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Peter Hurst
Peter HurstChairman and Co-Founder
Peter decided back in 2014 to take a step back from the day to day involvement of the business, however he continues to bring his wealth of experience to help and support the talented and motivated HMA Team. His role as Chairman has allowed Peter to pursue other ventures like Property Developing.

“Even though I now have time on my hands, it will not slow me down”

Peter Hurst

Sue Hurst
Sue HurstManaging Director

Aside from her family and very pampered dog, Sue’s two passions in life are HMA and music. When she has the chance to escape HMA, she plays principal flute in Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, Abingdon Symphony Orchestra, Didcot Concert Orchestra and a few other groups. She has recently acquired her DipABRSM flute performance diploma and because she likes a challenge, is now embarking on the next level, LRSM.  A keen runner – but lapsed – mainly because there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

“Keep Trying – Never Give  Up!”

Sue Hurst

Rachel O'Sullivan
Rachel O'SullivanHead of Accounts

When not working through the accounts in the office, Rachel enjoys running and also volunteers for her local Scout group that her two children attend, as part of their executive committee.  It’s incredibly rewarding witnessing the young people develop skills for life.

“Be Prepared”

Rachel O’Sullivan

Dan Li
Dan LiHead of Buying
Dan’s engineering background has given him the innovative and logical thinking, attention to detail and broad knowledge of a wide range of products. He builds the bridge between a design on a computer screen to a beautiful product in reality. He is also well known for his calm character when managing complex projects and finding solutions for problems.

“Calm down Dear!”.

Dan Li

Dan Byford
Dan ByfordHead of Operations
Daniel oversees the teams looking after both the manufacturing of all HMA’s products and also the distribution of the goods around the world. When not at work he tries to play cricket and football in-between maintaining his wife’s two dogs… and 3 birds.

“Calm down, relax, I will sort it.”

Dan Byford

Marie Gibbs
Marie GibbsHead of Data Analysis
With over 12 years of Data Analysis experience, Marie provides support to HMA with data reporting – from SQL to Excel. Outside of work, Marie loves watching films – from Austen to Hong Kong Legends, Marvel to Horror.

“If you don’t know the answer, that’s what google is for”

Marie Gibbs

Jia Byford
Jia ByfordAccount Director

It’s all about managing the tricky characters! At work Jia deals with tricky Far East suppliers to keep her clients happy. At home Jia has a tricky but also the most adorable rescue dog called Manchez, who takes up most of her spare time.

“Don’t panic, there’s always a plan B!”

Jia Byford.

Lizz Williams
Lizz WilliamsAccount Director
Lizz is a driven account director who’s eye for the unique blends original ideas with familiar brands to create novel products that will amuse consumer and client alike. When she can be torn from her laptop Lizz can often be found at the gym or with her family making sure that their activities also run on time and under budget!

“Let me see what I can do”

Lizz Williams

Caron Cannell
Caron CannellAccount Director
Caron has over 14 years of experience working with clients in the Promotional Gift and POS industries.  She loves the challenge of seeing a project through from conceptual ideas to the end Product. Outside of work, she represents her local running club in various races and likes to keep fit and active in the gym, all to keep up with her very energetic five year old son!

“Never say Never!”

Caron Cannell

Fiona Corke
Fiona CorkeSenior Creative Designer

As Head of Creative, Fiona enjoys anything arty and loves to get stuck in to a new design project. Outside of work, and with a passion for dance, Fiona is involved in Amateur Dramatics and is often busy rehearsing for the next big show, keen as ever to take to the stage!

“Mmmm, biscuits!”

Fiona Corke

Joshua Perry
Joshua Perry3D Designer & Visualiser

Josh is a graduate Product Designer with a high drive for innovation and development. You will find him in the office producing CAD renders for a variety of design briefs.  Outside of the office you will find Josh either watching films or planning his next craft project.

“There are three responses to a piece of design – Yes, No, and WOW!”

