Meet the Team

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Ken

Founder of the Group


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image Was it really 1990 when I came up with the idea of Industrial Catalogue? 23 years and still going strong. I strongly believe that our company has both a professional and honest approach to every aspect of our business. The team at The Workplace Depot has been developed and encouraged to give the best customer service possible. image
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Everything that's bad for me – beer, wine, cheese, bread, late nights, long hours and walnut whips (If you don't know what a walnut whip is, please contact me immediately as you had to have tasted this delicacy before you die.)

Dislikes
Same as most people I reckon, people not returning calls, not doing what they say they will do and litter. Do people really need to throw rubbish out of the window?

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My photo above gives no clue to the fact my hair started turning grey at the age of 21!!! Grey has now been taken over by white. So too late to reach for the bottle of dye.
 
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Wendy

Company Director


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image As a Director of the company, I was very much part of any major decisions made within The Workplace Depot. I am now concentrating heavily on my own renovation projects and have taken more of a non-executive role within our family run company. image
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Australia, Building and renovating houses, Naturopathic medicine, Swimming, Quality family time

Dislikes
Builders with attitude!

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Wendy’s real name is Joan
 
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Steve M.

Managing Director


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image I came up with the idea of The Workplace Depot brand during my time at The University of Nottingham. The original idea originated from the fact that an individual would go to B & Q for DIY products, PC World for a personal computer or Clintons for that all important mothers day card, but where would a business go for their workplace items? Where would you buy a grit bin or a storeroom trolley or even some warehouse shelving? With this in mind The Workplace Depot was born. A simple idea creating a brand providing everything for the workplace! image
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Politics, Architecture, Partying, Squash

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Cheese, Negative people, Brutalist architecture, Bob Crow

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Steve intends to go in to politics by the age of 35.
 
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Michelle

Operations & Sales Manager


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image I’ve been with the company for 15 years. I oversee sales, general day to day running of the office and more recently the putting together of the catalogue. image
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Chocolate, The seaside

Dislikes
Ignorance, Game shows

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Qualified nursery nurse and blue belt in Shotokan karate.
 
 
 
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Katie

Reseller Sales


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image The New Girl! I started at The Workplace Depot as reseller manager in June 2013, I have really settled in and felt like part of the team straight away! My role is developing the reseller side of the business, maintaining relationships with existing resellers and obtaining new business.
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Good Food, Champagne & Cocktails! , Spending time with friends and family, Visiting new places, Music, Architecture, Fashion, Home furnishing design, Vintage cars

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Don't like - Spiders … or any kind of insect actually, Littering, Rude people…(unnecessary.... a smile costs nothing), Crocs (the shoes)

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Looking very grumpy in the photo… very unlike me … it must be the Hat!! As you can see I am brunette and was born brunette but for a year when I was a toddler my hair turned bright blonde & then returned to brunette again… (maybe my mum had an accident with a bottle of bleach…?)
 
 
 
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Emma

‪Customer Service Executive‬


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image ‪I have been with the company for 5 years. I am sales admin and I am responsible for processing all incoming orders, all telephone and email enquiries and quotations. I work closely with Jo in Sales & Deliveries to ensure we give the customers the best delivery times and customer service we can.‬ image
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‪Music, ‬Good food, ‬Exploring new places, ‬Travelling, ‬Holidays, ‬Camping, ‬Festivals‬

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‪Rude & grumpy people, being late and people who are late.‬

Quick fact
Can fit into a household washing machine.
 
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Jo

‪Customer Service & Deliveries


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image I have been with the company for 7 ½ years. I look after the production and transportation of our Mobile Safety Step range, due to their size. I also support the sales team with customer service, liaising with suppliers, carrier information etc. In my spare time I am part of the online ‘Etsy’ marketplace which promotes handmade and vintage goods from all over the world. My shop Bookarelli has quirky and original items I hand craft from old and new books, so at home I am often under a cloud of book confetti!
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Custard creams, eating out and the smell of cut grass

Dislikes
Frogs, winter mornings and parsnips (devils food!)

Quick fact
I once had a pet robin
 
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Natalie

‪Customer Service Executive‬


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image I am the newbie at The Workplace Depot, I joined the sales team in March 2014 as a Customer Service Advisor. My main duties are to follow up orders, making sure the customer receives their order on time and that they are happy with everything and to also deal with any enquiries. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym and walking my dog Bailey. My mission is to save lots of money to buy my dream home by 2015, which at the moment is proving quite difficult due to my shopping addiction.
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East enders, festivals, crazy, drunken nights out with my friends, spending time with my family who live in Cambridge (I relocated from Cambridge in 2013), cheese, sweet potato.

Dislikes
Insects, wind and rain, traffic, rude inconsiderate people. People that do not clear up dog mess and the fact that horses can leave their mess.

Quick fact
When I was 16 I was a TV extra on ITV’s ‘Life Begins’ with Caroline Quentin.
 
