Here at DC Iron, we take great pride in our staff who work together to offer you the best service in our industry. As a family run business, most of our staff know each other well and are friends of the family.
Dave Collins, Managing Director (aka DC, Top Dog)
He's the top guy who founded the business in 1997 after spotting the demand for wrought iron components when fitting plastic handrail. He still plays a very active and vital role in running the business and has built the excellent reputation for being the 'king of stock'. Always pushing to seek perfection. 2021 sees DC reaching the milestone of his 65th birthday and he is still putting the hours and effort in to keep pushing the company forward.
Scott C, Marketing Director
Scott is responsible for company growth and manages all of the marketing material such as catalogue production and the website. Also manages the company procedures and involved in improving efficiency in the business. Scott has now been made a director of the company and is bringing a host of additional aspects to the company with his forward thinking and knowledge of modern technology. New projects to be launched soon in 2021 are a full intergrated warehouse management system and new website to showcase what we sell.
Paul R, General Manager
Has been with the business almost since the very start and knows the most about all our products. Our main sales expert and is also the General manager of the company and Daves right hand man and shoulder to lean on. Paul also handles all the automation department and theres not much he doesn’t know regarding that aspect. Hes now got a new hip and a new knee so virtually a bionic man.
Paul S, Sales Manager (aka Young Paul)
Paul joined to deal with the increasing sales calls years ago. Known as 'Young Paul' to differentiate between the other Paul but now that his hair is changing to Grey the description of young is very dubious. Another of Paul's very important jobs is to liaise closely with our carriers in ensuring the goods get to where they are supposed to at the right time, if not he knows how to kick butt to find out why. Paul has now progressed to the title of Sales & Purchasing Manager and as well as driving sales forward he now has the added responsibility of managing the purchasing of a wide range of our products and negotiating the best deals for the company.
Denise T, Accounts Administrator
Manages all of our accounts making sure everything balances up, chasing payments and all other admin work. Prides herself on her figures and putting her hand on any piece of admin within seconds no matter how long ago it was done. Tidiest cupboards in the North East and has recently taken up a new sport of swimming in the North Sea every weekend.
April L. Assistant Administrator
The opportunity to employ April was too much for DC to miss when he got wind that the company she had worked for over 20 years was closing down. Despite April receiving other job offers the attraction of working within our team and learning new skills was too much for her to resist. Thriving in her new role and is the perfect assistant for Denise to really strengthen our admin team.
John K, Sales Advisor
John K joined our busy warehouse team due to demand on a part time basis and has now progressed into the office for sales and using his previous experience. John comes from considerable sales experience and has now went from part time to full time position. Another great addition to ensure our next day policy for customers is adhered to and applied. John has also now progressed within the automation side of the business. Sporting John not only is the Company Pool Champion but this year he also won the DC Iron Golf Championship for the second time in 4 years. Still needs to improve his table tennis doubles skills with his partner Chris L in order to take the mantle away from DC and Paul F who always win the Seasons Cup.
Trevor W, Sales Advisor
Trevor has joined us after being made redundant from a very well known Architectural Ironmongery Company and brings with him over 30 years experience and a vast amount of knowledge to the job. A very good footballer in his earlier days and now a very keen golfer and won the DC Iron Golf Championship in 2021. I'm sure once he is settled in he will be banging the goals in and scoring plenty birdies with the customers. Trevor is also a keen DIY guy and has plumbing skills and is brilliant with an iron and a hoover. Trevor now picking up skills in Gate Automation and in the main handles the online order processing side of the business.
Simon P, Sales Advisor
Simon has joined us from EE customer services and is the one with the poshest voice in the office. A very good golfer and now learning the ropes of the metalwork industry and a very good aquisition to the sales team. Simon now has his regular customers who when they call simply ask for the "Posh Kid" On a recent stag do trip to Liverpool Simons dancing skills has earned him the new name of "Travolta"
Graham W, Graphic Designer
After a lot of time searching we have finally found and added our own in house Graphic Designer to manage and create all our own catalogue and marketing literature. Graham also is a keen and experienced photographer so looks after the task of ensuring our images used are of the best quality. Superb addition to the team. Graham continues to develop our website image and catalogue content with work of the highest level. His recent project was to undertake building and fitting his own hand made kitchen.
Paul F, Warehouse Manager
Joined in 2008 Paul has progressed through the company to the very important and busy role of Warehouse Manager. Paul prides himself on his neatness of packing items and watching him put a pallet together and wrap it is an art within itself. His dry sense of humour adds fun to the day. Paul's downfall unfortunately is that he is a keen Manchester Utd fan. One of four Pauls in the company !!! Paul is the official DC Iron table tennis Champion.
Chris L, Assistant Warehouse Manager
Chris comes from sitting about on his backside driving a taxi into the different world of warehousing and dispatch and has now progressed within the company to Assistant Warehouse Manager.. "Formley" dark & handsome and nicknamed "The Spaniard" due to this hes a vital part of our team being tall and strong which comes in handy when the forklift breaks down. Works alongside Paul F in ensuring the warehouse runs smoothly and efficiently. John Ks whipping boy at dinner time on the pool table and yet to perfect his serve at table tennis.
Steve G, Delivery Driver
Steve delivers all the local customers' orders. Delivery with a smile is Steves motto and nothing is a problem for this guy. Sometimes known as 6 cushion Steve on the pool table.
Andy B, Warehouse Dispatch Supervisor
Andy has joined our warehouse team from a local steel stockist and has proven to be a great asset. Loves to be kept on the go and is proving a multi skilled addition to our ever growing warehouse team. Loves the big difficult orders and sees them as a challenge. His disco dancing needs a lot of improvement though! A 10 team footy acca expert.
