Meet The Team

  • Roger Black Group Managing Director

    Roger Black

    Roger has been working in the Freight Forwarding and Logistics industry for over 24 years within large corporate companies mainly in sales and laterly as General Manager. Roger saw a niche in the market to offer a more personal and adaptable service with a far greater level of flexibility which the large freight forwarders are simply unable to accommodate.

    In 1998, Roger founded Blacksmith Freight Services with friend and work colleague Jane Smith, and from a very small beginning which started on Roger’s dining room table, the company started to grow steadily.

    In 2001 Roger took over 100% control of the company and brought about changes which resulted in rapid expansion. This expansion has continued through the following years propelling Blacksmith Freight Services to be one of the largest privately owned Freight Forwarders at Manchester Airport. In 2011 Blacksmith opended up its Heathrow Airport office in 2011 which have recently move to larger premesis reflecting the strong and continuing growth of the company.

    Roger says “I am extremely lucky to have such a professional and dedicated team” who he feels are simply the best in the business. “Every member of the team plays a key role in maintaining the close personal and very high level of customer service that Blacksmith Freight is renowned for and that sets it apart from its competitors”.

    Running Blacksmith doesn't leave Roger with much spare time but whilst outside work Roger prefers the quiet life, retreating to the countryside where he lives with his Fiancée and their two children .

  • Joanne Lloyd Operations Manager Manchester

    Joanne Lloyd

    Joanne has joined Blacksmith Freight Limited with nine years experience already in the freight forwarding industry. Having moved from Coventry to Manchester in 2012, she feels it's the best move she's ever made.

    Joanne loves travelling and has visited eight different countries in the past twelve months. She also enjoys learning new things and is currently learning Spanish as well as undergoing a Nutritional course. Despite her many interests, she regards herself as being very family orientated and enjoys going out for meals with family and friends and especially trying new places.

    Joanne admits to being obsessed with Candy Crush and currently on level 808!

  • Thomas Black Import /Export Operations

    Thomas Black

    Tom Joined Blacksmith Freight in July 2015 and has now progressed on to the operational side of the company whilst studying for a business apprenticeship. Tom in his spreads most of his spare time socialising and relaxing with his friends

  • Daniel Ratcliff Operations Supervisor

    Daniel Ratcliff

    Daniel joined Blacksmith Freight in 2004 after leaving school at the age of 16. Initially working within the Air Exports department he learnt about booking up airlines, arranging customer collections and documentation right down to labelling the freight.

    After two years he moved over to the Import department to broaden his knowledge and now deals with UK Customs, booking deliveries with UK clients and liaising with agents all around the world ensuring cargo arrives efficiently.

    In his spare time he is a Manchester City fan and gets to many of the games. He also enjoys playing football and plays every Tuesday and Thursday for local teams.

  • Roxanne Rimmer Import /Export Operations

    Roxanne Rimmer

    Roxanne joined Blacksmith Freight in 2010 having decided to do an apprenticeship in a business environment. Whilst working at Blacksmith's she has completed her NVQ level 2 & 3 in business administration and is currently working in exports with Daniel and Wayne.

  • Mark Randles U.K. Business Development

    Mark Randles

    Mark has over 20 years experience in Freight Forwarding and has been with Blacksmith Freight for nearly 10 of those. He has covered all aspects of the industry and now specialises mainly in exports.

    In his spare time he enjoys visiting the gym and spending quality time with his family. He is also a season ticket holder at Manchester City, “the richest club in the world!”.

  • Jonathan Black Accounts

    Jonathan Black

    Jonathan has been Blacksmith's Company Secretary since 2001. Since joining Blacksmith, Jonathan has worked in various areas of the company but is mainly responsible for all of the company's legal obligations and the company accounts.

    His interests include acting and amateur dramatics and he has appeared on many occasions in productions at the Garrick Theatre. Jonathan is married with four children and looks forward to family holidays abroad and travelling generally. He also enjoys running.

  • Jon Darbyshire Driver

    Jon recently joined Blacksmith Freight Services Ltd after many years as a self employed courier Driver .

  • Alan Shaw Driver

    Alan Shaw

    Alan joined Blacksmith Freight Services Ltd as a driver transferring from Manchester Airports 's baggage handling operations . In his spare time Alan is a keen Supporter of Manchester united.

  • John Lawrance Branch Manager - London Heathrow

    John Lawrance

    John joined the Blacksmith team in February 2011 bringing with him over 25 years of experience in our industry and covering all areas and modes of transport.

    He joined us to spearhead our recently opended office at London heathrow and our expansion in the south of England

    When John is not working he spends his time watching all types of sport but especially football, in particular Chelsea FC. His other interests include gardening and cooking.

  • Andrew Watson Operations Co-Ordinator

    Andrew Watson

    Having arrived in the UK in 2001 Andrew brought with him 22 years experience in the Logistics Industry Managing Road, Rail, Air & Sea Logistics. Andrew joined the London Office of the Blacksmith team in April 2015 where he has settled in very comfortably and shown to be a very valuble asset.

    Andrew is originally from Zimbabwe where initially he gained much of his experience in the Logistics field working for a Multi-national Grain Company. In his spare time Andrew enjoys Travelling, photography, music & keeping fit.

  • Amrit Banwait Import Operations

    Amrit Banwait

    Amrit has joined Blacksmith's recently as Operations Clerk at our London Heathrow office. He has been in the freight forwarding industry for some seven years so has plenty of experience in this field.

    In his spare time, Amrit loves sport and usually plays football twice a week not forgetting squash and tennis which he likes to play whenever he gets the chance. He also enjoys socialising with friends and going out generally.

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