A brief overview of the Don-Bur group structure.
Donald Burton - Chairman
As Chairman and Founder of Don-Bur, Don Burton has been in the industry for over 50 years. Don used to be the General Manager of Welford Truck Bodies, which the owners sold to him in 1981 in one of the first management buyouts in that era. Don-Bur has grown from a single site with just 70 members of staff, to 6 divisions spread over 5 different sites with 500 members of staff in total.
David Burton - Group Managing Director
David has been in the industry for over 30 years since joining Don-Bur straight out of school in 1981. Initially working on the shop floor, David covered a wide array of skills ranging from welder to bodybuilder. He then made his way up the Don-Bur ladder, initially as Sales Director and eventually earning the role of Group Managing Director. David oversees all aspects of the Don-Bur Group, from Manufacturing to Sales and ensures that expectations are met, customer relations are strong and quality is of a high standard.
Rory Turner - Sales Director
Before joining Don-Bur, Rory spent over 10 years at TNT and has had key roles at CEVA Logistics and Gulliver's Truck Hire, where during the latter, he was responsible for over 4000 pieces of equipment. Rory joined the Don-Bur team in 2013 as Key Accounts Manager and soon thereafter was appointed Sales Director. Rory takes charge of all aspects of the sales function, providing full support to both the sales team and clients, from procurement to aftersales, ensuring that our customers' expectations are met.
Chris Griffiths - Service Director
Chris joined the Don-Bur Group in 1984 and spent the first five years as an apprentice, covering many different skills ranging from Welder and Coach Bodybuilder to Electrician and Curtain Manufacturer. After which, Chris became Service Manager, a position which he held for several years, before being appointed the Service Director in late 2016. Chris now fronts Don-Bur Service, which includes Sapphire Curtains, Sapphire Graphics and both Service sites.
Roy Johnson - Key Accounts Manager
After acquiring an HND in Business Studies at the University of North Staffordshire, Roy has spent almost 45 years in the transport industry and has acquired an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience in commercial vehicles during that time. Having joined the Don-Bur sales team in 1991 as Key Accounts Manager, Roy previously plied his trade in a similar role at Boalloy, working alongside the late Gerald Broadbent; the well-known pioneer of the Tautliner. Roy specialises in liaising with clients to develop the optimum specifications for their operations, ensuring the best solution is achieved.
Ian Wayland - Sales Manager
After gaining an HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering at de Havilland College and working for the likes of Tidd Trailers and Ratcliff's, Ian joined the Don-Bur team in 1998 as Sales Manager. Ian liaises with clients and assists with developing the best specifications for their operations, as well as offering full support to clients wherever necessary.
Steve Lovett - Key Accounts Manager
Steve has almost 30 years experience in the transport industry working for the likes of Southfields, Ray Smith Group, Ross and Bonnyman and Mertrux (Mercedes-Benz), with roles ranging from organising vehicle collections/deliveries to engineering, as well as having key roles in sales at each. Steve joined the Don-Bur team in 2014 as Key Accounts Manager and provides full support to clients from procurement to aftersales ensuring the optimum specification is achieved for our clients operations.
Karl Forster - Engineering Manager
After achieving a HNC in Mechanical Engineering at Crewe College, Karl joined the Don-Bur team in 1993 as Engineering Manager. With previous experience in engineering and production at Rolls-Royce, Karl manages the engineering function at Don-Bur, providing the tools required to assist our sales and manufacturing teams to ensure the best solution is achieved for our clients' operation.
Mark Wayman - Sapphire Curtains General Manager
Mark joined the Don-Bur team in 2001. Having previously worked at Boalloy, Mark initially took on the role of High Frequency Trailer Curtain Welder at Sapphire Curtains, before becoming the Production Manager shortly after. Mark was appointed Manufacturing Manager at Sapphire Curtains in 2016 and then earned the position of Sapphire Curtains General Manager in 2017 in recognition of his efforts. Mark now manages all aspects of the Sapphire Curtains Division, including curtain manufacture and load restraint development. He strives to give his clients the best solution for their operation and is committed to achieving the highest standards.
Lee White - Sapphire Graphics General Manager
With a BA(Hons) in Visual Communication, Lee joined the Sapphire Group in 2017 as Sapphire Graphics General Manager. Specialising in typography & branding, Lee has an extensive background in graphical design, having previously worked in the industry as a Graphics Manager at another bodybuilder and a Managing Director at a Graphics Design company. Lee oversees the entire Sapphire Graphics Division, from the day-to-day running including admin, quoting & development, to support in graphical design and presentation.