 
 
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Matt

Head of Digital


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image In the voice of David Attenborough… "Matt is a strange creature. He spends most of his day hiding in a dark corner or basement analysing data and strategising. He extracts high volumes of caffeine from liquid forms which allows him to work throughout the night. Occasionally he can be seen in broad daylight hunting for food, usually between the hours of 1-2pm." image
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Websites, Coffee, Photography, Technology, Gadgets, Blogging, Nature, Business, Science, Music, Travelling, American food.

Dislikes
Vegetables, Laziness, Inefficiency, Hollyoaks.

Quick fact
My fridge is half full with around 20 flavours of coffee beans.
 
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Richard

Website Editor


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image Degree in History & Politics and various qualifications in financial services and I.T. Every day I try and dream up ways to promote our websites and write 'interesting' things about kerb ramps, cable protectors, sack trucks and the like. I enjoy football and rugby (watching) and badminton and cycling to keep fit (well less un-healthy). From a 'brain' point of view I like biographies, art and dabling in shares. image
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Heavy metal, Indian curries, Strong coffee, Marmite, Cake, Trees, Dexter

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'I don't like liars, cheats; bullshitters, schmoozers and arselickers' (to quote Alan Sugar). Also hate cellery, flip flops, migraines, cruelty to animals (or people), Coventry

Quick fact
I once went from California to New York on a Greyhound bus in 5 days (about 3,000 miles)
 
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Chris B.

Web Executive


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image I consider myself as a straightforward guy with a passion for music, space science and of course online marketing. Marketing is my profession and I like tinkering with small details until the outcome looks impressive. When I am not at my desk, you can find me reading some classics by Dickens, Hardy etc. Not a fan of eBook or Smartphone but love exploring new things. image
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One Direction, I am an admirer of Michio Kaku. Yeah, you knew it already; I love the ‘Web’

Dislikes
Hate sports that I do not understand, Politics, Cold weather

Quick fact
As a school boy, I won speed eating championship
 
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Shruti

Web Executive


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image I graduated from Calcutta University after studying English (hons.). I also hold a post-graduate diploma degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Bhavan’s college (Calcutta) and a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass communication from SMU (India).
I started my career as a journalist in January 2010. In my writing career, I have had experience of writing press releases, blog posts, meta tags, link baiting articles, page content and social media content. I have worked for The Workplace Depot since April 2013 and am enjoying my role. My interests are music, internet, cooking, badminton, photography, dance, reading and writing.
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I love to travel and am fond of exploring every aspect of Mother Nature. I love writing poems in languages I know. Sense of humour, impressive oratory, delicious food, good odour and flowers are my turn ons. I enjoy dancing and have given on-stage dance performances on classical and semi-classical. I am also a frequent on-stage host/anchor. I am a huge Cristiano Ronaldo fan!

Dislikes
I am highly allergic to hypocrites and bad body odour. Uninvited guests, people with short-temperament easily annoy me. Lizards are my biggest haunt.

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I am fond of collecting quotes from web/books and love experimenting with my looks. I have won beauty and singing contests in past.
 
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Sean

Social Media Executive


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image I came to The Workplace Depot to learn and that is exactly what I have been doing. We have a great team and I am trying my hardest to soak up information like a sponge. I plan on staying here for some time. image
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Twitter, Gym, Films, Food, Fashion.

Dislikes
Not learning quickly enough.

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I buy, repair, refurbish and sell high-end watches in my spare time. Not so long ago, Pixie Lott touched my hand!
 
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Jess

Web Journalist


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image Hello, I'm Jess! I have only been with the company since November 2012 but it feels longer than that! If you do happen to have a read of the blog, then you will notice that my name appears on most of them as it is part of my job. I also write product descriptions now and again and I write articles for different websites. image
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I am a massive curry fan! I am also an outdoors person and I try and get out as much as I can whether I am out on the horse, walking, cycling etc. What else? Football, Top Gear and a brilliant reality TV programme.

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If I had to avoid one living creature it would be a caterpillar! They are horrible! I also have a big fear of needles and I don't like the taste of mushrooms.

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I taught my reared lamb to play football.
 
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Derek

Web Developer


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image I have been building e-commerce websites since 1998, starting out with Sony in the prehistoric dial-up era, when Google didn't exist and social networking involved fax machines. I've been working with The Workplace Depot since April '12 and spend most of my time coding new site features, whilst occasionally breaking older ones! image
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German weissbier, city break holidays, all Apple computer products from the last 10 years, hair clippers, LARGE plasma televisions showing high-definition movies, dishwashers.

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Flying, ALL TV shows that involve voting via text, airport security, films set in time older than 20 years (at time of viewing), house work.

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I have Koumpounophobia which is an irrational fear of buttons. Especially loose, creepy ones that sneak in to my flat at night and hide under the sofa.

 

 
 
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Steve N.

Financial Controller


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image I am Steve, I have been with the company since March 2013 and enjoying it very much, I am here on a daily basis to help improve the company’s efficiency and implement cost savings and find ways to increase profit and to improve reporting along with analysis for detailed management information. I have been doing accounts and this type of role for the past 20 years and have always enjoyed being involved in the role as it is rewarding to see your efforts making a physical and actual difference. image
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Holidays, Football, Dogs, Quiz, Music, Weekends with friends & family

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Waiting in traffic, Feeling ill, Being late, Early mornings, Aggressive people and gardening or any kind of DIY

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I have a fear of butterflies and moths being near me – as I think that they have a personal mission to attack me.
 
