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Meet The Team


Martine Grieve - Trade Sales Manager

Martine GrieveIt’s my job to coordinate the overall day to day running of our busy General office. I look after all of our loyal Trade customers, as well as overseeing the care of new Customers and Queries.I place all of the orders on to our system and process the invoices. I also assist with credit control. Another area of my job is working alongside Vanessa in the exportation of our goods. I have been with the company for 11 years, this has enabled me to possess a wealth of knowledge which furthers my ability to assist with any queries.


Bruce Pittman - Accounts Manager

Bruce PittmanHi, my role is looking after our accounts department, and ensuring all things financial are kept running smoothly. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding your payments or if you like any account information.‏


Joanne Jones - Graphic Designer

Joanne JonesHi, my role is to redesign and update our website with new offers and promotions, as they arise. I design all the brochures and literature that is sent out to our customers, and I ensure that products are shown clearly and that pictures are easy to understand.I also ensure we are always reflected well and regularly in the Media , dealing with all Press releases to Editors from Trade Magazines, publications and Newspapers.‏


Sarah McManus - PA & Social Media

Sarah McManusHi, my name is Sarah and I look after our Social Media accounts. I am also PA to the management and heavily involved in our community and charity work which is really close to our hearts. At the moment we are creating a 26ft sculpture made from knives collected through knife amnesties. I am heavily involved in the communication with the forces and the progression of the campaign. As the business has grown, so have our social media accounts and we now have over 20,000 followers to keep updated with news and events at The British Ironwork centre.‏


David Edwards - E-Commerce Channel Manager

David EdwardsHi there, my name is David. I monitor key eCommerce channels, my aim is to provide the highest standard of customer care. I am also known as the 'Lighting Expert' as my knowledge of our wonderful lighting range knows no bounds. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you may have.‏


Chris Nadin - Online Administrator & Photographer

Chris NadinHi, my name is Chris. My role is the maintenance of the Black Country Metalworks website. Making sure all offers and new lines are listed correctly for the customer, also making sure products are up to date and accurate, making the site easy to use. I also photograph products making sure they are shown accurately for the customer to easily understand what they are purchasing..‏


Tracy Knowles - Website Development and Quality Control

Tracy KnowlesI am responsible for checking the quality of our goods and ensuring they are described correctly and thoroughly on the Website. I work constantly on website text and end user information.‏


Bobbie Phillips - Packing Room Supervisor

Bobbie PhillipsI’ve joined the company to strengthen the speed and efficiency, of our order preparation and despatch department. I aim to gain sufficient experience within this department and to obtain my own set of responsibilities, thereafter furthering my career within BCMW. I hope soon to take advantage of the many training schemes available within BCMW, forklift license to mention one.‏


Vanessa Marshall - Export Manager

Vanessa MarshallHello. I’m responsible for developing export sales to France and Spain. If you are an export customer and would like any information about our product range please call me on + 44 (0)1691 610952 or by email to sales@blackcountrymetalworks.co.uk.‏


Neil Grieve - Warehouse Manager

Neil GrieveI have been working with Black Country Metal Works since I was just 16, where I started as a workshop assistant casting in bronze! My years of hard work and service have allowed me to work my way up to management and I am now responsible for overseeing the day to day running of our entire warehouse. I oversee the careful picking, packing, checking and handling of all of your orders and requirements, ultimately ensuring that these are dealt with in an efficient and timely manner. I am also responsible for the setting up of our trade and retail stands at exhibits and shows around the country and abroad. I am the team’s very own encyclopaedia of product knowledge!


Benjamin Knowles - Operations Director

Benjamin KnowlesI’m responsible for the operational side of the business, ensuring we’re moving towards our goals and aspirations. I enjoy spending as much time as possible speaking with our customers and providing support, if you would like to speak with me directly, please feel free to do so! My other passions include marketing and design which I’ll do during any free time I might have.‏


Clive Knowles - Chairman and Founder

Clive KnowlesOur interests in running this business are of course to ensure our customers are cared for, that they would always wish to return, and that together we gain a mutual benefit in the long term. However, we have little or no interest in following the more corporate route of chasing sales or increasing profitability at any cost. We always prefer to operate within a more conscious based ethos. This means we effectively make decisions based on the good of all involved, our Customer, our community, our nation and all of the staff working here. It may sound a little reminiscent of the kibbutz concept, but we know that by taking a very proactive stance on all the elements in running our business we can achieve and enrich many goals simultaneously benefiting so many more than just ourselves.


