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Meet the Team

Sarah Spivey, Managing Director

 

Since Sarah's appointment to Modulift in 2008 she has worked closely with the in-house engineering team, identifying the need for managing the safety concerns of customers through a portfolio of global standards as well as providing high QA levels of design and manufacture. Ultimately this has developed Modulift from spreader beam manufacturer, to specialist lifting equipment engineering company offering high quality products to customers around the world.

As a Business Studies graduate, Sarah previously specialsed as a Marketing Consultant working for numerous high profile Business-to-Business companies through the UK; growing their individual brands and turnover. Sarah is currently working towards a Chartered Director qualification through The Institute of Directors ensuring that governance and leadership stay at the forefront of the business.

Sue Spencer, Technical Director

Sue graduated from Exeter University with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering back in 1997, and always had a passion for this field from a young age. Sue began her career as a design engineer within the lifting industry working for a local company, and focused primarily on the design of lifting equipment and lifting rigs. During the 5 years experience gained, Sue came up with the design for what is now Modulift's flagship product - the Modular Spreader Beam, and started her own company back in 2002 based on the initial success of the product. Sue manages the Engineering Team that consists of 5 talented individual who are working on exciting designs for the future.

Paul Smith, Operations Director

Paul started his career as an engineering apprentice, gaining ONC and HNC's in mechanical engineering before going on to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business from Southampton University. His first employment was with a lift design and manufacturing company, where he progressed from project engineer to project manager, before relocating from Hampshire to Somerset. For the past 10 years he has worked at a subcontract manufacturing company, first as a project manager and most recently as their operations manager. Paul has undertaken a wide range of projects from implementing ERP systems and managing manufacturing improvement projects, through to designing business management dashboards and reporting using SQL databases. He joins Modulift to manage our manufacturing activities and to develop supplier relationships to facilitate future growth.

Chris Schwab, Account Executive (Technical)

Chris studied Engineering at college and was selected to be the Electrical and Mechanical Apprentice for a company specialising in GM research. After spending 7 years completing his apprenticeship, Chris started working as a maintenance engineer for a national building contractor, then relocated to Dorset in 2007. Chris was introduced to Modulift and begain his career as an estimator, and has now progressed to Account Executive. Chris looks after the daily sales enquiries and assisting customers with any technical requirements they may have. Outside of work, Chris has a wife, two wonderful children and when he gets the time he is usually tinkering with his car.

Kerry Talbot-Jones, Marketing Manager

With a background in Sales, Kerry decided to make the career move into marketing and has never looked back!  Over the past 15 years Kerry has progressed up the career ladder, heading up marketing depts in the Finance, Construction and the Lighting design and manufacturing industries, gaining 2 post graduate qualifications along the way. So when the opportunity to join the Modulift team came up, it was a natural fit.

When she's not working on marketing strategies, Kerry is obsessed with her 2 cocker spaniels and getting her cupcake roller skates on - you're never too old!

Malcolm Peacock, Business Development Manager

Malcolm started working for a lifting equipment sales and rental company in Bristol on the shop floor. His roles included assembling wire rope and chainslings, preparing other lifting equipment and orders for sales and rentals. Malcolm continued to develop his career in the industry as a Sales Representative and Branch Manager, and in 2007 relocated to Abu Dhabi. Joining Modulift in 2014 Malcolm works on developing the Middle East and Asia Pacific interests for Modulift, and works closely and supports many international Modulift distributors.

 

Yogesh Gopal, Design Engineering Manager

Yogesh graduated from University of Glasgow with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management degree. He has worked in several engineering industries, from Gearbox, Automotive, Subsea to Water treatment, before joining Modulift in February 2018. Yogesh started his career as a design engineer and quickly grew to a lead role within 10+ years of work experience. Other than engineering, he used to be a mobile app techie, coder and cryptocurrency serial entrepreneur. 

 

Vidhya Subramani, Design Engineer

Vidhya pursued a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering Government at the college of Engineering in India. She has more than 5 years work experience in Structural Design for Industrial Buildings. Vidhya started as a Junior Design Engineer and progressed to become a Structural Design Engineer with an Engineering Consultancy Company in India. Since moving to England in the middle of 2017 Vidhya hopes to have a similar growth and experience working with Modulift. 

 

Tom Cox, Senior Project Engineer

After leaving education without a career path in mind, Tom was given the opportunity to work as a temp for Modulift back in 2011 as a Production and QA Assistant. The longer that Tom worked for Modulift, the more he began to see an opportunity to develop a career and soon set about making his temporary role permanent. 7 years on Tom has now worked his way up to become a Project Engineer within the recently formed Projects Team. Tom's main focus is to ensure that every customer's needs are met and that their orders are delivered to them as expected with all the relevant documentation quickly and efficiently.

Neil Stratford, Projects Administrator

Neil is originally from a background in electronic manufacturing where his career journey followed into Logistics & Warehouse administration. More recently Neil has been involved in supply chain before joining Modulift in 2018 as a Project Administrator. Neil’s interests outside of work include an interest in history - specifically ancient technology, astronomy, gadgets & camping. Neil works closely with the Project Engineers on a daily basis.

 

 

Louise Rowe, Sales Order Administrator

 

Louise has worked in logisitics, shipping all sorts of things from Christmas catalogues and fake snow to fertiliser and valves.  She's now decided to join the Modulift team, helping to continue delivering our first class service. A keen gardener, Louise also likes crime programmes, going to the pictures and spending time with her family.

