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Meet the Team

Want to put a face to a name?  

Our new Meet the Team page allows you to do just that.  As you can see a few of of us have worked together for nearly 25 years...

Richard Scholes - Managing Director

Richard started at Parrs in September 1992 and has been Managing Director since 1994. Since that time he has seen his hairline retreat backwards and has tried to compensate by growing more on his face.

Richard enjoys his job as he can participate in all areas of the business. He gets heavily involved in a specific area, causes as much turmoil as possible and then moves on, thinking he has done a great job. Meanwhile the staff are left to pick up the pieces and sort out the considerable devastation left by his intervention.

Away from work, Richard gets taken for long walks by his dogs and enjoys Yoga. He has three daughters who provide a significantly greater management challenge than Parrs.

Get in touch richard@parrs.co.uk

Customer Service Team

Peter Clark - General Manager

Peter joined the company many, many years ago and one of his roles is Contract Management.  These play a very important part of our business and Peter has a wealth of experience in this area, managing accounts across various business sectors.  These include retail, local councils and several blue chip companies.

He has recently worked with Birmingham City Council to contact manage the installation of Cycle Shelters across four hospitals.

Peter is currently working with the like of Halfords, Lyreco, PSDA and Domino's to name but a few.

Outside work Peter enjoys running, fishing, following his local football team and listening to music.

Get in touch peter@parrs.co.uk

Emma Busby

Emma joined our Customer Service Team in July 2003 ans works closely with the retail and removals sector which includes customers such as Selfridges, Lidl, Cineworld and Pickfords.  Emma specialises in Expresso Sack Trucks and is more than happy to discuss these with you or any queries that you have.

Emma has a two year old son so she doesn't get much time to herself however when she does, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and reading.

Get in touch emma@parrs.co.uk

Richard Drysdale

Richard is the newbie of the bunch, he joined Parrs in June 2015.

Having previously worked for Iceland and Farmfoods, using many handling equipment products, he is able to draw on his experience when discussing retail contracts.  He has recenlty taken on the account management of a major clothing retailer after agreeing to supply mesh baskets, pallet trucks and picking trolleys.

Outside of work Richard spends his free time producing and editing music.

Get in touch richard.drysdale@parrs.co.uk

Andrew Hoey

Andy joined the team in July 2013 and has rapidly built up numerous contracts which he now manages including customers such as John Lewis, Superdrug and Geopost/DPD.

Cycle Parking equipment is Andy's area of expertise. So if you're after a Cycle Shelter and  require a site visit to measure and weigh up the options, Andy's your man!  

Andy also looks after Export Sales, he supplies workplace equipment to customers in Germany, Azerbaijan and Hong Kong.

Outside of work Andy enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing poker and listening to music.

Get in touch andy@parrs.co.uk

Marketing Team

Nicky Lloyd - Marketing Co-ordinator

Another Parrs veteran, Nicky joined Parrs way back in 1992 at the tender age of 19 and her first job role was Receptionist/ Telephonist/Typist.  Nicky quickly broadened her skill base by becoming a member of the Customer Service Team and for the last 15 years Nicky has held a role in marketing.

Nicky obviously loves Parrs (let’s face it, she’s been here forever!) She’s involved in pretty much everything marketing related, from devising promotions and charity days to organising exhibition stands and website content.

Nicky is also the creative arm of the team, she is responsible for designing our web banners, email campaigns, leaflets and catalogue and anything else that crops up…and it regularly does!

Nicky has a  little boy and like many working mums, spare time is in short supply, however she loves to shop, enjoys socialising with friends and is partial to sampling new cocktails. She is also a self-confessed chocaholic!

 

Get in touch nicky@parrs.co.uk

Emma Cross - E-commerce Co-ordinator

Emma has been a member of the Marketing Team for so long we forget that she actually began life at Parrs as a Customer Service Clerk back in 2003.

After two years of keeping customers sweet, Emma was given the opportunity of a new challenge with the role of e-commerce Co-ordinator.  Today, Emma is responsible for the overall delivery of the strategic, operational and financial effectiveness of Parrs website along with all other digital communications.

Emma loves spending time with her two young daughters,  clothes shopping, eating healthily and keeping fit.

Get in touch emma.cross@parrs.co.uk

Julie Green - Product Manager

Julie joined Parrs in August 2000 as a member of the Sales Team, all fresh faced and very enthusiastic.  She came straight from Sixth Form College and saw this as a great opportunity to introduce herself to the working world and to understand Parrs from the customer perspective.

From 2002 she took on a purchasing role dealing with products, suppliers and purchasing stock. In 2004 she progressed to Product Manager within the Marketing Team which is where she is today.

Julie’s role is to find the right product with the right quality and price for our customers.  She is always on the lookout for new and innovative products, this can be challenging at times but very rewarding when she gets it right.

In her spare time Julie enjoys spending time with her family, socialising with friends and dancing the night away.  She also loves shopping…what girl doesn’t like a new handbag once in a while!

 

Get in touch julie@parrs.co.uk

Gemma Pitt - Product Manager

Gemma worked as a trainee hairdresser when she first left school however when she attended an interview with Parrs in August 2008 her career path took her on a very different journey. 

Her first role was working within the Customer Service Team as an Administrator.  This gave Gemma her first insight into the world of business.  After 12 months Gemma made the move into the Accounts Team where she broadened her skills further.

In 2010 an opportunity arose to assist the Marketing Team with general marketing duties.  Soon Gemma showed a particular interest in product management and was therefore offered the role of Assistant Product Manager working alongside Julie. 

Gemma loves searching the internet for new and innovative workplace products as well as visiting national and international exhibitions. She enjoys meeting suppliers face to face and likes the challenge of negotiation.

Gemma is a girlie-girl, she loves all things designer, luxury spa days and enjoys walks in the country with her shih tzu dog Daisy-Doodles.

Get in touch gemma@parrs.co.uk

Emma Cureton - Accounts

Emma joined Parrs in January 2011. Previously she worked for Lifting Technology; a manual handling company run by the bosses’ cousin!

Emma’s job is to balance the books and deal  with both sales and purchase ledger. Although accounts can be labelled as a personality lacking role… Emma disagrees and very much enjoys the versatility of the position and even though it is sometimes challenging, it can be a very rewarding role when both suppliers and customers alike are looked after and are happy!

Emma has a young son and outside work they like to get out and enjoy a good full day out preferably in the sunshine. She enjoys a good shopping day with friends and baffles people with her love of ale!

Get in touch emma.cureton@parrs.co.uk

Scott Araya - Warehouse & Logistics

Scott joined Parrs in 1992 and has run the warehouse for over 20 years.

Making sure that everything we send out and is well packed and on time rests with Scott. He is also responsible for making sure that the warehouse runs smoothly. We import a number of products and Scott has to make sure that everything that comes into our large warehouse is inspected and stored efficiently.

Outside work Scott is an action man (not literally!). He loves climbing up sheer cliffs and then cycling back down the other side on his mountain bike.  He lives just round the corner from Parrs, although his action-filled life does not prevent him from driving 500 yards to work.

 Get in touch scott@parrs.co.uk

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