Eric Schubert - Former Chairman and Inspirational Leader

Eric SchubertEric is the knowledge, the conscience, and the ultimate “metal guru” here at Black Country Metalworks. Although retired and no longer at the helm every day, we still look to Eric for guidance, help, and resolve. Eric would be the first to admit he can be very pig-headed when it comes to delivering the best in what we design and produce. We like to think we are continuing to carry his principles forward in creating products that he is proud to give his valued endorsement to. Eric has over fifty-years experience in everything to do with metalwork, from sheet metal working and panel beating to turning, spinning and fabrication.‏


William Mervyn Jones - Managing Paint and Finishing Shop

William Mervyn JonesI look after all the daily production runs and ensuring quality is maintained. This normally includes inspection, organising remedial works etc. My expertise is very broad and very able to tackle most projects comfortably.‏


Wayne Sadler - Garrick Works Supervisor

Wayne SadlerI look after the supervision of Garrick works, and all of the day to day tasks and activities. The entire site is under my sole responsibility, ultimately I ensure the smooth running of it. This includes maintenance and security.I have worked for the company for the last 3 years and have previously been a sub-contractor for the last 10 years.


Adrian Clarke - Grounds Maintenance/Sculpture Park Development

Adrian Clarke‏I’m the guy that ensures everything is all ship shape and dandy. With the ever-growing volume of visitors, it’s hardly surprising it all creates an enormous list of jobs to do. The site is rather extensive, sprawling over 90 acres, all of which has to look and feel wonderful, not to mention safe. From the hard standing areas to the green rolling meadows, to the wooded coppices, it all needs nurturing and care. My time is completely absorbed into ensuring each and every visitor feels that they’ve entered a small part of Shropshire heaven (known locally as God’s Country). If we aren’t out mowing acres of grassland, we are maintaining sculptures and statues alike, needless to say, time here really does fly.


Adam Coles - Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping

Adam ColesMy responsibilities are keeping the grounds and sculpture park in beautiful order. With over 20 acres of manicured lawns and gardens and being Shropshire’s premier sculpture park, the importance of high presentation is of the utmost priority.


Adrian Coldicott - Retail Support Team

Adrian ColdicottI have worked for the company for over 25 years. I am involved with all special product ranges that are produced and supplied by Black Country Metalworks to bespoke customers. It is my job to ensure the right product reaches the right customer and on time. Essentially, I am responsible for unique products, designed and finished specifically for individual clients.


David Higman - Tourism Advisor

David Higman

/>David has spent the past 27 years working in the tourist industry in and around the Oswestry area. His work has included the setting up of three transport museums, working with councils, assisting with TV and radio broadcasting on various tourism aspects.‏

Kenton Owen - Meeter and Greeter

Kenton Owen


Jeremy Schrecker - Sculptor

Jeremy Schrecker‏I’m a full time sculptor. My involvement with BCMW and The British Ironwork centre is very exciting. To date we have been working on several public works of art and we’ve lots of enquiries for bespoke work all across the UK. While I’m independent and have my own workshop, I very much like working with BIC on their site, as they do have some very challenging projects. My strength is bronze castings but I also work in iron and other materials. Presently I’m working with Clive on several iron sculptures for the Oswestry urban safari trail. I will be helping BIC with their further educational courses in sculpting and casting


Alfie Bradley - Sculptor

Alfie Bradley‏While I was born in the UK, I’ve lived in France for the last 20 years. When meeting the British Ironworks Centre my forte was sculpturing from stone, a completely different medium to metal, however, I’ve taken to sculpturing in iron and steel like a duck to water. To date I’ve completed my first commission that now resides in the House of Commons and shared with the reception area at Deffra. Now I’ve lots of ideas and assignments in hand including creating a huge Gorilla from used spoons that will be sited on the banks of the River Thames. It's 12ft high and will be in the Guinness Book of Records once completed. Following in hot pursuit is a Bust of an elephant destined for an event at Claridges Hotel, London for the world charity TUSK. I am hoping to meet Prince William as he’s the Patron. Other projects relate to a sculpture of a modern day serving soldier with a disability for the military solider charity, the Pilgrim Trust, all of which are equally testing and interesting to accept.


Joe Bailey - Sculptor and Pattern Designer

Joe Bailey‏Joe is probably one of the finest sculptors in the UK and ironically probably won’t be heralded for his unique talent until he’s left this mortal coil. Joe is responsible for the life like resemblances reflected in most of our work.


Our Projects
  • KING MIDAS
    KING MIDAS Being creative with 2,000 new pound coins Discover >
  • SPOON GORILLA
    SPOON GORILLA 40,000 spoons & 1 Giant Gorilla Discover >
  • PERCY THE PEACOCK
    PERCY THE PEACOCK Made from recycled medical instruments Discover >
  • THE KNIFE ANGEL
    THE KNIFE ANGEL A National Monument, now available to see Discover >
  • DON’T BIN IT, TIN IT
    DON’T BIN IT, TIN IT A million recycled cans & a statue of her Majesty. Coming soon. Discover >