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Amanda Thatcher - CEO and Founder
After completing a two year business studies course in Devon, Amanda (or Mandy to those who know her) worked in London at the headquarters of mechanical engineering company, CJB, as PA to the Construction Manager before promotion to Public Relations Officer. After marriage to Peter, co-founder of Safety First Manufacturing, she became involved in all aspects of the growing business from the ground up since the company was established in 1981. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia with her second husband, John, and their chocolate Labradoodle called Rosie-Peroni, who certainly deserves a mention in this short biographical! Mandy also has a son called Ben, who has been an Australian citizen since the age of 18.
Although enjoying the warm climate and lifestyle that Australia is famed for, Mandy remains totally involved in the Company, especially with regards to product development and business strategy as well as being mentor to the very capable Emily.
John Thatcher - Company Secretary
John attended London Imperial College and then Leeds University, where he gained a BSC (Hons) in Science and Technology. Subsequent to this, John studied Management at Plymouth University and then ran a firm for over 30 years in manufacturing for global markets. Currently living and working in Australia, John is heavily involved in eco-technologies and is married to the boss of Safety First Manufacturing!
Emily Wright, LLB - Managing Director
Emily has been a part of Safety First Manufacturing for 11 years and has held the position of Managing Director for 5 years. Emily completed her Law & Politics degree at Cardiff University in 2000. Her previous experience includes management roles within the waste management and hospitality sectors. Emily moved to Devon in 2002 and loves living in the West Country, with regular visits to her extended family in London. Emily is an ambassador to a local government training organisation and actively encourages young people into the industry.
Nicola Kimber - Customer Service Manager
Nicola has been with Safety First Manufacturing for an incredible 16 years! She started her career in the hotel industry doing hospitality and catering while studying at Plymouth College of Further Education. She was shortly afterwards taken on as Office Junior for Safety First in 1999. An integral part of the team at Safety First, she is responsible for ensuring that the needs of our customers are met to the very highest standards.
Sharon Shaw - Marketing Manager
Sharon has held a position with Safety First Manufacturing for 4 years. She is responsible for ensuring that our product and service offerings are communicated to our customers, prospective customers and related agencies via both traditional and modern marketing channels and via events. She is also qualified in graphic design (qualified from Plymouth College of Art), and designs/manages the company corporate identity and printed and online marketing materials. Her previous experience was within the IT and e-commerce industries. She also has experience within publishing, having worked with Usborne Publishing in London. In her spare time, she loves to hit the beach with her bodyboard or sit down at her easel with her oil paints!
Jackie Lax - Finance Manager
Jackie joined us January 2009 and has quickly become a very important member of the Safety First crew. Born in Dunstable, Beds, an avid Luton Town supporter, sports mad Jackie moved to Plymouth in 1994. Jackie worked for 8 years with Becton Dickinson. She then had a short spell as an Estate Agent, until she realised the error of her ways and returned to the books!
Gareth Neale - Production Supervisor
Gareth's main area of expertise is welding and he is our bespoke frame specialist. He is solution-focused in his work and will always try every avenue to get the job done. He has worked for SFM Tusker for 14 years, during which time he has been very well known for his love of festivals. So, if you think you see a Tusker Bandana on someone's head at Glastonbury, it may well be him! It has to be said that festival-going is not his first love - his daughter Hannah will always be top of the list.
Shaun Williams - Head of Embroidery
Shaun is artistic, flamboyant and extremely passionate about textiles and fabrics. He instantly knows what textiles and fabrics will work will what type of embroidery or printing and how to piece it all together. As with some other key players in the company, Shaun has been with SFM Tusker for the last 14 years. He loves to collect anything collectable. For a long time, he has supported St Luke's Hospice undertaking a great deal of charity work.