Meet The Team

Brian Gibson

Engineer

Brian is our machining specialist, having grown up in Sheffield and trained as a mechanical engineer. His knowledge of metalworking is invaluable and is generally the one to get called on when a special part needs machining or other advice is needed. When he’s not working his socks off he’s cracking jokes – he’s well e-quip-ped for any situation.

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Simon Napthine

Managing Director

Simon is the Founder and Managing Director of Signet and still a key member of the team.  When he’s not tinkering around in the workshop inventing new products and developing existing products, he’s up in the office keeping an eye on the different areas of the business and defining the strategies to push the business forward.  His engineering background before he started Signet was the basis for his ability to design and make the first prototypes of our products.  20 years later he still is the driving force behind research and development and designs the majority of the Gatemaster range of products.

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Natalie Wookey

Customer Service

Energy + efficiency = the key to success.  Which is why Natalie not only answers phones and processes most of the orders and enquiries, but also attends most of our weekly meetings and follows everyone up to make sure things get done.  Things probably wouldn’t run without her, although of course we wouldn’t say that within her earshot.  Having only been working here for less than a year, she has picked up a lot of technical knowledge and answers most of the phone or email enquiries.

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Madara Baldere

Production

If Szymon is the man in charge of operations, Madara is the woman that knows what’s going on – and having only worked here for a relatively short period of time, her knowledge of everything that goes on is impressive.  She lends a hand in production when needed, but spends a lot of time picking and packing products off the shelf, adding the finishing touches to your order before it arrives on your doorstep.  We haven’t counted how many boxes she’s packed but she could probably do it in her sleep!

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Kamil Dzik

Production

Kamil mainly resides in the workshop, operating machinery – he makes the tedious batch work look easy, positively eating through the vast stacks of steel parts that need processing.  When he’s got spare time he helps Szymon with goods-in and moving heavier items around – he’s built like a coal heaver, only he heaves solid steel.

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Juliette Dalrymple

Production

Juliette is one of the longest-standing members of the team, having started back in the dark ages when they worked by candle-light and sent out parcels on a horse-drawn carriage.  Well, perhaps not quite that long ago – but she knows most things about making the products up and spends a lot of her time assembling and packing the finished products.  She is also a dab hand at keeping the production staff watered and makes countless cups of tea and coffee to keep everyone going.

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Jenine Asling

Accounts

Jenine is the figures lady, who spends her time surrounded with invoices, credits, balance sheets, income statements and all the rest of the paraphernalia associated with accounts.  An avid debt-chaser, if you get a call from her she’s probably either sorting out invoice queries or chasing outstanding payments, so make sure you toe the line.  She also answers phones when needed and is more than capable of getting your queries sorted.

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Jacob Napthine

Commercial Manager

The youngest member of the team, but not the least by any means – Jacob has been working at Signet for 2 years, but has picked up the ropes over his 19 years of age as he watched his father Simon take the company up from its humble beginnings in a garden shed in Surrey to the factory we have now in West Sussex.  He gets involved in the marketing, sales and operations of the company, improving processes and generally putting his 70kg behind the business to push it forward.  The man to watch out for in the future.

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Ian Hetherington

Marketing

Despite answering to most things, Ian is the name of our marketing man, and having built up an excellent bank of knowledge working in other areas of the business including production and purchasing he’s in a prime position to keep you all informed of our latest product improvements, innovations and to ensure you’re all ‘in the know’ for what’s going on in the metal gate market.With e-shots, catalogues, promotions and social media he’s always busy promoting our fantastic products, and with a similar work ethos to Bob the Builder he just ‘gets the job done’.

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@: Interact with Ian Hetherington here.

Szymon Wieckowski

Operations

When everything else is manic in operations, Szymon can always be seen through the commotion calmly directing the procedures.  Having worked in the workshop since he started, he now runs our workshop and assembly line, keeping an eye on production schedules and part stock control.  Bouncing on his toes from early morning to late afternoon, his energy and enthusiasm helps to push the production team forward to complete the flow of orders from the sales squad.

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