She has worked in the decorative lighting industry since 1988, she’d like to think you couldn’t believe she could be that old, starting as a temp in the sales office before having spells managing the warehouse, heading the design team and product managing the lighting ranges for a number of major retailer customers.
‘I enjoy working in the lighting industry, seeing how styles and trends change as new innovations come along. As a Company we are fortunate to have a loyal and committed team and that assists us greatly in giving our customers great quality products and unrivalled service levels.’
After studying Accountancy at North Staffordshire University he started his working life training to be an accountant but after only a couple of years made the move to selling lights and hasn’t looked back since, that is apart from a brief, but enlightening, spell selling Ironing Boards and Dishcloths to the major DIY chains.
Being born and bred in Accrington, Dave is proud to have spent several seasons playing semi-professional football for Accrington Stanley, amongst others, in a long playing career but old age and injuries caught up with him some time ago so his hobbies are now resigned to watching sport whilst boring his kids with stories about ‘what it was like when I was a lad’.
Before joining the team at Simplex he gained a wide range of experience working in warehousing, production and Quality Control where he developed an appreciation of good Health and Safety practices, British and European standards, and manufacturing procedures, which he was able to pass on to his staff and colleagues to ensure the continuing improvements in the way the company operates.
A proud Yorkshireman, Tony has navigated the Pennines daily for many years come rain or shine; bringing with him the wit and wisdom that comes from a lifetime of working in a manufacturing environment. In his spare time he enjoys a round of golf to ease the frustrations of his busy schedule but that feeling usually only lasts about 5 holes!
Rugby Union dominated James’ youth, playing for teams in both Lancashire and Bedfordshire, and still drives his interest now, albeit from the touch line.
During her first year with Simplex, Julie headed up the company’s transition to a new ERP system and has played a key part in the improvement of systems and streamlining the business processes.
“I enjoy working on projects and love seeing a long term plan come to fruition as a result of a great team effort”
The majority of her spare time is spent at her holiday home in the Ribble Valley and she is currently learning to speak Spanish!
Before joining Simplex Tom worked as a merchandising executive for an online retailer. Prior to that he spent a few years living and working in Germany, before deciding that he missed the English weather.
Outside of work Tom enjoys hiking, with his favourite destination so far being the Swiss Alps but he is more likely to be found at the top of Pendle Hill or in the pub at the bottom.
Prior to working in the Lighting Industry Mark has experience of working in an FMCG environment and in Licensed Sportswear distribution and is used to dealing with Blue Chip companies delivering results on time, every time.
Danielle studied IT at Nelson & Colne College alongside Mathematics & English passing all 3 courses, after completing IT Danielle worked in various roles and found Administration suits her best.
Danielle’s interests out of work are baking, crafting, sewing, socialising & looking after her pet rabbits, Daisie & Masie.
Danielle is proud to have passed her driving test on the first attempt in 2015!
‘I enjoy working at Simplex Marketing, communicating with our customers and being part of a very good team!’
“The team at Simplex are so friendly, welcoming & helpful.”
Outside of work Tracey enjoys discovering beautiful places abroad with her husband Andy, when not at home pampering their cat Arnold.
Warehouse Team Leader
In my early years at Simplex I participated in some formal NVQ training supplied by an outside provider along with the full support of the Simplex management team. Having successfully completed the training I was selected from a nationwide group of candidates and invited to visit 10 Downing Street to meet the then Prime Minister Tony Blair. This was definitely one of the highlights of my working life and, although it was daunting at the time, it was an amazing experience.
I enjoy working at Simplex because of the team spirit and friendly working environment, which is helped by the fact there are so many long serving members of staff who seem to work well together.
I have now got a young family so outside of work I like to spend my free time with them and we particularly enjoy going swimming, wood trail walks and visits to the seaside, when the grim northern weather allows!
Quality Control & Warehouse Operative
Out of work I like to spend time with my young daughter, I enjoy watching the football (if that’s possible as a West Ham fan) and more recently I started playing darts again (that’s the sport not the 70’s pop group!).
The Warehouse Team
Antony, Michael, Chris, Stuart & Tony