Meet The Team

Katy Moss

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"

John Oakley

John Oakley – Product Development Manager & Director

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"

Michael Carr – Operations Manager

Michael Carr – Operations Manager

As the Operations Manager at Trent Refractories Michael brings with him over 28 years of Manufacturing experience found working within large organisations. He will be continuously looking to transfer the skills and techniques learned from manufacturing industry and production roles into Trent Refractories, optimising resources across all aspects of the company. The key principles include communication, 5S & lean manufacturing, organisation experience and problem solving skills to help u all flourish to our full potential.

Tony Clarkson

Tony Clarkson – Technical Sales Manager

Tony started out in a laboratory and worked his way up the ranks all the way to Company Director and Owner of another Refractory company.

His knowledge covers every aspect of the company.

His arrival has given a fresh perspective and he has supported the business in improvements that have been made. He understands the pressures and issues customers face and works with them to engineer solutions. Always putting our customers first he is an asset to our team.

Tony said "I am really enjoying working in the refractory industry again. Trent has an excellent history behind it and I am looking forward to helping to ensure it's continued success. We are very customer focused & strive to exceed expectations."

Stephanie Atkinson-Skinn

Stephanie Atkinson-Skinn – Accounts Administrator

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"

Rebecca Kennedy

Rebecca Kennedy – Sales Co-ordinator

Newly appointed to the team 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 more recently in the Construction industry, the Refractory and Manufacturing industry is something new for her and she is looking forward to 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".

Ian Moss

Ian Moss – Laboratory Manager

Having worked for Trent most of his life Ian is a dedicated team member who cares about the company and the people he works with. Ian has spent his years at Trent working and developing new products in our laboratory to meet our customers needs.

Later this year he celebrates 25 years service with the company.

Ian said "Our heritage is really important to me. Our greatest strength is good customer service, we are small and flexible and can turn around products quickly. Trent has a quality product that can outperform others."

Shop Floor Operatives

Shop Floor Operatives

Some of our operatives have worked for the company since it began, this brings with it a great amount of practical experience and it is a culture of ‘doing’ and ‘getting stuck in’ which has made us who we are.

We are a Living Wage employer, the vast majority of our staff are paid more than the Living Wage.

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