Our Team

Our customer services team are experts in their field due to our continued training and development programmes. At Plater Group you will always deal with real people who care and want to build win-win relationships. We are all very proud of what we have achieved and the business we work in, which is why our team are passionate about removing our customers' headaches by utilising our technical capability and know-how. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Bruce Hendon

Bruce, founder and Managing Director of the Plater Group, is an entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in the chemical industry. Over the last ten years Bruce has steered Plater through a period of unprecedented growth, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, resulting in more than 10% average year-on-year growth in turnover and an increase from 15 employees on one site in 2008 to more than 60 staff across three UK sites in 2018. In addition to striving for commercial and professional excellence Bruce is an avid cyclist, enjoys sailing, skiing and is always on the lookout for the next adrenaline-fuelled pursuit.

Tel: +44 (0)1283 792600

Leanne Barton

Leanne is the Sales Manager of Plater Chemicals. She joined Plater Chemicals in 2011 after graduating with a B.A. Hons degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Leanne’s career has progressed from Office Manager, to Commercial Manager and currently​ leads a sales team. As Sales Manager she is passionate about business development, problem solving, and developing the company CRM system. Leanne is kept very busy enjoying family days out with her young daughter. She is a cheese lover; any cheese but particularly Brie and Camembert!

Tel: +44 (0)1283 792600

Tracey Redding

Tracey is the Customer Services Manager for Plater Chemicals and is based in the Alrewas office. She started as an administrator over 15 years ago and moved into sales before being promoted to her current position. She really enjoys her time at work and the team spirit created by her work colleagues.Tracey enjoys spending time with her family and friends. When she’s not enjoying the company of her 3 grandchildren, who keep her very busy, she loves gardening, cooking and walking her dog, Maisie, a cockerpoo.

Tel: +44 (0)1283 751046 (direct line)

Mina Thompson

Mina is the Purchasing Manager for Plater Group and based in Alrewas. She has a wealth of knowledge surrounding all aspects of the business having worked for the group for 14 years and is our go to person if we have any questions about the chemical industry. Away from work, Mina enjoys relaxing with her family and is also kept busy tending to her horses from early morning and after work, enabling her to compete at weekends.

Tel: +44 (0)1283 751047 (direct line)

Rose Davis

Rose works in Internal Sales at Plater Chemicals, Glossop and has worked at Plater since 2014. She has held various managerial positions in the education and retail sectors. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a huge Leicester City fan and enjoys following their success in the Premier league.

Tel: +44 (0) 1457 779 104

Michelle Douglass

Michelle works in Internal Sales at Plater Chemicals, Glossop and has worked at Plater since July 2015. Her background has been mainly in sales and customer service in the finance sector. In her free time, Michelle likes to travel in her campervan abroad and in the UK. Other hobbies include gym classes and swimming.

Tel: +44 (0) 1457 779 104

Louisa Smith

Louisa has four years experience in sales and joined the Plater Group team in February 2019. In order to secure her first position she volunteered in a charity shop for a year which lead to her progressing to a sales role in a call centre. Her areas of expertise are building a rapport with customers and her ability to fact find. She enjoys the thrill of hitting targets within her sales role and speaking to new people everyday. In Louisa’s free time she enjoys cooking and eating and she is mad about children and babies. She loves being a mummy to her three beautiful children and she also has a chihuahua called Allie.

Tel: +44 (0) 1457 779 104

Ben Jones

Ben, who joined Plater Group in February 2019 brings his fourteen years of experience working in the property industry to the Glossop based team. He is excited about the opportunity to utilise his skills in a new industry and is already finding the existing team members supportive and is enjoying the positive team morale. In his spare time Ben’s hobbies mainly revolve around anything to do with mixed martial arts, he’s been a huge UFC fan for over 20 years. He also supports Newcastle United and his dog, a Jack Russell and Shih Tzu cross, is called Waddle, after Chris Waddle!

Tel: +44 (0) 1457 779 104

Nadine Maughan

Nadine joined Plater Group in May 2018 and brings with her a wealth of experience in business and sales. She has worked in sales for over 20 years, previously as Business Manager for Philips and Business Development Consultant. She is excited about the prospects and diversity of her role at Plater and enthusiastic about applying her skills to provide positive customer support. Nadine enjoys spending quality time with family and anything connected to the great outdoors. including walking, camping and bike rides.

Tel: +44 (0)1283 792600

Joanne Montgomery

Joanne joined the Plater Team in December 2018 as Customer Services Administrator. She has a wealth of customer relations experience having worked within commercial vehicle maintenance, transport and logistics for a Mercedes Benz main dealership and BP Oil UK. Out of work Jo keeps busy walking her two greyhounds, Molly and Yiannis. She loves travelling to different countries and also enjoys eating out and likes all food, especially Italian!

Tel: +44 (0)1283 792600

Sally Moran

Sally joined Plater in 2016 and focuses on financial analysis, strategic planning and project management. Previously, she worked for Citigroup and Crédit Suisse Investment Banking in New York and London as a Vice President, specialising in advising US and European financial institutions on mergers & acquisitions and capital issuance. More recently, she has designed assessment data and progress tracking systems for primary and preparatory schools. She is a co-opted governor at the local high school.

