Meet the Team

  • Tony Brown

    Tony Brown


    Our Chairman is the son of Bisley founder Freddy Brown. He joined the business in 1960 and took ownership in 1970 after his father retired, successfully steering Bisley though the recessions of the seventies and eighties. He’s taken a step back from the day-to-day running of the company but he is still a regular face in our offices and on the factory floor.

  • Richard Blackwell

    Richard Blackwell

    Chief Executive Officer

    Beginning his career in retail, Richard joined Bisley in 1989. His first role was Marketing Director; he then added Sales, Design and Customer Services to his responsibilities and in 2015 became our CEO. During his time with us, Richard has been integral to the progression and growth of the business. He’s steered our brand, products and sales in new directions and to new markets, including playing a pivotal role in setting up our London showroom and A&D office, which became a model for some of our operations overseas.

  • John Atkin

    John Atkin

    Managing Director

    A graduate of Manchester University and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, John joined Bisley in 2008 as Finance Director. A career in manufacturing began after working with KPMG in Australia and John joined the furniture sector, via automotive and herbal medicine manufacturing, in 1999. John became our Managing Director in 2014 and is responsible for business performance across the Group.

  • Paul Crutcher

    Paul Crutcher

    Operations Director

    Upon successful completion of his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 Paul joined the Production Engineering team here at Bisley. He then spent time as a Project Engineer and Business Unit Manager, honing his management skills alongside completing an MBA. He’s now our Operations Director with responsibility for Procurement, Manufacturing and Logistics.

  • Ralph Hearnshaw

    Ralph Hearnshaw

    Commercial Director

    After graduating in Business Studies and Modern Languages in the early ‘80s, Ralph held a number of international Sales & Marketing positions for manufacturing organisations before joining Bisley in 1992. Ralph has largely been responsible for global sales and now, with a hand on the UK business as well, he is enjoying the wider challenges involved in helping grow the total business.

  • Paul Ostrolenk

    Paul Ostrolenk

    Technical Director

    Paul uses his 35 years of engineering experience to lead our Technical Services division and is responsible for product development, engineering support, capital investment, H&S and quality activities. MBA qualified, Paul joined Bisley in 1987 after having completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Racal Electronics and has worked in all areas of technical support.

  • Philip Ashdown

    Philip Ashdown

    Company Secretary

    Philip has worked for the Finance department and Board of Directors for the past 25 years, previously having worked for a national construction company. CIMA qualified he has a wealth of legal, administrative and financial experience.