Meet The Team

Our team are rated as some of the best in their field.

Click on the departments below to meet our team and get to know the people behind our company:

 


Chris Gibson

Managing Director

Tel: 01282 856803

Chris established the company at its current Colne site in 2000 with Stuart our Sales Director and Hilary his wife and company secretary, and is responsible for the strategy of the group and building a team of people around him that are capable of delivering business growth through our friendly customer focused ethos.

Chris’s family have an association with Kubota that goes back over 40 years, his father being the first dealer in the UK to sign up as a dealer for Kubota Compact Tractors. Prior to joining the family business Chris studied Agricultural Mechanisation at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he graduated in 1986 with a 2:1. Following this in order to broaden his experience he worked for the Shuker Group in Shropshire to who at the time were both an agricultural and motor dealer group before returning back to Lancashire where he undertook various roles in Sales, Accounts and General Management working alongside his father before taking over as Managing Director on his father’s retirement.

Chris and Hilary have two sons, Andrew, and Thomas (who is part of our Haydock Service team team) and when not working Chris enjoys, spending time with the family, travelling with Hilary, cycling and sadly for him watching Bolton Wanderers.

Hilary Gibson

Director

Tel: 01282 856807

Hilary is a company director and is responsible for Human Resources in the group as well as being a key member of our administration and accounting team. Hilary is passionate about training and helping all our team to develop to their full potential, mentoring, motivating and supporting others as necessary and is the hub of the entire team.

Prior to working within the business, Hilary started her career in travel and tourism before working in customer service for a large high street chain. Her extensive experience has certainly helped effect change within the group.

Hilary enjoys spending her spare time with her family, gardening, as well as travelling both in the UK and abroad.

Andrew Melville

Commercial Director

Tel: 07973 454001

Andy heads up the GGM Groundscare sales team and manages all activity of the internal and external sales staff teams and as a Director of the Company assists in the overall management of the whole business.

Andy has an extensive knowledge of the Groundscare industry starting out in 1985 when he joined the business as a van delivery driver, before training in the Parts Department and starting the first ever parts van sales operations in the North West. From this he then moved into internal sales for 2 years and never looked back. This naturally evolved into a Professional Machinery Sales role and developed from there into the position of Commercial Director. Andy oozes passion for the industry and there isn’t a lot he doesn’t know about groundscare and he really is at the centre of our knowledge bank.

Andy is married with 3 grown up children and loves spending his spare time with his family and is a secret DIY fanatic.


Peter Mercer

Business Development Manager - Merseyside & West Lancashire

Tel: 07973 454011

Peter is our Business Development Manager and looks after customers in West Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside. His day to day role involves meeting new and existing customers and advising on grounds maintenance solutions to suit their requirements. In addition, Peter is a mentor to the rest of the sales team, something he is very passionate about and takes great satisfaction from in helping other team members develop their own skillset and seeing them progress and succeed in their role.

After leaving School, Peter completed a National Diploma in Business & Information Technology and in 2002 started out on his career which has included 2 years as a sales negotiator at a local Estate Agents before he joined The GGM Group in 2008 as an Area Sales Manager. He has held various positions across The Group including 3 years as a National Account Manager for our sister company PSD Groundscare. In December 2016 Peter started his current role of GGM Business Development Manager after the company opened our Haydock depot and has been instrumental in the development of business throughout the expanded area.

During his time working for The GGM Group, Peter had a gap year where he went travelling to Melbourne, Australia and worked selling energy, a position that he regards as an extremely fulfilling and beneficial experience.

Peter is engaged and in his spare time enjoys taking part in outdoor pursuits such as walking, camping and fly fishing.

Rob Taylor

Area Sales Manager - East Lancashire & Yorkshire

Tel: 07957 471374

Rob is our Area Sales Manager covering Yorkshire and his day to day role sees him looking after customers across the area offering support, advice and product demonstrations to both new and existing customers.