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Steve D.

Credit Controller


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image I have been with the company as an accounts assistant nearly 3 years and studying for the AAT qualification. My role is the day to day running of the finance department. In my spare time I play for Bingham town football club and generally like to get out and about. image
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Sports, Travelling, Socialising, Nottingham Forest

Dislikes
Heights, Horses

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I once ran around Bingham in a wig, dress and heels as a bet.
 
 
 
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Sheetal

Graphic & Web Designer

image Hi! I am Sheetal. If you are flattered by this website's design then I would be more than happy to take the credits for impressing. Over five years, my focus has been on making websites look pretty, posh, interesting and sophisticated. Whether it's a catalogue, website, e-mail campaign, banner ad or print advert, I would give my best to make it look amazing. I love 'Designing' and my passion for it is bound to remain with me forever. image
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Organising & Planning, Zumba, Calligraphy, Cappuccino, Sleeping, Acting, Thai Cuisine

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Credit Cards, Black Olives, Spiders, Laziness, Sprouts, Dishonesty, Unreliablility

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Married same person twice. Knows five languages. Wanted to become a doctor.
 
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Thom

Catalogue Designer


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image When I'm not wrangling recalcitrant products onto the page of our catalogue, I can mostly be found tidying up after my children and wondering if it is too early for a glass of wine. image
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Cats, Beer, Lego

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Prof Brian Cox, Leeks, Windows, Facebook

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It is now three weeks since I last threw a naughty child's toy out of the bathroom window. This is a new record.
 
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Caroline

Catalogue Administrator


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image 8 GCE O-Levels, 2GCE A-Levels (Geography and Biology), RSA Typing (yes, manual typewriter) and Shorthand (yes, paper and pencil!). 11 years with the company in various positions now involved with catalogue production, in particular pricing, and web update.  image
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Sunny weather. Music - Coldplay. Reading books - paper not electronic versions. Wordfeud on Android. Pub quizes - or rather an excuse to go to the pub!

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McDonalds. Olives - no matter how many times I try them. James Blunt "You're Beautiful"

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A secret "comper"! The earliest was an essay competition when I was 8 at a Pontins holiday entitled "My Mum" which won a prize for both me and my mum. My best win has to be the Caribbean Holiday for a family of 4.
 
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Chris L.

Cameraman & Editor


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image I am the resident Videographer and Photographer. Anything to do with video or photography I am all over it like a rash. I love it. I have created hundreds of product demos for our website and even created a motion graphic advert. image
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Reading, Writing, Making/Watching films, Photography, Doctor Who, Music, Video Games, TV, Whiskey, Rum, Cider, Walking, Cycling, Gadgets and Technology.

Dislikes
Having to write up lists of my likes and dislikes.

Quick fact
1998 Ages 10 and under local Quick Cricket champion.
 
 
 
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Ben

Wa‪rehouse ‬O‪perative‬

image Hi I’m Ben and I work in the warehouse, picking and preparing orders for our customers. I love the physical nature of my role and the challenge that comes with working with products of all different shapes and sizes. image
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‪I’m a huge football fan and love to play whenever possible. I also like Comedies, Mexican food and Corona.‬

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I don’t dislike many things but I’m not a fan of people who don’t have a sense of humor. Life is too short.

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I have a picture of Alan Shearer holding a picture of me. It’s my claim to fame.
 
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Dave

Wa‪rehouse ‬O‪perative‬


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image Hi I am Dave and have been working for the company for approximately 8 years carrying out general warehouse duties, delivering goods and general repair work. image
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Chinese food, Drink, Gardening, Angry birds, and Midget gems

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Men with ponytails, Cheese, Yogurt, Spiders

Quick fact
I once had money until I got married.
 
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John

Warehouse Deliveries


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image As part of the Workplace Depot transport team, my role within the company is to deliver our Mobile Safety Step and Access platforms to customers on time. I pride myself on the service we can provide, as these sometimes very large units require special handling and transportation to guarantee a safe delivery and ensure a satisfied customer. We do use other couriers as a company, but having our own transport gives the Workplace Depot the flexibility to meet that special delivery requirement as and when needed. Happy customers return with future orders with confidence, knowing delivery of these items will be second to none. image
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Roast Dinners, Steam Rallies, Road Travel

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Sea Food, the smell of Rum, rude Children

Quick fact
I once roller skated from London to Brighton in one day for charity.
 
 
 
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Jason

Head of Manufacturing


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image As part of the Workplace Depot Manufacturing team – I head the manufacture of our full  range of Mobile Safety Steps, Access Platforms and bespoke units as well as various other products which are all manufactured here in the UK.  Quality is of the upmost when it comes to our product range, we are able to offer the control when it comes to excellence in machine fabrication, keeping British Manufacturing very much a part of the industry. image
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Fishing, Camping, Italian food

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Cricket, Jellied eels, Crocodiles

Quick fact
I once had a dog who could fetch a bottle of beer out of the fridge for me.
 

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