With textile industry trained engineers and specialist finishers we have trained ourselves, we have together over 100 years of experience of processing wool. So we know what we're doing and can be trusted to add value to your fleece. Most of us are 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. Annette Dolton and Cyd Jenkin deal with our commission spinning customers and customer projects. Annie Vernon is working with the commission support team and Sue Blacker to develop more value added customers in woven and knitted products. The Blacker Yarns team is led by Sonja Bargielowska with Katie Green. They are developing the Blacker Yarns brand, extending our social media activity and blogging for Blacker. They are supported by Kamila Jacubowska who picks and packs our mail orders and helps with administration.
Wwe are currently in the process of apointing a Mill Manager. The new person will work closely with James McQueen, the carding engineer, and spinning supervisor and operatives, Dan Hill and Ryan Allen respectively. Between them they handle production up to the finishing stage. Finishing is where Robyn Lankston supervises Taymara Goodman, Alison Showell, Lowri Allen. Beth Jenkin and Donna Nutley to ply, wash, reel, wind and ball-wind the yarns. Robyn also does our dyeing. Sam Cope manages our stock and wool sorting and grading and also helps with production.
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.