On leaving school Rob studies an NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Sports Turf which set him off on the path of a Greenkeeper, a position he held for 16 years. He then joined GGM in 2015 and is able to offer golf clubs and other sports clubs hands on experience and know first-hand exactly what they want and need. Having spent many, many hours mowing grass, he knows what works!

Rob is married with 3 daughters who take up most of his time, however any spare time he does have he likes to go fishing.

Jack Fielding

Area Sales Manager - West & North Lancashire

Tel: 07377 384546

Jack is our Area Sales Manager covering Lancashire and his day to day role sees him providing customers both new and existing with advice and support and any required product demonstrations. Jack is passionate about customer service which is quickly apparent with those who deal with him.

After graduating from UCLAN in 2009 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) Sports Studies Jack’s career has seen him work in a hands on role in grounds maintenance and even as an events Co-Ordinator in Melbourne, Australia. In 2017 he joined the GGM team initially in Parts Sales but quickly developed his skills and moved into Machinery Sales in 2018. He loves how each day is different, visiting different customers with different needs.

Jack lives with his girlfriend and their dog and he has an extensive list of hobbies including golf, paddle boarding and travelling around in his VW Campervan.

Jason Lord

Area Sales Manager - Cheshire

Tel: 07957 308376

Jason’s role at GGM sees him looking after customers throughout Cheshire offering advice and product demonstrations to both new and existing customers. He thrives on building new relationships with customers and works to his own very high standards.

Jason immigrated to the UK in 2008 from South Africa where he started his career as a Horticultural Engineer and then moved on to manage his own garden machinery business before joining a ground care supplier as a Product Specialist, a position he held until joining the GGM team in 2018.

Jason, has extensive experience and in particular has extensive knowledge of the fine-turf market. There isn’t much he won’t be able to tell you!

Jason is married with 2 teenage boys who keep him very busy and ensure there is never a quiet moment.

Ian Campbell

Area Sales Manager - Gtr Manc & Yorks

Tel: 07983 557754

Ian’s role at GGM sees him looking after customers across Manchester, Cheshire and South Yorkshire offering advice and product demonstrations to both new and existing customers.

Ian has been in the industry since 1980 and completed a Craft Engineering Apprenticeship at Stockport College in 1984 during which time saw him working for Sisis Equipment. After this he then worked for a Ground care specialist supplier developing into UK Sales Manager. In 2019 Ian started his role with GGM to develop business and support customers throughout the region. He has extensive knowledge of sports turf maintenance, so if you’re looking for any advice on this, then Ian is your man.

Ian is married to Tracey with two boys and in his spare time is an avid Manchester United fan, enjoys playing golf, walking, travelling with his family and spending time at his caravan in North Wales.

John Hayton

Sales Demonstrator & Installation

Tel: 07973 454 012

John is our Demonstrator & Installer and looks after the safe delivery and installation of machinery which includes any required training to BAGMA standard. His knowledge across our full range of machinery is second to none.

Apart from a short break, John has worked for GGM since 2001 when he joined as a Senior Service Engineer and in 2008 took on the position of Workshop Foreman. His experience with the company is a huge asset and there’s not much in the world of mechanics that John doesn’t know about.

Qualifying in Agricultural Mechanics back in 1990, John has always had a keen interest in engines and general mechanics and in his spare time he keeps himself busy building and renovating old cars.

Eirian Roberts

Hire Customer Service Administrator

Tel: 01744 417332

Eirian is part of the GGM Groundscare Hire Division, her day to day role includes, looking after key hire contracts, processing all new hire enquiries, administering all hire invoices, arranging machine deliveries, collection and on-site installations. Working closely with both workshop she ensures all hired equipment have completed their pre hire inspection and are always ready for the next hire.

After leaving University of Central Lancashire, she has worked as an Assistant Buyer for Day & Nite Stores, then as a Buyer Co-ordinator for specialised vehicles, plant and groundcare equipment. During the last twenty years she has specifically worked in the hire, sales and maintenance of Grounds Maintenance Equipment.

