll find Rod either in the UK or the South of France skiing, hiking, playing tennis, cycling or messing around with Land Rovers.

James Piper Managing director
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James Piper

Managing director

James joined in July 2009 as the marketing account manager. Having researched the compliance market and the detail of the producer responsibility regulations, James initially worked as a client account specialist supporting members with the packaging regulations and providing analysis and application of the regulations within extremely varying business environments.

Now managing director, James combines his past market experience and the work undertaken directly with companies to ensure all Ecosurety members benefit from the best possible price and expertise. In 2016 James won the Institute of Directors South West Young Director of the Year award and the Business Leader Rising Star Award. In 2017 he has been shortlisted for an edie Sustainability Leader Award, won a Business Green Leaders Award and featured in the Resource magazine annual top 100 list of the most influential people working in the waste industry.

James has a BSc in Biological Sciences from Exeter University, and went on to excel at marketing within an online scientific publication before joining us. James has a strong enthusiasm for life and enjoys cycling, running and playing the piano. In his spare time he is heavily involved with charities caring for special needs children.

Steve Clark Non-executive director
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Steve Clark

Non-executive director

Steve established Ecosurety (originally Budget Pack) in 2003 in response to the lack of flexibility, innovation and customer-focus in the compliance scheme market. He took inspiration from the mobile phone market, which continues to provide a diverse range of pick-and-mix options for the customer, and built the original business on a commitment to provide flexible, friendly and tailored support for all clients.

Ecosurety is now one of the UK's fastest growing sustainable business companies. These days Steve is responsible for implementing new business structures as well as overseeing the acquisition of new business. He is passionate about bringing the latest business concepts from other markets and industries and applying them to the environmental sector for the benefit of clients.

Having studied BSc Environmental Engineering at the University of Cardiff, Steve has always been interested in improvements in environmental efficiency. Previous roles prior to setting up the business included a stint as commercial manager at Wales Environment Trust, and he was also MD for Recycling Market Services and MD for Compliance Wales.

When not working to improve his clients' environmental credentials, Steve enjoys cycling. Last year he cycled over 450 miles from Gloucestershire to Paris to raise money for the Royal British Legion. He also rides tandem bikes with visually impaired adults on weekend cycling trips from Bristol.

Louise Granville-Smith Finance director
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Louise Granville-Smith

Finance director

Having studied Mathematics and Statistics at Bath University a life of numbers in the big smoke beckoned and Lou studied for her Chartered Accountancy at Saffery Champness in the Business Advisory Group as an auditor. After qualifying, a nine month expedition to South America, Japan, Australia and South East Asia followed before Lou returned to the West Country where she had originally grown up.

After a spell at Lloyds banking group she took on the role of financial controller at Northcroft Construction Ltd, overseeing the implementation of new systems, a relocation of the finance team and numerous modernisation processes. A move to Matthew Clark as a Finance Manager gave Lou the additional commercial experience of working on acquisitions and new ventures alongside the Divisional MD before joining Ecosurety in March 2015.

Outside work Lou plays Softball in the Clifton Softball League, tries to go to the gym at least twice a week and enjoys sampling the numerous eateries in Bristol with friends and family.

Luke Hutchison Head of HR
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Luke Hutchison

Head of HR

Luke is our head of human resources, developing our staff and teams to ensure we are flexible and proactive for our members. He is passionate about enabling people to realise their full potential and protecting the environment, so naturally Ecosurety felt like a perfect fit.

With a masters degree in environmental engineering from Cardiff University, Luke previously worked in renewable energy and was a founding shareholder in one of the UK's biggest solar energy companies. His focus has always been on building and supporting teams, so it was a natural step that in 2010 he trained in human resource management. He has since worked as an HR director, consultant and mediator, specialising in employee relations and conflict resolution.

Outside of work he has a young family and has been teaching Iyengar yoga for over 10 years, so he likes to stay flexible in every sense!

Damian Lambkin Head of innovation
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Damian Lambkin

Head of innovation

Damian is our man on the ground, working hard to encourage new and innovative ways to recycle waste - be it packaging, batteries or WEEE. By partnering opportunities and improvements in the UK recycling industry with compliance, he is able to realise tangible and valuable opportunities to benefit both our members and the domestic waste industry. By introducing suppliers to Circularety, Damian is helping to bring producers and recyclers closer together to help influence recycling and recycling rates to the benefit of all involved.