Tel: +44 (0)1283 792600

Karen Potter

Karen joined Plater in January 2017 as Group Marketing Manager and brings with her a wealth of commercial sales and marketing experience. She has an impressive track-record of marketing planning, and brand management and has driven the elevation of Plater Group by organising key exhibition presence and increased group visibility via heightened PR activity. Karen likes to stay fit by running and regular circuit training and enjoys walking and travel.

Tel: +44 (0)1283 792600

Richard Sykes

Richard is the Technical Director of Plater Production. He is a chartered chemist and has over 35 experience in the manufacturing sector of the chemical industry, developing a wide experience of manufacturing, product and system development and process optimisation. He thrives on working closely with customers to find solutions to their operation and product manufacturing issues. Richard has played hockey since the age of 15 and now umpires which takes him all over the north of England and he is chairman of the umpire selectors for Yorkshire.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Emma Barber

Emma is the Production Services Manager and has worked at Plater Group since 2009. She travelled in Australia for 12 months and since joining Plater Group has progressed to her current position, consequently has a good operational knowledge and can help colleagues with situations as they arise. She has seen the company grow and progress and gets great satisfaction being part of the team. Spare time is spent supporting her daughter’s sporting talents in football and karate, walking her dog and spending time with friends and family.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Neil Rimmer

Neil is Safety, Health and Environmental Manager at Plater Group and has 40 years experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. His expertise is Occupational Safety & Health in which he has acquired NEBOSH qualifications. Neil keeps it Real out of work, including - Real football, Real music and Real ale.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Liz Rowarth

Liz is the QA Manager with over 20 years experience of Quality Assurance in manufacturing which includes dealing with external ISO accrediting bodies and their requirements. Her expertise is in Auditing, ISO Standards and QC methodologies. She finds her role challenging as every day is different and always something new to facilitate. Away from work Liz enjoys listening to music, going to gigs and shopping (mainly for shoes!!).

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Dr Reece Hall

Dr Reece Hall joined Plater Group in May 2018. He previously worked for Anton Parr, a manufacturer of scientific instruments, in their technical sales function. Reece was keen to join Plater Group so he can utilise the lab skills he gained whilst studying for his degree and PhD in chemistry. His role allows him to explore his expertise of research & development and analytical chemistry and he finds everyday is different and a new challenge. He is a keen follower of sport especially Formula 1 racing.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Serena Gillespie

Serena was Key Account Manager for 10 years for a supplier of machinery to the glass industry. She is now Production Services Assistant for Plater Group following the need for a new challenge in the chemical industry. She has a lot of experience of customer liaison and really enjoys interacting with people face to face or by telephone. It is really important to her to be part of a successful team. Serena loves going on long walks with her 2 huskies, spending time in her garden, reading and horse riding.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Shelagh Cross

Shelagh is Accountant at Plater Group since 2011. She began her career as a credit control administrator and has held subsequent positions in accounts departments processing invoices and payments. Professionally, she enjoys the varied tasks involved with managing the accounts department. Outside of work Shelagh enjoys walking her dog Maisie and spending time at her caravan in Anglesey with her family whenever possible.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Sara Wilkes

Sara is Accountant at Plater Group since 2012. She previously worked in accounts departments for over 10 years and is currently studying for an AAT Level 2 Accounting Certificate. Sara enjoys watching her son play football for Hollingworth Juniors, attending a local Military Fitness Class and spending time with friends and family.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Jade Miller

Jade is Accounts Assistant at Plater Group, Glossop. She has 3 years experience in accounts in the manufacturing industry and has achieved AAT level 3 Advanced Diploma in accountancy. She really enjoys working as part of a team and particularly relishes solving the problems that an accounts role can encounter. Jade has a diverse range of pets, from the cat and 2 dogs, Boxer (Lennox) and German Shepherd (Cesar) to a bearded dragon! In her spare time she is kept busy spending time with her husband and children enjoying family days out, long walks with the dogs and socialising with friends.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Danika Patterson

Danika joined Plater Group in February 2019 having previously gained level 2 in hairdressing prior to working in a call centre. She has always had aspirations to have a career in accounting and was attending college in the evening to obtain accounting qualification level 2. Danika recognises that despite her lack of experience Plater Group have given her a massive opportunity to excel in a professional career. She is now studying accounting via distance learning with the company sponsoring her to obtain the AAT professional Bundle, levels 2, 3 and 4. In her spare time, Danika likes going out with her friends.

Tel: +44 (0)1457 860006

Russell Sharp

Russell is the Technical Director of Plater Bio. He is experienced in both the academic world of plant science and the agrochemical industry. Focusing on the fertilizer and bio-stimulants sector, Russell works with key partners to deliver novel biological solutions in agriculture and horticulture. He specialises in plant biochemistry and physiology, crop nutrition, fertilizer formulation and biostimulant mode of action.

Tel: +44 (0)7815 940093

Mike West

Mike is the Business Manager of Daltrade Chemicals in Goole, East Yorkshire, with over 30 years’ experience in chemical handling and distribution. Outside of work his hobbies and interests include all sports, especially cricket and golf.

Tel: +44 (0)1430 430041

Rachel Parsons

Rachel is the Customer Services Manager for Plater High Purity. Having studied A-Level Business Studies at college and with an accounts and administration background she started work at Plater Group in 2012. Utilising the experience she has gained since managing Plater High Purity, she also assists with the organisation of Plater Bio. Rachel stays active by walking her golden retriever, Bailey, and participating in gym sessions. She enjoys an active social life, travelling and is a self confessed shopaholic

Tel: +44(0)1283 751044 (direct line)