The Trent Refractories Team

Meet The Team

Katy Moss - Managing Director

Katy Moss - Managing Director

Katy began managing the business after her late father and founder (Robert Crossland) of Trent passed away in 2011. The importance of maintaining the family business that Bob had worked most of his years in building is what motivates her. Having a background in business management, finance and customer relationships Katy believes that Service and Quality should be of the highest standard in everything we do and continues to strive for this. Katy said "My aim is to continue to build upon the firm foundations of this business; to make our company one that people want to buy from because of our values and ethics whilst also delivering best value for our customers".

Stan Franey - Commercial Manager

Stan Franey - Commercial Manager

Stan has joined us as Commercial Manager, having spent almost 40 years in the Industrial and Refractory Minerals Business, Stan brings a wealth of industry knowledge and commercial experience at a senior level. Stan said "I am delighted to join the team at Trent. I am a strong believer in the ‘Customer is King’ approach to business. What attracted me to Trent was its commitment on providing great products and exceptional customer service. Something a lot of companies have completely lost sight of. There is a strong focus on innovation and growing the company. Trent conducts all its business in an open and honest way".

Zena Carden – Laboratory & Technical Manager

Zena Carden - Laboratory & Technical Manager

Zena brings an abundance of technical knowledge in the refractory industry, having worked her way through the ranks in a major refractory company. She is highly respected amongst her peers and her practical, no nonsense approach to her work is refreshing. She is not afraid to get stuck in and can give effective straight forward solutions without jargon.

Rebecca Kennedy - Sales Co-ordinator

Rebecca Kennedy - Sales Manager

Rebecca’s role is to manage and engage with all existing and new customers by building strong, honest relationships to improve our business moving forward. Previously having worked as a Senior Manager in Banking and Finance assisting personal and commercial customers for 26 years and then in the Construction industry, the Refractory and Manufacturing industry is something relatively new for her and she enjoys applying her skills here. Rebecca said "Having worked with Katy in the past I trust her work and business ethos. I know that she is always fully committed to doing her upmost for both clients and staff".

Chris Wood - Operations Manager

Chris Wood - Operations Managerr

Chris Wood, Operations Manager, brings a wealth of experience as an operational leader from the manufacturing, industrial and automotive sectors. For most of his career, Chris was highly committed to providing both operational and production efficiencies within these sectors, dedicated to developing effective process, lean manufacturing and change management his ability to deliver speaks for itself. He brings with him a professional, logical and common-sense thinking attitude and approach whilst working very closely with others around him, along with a drive to succeed, develop our business and take it to the next level it deserves.

John Oakley - Product Development Manager & Director

John Oakley - Research & Development Manager

Our longest serving, a dedicated founder member of the team having started the company with Bob Crossland back in 1989. John has years of experience behind him in the Steel and Refractory industry. He has intrinsic knowledge of our products, processes and applications and if you have a problem, chances are john has seen it before and can add something to the process. John said "The history of this company is really important, it’s a long standing family company and it drives our reputation.

Paul Stancer - Technical & Process Specialist

Paul Stancer - Technical & Process Specialist

Paul joins the team to assist in a quality and process capacity. He has a long and varied career in the industry so if you have an issue, chances are he will know the cause.

Stephanie Atkinson - Production Planner

Stephanie Atkinson - Production Planner

Stephanie joined us in 2014 and has been instrumental in making changes in the office to improve and make efficiencies. She takes care of the financial administration side of the business together with shipping. Previously having worked for a large multi-national company with a strong focus on customer satisfaction and product quality in a managerial role, Stephanie wanted a change of career path and is now studying her AAT level 4. Stephanie said "4 words about Trent; reputation, integrity, ethical, bespoke".

Brian Speight - Production Supervisor

Brian Speight - Production Supervisor

Brian has worked for Trent Refractories since he was 15 years old, starting out on a YTS scheme he has learned every aspect of production over the years.

Caroline England - Office Administrator

Caroline England - Office Administrator

Caroline joins us with 20 years’ experience, a conscientious work ethic and traditional values. She originally worked for her father for a small local business, this is what sparked her interests in accounts and administration along with a strong focus on customer service and loyalties. She believes working within a good team with like-minded people is an important aspect of her job. Caroline said "Success is about hard work, smart thinking and a team that is passionate".

Georgina Nicol - Accounts Administrator

Georgina is the newest recruit to the Trent Refractories office team. Taking over the financial administration for the business, using experience she has gained from working in an accountancy practice at the beginning of her career. She is currently working towards gaining her ACCA qualification and ICB Diploma in Payroll Management. Georgina said "I’ve had a great start here at Trent. Getting to know the team has been a privilege and becoming more involved in the business has given me a sense of how important it is to prioritise high standards of quality and service”.

Vincent Dunderdale - Large Precast Team Leader

Vincent Dunderdale

Vinnie has been with us for almost a quarter of a century working in our large precast division and heads up this area now for the company, he has a lot of ideas for improvements in his new role.

James Whitelam - Monolithic Team Leader

James Whitelam

Joined Trent when he was just 18 years old and is an incredibly dedicated member of the team. James is about to embark on an ILM level 3 course in Supervision at the AMRC in Sheffield.

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