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Meet the team

Southern office

 


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Suzanne Robinson - Director

Suzanne Robinson - director

After completing my degree in Industrial Design in Manchester in 1988, I joined Carterbench and my role has evolved to Product Director, responsible for client contact and managing projects through the studio - involved in all aspects of the design process. 26 years later I am still here and still love the creative buzz of the industry! Outside toys my passion is landscape - whether walking in the Lakes with my dog or 'trying' to paint it!

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Ross Worthington - Managing Director

Ross Worthington - managing director

Although my background stems from the wild & wacky world of accounting, the real challenge day to day is trying to harness the team's creative energies. So not a lot of time left for counting beans!

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Simon Gidion - Director

Simon Gidion - Director

The fun began when I joined Carterbench in 1985, after leaving Mid Cheshire College of Art and Design. I quickly became addicted to those 'Eureka' design moments. After nearly 30 years in the industry it amazes me how the magic just keeps evolving. In my spare time I'm either cycling the local hills, or reliving my childhood with my 4 boys. We are nearly always in trouble, or covered in mud, or both. Meal times have become brainstorms and mad experiments! It's amazing what spaghetti can do, they are so inspirational!

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Kate Porter - P.A. & Administrator

Kate Porter - P.A. & Administrator

I make sure Carterbench runs like clockwork & ensure there is a continuous supply of biscuits in the cupboard. In my spare time I like going to the gym, dog walking & socialising with friends over a dry white wine spritzer!

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Richard Marlow - Design Engineer

Richard Marlow - Design Engineer

Since graduating in Industrial Design in 1991, I have been fully immersed in the Toy Industry. If it moves, lights up or makes a sound - I'm your man! Out of hours, I am currently chief 'roadie' for my son's burgeoning rock band!

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Jim Keenan - Director

Jim Keenan - Director

After graduating as an Industrial Designer, I spent about 5 years in product design until I met the Carterbench Team. After successfully passing the Sean Connery Impersonation Test ©Rob Kay, I joined Carterbench in 1997. With a keen interest in science & technology, I have been combining my role as designer with that of resident ‘techie’, with a bit of ‘trekkie’, ever since.

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Mary Danby - Product Director

Mary Danby - Product Director

I began my career in TV production, and went on to become a writer and fiction editor. More than 25 years ago I invented my first board game, and have since licensed around 100 toys and games. In 2010 my company joined forces with Carterbench, and I now manage the Carterbench South team.I love the toy business - mostly because it's full of fantastic people!

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Lynn Ash - Office and Financial Manager

Lynn Ash - Office and Financial Manager

My background is in economics and accountancy, but nothing surprised me more than finding that I do have a creative streak after all, and I love contributing and being part of this great innovative company. Seeing a product on the shelf that started off as a germ of an idea is a big thrill!

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Nicky Wastie - Designer

Nicky Wastie - Designer

My background is in fine art and all things arty and crafty. The perfect career for me turned up by accident and I haven't looked back. I have now been working in the toy business for over 23 years, turning ideas into products. My greatest delight was to walk into a shop on the other side of the world to find something that I'd created. It's a great business to be in.

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Charlie Bason - Designer

Charlie Bason - Designer

I graduated with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology from Loughborough University in 2002. From working as a product designer for a leading London design consultancy for a number of years, I went on to train to be a Chartered UK and European Patent Attorney. I work as part of the design team at Carterbench, whilst also providing support to evaluate and protect our ideas. Having recently had my first child, I now have my very own tester at home!

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