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The Flextraction Team

At the heart of any good company are the people within it, and here at Flextraction we have a cohesive team that offer a variety of industry and professional experiences that are ideally suited to meeting the demands of our customers.

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    Wally Gilder

    Managing Director

    My working life started as an apprentice draughtsman with a company manufacturing acoustic products, finishing with a Full Technological Certificate in Research & Development, then returning to full time education studying Work Study & Management Services before becoming Organisation & Methods Officer. I joined Dust Control Equipment Ltd and following a 2 year training program became a field Sales Engineer. I have worked in Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) since 1975 and was Principal Consultant of IEC Consultants Ltd and more recently Managing Director of Flextraction Ltd, becoming Chairman in 2011. 

    I was a founder of the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers (ILEVE) and currently have involvement in the Extraction Manufacturers and Designers Association (EMADA). I have a very hands on approach to Engineering having designed and installed LEV plant throughout the world and have been involved in LEV training for over 20 years. 

    When not working, I have enjoyed playing squash for over 40 years and I am a BSAC qualified SCUBA diving instructor and additionally, a qualified Golf referee and a past Club Captain.

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    Ryan Marsden

    General Manager

    In June 2016 I took up the post of Sales and Marketing Manager at Flextraction, continuing a long career in the dust and fume extraction industry. I now hold the position of General Manager, being responsible for all the functions of that post and at the same time continue to develop the company’s sales strategy, ensuring the growth of new business partnerships. I am married with two young daughters, originate from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, and I enjoy both rifle and shotgun shooting.

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    Joe Cunningham

    Commercial Services Manager

    Originating from Hamilton in Scotland, I enlisted into the Army in the early 1970s as a dog trainer, and following an accident in Hong Kong, took up a clerical and administrative role and left the services after a full career in 1994. I joined Flextraction in 2000 and for a number of years looked after the accounts. Latterly, I have been responsible for product databases and the commercial services functions within the company.

    I have two older children and I live at home with my wife and three younger daughters. I have a strong interest in genealogy, enjoy playing tennis, and I follow Hamilton Academical Football Club. 

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    Helen Gilder

    HR Manager

    Following an extensive career with a major high street bank, I joined Flextraction in February 2014. Initially, providing administrative support, preparing and submitting quotations to customers and processing orders received, I now undertake the role of bookkeeper, running all day-to-day processes within the accounts department. I also undertake all the HR functions of the company. Melton Mowbray born and bred, I continue to live locally with my husband and young daughter. I enjoy socialising and holidaying abroad, especially Spain.

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    Ashleigh Gifford

    Contract & Design Office Assistant

    I joined Flextraction in September 2012 initially as a Sales Office Assistant gaining a valuable insight into the dust and fume extraction industry. Currently, I provide administrative support to the contract & design team getting involved in the development of new products.

    I live in Melton Mowbray with my two young sons and still enjoy playing the odd game of rugby for the local Rugby Club. Walking and training my two boxer dogs and learning to play the guitar also keeps me busy.

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    Pete Newton

    Production/Despatch Supervisor

    I am the Production/Despatch Supervisor which involves the production and assembly of our Hood Positioning Devices (HPDs) and preparing all completed orders for despatch to our customers. I am also responsible for reordering stock and ensuring that stock control is monitored efficiently. I joined the flextraction team in mid 2008 and enjoy working for a small local company.

    I live locally with my wife and young daughter and out of work, my free time is spent gardening and following West Ham United, although my main interest is collecting and listening to music.

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    Leo Taylor

    Sales Engineer

    I joined Flextraction late 2018 as a Sales Engineer and passed the Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) course in 2019, with further course attendance planned for the future.

    Prior to working at Flextraction I attended college and in the summer of 2018 I gained a double distinction in the Extended Diploma in Business Management course.

    I live with my family and Jack Russell, Tilly, in Birstall just on the outskirts of Leicester and my interests include Clay Pigeon shooting, Socialising, Travel and Cars.

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    Nigel Hubbard

    Production Development Manager

    I have been in the Local Exhaust and Ventilation (LEV) industry since 1982 where I worked with 2 major companies. The roles I have held, from Product Designer to Managing Director, have enabled me to cover all areas of LEV where I have helped build the technical reputation for each company.

    With both a practical and technical background there is so much I have come across during my career, I have also been lucky enough to put some of this and related knowledge to good use supporting the creation of European standards and guidance in the field of dust explosions. I was also involved in the formation of the Extraction Manufacturers and Designers Association (EMADA).

    I have known Flextraction for most of my career and when the opportunity to join came along I jumped at it – what a great opportunity to help support the ambitious plans whilst passing on valuable LEV knowledge gained over nearly 40 years.

    Happily married for about the same time as my LEV career and I am the proud father of two grown up daughters. Having lived in the Leicestershire area all my life, Flextraction is right on my doorstep.

    In my younger days I was a keen active sportsman but nowadays my involvement in sport is sitting in the stands of Leicester Tigers Rugby Club or the armchair. When I am not watching Rugby, my spare time is taken up walking our dog as far as my legs will take me.

  • Photo of Flextraction employee, Kira Smith

    Kira Smith

    Sales & Purchasing Administrator

    I have been involved in office administration for over 5 years, originally starting on an apprenticeship as a receptionist. Originally from Melton Mowbray, I lived for a while in Southampton, returning to Melton to settle down. I am happily married and my husband and 2 young children take up most of my time. I love family days out, especially at a theme park. I'm quite adventurous and I'm always looking for new things to try.

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    Sophie Attwood

    Sales & Purchasing Administrator

    Earlier this year I joined Flextraction as a Sales & Purchasing Administrator and I am quickly learning as much as I can about the Dust & Fume Extraction Industry. I was born in Melton Mowbray and attended college here studying Sociology, Media and Psychology.

    In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking, music and socialising with friends.

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