Having been in the industry for the last 16 years, dealing with the physical recycling of WEEE, plastics, cardboard and paper, as well as legal compliance, Damian has a wide skillset – in short there isn’t anything he doesn’t know about the waste and recycling industry! He has run numerous businesses, ranging from a beach café, restaurant, dive centre, IT company, computer importer and retailer in the South West, plus WEEE and plastics recycling companies. One of the most notable companies he ran was A1 Compliance, one of the original WEEE producer compliance schemes. It is fair to say that he understands the day-to-day pressures facing our suppliers and members.

Outside of work Damian served as a volunteer coastguard search and rescue officer in Falmouth, Cornwall for twenty years. Needless to say he is passionate about the marine environment, is an amateur marine conservationist and loves diving and surfing. He also enjoys martial arts and competes regularly. And despite being possibly the world’s worst ever player, he enjoys the odd round of golf.

Jonathon Brookes Head of business development
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Jonathon Brookes

Head of business development

As head of business development Jon is responsible for overseeing the business development, marketing and commercial teams. Building strong relationships with industry and delivering business value to our members is paramount, with the ultimate goal of driving forward the positive impact Ecosurety has on increasing ethical and quality recycling. Fair to say he is a busy man!

Before joining the wonderful world of Ecosurety, Jon graduated from Cardiff University with BA Hons degree in History, before spending the next 10 years working for a major automotive company in the UK. Here he worked as part of the leadership team and as a consultant to major partners in the private and public sectors, with a particular focus on sustainable travel and achieving positive behavioural change in employee travel culture to reduce carbon emissions. It is here that Jon’s passion for sustainability initiatives blossomed, leading him to join Ecosurety where he could have even more of a positive impact on the environment.

Outside of work he’ll probably be found playing sport (particularly rugby, having played most of his life), possibly on a summer camping trip, occasionally watching live music at festivals or often socialising in restaurants with good friends and good food. Sounds like a healthy mix to us.

Robbie Staniforth Policy manager
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Robbie Staniforth

Policy manager

As policy manager, Robbie is responsible for liaising with government, regulators and industry organisations to represent our members’ views and interests. In previous roles, he helped to instigate market-based change and he brings that dynamism to his current role of influencing regulatory change. With years of experience working across a number of departments at Ecosurety, it’s fair to say he has an excellent understanding of producer compliance and recycling, which enables him to provide high-level policy expertise, industry insight and market analysis to our members.

His passion for the environment was cemented while studying BSc Geography at University of Leeds and has continued into his professional life. Before joining us, Robbie previously worked in sustainability and corporate social responsibility for IKEA, which gave him first-hand experience of our members’ needs.

Away from the office, Robbie plays for a local cricket team and enjoys most sports. His not-so-hidden talent is that he can sing and play guitar but don’t ask him to give you a tune as you might not be able to make him stop!

Lizzie Elbourn Client services manager - maternity leave
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Lizzie Elbourn

Client services manager - maternity leave

Lizzie joined Ecosurety in May 2011 as a client account specialist. Now in the role of client services manager she is responsible for overseeing the relationship and technical compliance teams, helping them to deliver the best possible customer experience for our members. She is currently taking a break to enjoy maternity leave, returning in 2018.

Lizzie studied English Language and Law at the University of the West of England and then went on to complete a Master's degree in Commercial Law. She joined us in order to realise her keen interest in environmental issues and combine these with her legal background.

Lizzie definitely has an exciting life outside of work, but all she's prepared to go on the record with is that she  'enjoys travelling, reading, cycling and spending time with her family and friends'. We'll try to get more from her another time.

Abigail Warren Client services manager
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Abigail Warren

Client services manager

Abigail joined Ecosurety in June 2015 and is now acting client services manager to cover maternity leave, ensuring our team provide valuable support to our clients to ensure their needs are met. She graduated in 2014 with a BSc in Environmental Studies from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her degree is a reflection of her passion for environmental issues, which were evoked while growing up surrounded by the beautiful natural landscape of New England.

In her spare time Abigail can often be found on her yoga mat or meditating. She also loves nothing more than being in the great outdoors, hiking and being surrounded by family and friends.

Stéphanie Housty Marketing manager
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Stéphanie Housty

Marketing manager

After graduating from ESC Rennes School of Business with a bachelor degree in marketing, Stéphanie gained a strong background in the manufacturing and FMCG sectors, previously working for US office products manufacturer Fellowes, cosmetics company Yves Rocher and Coca-Cola. Most recently Stéphanie held the position of director of marketing for the French subsidiary of German power tool manufacturer Metabo.

Passionate about the environment, she enjoys nothing more than a nice long hike in the great outdoors. When not outside enjoying the fresh air, Stéphanie can be found either in the gym or reading books, with a noticeable addiction to thrillers. She also loves listening to rock music, attending live concerts whenever possible.

