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Meet our Manufacturing Team
At Equestrian Surfaces Ltd, we’ve been manufacturing high-quality riding surfaces for over 35 years now – and that doesn’t happen by accident! Whilst our company has evolved substantially over the years, we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without the great people we have on board.
We’re proud that all of our surfaces and graders are manufactured in-house within the UK, and we’re only able to do this because of our talented team of meticulous Production Operatives and Welders.
With that being said, we thought we’d take the opportunity to shine a spotlight on our Manufacturing Team, so you can meet the personalities behind the production of our award-winning riding surfaces…
Damian Chadburn – Production Manager
Meet Damian, our Production Manager!
Damian has been a part of the Equestrian Surfaces team since 2011. His role consists of managing the Manufacturing Team, and monitoring the incoming and outgoing of materials for surface production, as well as ensuring the team meets our sortation and granulating targets! Being relatively new to his current position, Damian enjoys learning new things and is always up for a challenge – however, his favourite part of his role is getting to work alongside a close-knit team that he enjoys having a laugh with!
At home, Damian shares his life with his beloved fiancée, his stepdaughter, and his dog! In his spare time, he can often be found getting out into nature and enjoying a hike – but equally, he loves relaxing with video games and a bit of Netflix! Damian describes himself as creative, reliable and a bit of a geek!
Tea or Coffee? Coffee!
Favourite band? Tenacious D
Favourite film? Event Horizon
Favourite food? Anything with mayo on it!
Martin Huggon – Production Operative
Introducing Martin, one of our Production Operatives!
Having started working for Equestrian Surfaces Ltd. over 11 years ago – Martin is very much part of the furniture! His day-to-day role involves loading and unloading wagons, sorting and processing the carpet fibres we use in our surfaces, and keeping the mixing yard spick and span. Martin’s favourite part of his role is getting to work with such a tight-knit team of colleagues he considers friends!
Outside of work, you’ll find Martin spending time with his much-loved partner and her children, and occasionally enjoying a beer (or two!)
Tea or Coffee? Coffee!
Favourite band? Spice Girls
Favourite film? Friday
Favourite food? Any sort of takeaway!
Joe Hanlon – Production Operative
Introducing Joe, another valued member of our Production Operatives team!
Joe began working for the company in May 2021, and has proven to be a great asset to our team! His work consists of operating production machinery, sorting through the different types of carpet fibres we use, and assisting in the granulation process. Always looking for an adventure, Joe’s favourite part of his role is getting to operate the JCB and working alongside a team he gets on well with.
At home, Joe lives with his fiancée and his dog – and enjoys spending his weekends listening to music and playing video games. Joe would describe himself as observant, motivating and persistent!
Tea or Coffee? Coffee!
Favourite band? Bring Me The Horizon
Favourite film? War Of The Worlds
Favourite food? Pizza
Frank Heys – Production Operative
Introducing, Frank, a valued Production Operative!
Having worked with us since 2004, Frank is an integral part of our team and has been here for almost two whole decades! His role consists of assisting with the granulating process, and ensuring the yard is kept up to our high standards!
Outside of work, Frank enjoys relaxing and unwinding by keeping up with sports. Frank describes himself as honest, reliable and punctual – and we couldn’t agree more!
Favourite Band? Queen
Favourite Film? Van Helsing
Favourite Food? Chicken and Chips
Martin Cunningham – Production Operative
Meet Martin! The newest addition to our Production Operatives team!
Martin began working with us in August 2021 and loves his role as a Production Operative! Like his other team members, Martin’s daily work consists of sorting carpet into different piles of synthetics, underlay and wool fibres. He also spends time assisting with the granulating process, and loading and unloading wagons. Martin’s favourite aspect of his role here at Equestrian Surfaces Ltd. is getting to work alongside a team he gets on well with!
At home, Martin is a busy family man, with three children and three step-children – but when he does get a minute spare, he enjoys getting together with friends and playing football. Martin describes himself as humorous, reliable and trustworthy!
Tea or Coffee? Coffee
Favourite band? Oasis
Favourite film? Training Day
Favourite food? Prawns!
John Whitehead – Welder and Fabricator
Meet John, our dedicated Welder and Fabricator!
Having worked with us since 2012, it’s John’s role to build and weld our high-quality Trackmaster graders! As well as building graders though, John isn’t afraid to get stuck into any task and enjoys working with the rest of our team to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Outside of work, John loves getting out into nature and enjoys taking his son on camping trips. You can also often find him lifting weights at the gym, watching football, DJ-ing or kicking it back with a beer or two in the pub! John would describe himself as outgoing, humorous and honest!
Tea/Coffee? None (Water)
Favourite Band? Arctic Monkeys
Favourite Film? Sinister
Favourite Food? Chicken
Ryan Heys – Welder
Meet Ryan! Another one of our talented Welders!
Ryan began working with us in 2011, and his role, similar to John’s, is to weld and build our high-quality Trackmaster graders! One of Ryan’s favourite things about his role is being able to get analytical and figure out the best ways to build new things.
Ryan is a family man outside of work and likes to relax and unwind by playing games, watching movies and various sports. He would describe himself as reliable, honest and punctual.
Quick fire questions:
Favourite Band? Killswitch Engage
Favourite Film? Avengers Films
Favourite Food? Chicken Balti
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all members of our Manufacturing Team, as we wouldn’t be where we are today without the hard work, perseverance and dedication that each member of the team demonstrates on a daily basis.
If you would like to get in touch with us here at Equestrian Surfaces Ltd or would like further information regarding surface supply, installation, arena construction or surface maintenance – then give us a call on 01282 834 970 or drop us a message here!