Eirian spends all her free time growing a varied selection of fruit, vegetables and edible flowers. As well as looking after her own chicken she helps out with the British Hen Welfare Trust.

Scott Grieve

Marketing Manager

Tel: 01282 856813

Scott is the GGM Groundscare Marketing Manager and in his role manages our in-house marketing team and looks after all offline and online marketing activity.

Graduating with a 2:1 BA(Hons) Business Degree back in 2003 he embarked on his career in Marketing, starting with a leading national wholesaler. Since this his career has seen him working at an award-winning creative communications agency and a leading North West Packaging company before taking up his role at GGM back in 2014.

During his time with the company, Scott has implemented and managed the shift in our day to day marketing activity to focus on a digital content strategy encompassing website development, email marketing and social media whilst remaining attentive to our traditional offline activity including brochures, direct mail and events.

Scott is married with 2 young children and enjoys spending his spare time in his garden or at his caravan in Wales.

Wendy Sistern

Marketing Assistant

Tel: 01282 856814

Wendy is part of the GGM Groundscare Marketing Team. Her role encompasses the day to day running of our online activities such as social media posts, emailers and website updates alongside the design and production of our in-house printed literature.

Wendy has a 30 year background in design and marketing that includes workings within marketing teams at large blue-chip companies, print companies and design agencies and she began her current role working at GGM in 2019.

Being a creative at heart means Wendy spends much of her free time creating anything from soap and bath bombs to large paintings and resin pieces.


Darren Taylor

Parts Advisor - Colne

Tel: 01282 856808

Dave Rossall

Parts Advisor - Haydock

Tel: 01744 417334

Francis Rostron

Parts Advisor - Haydock

Tel: 01744 417330


Mark Lewin

After Sales Manager

Tel: 01282 856809

Mark is responsible for all our After-Sales functions across the business encompassing technical advice, service and parts.

Upon leaving school in 1993, Mark embarked on a Plant Fitter Maintenance apprenticeship at British Nuclear Fuels. Then in 2006 after a year travelling around Australia, he joined the company in the Horticultural workshop. After a short stint away where he worked for BT Openteach and he returned to the business as Wokshop Manager a few years later and has continued his development into his current role.

Mark’s day to Day responsibilities see him overseeing the running of both the service and parts departments and is the customer key point of contact for technical advice and support. He has been instrumental in implementing a number of new systems improving the efficiency of the after-sales teams and improving our overall level of customer service.

Mark is married with 2 children and in any spare time he has relaxes by going sailing or walking in the Lake District.

Danny Bannister

After Sales Co-Ordinator

Tel: 01282 856804

Andrew Stoney

Workshop Foreman - Colne

Tel: 01282 860444

Mark Field

Service Engineer - Colne

Terry Knowles

Service Engineer - Colne

Lee Starkie

Service Engineer - Colne

Edd Gerrard

Service Engineer - Colne

Nathan McKenzie

Service Engineer - Colne

David Atkinson

Apprentice Service Engineer - Colne

Gary Taylor

Workshop Foreman - Haydock

Tel: 01744 417333

Tom Burtonwood

Service Engineer - Haydock

Thomas Gibson

Service Engineer - Haydock

Andy Crabtree

Service Engineer - Haydock

Chris Sumner

Service Engineer - Haydock

Steven Field

Warehouse - Goods In / Out


Heather Knight

Accounts Manager

Tel: 01282 856806

Heather manages our day to day finances. Heather’s broad role encompasses all aspects of admin, finance, office management and ISO accreditation, whilst overseeing the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the office. With no such thing as a typical day, she is a ‘jack of all trades’ wearing many different hats.

Heather has worked for the company since leaving school at the tender age of 16, initially as a Junior Secretary and over the years has progressed to her current managerial role. She is a qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, a part-qualified CIMA accountant, and has many years of hands on experience in the industry.

Heather is married with 1 daughter and in her spare time enjoys reading and binge watching Netflix..

Diane Cowell

Credit Control

Tel: 01282 856802

Lisa Hook

Administration Assistant

Tel: 01282 856812