Meet the Team
Tony Bestall, CEO
"I love helping customers and I love making plastic. I have worked in the industry for over 30 years in both technical and commercial roles. During all of that time, I have focused on you, my Customer, to the extent that I have created a company that listens to your needs and then fulfils them consistently on time and faster than anyone else! I’m entrepreneurial and innovative; practical and hands on. I’m always looking for a better, more responsive solution and I don’t give up until I’ve found it!"
Sandy Bergeson, Managing Director
"Every working day, I spend my time ensuring everything runs smoothly for everyone, both internally and externally, because my priority is you. I am in the business of providing my customer with peace of mind, whether that be through our ability to consistently deliver a legendary customer experience, high-performance products or satisfying your ever increasing compliance obligations. Silvergate is a well-oiled machine that can promptly respond to your needs every time you call. Whenever you contact Silvergate, you can expect a friendly, attentive response from someone committed to fulfilling your needs. I’m proud to say my team really is the bee’s knees, the cat’s whiskers and, quite frankly, the dog’s…"
Chris Spooner, Technical Director
"My role at Silvergate oversees all things technical to ensure we produce masterbatch of the highest quality. From identifying the right raw materials and equipment to improving our systems and introducing innovative technologies, I’m continually looking for new ways to fulfil your needs quickly and efficiently. Having worked in colour masterbatch manufacturing since the 1970s, I’ve acquired a wealth of knowledge, expertise and tricks of the trade through hands-on experience, which we utilise throughout our processes. I’m proud to provide a friendly service that exceeds the expectations of our valued customers."
Joe Dourneen, Operations Director
"Continuous improvement is not just a process but a way of life. Dubbed the Change Agent by my colleagues, I am passionate about managing a truly lean operation at Silvergate Plastics that ensures we optimise our capacity at all times to quickly respond to market demands without ever compromising on quality. I joined Silvergate in 2009 and by implementing and maintaining a highly effective change management strategy, we have doubled our turnover whilst remaining one of the most responsive masterbatch manufacturers in the world. Our manufacturing processes are and always will be aligned to meet the exact needs of our customers."
Chris Young, Sales Manager
"Having worked in the polymer industry for over 28 years, I understand what it takes to go that extra mile for our customers. Over the years, my customers have experienced lots of different but not necessary unique issues; I’m therefore able to overcome many of your technical challenges whilst providing unparalleled customer support, whether it’s running on-site trials, delivering an emergency bag of materials or simply troubleshooting common problems. Experienced in product formulation, testing, processing and problem solving, I can assist you in developing multi-component masterbatches that offer lasting performance."
Siân Davies, Compliance Manager
"Having worked in the quality sector for over 18 years in various manufacturing environments, I strive for excellence in everything I do to ensure we satisfy our customers’ every need when it comes compliance. I enthusiastically drive continuous improvement initiatives and am passionate about implementing strategies that will benefit the environment and support the health, safety and well-being of our entire team and visitors to our site. My team and I are here to ensure your requests for regulatory documentation is processed in a timely manner."
Emma Cank, Sales Executive
"As a Sales Executive and one of your primary points of contact at Silvergate Plastics, I am entirely focused on supporting your needs. With a background in sales and commercial operations, I understand the importance of offering a friendly, organised and responsive service to our growing customer base. I love meeting new people, troubleshooting persistent problems and overcoming complex challenges. I am proud to be part of a company dedicated to delivering excellent customer service."
Mark Loughlin, Technical Manager
"Whenever you visit Creations, our colour-match suite, I will work with you to develop new colours and bespoke formulations. My team of highly skilled colourists and technicians has the ability to create any colour on the spectrum to suit your exact specifications. I have worked at Silvergate Plastics for over 32 years and, as one of the longest serving members of the company, I have helped pioneer new colouring techniques and implemented strict quality controls. By far the most fulfilling part of my role is identifying best practice solutions to complex challenges and meeting the needs of our customers."
Lisa Thomas, New Sales & Product Development Coordinator
"Many of our existing customers will already know me, as I work hard to form strong working relationships and deliver the best solutions when it comes to new sales and product development. If you are developing a new product or need a competitive alternative for an existing colour, I will be your initial contact. I work closely with our Technical Department and, by getting to know you and your specific needs, I can achieve a better understanding of your product requirements to coordinate the development of an accurate, high performance masterbatch that satisfies your specification and budget."
Dominika Parker, Compliance Assistant
"Having worked in the plastics industry for over ten years, I proactively support the fast pace at Silvergate Plastics. With direct involvement with multi-disciplinary teams, I’m often found supporting the development of new projects to ensure all our products comply with relevant regulations. By adhering to all industry, national and international regulatory requirements and standards, our dedicated Compliance Team provides peace of mind for our stakeholders and customers alike."
Eden Thomas, Business Admin Support
"I’m the friendly voice you’ll hear when you call Silvergate. My role is as varied as it is interesting. From managing our Reception Desk to supporting the administrative needs of our Sales and Operations Departments, I’m always kept on my toes! If you would like to work with Silvergate Plastics, enquire about an order or speak to our skilled technicians, I’ll be your first point of contact when you call +44 (0)1978 661 496."
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