Paul Savage, Finance Manager

Paul graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Law, and after 11 years of legal type work for motor accident claims, he tried his hand at self-employment. Paul went on to work as an Office Administrator for a local vending company for nearly 7 years before moving to Dorset. Paul began his career at Modulift in 2009 and was then offered a permanent role as an Administration Assistant, then moved on to Sales Orders Co-Ordinator. In 2015 Paul began his Advanced Diploma in Accounting and passed a year later with flying colours, he is now Modulift's Finanace Manager.

John Baker, Sales Director

John began his career within the construction industry starting as a site supervisor assistant and worked up to running a small works project for a local construction company. After 6 years in the construction industry, John landed a position with a national constructions products supplier as a Technical Sales Exec. A few years on John was offered a position with a lifting gear hire and sales company in bristol and this was the start of his career within the lifting and engineering business. John joined Modulift in 2017 and supports the UK and European distributor and reseller network, identifying and developing new business opportunities with blue chip companies across many industries.

 

Lucy Brooker, Account Manager

After finishing College with a Beauty Therapy Level 3 NVQ qualification, recently engaged Lucy had a change of heart and decided to work for a local Engineering company for 4 years. In 2016 Lucy was snapped up by Modulift to work within the Sales Department alongside the Account Executive and works closely with customers to provide quotations, quickly and efficiently. Outside of work Lucy enjoys going to the gym and taking her two family dogs for long walks.

  

 

 

Coral Bolton, Account Executive

Coral has previously worked in sales and customer service roles within the pharmaceutical industry. Coral has developed great skills in building key customer relationships. Her experience and dedication to go above and beyond means that Coral will help with the continued success of Modulift. Outside of work Coral enjoys spending time on the beach and enjoying the sun!

 

 

 

Ellie Rose, Digital Marketing Apprentice

Ellie graduated in 2015 with a BA Hon's Photography degree, since then she has worked in America and travelled across Europe. In 2017 Ellie was employed by Modulift to be the second apprentice in the team specialising in Digital Marketing. Ellie works closely with the Marketing Manager in all day to day aspects of Marketing whilst working towards her NVQ Level 3. Ellie shows great passion to this industry and hopes to progress her marketing skills to a high quality level.

 

Andy Charlesworth, Business Development Manager

Andy started his career working for Bridon International in their accounts department before moving into Wire Sales.  Career progression over the next 18 years saw him cover a wide variety of Bridon’s product lines incl. wire, strand, ropes & rigging travelling to most of the world during this time.  After Bridon, sister company Crosby came calling and Andy became Sales Manager for UK, before being promoted to Sales Director for Northern Europe.  After 7 years at Crosby, he left the industry to spend more time with his wife and young family, coaching & even still trying to play football!  Andy has recently joined Modulift as Business Development Manager for UK & Europe to support our existing network of customers as well as develop new opportunities during these exciting times at Modulift.

Marcos Sanz Gomez, Senior Design Engineer

Marcos is Modulift's longest serving Mechanical Design Engineer, so he gets all the interesting and challenging custom lifting beam designs. He studied Industrial Engineering (MEng) in Barcelona (his birth place) and finished his Master's Thesis in Aberdeen. After working as a lead engineer for a big pump company and doing a postgraduate course in Project Management in Glasgow, he and his partner decided to move down to warmer and dryer climes, Poole. Here, shortly after moving, Marcos started working at Modulift in 2012. 

Hope Pearce, Design Engineer

Hope has been a part of the Engineering Team since 2015, where she originally started as a Draughtsperson and quickly rose to become a Junior Design Engineer. Before working at Modulift Hope attended the University of the West of England where she obtained a degree in Product Design Technology (BSc Hons). Her main day to day duties include completing complex customer enquries and rig drawings, along with working close with Simon and the Project's Team on the more QA dependant jobs. Outside of work Hope likes to bake, especially cupcakes which she regularly brings into the office for her colleagues to enjoy!

Matt Roberts, Project Engineer

Shortly after moving to the UK from South Africa , where he got his draughting qualification Matthew started his role at Modulift as a Draughtsperson. Since joining the team Matthew has now moved on to the role of Project Engineer and is part of the Projects Team. He takes care of custom projects as well as off-the-shelf products that may need to be enhanced with high levels of QA or proof load testing. Matthew has only been with Modulift since 2016 and looks forward to where his career will take him.

 

Melissa Wood, Sales Order Processing Co-Ordinator

Melissa completed education achieving A Levels in Biology, Psychology, Chemistry and Geography but didnt have a clear idea as to what career path to take to best utilise her talents. In 2015 Melissa joined Modulift as a Production Assistant and the role suited her so well that she quickly became a key member of the team. 18 months later her talents were recognised and she was appointed as a Supervisor. Melissa currently manages the whole Production Department, customer orders, transport, ordering of stock and purchasing.

Tom Sturt, Business Systems

 

Coming from a marine background Tom spent 5 years with BP Maritime Services. Following a period of further education, Tom graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Marine & Operations Management from Warsash Maritime Academy, obtaining a First Class Honours. Tom has developed into our Business Systems & Support Manager. Day to day Tom co-ordinates our Management Systems, relating to Quality, the Environment and Occupational Health and Safety, as well as maintaining Industry Approvals: FPAL, JOSCAR and UVDB, and has obtained the Practitioner accrediation with the Chartered Quality Institute.