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I am now in my 37th year as Managing Director at Somerlap Forest Products. Quality, consistency, reliability and service have always been the company’s key focus points, together with a continued investment in machinery. I’m proud to be part of industry organisations which have been instrumental in my journey.
The staff at Somerlap are a dedicated team with lots of experience and a will to achieve the best. When things do not go well, we strive to address any issues as efficiently as possible. I have every confidence in them to take on whatever the next challenge may be, to sustain a bright future for us all.
I play golf and I like walking, gardening and reading.
I have been with the company from the very beginning and started my career in 1981 cutting logs in the sawmill at Ubley. Since then Somerlap has grown hugely moving on from sawmilling to pallet manufacture and then fencing production here at Mark and my role within the company has progressed with it. From cutting logs, to running the production I have enjoyed all aspects of what my job has entailed over the years and with the support of great staff have relished the success of what we have achieved.
Out of work I enjoy golf, football and holidays to Tenerife!
I have been with Somerlap since 1996. I am lucky to be involved in many aspects of the company and think the variation in roles and responsibilities is a large part of why I enjoy my job so much. I believe in Somerlap, the products and service we offer our customers, and feel proud to be part of the wonderful team that make it all happen.
Outside of the office, I like to draw and paint
I have been working for Somerlap for over 21 years now and have thoroughly enjoyed my time whilst working at the company. Over the years I have been able to develop a wealth of experience as part of my role as Retail Manager to help and advise customers for their purchase of fencing, sheds, gates and garden furniture. I am also responsible for maintaining Somerlap’s excellent Health and Safety standards and management of our various vehicles.
In a nutshell, no day is ever the same at Somerlap. I also love the relaxed, friendly culture and teamwork spirit. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, and watching live sport.
At 35 years old I’m the young pup in the office. As a kid I use to work for Somerlap on Saturday mornings I then left school at 15 years old and went straight to work for them. In this time I became one of the first people in the country to do an NVQ in sawmilling. At the age of 19 I left to do some travelling in Europe. On my return to England I worked for a few different companies picking up experience in many departments. In 2010 I moved to Perth in Australia and lived there for 7 years and the last two years I ran my own Interior fit out company. In 2017 I returned to England and was delighted to return to Somerlap and after working in the pallet making department and then in the joinery I’m now in the office doing Retail. I’ve recently successfully passed a fire marshall course and a first aid course. My hobbies are playing sports and watching Bristol City.
I started working at Somerlap in 2006. Predominantly my role is on the fencing side of the business, though we all help each other out whenever needed. Working at Somerlap is never dull, no two days are ever the same and you are always doing new and different things. I value being part of the Somerlap team and love the variety that the job offers.
In my spare time, I enjoy crafting, mainly decoupage and knitting and love spending time with friends and family.
I joined Somerlap in March 2018. There is a huge amount to learn and I am enjoying every aspect, especially meeting our customers, old and new.
In my spare time I am learning to play golf and enjoying tasting and learning about wines and spirits of the world.