Paul C, Warehouse Dispatch Supervisor
Paul (no.4) has joined the company with good past experience from a large clothing distribution warehouse and settled in quickly within the dispatch team. His sense of humour came shining through at interview when asked if he was a “Red & White” (Sunderland) he quickly replied “Aye, Stoke”! Trying to lose weight by regular visits to his recently installed hot tub. Beats Andy with 12 team footy accas.
Lee F, Warehouse Operative
Lee came to us after being with a local egg producing company for many years. A keen cyclist and loves a good egg and cress sandwich in brown bread at lunchtime. Lee works mainly with our goods in and stock movement team and is superb at keeping the warehouses spick and span. Always on the go and a keen cyclist with the nicest shaped legs at DC Iron.
Dave M, Warehouse Operative
Dave joined us from a previous Builders Merchant Depot Managers position and has proved a great addition. Very multi skilled and top of the league with his picking and dispatching of orders. Out and about he's been named "The Sambuca Kid". Always has a keen eye for health and safety procedures.
James B, Warehouse Operative
James joined us with a degree in Forensic Computing and is now advancing with a degree in fork lift truck handling. Great worker and always the first to volunteer help if anyone else needs a hand with anything. Finally got through his probation period and we expect him to now progress and improve to the standards required. The addition of a daughter this year has gave James a totally new direction now and works any hours available., not sure if thats to get away from changing nappies or his love for his work. Second child on its way in 2022.
Jordan Y, Warehouse 7 Supervisor
Jordan is a young lad joining the team with both warehouse experience and Fork Lift Truck experience. He loves anything mechanical and if its broke then he's the man to fix it. Size 12 boots and 6 ft 6 inches he's probably the biggest in the warehouse yet one of the youngest. Total machine and top of the overtime league by a mile. Progressed to be given the role of being in charge of warehouse 7 which holds the stainless steel and kee clamp products on which he is thriving on the added responsibility.
Michael C, Warehouse Operative
Michael joined us from years working in the stockrooms of a well known High Street retailer and has made the transition smoothly into the world of large warehousing. Operates alongside Jordan in Unit 7 which handles in the main the Stainless Steel products and key clamps which need particular attention to detail with coding. Moving from shirts and tee shirts to steel products has been a good move for all concerned.
Cameron G, Warehouse Operative
Cameron was suggested to us by Paul S the Sales manager and what a suggestion this has proved to be. Not long out of school and spells with Pizza Hut but his vocation is certainly shining through within the warehouse environment. Although a very quiet lad theres nothing quiet about the work rate he puts in hes more like a jet engine. Another great addition to the team. One of the star players in the five a side football
Gary S, Warehouse Operative
Gary has joined our team after years of working for the Co-Op amongst a mix of both male and females to an all male environment to which he is well suited with his wicked sense of humour and great work ethics. Only worry about Gary is his admission for having a fetish for deep pile carpets on a recent social evening.
Ryan D, Warehouse Operative
Ryan has joined us from the huge operation known as Amazon and immediately prefers the close knit family atmosphere we try and generate at DC Iron. After initially struggling with certain aspects of the work he has now started to flourish and with his wicked sense of humour adds to the banter on the shop floor whilst maintaining the strong work ethics required. Good team player and excellent footballer to match his warehouse skills.
Hamzah R, Warehouse Operative
Hamzah joined us from Nissan where he was part of the line putting together cars. The lure of more social hours to give him a more settled home life and the fact he wanted to enjoy his job without the regimental style of his previous job was a main factor of his wish to join us plus his partner is the sister of two other employees made his introduction an easy move. Third time lucky in his application and is now proving an excellent addition to the warehouse team.
Paul T. Warehouse Operative
Paul is our more recent acquisition to the team joining us from a local toilet roll distribution warehouse. The interview team let him slip through our fingers on his 1st attempt in getting into the company but when that mistake was realised he was eventually signed up and "Toonza '' as he's better known was given his contract. We hope he proves to be a great signing for the team and is being well accepted by the rest of the lads.
Malcolm D. Senior Plastic Handrail Fitter & Maintenance Manager
Malcolm has been with the company for over 25 years and took over from Dave in the plastic handrail business by travelling around the UK fitting the plastic handrail capping. Due to his fabrication background and his general all round skills Mac looks after all the general maintenance required within the company and from time to time uses his fabrication skills to repair damages and construct certain products.
Jack D. Plastic Handrail Fitter and CCTV Maintenance
Jack is the son of Malcolm and joined us when he left school. Jack expanded his role of fitting plastic handrail capping to being an integral part of the warehouse team able to apply himself to virtually any task required. Jack was given the added role of being in charge of the new CCTV at the three sites and to ensure all were working correctly which he thrives at. Jack's main enjoyment is his diversity in the roles he performs.
Gary T, Warehouse Dispatch Supervisor
Has been with us since the very start and is responsible for ensuring the orders are quickly picked and packed to get there next day. Also deals with trade counter customers and booking goods in. Gary operates the fastest tape gun in the UK and has orders packed before the ink is even dry on the sales invoice.
Sadly on 5th December 2019 Gary lost his battle with prostate cancer at the age of 56 and sadly passed away. Gary was with Dave from virtually day one of starting the company. His humour, loyalty, and approach to work and the company ethics will be impossible to replace. He will be greatly missed by both the existing workforce and 100s of local customers who he loved to wind up at the trade counter. R.I.P. Gary Thompson 10th June 1963 - 5th December 2019.