THE PEOPLE OF BLAKE
Now operating in multiple locations across the UK, we are proud to provide you with the ultimate in both service and expertise.
Get to know our various departments and learn a little more about the staff that are so integral to the success of Blake!
Meet Michael: Blake's CEO and a driven, motivated individual. Never at a loss for ingenious ideas, Michael believes there is no such thing as 'can’t be done'. He is always focussed on Blake's strategic direction and vision, and his constant innovation ensures we remain ahead of the competition at all times!
"I would call myself a visionary with an impulsive desire to be better, and an inbred passion for sales and marketing."
The Director responsible for all our innovation and development, Tim is particularly passionate about our sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and ensures these vital values are the beating heart of the Blake organisation.
"We aim for absolute sustainability in everything we do. Every touch point: from the first contact with Blake, through to the delivery of the final product. We have to echo consistency."
Over the course of his impressive 17 years with us, Alun has built a fantastic knowledge of the Blake products and supply chain and has had the opportunity to visit each and every one of our suppliers, building strong relationships. As our Quality & Compliance Manager, his many responsibilities include conducting regular supplier reviews and ensuring our suppliers deliver according to specifications.
“I’m an Adult Volunteer and the Commanding Officer of Yeovil Sea and Royal Marine Cadets, and oversee the development mentally, physically, technically and spiritually of 95+ cadets, offering a fantastic experience and opportunity to gain valuable life skills! I find this very rewarding passing on my skill set from my time in the military with the ROYAL Tank Regiment.”
A great listener despite being one of the loudest personalities in the office, Andy handles all of our IT systems and data analysis, and is capable of providing a miracle solution to even the most impossible issues!
"Mornings can be a problem until I have my first coffee, then the class clown tends to wake up, minus the big feet and silly car!"
An in-depth knowledge of envelopes, postal packaging products and print developed over 25 years makes Cat an invaluable member of the Blake team. As Office and Sales Manager in our North Manchester hub, she does a fantastic job of prospecting and growing customer accounts through product knowledge, problem solving and rapport building.
"I'm shaped by travel; music and flying T6 WW2 trainer planes, doing aerobatics in Florida... I also have a Richard III obsession and am fascinated by his real character and the victors rewriting history to suit their own end – I love to delve until I know what makes people tick!"
Cool, calm and collected, Dario works remotely in our Edinburgh hub as Regional Account Handler. Responsible for managing Blake customers mainly within Scotland and Ireland, Dario's customers appreciate having such a trusted source for all their postal packaging needs.
"I think I’d even be described as an “industry veteran” now – 20 years since I sold my first envelope!"
Known as our 'Samples Lady', Ella's main responsibility is to pick, pack and post sample requests to our customers! Putting in a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes, she also sends out all our catalogues, mailers and other marketing materials, and is famed for her excellent time management and efficiency skills.
"I always try my best and I love to exceed everyone's expectations."
Overflowing with personality is our Georgi! With a wealth of Customer Service experience, not to mention a long history in the paper and forest products industry, Georgi is highly skilled in negotiation, account management, direct sales and sales process, and can also boast a Bachelor of Arts degree focussed in Textile and Surface Decoration.
"Often known to make crazy noises! Famously…my turkey impression…gobble gobble gobble!"
Jasmin is our Print Production Coordinator, so she is the one responsible for seeing print orders through to completion! Her daily duties include booking print orders onto the system, raising jobs, sending proofs to customers and finally, printing the jobs on either our Ricoh or Inkjet machines.
"I'm adaptable, organised and a fast learner!"
An inconspicuous yet invaluable member of the team, not only does Justin have the role of Production Accountant, but he is our International Accounts Manager for the USA and Europe too! Justin's skillset lies in management accounting, production costings and project planning. And in his spare time?
"My hobbies are 3D printing and astronomy."
Karen has been with Blake Accounts Department for a good many years, where she takes responsibility for managing our Accounts Payable ledger. From loading invoices onto the system through to making sure everything is paid, Karen ensures everything is running smoothly!
"According to my husband, spending money is a skill I’ve managed to perfect over the years...especially if its someone else’s!"
Kayleigh is an essential part of our Customer Service team here at Blake, and her excellent problem solving skills set her in good stead when dealing with customer queries and returns! Outside of work hours...
"I love learning new skills and spending time with my family. I feel most at home around the coast."
In his role of Sourcing & Innovations Manager, Kurt is a tremendous support to our Business Development Managers Blake Barter and Tim Smyth, sourcing any non-standard, bespoke items required for their direct to consumer sales.