Julie McCarthy Quality manager
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Julie McCarthy

Quality manager

Julie leads the drive for quality at Ecosurety, and with her broad experience we know that we are in a very safe pair of hands! A background in chemistry and the petrochemical industry, working in a number of countries including the UK, South Africa and the Netherlands, has led Julie to specialise in quality management.

As a qualified ISO auditor she is responsible for managing and directing our ISO status, including our Quality Management System, Information Security Management System and our Business Continuity Management System. Additionally she ensures that external audits meet expected standards and that senior management undertakes periodic and regular assessments of customer satisfaction, with consequent improvements identified and implemented.

When Julie is not deep in quality management systems she enjoys nothing more than a good walk, run or swim, with a current focus on half-marathons. And when she is recuperating from all that, she’ll usually be found in a good book!

Danny Hecht IT manager
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Danny Hecht

IT manager

Danny is responsible for supporting our IT systems at Ecosurety. He assists by managing and solving any problem with computer software and hardware that the team encounter. As part of the IT team he is also involved in the day-to-day projects of IT system, improvement and upgrades. Before joining Ecosurety Danny was an application and IT support engineer in Snap Ltd and before that spent a decade in similar roles in various blue chips.

Danny has a degree in Agriculture Science from Essex University plus lots of  industry-specific certifications. In his spare time Danny is a devoted dad and a permaculture practitioner working on two allotments, a flock of chickens and a polytunnel. He starts every day by walking his dog and cleaning the chicken coop.

James Champ Technical manager
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James Champ

Technical manager

James joined the compliance team in August 2012 and now holds the role of technical manager. He is responsible for managing all regulator requirements across packaging, WEEE and batteries compliance regulations, and for overseeing our WEEE and batteries collections. In particular, James takes an active interest in quality improvement both for clients' data methodologies and internally to improve business efficiency.

James has a degree and a postgraduate diploma, both in Law, from the University of the West of England. In his spare time, James enjoys cooking and a variety of outdoor sports, such as triathlons and skiing. James doesn't like washing up.

Sue Nolan Procurement manager
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Sue Nolan

Procurement manager

As procurement manager Sue plays a critical role at Ecosurety, ensuring that we not only purchase recycling evidence at the right price, but from suppliers who are honest and transparent with a focus on UK evidence. She has great experience on the other side of the fence too, having previously managed a recycling facility run by a leading European IT asset management company, ensuring site performance, ISO compliance and profitability, not to mention liaising with the Environment Agency too. It is fair to say that she understands the pressures and industry best practice requirements faced by reprocessors on a day to day basis!

Sue lives with family in a cottage in the forest and in her free time can usually be found indulging in her love of gardening or walking her dogs through the local area, which is pure doggy heaven.

Katie Nairne Project coordinator
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Katie Nairne

Project coordinator

Katie joined our team as a project coordinator specialising in international compliance, ensuring our members with an international offering are compliant with recycling legislation at home and abroad. She has a sharp pair of eyes too, having previously qualified not only as a chartered legal executive but also in PRINCE2 and APM project management. When the devil is in the detail, Katie ensures nothing is missed!

In previous employment Katie specialised in medical negligence law, representing patients and their families in high-value cases for some of the UK’s leading law firms. Government changes in funding prompted a career move and she decided to use her valuable skills in the environmental compliance industry. When not at work Katie helps to project manage the archives of Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust as a volunteer, and enjoys a cultural mix of travel, socialising and classic cinema.

Olly Williams Financial controller
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Olly Williams

Financial controller

As financial controller Olly is responsible for the day-to-day flow of money throughout the business, including the development and management of our finance team. He holds an Accounting and International Business BA(Hons) from Keele University and became a CIMA qualified chartered management accountant after completing a three-year NHS finance management graduate training scheme, including a secondment to KPMG.

After completing his training Olly went on to become senior modelling and planning accountant for Weston Area Health NHS Trust, acting as the Trust’s specialist on financial planning, assisting with contracts in excess of £90m whilst providing key strategic and operational insight to fellow colleagues across the organisation.

Olly was awarded ‘Outstanding student of the year’ in the final year of his degree and achieved one of the highest ever results for the final CIMA strategic case study exam, making him a global prize winner. Outside of work meanwhile Olly is a dedicated summer surfer with a passion for protecting the marine environment, keenly supporting the work of Surfers Against Sewage. He can also be found splashing around in the Bristol docks, rowing as part of Bristol Pilot Gig Club or playing the occasional game of lacrosse.

Richard Hodges Key account manager
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Richard Hodges

Key account manager

As key account manager, Richard helps our largest clients manage their legal obligations under Packaging, WEEE and Batteries legislation. His background in economics helps our members manage their budgets and strategically procure evidence.

