Meet The Team
Get to know Webmaster’s team of experienced, skilled and dedicated people who continually provide our customers with excellent quality and service.
James Braddock – Managing Director
James has been with the organisation since 6th form, and has worked in every department of the company – becoming our Managing Director in 2018. He is continually gaining knowledge of the current business operations and how they can be improved. Outside of work, James coaches his two young boys’ football teams, watches live sport and reads modern fiction.
“The people are what make any team, and what a team we have! A real mixture of personalities, backgrounds, interests and experiences make Slater Harrison & Webmaster really agile businesses. We are able to make fluid changes and react to business opportunities quickly.”
Chris Hehir – Sales Director
Chris joined our team in 2016, having over 25 years of experience working in the sales department for paper, board and coating companies. Chris spends his weekends coaching and supporting his son’s rugby, cricket and football teams in Macclesfield. He enjoys finding time to get to a live music gig too!
“We have a wide range of capabilities. We also have a number of established markets and great opportunities in new markets. Therefore, our customer base is extremely varied; large and small, new and long-standing, traditional and unfamiliar. This means we have to be extremely flexible and creative to provide solutions for all, which is an interesting and exciting challenge both internally and externally.”
Jenny Smallwood – Business Director
Jenny brings more than 46 years’ experience in the paper industry to the team at Webmaster & Slater Harrison. She begun work in the field after graduating from high school – with various roles in quality control, production management and planning. Jenny notably spent 13 years at local Bollington coating company Tullis Russell before joining Webmaster in 2006. At Webmaster, our Business Director leads a small, but tight knit team in day-to-day operational management, purchasing and planning. Jenny also oversees the embossing department, manages key accounts, handles technical enquiries and supports production planning for parent company Slater Harrison. Fell walking in the Lakes District is a true love of Jenny’s, and in 2016 she completed the Wainwrights, a series of 214 peaks – with all but one exceeding 1000 feet in height. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her rescue Dobermann, and of course treating herself to a nice gin on a girls’ night out.
“We have a diverse range of coating & converting equipment which makes us very versatile in our capability. All this under one roof gives us full control. Our passion is to offer bespoke solutions to our customers.”
Darren Howard – Sales Manager
Darren begun a new role with Webmaster as Sales Manager in 2021 year after 15 months as Sales Executive with Slater Harrison. Since leaving school, Darren has worked in various roles in the carton board, lamination and holographic industry – amounting to over 30 years of sales experience. From working on the road in previous work, he holds around 15 years of Talksport knowledge! Darren has a keen interest in countless music genres, from classical to R&B.
“I wanted to be part of a company working towards sustainable solutions, using my creativity to hopefully develop existing and new ideas — together with this and the ‘family run’ aspect about Slater Harrison & Webmaster.”
Jayne Woosey – Technical Manager
Jayne is the Technical Manager for both Slater Harrison and Webmaster. She is responsible for new product and coating development, solving technical issues, material analysis, benchmarking and anything else which may be required of a technical nature! With over 34 years’ experience in the coating industry developing a variety of water-based coatings and inks, Jayne actually started her career on a Youth Training Scheme, the equivalent of today’s apprentice scheme, studying part time for both a B.Sc. Hons. in Chemistry as well as an M.B.A. These days rather than studying, her free time is spent exploring the outdoors, going to live music events and becoming a qualified Indian Head Masseuse.
“Solution based product development in a diverse marketplace can be challenging but enjoyable with the right team to support. Close co-operation between experienced team members mean that Slater Harrison & Webmaster offer a fast and flexible response which not only offers great job satisfaction but happy customers as well.”
Chris Birdsall – Customer Service Specialist
Chris joined the Webmaster team in May 2021. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge having worked in the paper industry for over 15 years with his career starting in stock control and purchasing, before moving into production and customer service. He has been a major driver in the past of helping teams break records in factory production as well as smashing sales targets. Most recently, Chris played a key role in securing and safeguarding the supply of paper products as part of the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme for the NHS Supply Chain. Outside of Webmaster, Chris is happily married to his wife Clare and is a father to his two young boys Jack and Ben. Chris is also a keen musician and songwriter (having had some success in the past with previous bands in the US and UK Charts) and continues to write and record music in his spare time.
“I’m incredibly impressed by how well Webmaster is run as a business. It’s a close-knit team who work tirelessly in order to provide their customers with quality bespoke products and service. It’s an absolute pleasure to now be part of this great team of people.”
Viv Denny – Purchasing Manager
Viv has over 30 years of experience in the paper industry, with various roles in sales, purchasing and stock control. Viv has worked with both Webmaster & Slater Harrison, looking after customers and assisting with production. Viv has a love for reading anything from a crime novel to a good love story. She has been spotted at the concerts of Jess Glynn, Ellie Goulding, Blondie and can’t wait to see Abba’s Voyage show next year.
“During my time at Webmaster and Slater Harrison, with the help of my colleagues, I have had the opportunity to not only grow in my role but also as a person. I’ve also been lucky enough to make some lifelong friendships. There’s a definite ‘can do’ attitude in the office which helps to keep you feeling positive.”