Steve Bridgwood - Service Sales Development Manager
Steve joined the Sapphire Group in 1989, initially as a High Frequency Welder at Sapphire Curtains. Since then, Steve has held various managerial positions at Sapphire Curtains, with his most recent being Curtains Manager. Steve took on the role of Service Sales Development Manager in 2016, where he now represents the Sales function at the Sapphire Group and is responsible for ensuring all clients receive the best solutions for their operation.
Darryl Barber - General Manager (Clarence Road)
Darryl joined the Don-Bur team as Operations Manager at Clarence Road in 2013. With almost 25 years of experience as an engineer/technician, Darryl has worked in numerous Shop Floor and Managerial roles on both the transport side and the truck side of the industry, for the likes of Pullman Fleet Services, Sherwood Truck and Van and various other manufacturers of DAF, Volvo and Iveco. In his time at Don-Bur, Darryl has been pivotal in the creation of the 24 hour breakdown service and the introduction of onsite repairs and as a result has worked his way up to the General Manager position at Clarence Road, where he is responsible for all activities at the Clarence Road site, including repair, refurbishments and conversions.
Darrell Tinsley - General Manager (Boothen Road)
Darrell first joined the Don-Bur Group almost 15 years ago and originally worked on the shop floor as a Welder-Fabricator. Since then Darrell has progressed through various Service roles including Service Engineer, Warranty and Warranty Manager. With a brief time away from Don-Bur plying his trade at Builders UK Ltd, Darrell re-joined the Don-Bur team where he is now the General Manager at Boothen Road. Darrell heads up all of the activities at the Boothen Road site including double deck repairs, service inspections and MOT's.
Neil Smith - After Sales Manager
After spending several years working at Central Trailer Rental Company as Operations Manager, a takeover by Don-Bur meant that Neil moved over to the Don-Bur Group and he has since taken on the role of After Sales Manager. Neil coordinates with Chris Griffiths to assist with the Aftersales function, ensuring all of our clients are well looked after following the purchase of a Don-Bur product or service.
Ian Eastwood - Parts Manager
Ian has spent his entire working life in the transport industry. After previously working as Branch Manager at both Edmund Walker and Serck Intertruck, Ian joined the Don-Bur Group in 1990 as Aftermarket Parts Manager. Ian manages the Parts division and is responsible for providing quotes, information, availability and transport of all parts.
Richard Owens - Marketing Manager
Richard joined the Don-Bur group in 2003 and is in charge of the marketing function; responsible for enhancing the Don-Bur brand and ensuring that the latest technology and modern day marketing techniques are employed. With a claim to fame of competing at the European Shooting Championships in Zagreb (1989), Richard's skills range from public relations and presentations to website development and event planning. Richard also offers full support to the sales team wherever necessary.
Benjamin Simpson - Marketing Coordinator
Upon achieving a BA(Hons) in Business Management and Marketing at the University of Keele, Ben joined the Don-Bur team in 2013 as Marketing Coordinator. Ben coordinates with Richard to assist with the marketing function, covering a wide range of skills ranging from technical 2D drawings and visuals to photography and major event planning, as well as providing support to the sales team wherever necessary.
Ian Holmes - Sales Support
After gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Finance at the University of Staffordshire, Ian Holmes joined the Don-Bur team in 1995 as a Sales Administrator, where he worked primarily with import/export of products. Since then, Ian has gone on to become a valuable member of the Sales Support team, covering a wide range of expertise including preparation of quotes, liaising with clients and drawing up specifications.
Mike Brown - Sales Support
After short stints at Wedgwood and IFB working in production and transport, respectively, Mike joined the Don-Bur team in 1996, where, like Ian Holmes, has become a valuable member of the Sales Support team. From providing quotations and specifications to offering progress reports and organising vehicle deliveries/collections, Mike offers both our clients and the sales team full support throughout the Don-Bur experience.
Karen Wright - Receptionist
After working for the likes of Podmores Engineering and Zurich in roles ranging from Financial Advisor's Assistant to Receptionist, Karen joined the Don-Bur team in 2002 as Receptionist at the Manufacturing site on Mossfield Road. Karen greets all visitors, answers the phone and assists clients with their visit to the Don-Bur site and is often the first point of contact, whilst also carrying out several administrative duties.