Richard has a degree in economics from the University of the West of England. He graduated in 2012 and has begun his career with us. Outside of the office Richard enjoys climbing and can sometimes be seen in lycra on a bicycle travelling at a decent clip.

Ffion Rossiter Key account manager
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Ffion Rossiter

Key account manager

As a key account manager Ffion personally looks after a number of our larger compliance scheme members, ensuring a high level of service delivery, support and customer satisfaction. Before joining our team, Ffion achieved a degree in International Business at University Wales Newport. She then worked in the environmental sector as an account manager, providing personnel for major international clients in the offshore renewable industry. She has been involved with the majority of the biggest wind farm projects in the industry across Europe and brings a great deal of account management experience, particularly in client retention and relationship building.

Outside of work Ffion is usually to be found cooking, going to gigs and spending time with friends – all good solid fun. When not doing all that she is probably doing house renovations (and happily admits her carpenter boyfriend does most of the work) or volunteering as an event coordinator for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Tasi Hassen Office administrator
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Tasi Hassen

Office administrator

Tasi joined the team in October 2014 to provide valuable administrative support to the client services and compliance teams. Before joining Ecosurety Tasi gained a wealth of experience in various jobs including working as a personal assistant and facilities manager. No wonder she is so super-efficient!

When not making sure things run smoothly, Tasi enjoys travelling and perfecting her salsa skills. She also loves nothing more than spending time with her treasured Shih Tzu.

Karen Balmforth Office administrator
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Karen Balmforth

Office administrator

Karen joined the team at the beginning of 2016 and supports both the compliance and marketing teams, helping to co-ordinate member interactions through the provision of administrative support.

Karen started her career as a pa/secretary working in a variety of commercial environments and after gaining a CIM Certificate in Marketing in 2001 she joined a database marketing agency as a sales and marketing executive before working as an account manager with both B2B and B2C clients. More recently Karen has been working at an independent girls’ school as a senior administrator, managing the pupil recruitment process from initial enquiry through to enrolment.

When not at work Karen is passionate about road cycling, taking part in sportives and time trials and she also enjoys rock climbing and yoga. When not racing around on her bike Karen can be found gardening, sewing and she particularly loves making and eating cake - a keen interest of us all at Ecosurety!

Colin Porter Compliance technical specialist
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Colin Porter

Compliance technical specialist

Colin joined in October 2011 as a compliance technical specialist. He's involved in operational planning for all regulations, helping his packaging regs members with their legal obligations and identifying prospective new members with obligations under the regulations.

Colin has an MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a BA in Business Enterprise.

Away from the office, Colin really is an iron man! He competes at amateur level in a number of multi-sport events for his local triathlon club: at the last count he'd completed four Ironman distance triathlons, including the European Long Course Championships in 2013. Colin also likes nothing more than spending a quiet evening in with Mrs Porter.

Steph Lewis Data administrator
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Steph Lewis

Data administrator

As a data administrator Steph plays a key role at Ecosurety, ensuring that our data management systems are maintained correctly to run like a well-oiled machine. In this role she supports a number of teams across the company, including data analysis for the technical team and administration for the WEEE and batteries collections team. Her data skills are also put to good use to facilitate commercial data reporting as and when required.

Steph has a varied background with a wide skill set, having studied psychology up to Masters level and has worked in a riding school, psychiatric hospital and in market research. When not at work she loves covering her kitchen in flour and sugar (whilst baking) and buying more plants than she has room for in her garden.

Nicollyn Mitchell Collections administrator
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Nicollyn Mitchell

Collections administrator

Battery and WEEE collections are an ever-popular service offered by Ecosurety, and Nicollyn is proud to help deliver this service with exemplary customer service and communication skills, honed through her previous experience of working in the retail and banking sectors. Most definitely a ‘people person’, her hard work on the phone greases the wheels that keeps our collections service collecting! 

Outside of work Nicollyn enjoys Great British Bake-offing, nurturing her younger siblings and a weekly game of badminton.

Dan Boyle Account manager
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Dan Boyle

Account manager

Dan joined our client services team in early 2017 as an account manager and provides key support to our compliance scheme members who sit within the technology sector. His previous experience includes working for Apple as a technical expert and for IT advisory firm Gartner – it goes without saying that Dan has a love of all things tech.

He originally studied creative writing at Bath Spa University so he is perfectly equipped to tell a really good story and has a love for good coffee, cycling and real ale. Sounds like a great way to spend a day off!

You can find out more about Dan in our team insight blog.

