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The Team

With trained engineers from Yorkshire and specialist finishers we have trained ourselves, we have together over 100 years of experience of processing wool. So we know precisely what we're doing and can be trusted to add value to your fleece. They're pictured below in a brief break between jobs.

The office is small, so everyone helps out. Angela Brinicombe is our book-keeper, working with accountant Lesley Amos and dealing with administration. Lara Pollard-Jones aided by Annette Dolton deals with our commission spinning customers and customer projects. The Blacker Yarns team, which is not pictured, is led by Sonja Bargielowska. She is developing the Blacker Yarns brand, extending our social media activity and blogging for Blacker. She is supported by Kamila Jacubowska who picks and packs our mail orders and helps with administration.

Paul Sykes is our Mill Manager working closely with James McQueen, the carding engineer, and their assistants, David Glover, Bill Corkin and Dan Hill. Between them they handle production up to the finishing stage. Finishing is where Paul's deputy, Sadie Uglow, supervises Taymara Goodman (currently on maternity leave), Robyn Murton, Alison Showell and Lowri Allen to ply, wash, reel, wind and ball-wind the yarns.

The board of directors comprises managing director Sue Blacker, her husband Douglas Bence, former fund manager Sharon Pipe, aviation engineer and computer specialist Ian Rickard and human resources expert Irene Watson. We outsource services when we can and when it's appropriate. Freelance and part-time staff already help us with book keeping, accountancy, public relations, photography, information technology and the web site and we regularly have the support and inspiration of student interns helping with Blacker Yarns.