Name: Paul Cleasby
Profile: A Cumbrian through and through Paul started working for Abbeyhorn in 1980 as an apprentice hornworker. However in 1991 in true Victor Kiam style “He liked the company so much he bought it”.
Name: Chris Mason
Position: Factory Manager
Profile: Another Cumbrian bred worker, Chris joined the team in 1997 as an apprentice hornworker and rose to stardom as Factory Manager when Graham deserted us.
Name: Jennifer Gibbons
Profile: Jen, yet another Cumbrian, came to Abbeyhorn in 2004 and is the only female in the factory - after all there has to be someone to show the guys how it’s done!
Name: Graham Bowles
Profile: Born in Farnborough, Kent Graham saw sense and relocated to Cumbria in 1973. In 1977 he joined Abbeyhorn as an apprentice hornworker before working his way up to Factory Manager in 1994. Graham deserted Abbeyhorn in April 2005 to become a meter reader for a utility company but could not stay away and soon returned to the nest in November 2005 to become one of the production team. Graham’s main responsibility is sawing up the horn - it takes a skilled eye to see the potential of each piece of horn.
Name: Chris Street
Profile: Our ‘other’ Chris started working for Abbeyhorn in 1999 but left due to ill health. He returned to the fold, fighting fit, in 2008.
Name: Tracey Harris
Position: Office Manager
Profile: One of the three non-Cumbrian members of staff, Tracey was born in Sunderland but settled in Cumbria after a three-year tour of Australia. Tracey joined Abbeyhorn in 2002 as an office assistant but was promoted to office manager when her predecessor left. Tracey’s roles include maintaining the accounts, processing payments, product costings, HR and payroll to name but a few.
Name: Pauline Hodgson
Position: Sales & Marketing
Profile: Yet another Cumbrian, Pauline came to Abbeyhorn as an interlude in 2004, nine years later she is still here. Pauline wears many hats at Abbeyhorn but by far her favourite is dealing with the customers. It is usually Pauline’s cheerful voice you’ll hear when you call us. Pauline multitasks wonderfully covering the packing room, the general office tasks not to mention keeping our existing customers happy and seeking out new ones.
Name: Doris Holmes
Profile: Doris worked for the previous owner of Abbeyhorn and the current owner full time for many, many years before retiring. Sadly we won’t allow her to disappear entirely and call on her twice a year to cover the telephones when Pauline and Tracey go “to play Viking” in York. Doris is a little dynamo and the office is always sparkling and ship shape when we return.