Anna Ford Account manager
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Anna Ford

Account manager

Anna provides key support for Ecosurety members across the batteries, packaging and WEEE regulations, with a particular focus on import and manufacture companies. Helping with data submissions, calculating obligations and making the nuances of the producer responsibility regulations understandable are all in a days work.

After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BSc in International Relations, specialising in UK anti-terrorism law, Anna worked and saved to spend two ski seasons in the French Alps. When not at work she is a keen club runner taking part in Parkrun each weekend, often racing at 5km and 10km distances.

Josh Wytchard Account manager
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Josh Wytchard

Account manager

Josh works in the client services team to provide key support to our members, helping them to fulfill their compliance obligations accurately and on time. Having studied criminology at Manchester University there is no detail or inconsistency too small for him to miss, an advantageous skill in the world of compliance! A previous role working for one of Europe's largest IT solution providers as an account manager also means that he brings key skills and experience to benefit our members.

Outside of work Josh is a huge music fan and is always listening to music or heading to gigs. As an experienced runner he has completed a couple of marathons and silly number of half-marathons, but admits to currently being injured/lazy. This is fortuitous in many respects as he can instead dedicated as much time as possible to necessary and constant "competitor analysis" of bar/restaurant menus and draft beers with his (bar manager) girlfriend.

Ben Luger Marketing communication specialist
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Ben Luger

Marketing communication specialist

Ben joined the team at the beginning of 2015 to help drive the marketing communications for Ecosurety, working closely with all areas of the business to help spread the good word!

After achieving a photographic degree from The London Institute, Ben went on to work in the photographic and digital pre-press industry before finding his feet in the world of marketing. Gaining valuable experience working as a marketing manager for a specialist international construction company, Ben is now proud to call Ecosurety home.

When not in work he can usually be found messing about with ancient wet-plate cameras, making tactile photographs for the visually impaired or attempting to finish the latest DIY project.

Greg Challis Procurement specialist
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Greg Challis

Procurement specialist

Greg graduated from Bath Spa University in 2012 with a degree in Business and Management, specialising in marketing and behavioural economics. After gaining valuable experience in IT sales and business support roles, Greg joined the Ecosurety team in the summer of 2015 and now works in the role of procurement specialist. By nurturing close working relationships with key service partners across the industry, Greg helps to source and secure compliant batteries and WEEE to fulfill our client obligations.

When not at work you can usually find Greg in the gym, wild camping in the countryside or recuperating in front of Netflix. Having recently started brewing his own beer, Greg is also on a mission to sample as many British ales as he can - just as well he visits the gym so often then!

Alice Flavin Business development specialist
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Alice Flavin

Business development specialist

Alice joined the team 2015 after graduating from the University of Reading with a BA in History. Eager to put her keen research and analytical skills to good use, and with valuable experience in retail, sales and finance, she is a very welcome addition to the Business Development team.  

When not busy at work Alice can usually be found either in the gym, socialising with friends or travelling the world. 

Samantha Hardwell HR assistant
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Samantha Hardwell

HR assistant

Samantha joined Ecosurety as HR Assistant. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2008 with a degree in business management with a particular focus in human resources.

After a brief spell working as a sales assistant in Zara (taking advantage of the staff discount!) she secured a position in HR working for the International Baccalaureate. As an HR generalist she contributed to the provision of a professional service to staff and demonstrated her experience by achieving Associate membership of the CIPD. She enjoys building practical and technical HR knowledge to understand the breadth of HR.

Outside of work Samantha enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with family and friends (and shoe shopping!).

Kerrin Rowland Finance assistant - Accounts receivable
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Kerrin Rowland

Finance assistant - Accounts receivable

Kerrin is a proud Bathonian with extensive credit control experience gained working for international media group Future Publishing. Having joined our team in the summer of 2015, Kerrin provides valuable credit control support within the finance department to help ensure everything flows as smoothly as possible.

In her spare time she enjoys eating out, shopping and going to the gym most days of the week. In fact Kerrin enjoys eating out so often that she insists she’d be the size of a house if she didn’t visit the gym so religiously! A keen runner of half-marathons, Kerrin completed the Tough Mudder challenge last year and can’t wait to go through it all again after loving every second of it.

Kathryn Morgan Finance assistant - Accounts payable and Payroll
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Kathryn Morgan

Finance assistant - Accounts payable and Payroll

Kath joined the team in 2015 as a finance assistant for accounts payable and payroll and is responsible for making sure we pay people on time! As such she will often be found chasing up invoices, purchase orders and managers to help keep the wheels in motion.

When not at work Kath enjoys a heady mix of family, friends, football, rugby, good food and wine – sounds like fun to us!