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Name: Paul Cleasby

Position: Director

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”.

Paul takes an active role in the company by hand producing the more bespoke items such as our horn chairs and tables, working at the various Trade Fairs we visit and (attempting) to keep us all in line.

Between work, Paul enjoys splitting his time between his 3 beautiful children and his newest task of renovating his barn conversion. When he gets a spare minute, Paul relaxes with a game of snooker.

Name: Chris Mason

Position: Factory Manager

Profile: Another Cumbrian bred worker, Chris joined the team in 1997, when he was 17 years old, as an apprentice hornworker and eventually rose to stardom as Factory Manager.

Chris is a talented silversmith who produces all our silverwork and is creative enough to take the unusual bespoke designs that customers send us and turn them into practical horn items. It’s Chris that cracks the whip to ensure the production schedule keeps on track and the production team know what they are doing.

To unwind from whip cracking, Chris is quite the creative person - he has recently done a stained glass and furniture making night class, and refurbished his country cottage.

Name: Jordan Taylor

Position: Assistant Manager & Hornworker

Profile: Jordan originally started working for Abbeyhorn in 2013 as part of the office team before venturing into the factory. He gradually moved up the ladder and is now assistant manager.

Born in Cumbria, but now living in Lancashire, Jordan relishes having his weekends free, after serving beer in a bar in his previous job he now helps make beer mugs for a living! 

Making the most of these free weekends, Jordan goes to the gym and to football matches to watch his favourite team Leeds United. He lives with his 2 pet cats and admits to enjoying watching Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

Name: Jennifer Bainbridge

Position: Hornworker

Profile: Another Cumbrian, Jen came to Abbeyhorn in 2003 and is the only female in the factory - after all there has to be someone to show the guys how it’s done!
Jen is a general all rounder but specialises in producing our stag handled items, backing our horn brushes and producing the more traditional items in our range.

Jen enjoys the job, compared with her previous job in a bookies, as it is a relaxed atmosphere, and she dosen't have to deal with any customers face to face.

When not working she enjoys climbing the fells of Cumbria with her Jack Russell, fine dining and socialising.

Name: Chris Street

Position: Hornworker

Profile: Chris has been with us for 10 years now after starting in 2008. Starting off in Liverpool, Chris has now moved up to the county of Cumbria.

He enjoys the more reaxing roles in this job compared to his previous job, which was outside in the elements. He also loves seeing the production and finished proucts that are made from the raw horns.

When he is not at work, Chris enjoys doing DIY around the house and garden, then relaxes with a glass of rum.

Name: John Gregory

Position: Hornworker

Profile: John joined us at Abbeyhorn in 2014. He was born in Southend-On-Sea but now lives in Kendal, Cumbria.

John is also an all rounder here but most of the time you can catch him with the raw horns in the sawing up room. He says that he likes being part of a team now, after his previous job of cleaning windows.

When he is not at work, John likes walking and Kayaking. He also likes to spend time with his wife and children.

Name: Graham Bowles

Position: Hornworker

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 left us in April 2005 to become a meter reader for a utility company but could not stay away and soon returned in November 2005. He is now a part time member of the production team and teaches the other members new skills.

Outside of Abbeyhorn Graham enjoys walking, cycling, DIY, politics, steam trains and spending precious time with his Grandchildren.

Name: Neil Yates

Position: Hornworker

Profile: Neil - who has lived in Underbarrow for 26 years after previously living in Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk and Cambridge - joined Abbeyhorn, as a part time employee, in 2016.

He has been in the craft industry for over 30 years and has his own bespoke glass engraving company. After all his years of experience in crafts, he enjoys helping to produce quality handmade products here at Abbeyhorn.

In his free time, Neil is a keen fellwalker, angler and cyclist. He also leads a good social life filled with food and drink.

Name: Paul Blackmore

Position: Hornworker

Profile: Paul was born in Ashbourne, Derbyshire but now lives in Lancashire. He joined us in 2016 after being a night manager in a supermarket.

The more relaxing and hands on job appeals to him and he enjoys making the products. Also, the more sociable hours are a bonus too.

In his spare time, Paul spends time with his beautiful children, builds computers and plays guitar.

Name: Alex Smith

Position: Hornworker

Profile: Born and raised in Lancashire, Alex is our newest and youngest recruit who joined us in 2017, he has picked up the important job of engraving ours, and customers, logo's onto the products.

Before starting at Abbeyhorn, Alex was a bricklayer so, understandably, he now enjoys it being warmer and cleaner and not a scaffold in sight. He also likes the relaxed environment, small team and his weekends off.

He likes to spend his free time watching movies and his favourite football team Manchester United, playing Fifa and Travelling. And of course, spending time with his lovely Girlfriend.

Name: Amy Crabtree

Position: Purchasing & Admin

Profile: Lancastrian Amy joined us in October 2015 after many years of shift work in a local hotel. Amy now enjoys the more sociable hours of her role at Abbeyhorn, as well as the variety the position offers. Responsible for purchasing and administration, Amy makes sure our suppliers and other team members get paid on time and keeps up to date on the day to day running of the office.

When not keeping us in supplies and keeping us entertained with her quick wit and humour, Amy enjoys socialising and walking her dog, Toby, who also comes to work with her.

Name: Marianne MacDonald

Position: Sales & Enquiries Advisor

Profile: Our ‘Proper Yorkshire’ lass Marianne joined us in 2014 after moving to Cumbria from Portsmouth to be nearer to her parents, and to bring her twin girls up in the Lake District. Marianne is one of the two friendly voice’s on the end of phone and is always happy to help if you have any questions. Marianne is responsible for processing the Abbeyhorn trade and retail orders, along with answering the many questions and enquiries we get.

After being a Manager at Pizza Hut for 15 years working shifts and most weekends, Abbeyhorn is a big change. It gives her the opportunity to spend weekends with her girls exploring the Lakes and going on adventures. Her challenge for 2018 has been to take up running. She completed her first 10K in September, and is looking forward to the next challenges “Walk the Wight” and a half Marathon in 2019.

Name: Simon Rucastle

Position: Packing and Despatch

Profile: Simon another Lancastrian strayed over the border in 2013 to become our full time Master of the Packing Room.  With endless patience Simon endures the daily requests of “can you just” from the office, whilst seamlessly picking, packing and despatching our countless daily orders.  After 22 years in the Prison Service Simon became a full time stay at home Father for awhile so it’s no the wonder that he now says he actually enjoys coming to work in a morning.

In his spare time Simon enjoys listening to heavy metal and is a keen festivalgoer. When not rocking, he is an avid football fan and is a season ticket holder at Preston North End.