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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 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, born in Kent 1978 came to Safety First Manufacturing in 2004 as a PA to Mandy while she was still living in the UK. Prior to this, Emily completed her Law & Politics degree at Cardiff University in 2000 and after a short stint managing a pub in Reading, she then worked as a Sales Manager for a waste management company. Emily moved to Devon in 2002 and loves living in the West Country, with regular visits to her extended family in London. Emily enjoys an incredible friendship with Mandy and was lucky enough to visit both Mandy and her husband at their home in Australia last year. Emily is an ambassador to a local government training organisation and actively encourages young people into the industry.
Nicola (or Nic as she’s best known!) has been with Safety First Manufacturing for an incredible 10 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. Since then Nic has become an immensely valuable member of staff, loved by customers and colleagues alike. Nic was married in 2007 and lives with her husband Liam. She is totally obsessed with 80’s pop music and pop trivia. Anyone unlucky enough to challenge her to a game of “Buzz” should quit while they’re ahead!
Faye joined our team as Emily’s assistant in 2005. Largely working on our fashion and embroidery divisions, Faye has an extremely varied role, including sales, purchasing, pattern cutting, pattern design, digitising and generally being a wonderful support to the team. Faye studied fashion at Plymouth College of Art & Design and then spent 2 years working for Royal Mail and was pleased to eventually find a role within the clothing industry with Safety First Manufacturing. Faye has been with her partner Steve for 11 years and they live together with their cat Tag. Faye may appear quiet and unassuming, but those dealing with her needn’t be fooled. Faye becomes an absolute demon in a go-kart and quite frankly shouldn’t be messed with!
Jackie joined us January 2009 and has quickly become a very important member of the Safety First crew (crew becoming relevant shortly, please read on!). 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 as their Accounts Person. She then had a short spell as an Estate Agent, until she realised the error of her ways and returned to the books! Jackie is immensely organised and doesn’t take fools lightly and a huge part of her social life/weekends/annual leave/any available moment sailing – she competes in IRC Class Yacht Racing. Jackie lives with her partner Nigel in Plymouth.
Nigel has been with SFM Tusker for nearly 10 years now and is well experienced in all aspects of production. His engineering background has served him very well in establishing himself as an expert in cutting and welding bay design. He is always happy to speak to customers, both on the phone and visiting in person to help with any technical advice needed. Nigel has an excellent talent in terms of freehand technical drawing and has a fantastic ability to draw something explained over the phone to him. You will probably recognise him as being one of our 'in-house' models, which we know he enjoys much more than he'll ever let on!
Gareth is Welsh and very proud of it. His 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 around 10 years now 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 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 10 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.
Although Sam works for SFM Tusker on a consultancy basis, he is very much part of the team and enjoys a close working relationship with the management. He predominantly looks after the administration of the website as well as design work, such as promotional material and business stationery. A laptop is never far away from him, although Sam is very much a family man. He lives just over the border in Cornwall with his wife and (expanding) family.
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