Meet the team

Meet the management team

Committed to excellence

John Lawrenson
Managing Director

John joined Saint Gobain in 2002 where he initially worked in the glass business before being appointed to the role of managing director for Calders and Grandidge in 2012.

As managing director, he is responsible for the overall strategy and performance of the business and this starts with Health and Safety which is always a priority. After this, John’s main areas of focus are employees and customer satisfaction. Calders and Grandidge has a long history in the timber supply and treatment market and John’s vision is to ensure the strong growth of the business by being focussed on customers now and into the future.

John Secker
Business Director

John is the Business Director for the site in Boston and has overall responsibility for the general and strategic management of our activities and the performance of the business.

John’s passion to work within the timber industry started when he was 16 years old and he is proud to work for the market leaders in timber preservation with a great team of experienced knowledgeable colleagues.

John also sits on the board of the Wood Protection Association who are dedicated to improving the performance and value of wood as a sustainable construction material.

Shaun McGarry
Commercial & Finance Director

Shaun joined Calders and Grandidge in 1998 as Finance Manager bringing a wide range of skills and experience from other sectors.

Shaun led the implementation of our IT system across both Calders and Grandidge and PDM in 2004 and his role expanded to include the procurement of raw materials in 2008.

In 2012, Shaun became the Commercial and Finance Director for the Saint Gobain Poles businesses, with responsibility for our Utility customers, procurement and Finance across the UK and Ireland.

Matt Price
EHS Manager

The primary purpose of Matt's role is to manage, champion and promote Health, Safety, staff well-being and Environmental excellence by organising, monitoring, advising and training employees at all levels. In addition to responsibility for the maintenance of the EHS management system, a significant focus of the role is to lead improvement in all aspects of EHS performance. This includes leading major EHS capital investment projects. A key member of the senior management team, Matt manages all company sustainability issues and leads the setting, monitoring and presenting KPI’s that align with the EHS strategy for Calders and Grandidge.

Rob Lonsdale
Technical Manager

Rob joined Calders & Grandidge in 1994 and has enjoyed several varied positions throughout his career before starting his current role as Technical Manager in 2012.

With a firm background in manufacturing, product quality and procurement, as well as being a key member of the Management Team for Calders and Grandidge, Rob’s responsibilities include; day to day contract management, sales to new and existing customers in the Pole and Track markets as well as providing technical support to all areas of the business.

Mike Lisney
Sales Manager

Mike joined Calders & Grandidge in 2014 as Sales and Marketing Manager for National and Export Sales within the Fencing and Gates sector.

Mike’s responsibilities include overseeing and continuing the growth of Sales within the Fencing and Gate market coupled with the overseeing of the five sales personnel, in addition he also oversees the Marketing and Digital Media department.

He is also responsible for the planning of trade shows the company attends and new product development as well as being a key member of the Management Team for Calders and Grandidge.

Dave Johnson
Production Manager Fencing Gates & Track

David joined Calders & Grandidge in 2003 as a Quality Inspector before joining the fence and gate production team of which he has risen to become manager.

David’s responsibilities include overseeing the production of the Fencing and Gate departments, ensuring safety, efficiency and providing the timely delivery of customer’s orders.

He is also responsible for the purchasing of the raw material and operation of the kilns, ensuring that the product is at the correct condition for optimum preservation.

Mick Shooter
Operations Manager

Mick joined Calders and Grandidge in 2013 from a non-related industry at a time when the company began the journey to profile Health and Safety as the core KPI for the business. This mantra continues along with the aim to facilitate change, introduce new working systems using 5S and LEAN techniques to develope strong quality, service and productivity ethics.

The Track and Pole team comprises of 30 colleagues and Mick’s prime responsibility is to ensure he and his colleagues work to the highest possible standards for Health, Safety, and Environmental compliance. Aiming to continuously improve efficiency, Mick’s objective is to proactively evolve as the lowest cost producer of an On Time In Full culture.

Darrel Whiley
Poles Production Manager

Darrel joined Calders and Grandidge as an apprentice and has worked his way through the ranks to be the position of Production Manager of Poles.

His primary focus is to ensure continual growth of this sector of the business, whilst maintaining the core values of the company. He is responsible for a team of 25 men and has control of all KPI’s relating to the poles fabrication and treatment as per our customer’s requirements.

David Walker
Transport & Logistics Manager

David Joined Calders and Grandidge in 2010 and is accredited to Transport Manager CPC both national and international.

 Working as the Transport and Logistics Manager David Oversees a team of 10 commercial drivers and 2 Transport Co-ordinators.  The team is driven to deliver excellent levels of customer service by building strong relationships and being able to discuss all delivery requirements with all our customers.

 David also plans the fleet maintenance Preventative Maintenance schedules and reactive maintenance  to ensure that the entire fleet of both commercial vehicles and mobile plant are kept to high service levels to ensure their safety when operating both on road and on site.

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