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."
Paul Kitson, Commercial Director
"Having worked in the Polymer Industry for over 30 years in a wide variety of applications and markets both in the UK and on the continent, I can fully appreciate the challenges that our customers can face. I’ve always believed that an open, friendly, and cooperative working relationship is the best approach and that is very much core philosophy behind everything that Silvergate do. My focus is to supply you with what you want now and with all the constant need to innovate and find new solutions as markets and expectations change, to explore all avenues open to us to supply what you will need in the future."
Elizabeth Boughey, Sales Manager
"I am an experienced commercially minded account manager who understands the importance of offering customers an efficient and friendly experience of working with Silvergate Plastics. I thrive on working with customers on projects that will benefit their business and develop strong mutually beneficial relationships for the future. My role includes working with our existing clients along with welcoming new customers to our exciting, innovative and fast paced business."
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 Robinson, 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 Support
"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."
Darren Baker, Compliance Manager
"With a background in R&D, Medical Devices, Pharma, and Quality, I have a wealth of experience when it comes to dealing with the complex landscape that regulatory and compliance issues can present. I am the person you need to speak with, to deal with all of your regulatory needs and compliance enquiries, experienced and knowledgeable across multiple areas, I am certain I will be able to answer all the questions you can throw at me. To summarise - Compliance Expert, Regulatory Advisor, COSHH Assessor, Molecular Biologist, Welsh International Sportsman…"
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