Joshua Perry

Yvonne Cornwall
Yvonne CornwallSenior Account Executive - Production

Yvonne works mainly in the busy Production Department which means once your order is placed her role is to look after all aspects of it, from receiving and checking samples to arranging delivery to the end user. Yvonne enjoys a fun night out with friends and loves a game of cards or a board game. She has been known to dabble in a bit of fitness but is yet to be totally converted as wine is always a more favorable option….she’s working on it!

“It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge!”

Yvonne Cornwall

Claire Hunt
Claire HuntAccount Executive - Production

Claire enjoys working with her clients and loves the variety of orders she deals with which can be anything from a boys toy to something craft-y. Outside of HMA Claire really enjoys walking her Staffie in the exquisite countryside of Buckinghamshire. Claire loves to party with her husband and friends at the weekends and enjoys her fitness and spinning classes in the week.

“Let’s Av It”

Claire Hunt

Tara Smith
Tara SmithAccount Executive - Production
Tara enjoys working closely with her helpful and friendly colleagues within the Production Team focussing mostly on Covermount and Partwork projects.  She enjoys the variety and challenges that present themselves each day and most of all loves playing with and testing the wonderful items we make!  Outside of the office Tara  is a very proud mummy to her beautiful little boy who she likes to spend as much time as possible with.  She also enjoys to keep fit and can often be found at the gym doing weight sessions or her favourite Body Pump classes!

“The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up and does not stop until you get into the office!”

Tara Smith

Niki Peach
Niki PeachAccount Executive - Production
Niki has two main passions in life, drawing and rock music (often by very obscure bands!), so when not up to her eyeballs sending samples here there and everywhere, you will often find her sketching various people from bands with the hope (not always in vain) that she might be able to give them a copy of her pictures to keep.

“Dan… where do you want me to send this…?”

Niki Peach

Alison Strachan
Alison StrachanWarehouse Coordinator
Alison works closely with our warehouse dealing with POS orders, stock control and fulfilling client’s requests.  Outside of work, she enjoys watching the soaps, having fun with family and friends but most importantly spending nanna time with her little Grandson.

“No problem!”

Alison Strachan

Michelle Gower
Michelle GowerOffice Manager

Michelle is more than a front desk receptionist, smiling and answering the phone. She meets and greets all visitors on site and helps other departments in between. When 3 p.m comes Michelle enjoys spending time with her daughter and has just started going running to improve her fitness.

“Good Morning
HMA Creative. How can I help you?”

Michelle Gower

Yvonne Massey
Yvonne MasseyWarehouse Manager
Yvonne has worked at HMA for 19  years in our busy warehouse. She is a very hands on Manager, making kits and orders up and whizzing around on the forklift taking in deliveries. Out of work Yvonne enjoys spending time with her 4 grandchildren and then going home for some quiet time where she enjoys reading on her kindle and having a glass of her favourite tipple of vodka and diet coke.

“Whose making the tea?”

Yvonne Massey

Peter Allen
Peter AllenWarehouse Operative
Peter has over 25 years experience of working in a warehouse environment and knows how to reach his daily order targets, some say he’s the fastest forktruck driver in the west! Outside of work he likes to follow motorcycle speedway and is the darts captain of his local Royal British Legion Club

“Always hit your target!”

Peter Allen

 Calvin Fernandes
Calvin FernandesSupport Assistant

Calvin will mainly be found running around in the warehouse preparing kits and orders for our biggest clients. Calvin’s love is IT and he has a vast knowledge of all things to do with computers and helps the IT department when he can. Calvin enjoys spending the weekends cooking and watching films, has a major sweet tooth and loves to eat. He is quite passionate about his football and would love to be at old Trafford watching every single game

“No worries”

Calvin Fernandes

Ling Zhang
Ling ZhangQuality and Ethical Manager

Ling and her team are HMA’s eyes and ears in China. Ling is always visiting factories – she is instrumental in our ethical compliance programmes and works very closely with our factories offering support and guidance.
When Ling isn’t working she loves Yoga and is a keen runner.

“There’s no such thing as can’t!”

Ling Zhang