"I excel at supplier engagement, communication and making a difference!"
Nicole's role of Office Manager covers an impressive range of responsibilities! Not only does she manage our Customer Service team and look after the HR function of the company, but she also collaborates with the Department Heads to ensure all our teams are utilising the same processes.
"I’ve been with Blake for 15 years now, in many different roles and areas of the company. I would say that what I bring is a general understanding of how things work between departments and the processes that are involved. The only thing I haven’t mastered in this time is a convincing fake laugh for Graham’s rubbish jokes!"
Head of Plain Stock Sales at our Yeovil Headquarters, Ralph is passionate about his job and loves being part of a winning team! He has an excellent ability to understand customer requirements and always prides himself on his attention to detail: two qualities which he believes are essential to building great working relationships!
"They don’t call me an Envelope Anorak for nothing! It’s taken years to build my knowledge of our products and the industry."
From his base in our Manchester hub, Richard does a fantastic job of managing, motivating and empowering our various Regional Sales people around the country to collaborate together and succeed. An evidence-based strategic thinker who embraces change for the better, he is highly skilled at defining and implementing - and innovating! - sales plans.
"A grumpy introvert but Master Illusionist (don't let on to the team!)"
Careful and methodical, and someone who likes to get things right first time, Richard can always be relied upon to perform in his area of Bepoke & Print Procurement.
His conscientious approach extends to his spare time occupations too, when he loves taking part in triathlons, running and improving his swimming both in the pool and open water.
"I do, however, have an irrational fear of sharks!"
Lighting up the office with her cheery smile, Sara's enthusiasm and motivation make her a highly popular member of the Blake family! An excellent team player, she is dependable, systematic and comitted, and always goes above and beyond in her role as Finance Assistant.
"I'm always smiling, and like to laugh!"
As Blake's Supply Chain Analyst, Scott's duties involve keeping suppliers updated on our stock requirements by providing up-to-date forecasts, and advising of peaks or troughs in our supply expectations. He is also responsible for ensuring all our products are being manufactured by the most relevant supplier, based on quality, cost and lead time.
Running alongside this is his ongoing endeavour to improve inventory turn numbers, therefore keeping our vast range of stock lines as relevant as possible!
As someone who is always organised and delights in paying great attention to detail, Sharon truly excels in her role as Print Production Coordinator.
Despite working remotely from our Leeds hub, we hear plenty from her because, as she would say,
"I'm very good at nagging!"
Storm plays the important role of Executive Assistant to our CEO Michael Barter, AKA her dad! Organised and efficient, she does an outstanding job of keeping him in order - something that most others would struggle to achieve! Her claim to fame?
"I am the youngest member of the team."
Tim is our Business Development Manager for all our Corporate and Contractual Business. A deep thinker, he is excellent at understanding client challenges and providing them with a solution! Somebody who loves to meet new people, his strengths lie in building strong, lasting relationships.
"In my spare time, I love to spend time outdoors exploring new places - particularly the South West coast!"
For our Facilities Manager Tony, ensuring a secure working environment where all employees are able to return home safe and well at the end of each day is of paramount importance. A bit of a Jack-of-all-trades on the quiet, he shares his impressive range of experiences below:
"Trained as a mechanical and electrical engineer, I started my career as an Agricultural Engineer, before moving onto construction machine and tool repairs, and then into the power generation industry! I would say that my working career has been one of interesting and rewarding experiences."
8 years with Blake have seen Vickie covering a wide variety of roles and given her a brilliant understanding of many areas of the business. A meticulous, process driven personality who prides herself on her attention to detail, Vickie is now an integral part of our Customer Service team.
"I’m probably best known for my excessive tea consumption, but second to that, being a crazy cat lady (which I’m not sure I agree with!)."
Will has been Blake's Finance Manager for over 5 years now. His many and varied skills include a keen eye for numbers, a reputation for liking decimal places, and an outstanding ability to lose himself in his spreadsheets...
"I like to think I am more of an asset than a liability!"
One of the most comitted and conscientious members of the Blake team, Zara has a real knack at communicating with - or nagging! - customers, which put her in great stead in her role as Credit Controller. As for outside of work hours...
"I like good food and taking my cockapoo Bruce for walks."
Zarah is one of the most long-standing members of the Blake team, which has given her 16 years' worth of invaluable experience working with our customers in anything envelope, packaging and print related.
"I believe that the relationships of customers and suppliers are more than just a transaction. You need a good working partnership and mutual understanding to achieve the best results, and what’s better, we can enjoy ourselves at the same time with some good humour and fun!"