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. 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 opened an office in Heathrow Airport which in 2014 moved to larger premises to accommodate the rapid expansion and growth of the Heathrow operation.

    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”.

  • Joanne Lloyd Head of Operations Manchester

    Joanne Lloyd

    Joanne joined Blacksmith Freight in March 2015, bringing with her nine years of freight forwarding experience, which she gained whilst working at Federal Express. Having moved from Coventry to Manchester in 2012, she feels it's the best move she's ever made.

    Joanne has quickly progressed whilst being at Blacksmith Freight. Starting in the Sea Freight department in 2015, she now manages the overall operation. She loves learning different roles and looks upon everything as a challenge.

    Joanne loves to travel and plans on doing a lot more of it in the years to come.

    She's very family orientated and loves spending time with her best mates - Her Mum and her Nan!!

    She lives with her partner in Manchester and is currently in the process of planning their wedding.

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  • John Lawrance Head of Operations - London

    John Lawrance

    John joined the Blacksmith team in February 2011 bringing with him over 25 years of experience in our industry covering all areas and modes of transport. His knowledge of the business is vast and in-depth and is always on hand to our customers and overseas partners and indeed our own staff to provide them in unequalled logistical advance and guidance.

    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.

  • Matthew Horsfall Accounts Manager

    Matthew Horsfall

    Matthew Joined Blacksmith in December 2017

  • 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 on the export department with Natalie.

    In her spare time Roxanne enjoys travelling and socialising with her friends

  • Amrit Banwait Import Operations London office

    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.

  • Natalie Coldrick Import Export Operations

    Natalie Coldrick

    Natalie joined Blacksmith Freight in January 2018. She has worked in the Freight Forwarding industry for numerous years, in various different roles at the World Freight Terminal.

    She loves spending time with her young daughter and husband, as well as travelling & socialising with friends and family.

    Since joining Blacksmith, Natalie has slotted in with the team extremely well and is enjoying working closely with Roxanne.

  • 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 spends most of his spare time socialising and relaxing with his friends. He enjoys playing various sports and going to the gym, where he likes to work out as often as possible.

  • Maximillian Bill Accounts Trainee

    Max has joined Blacksmith Freight in February 2018 an Accounts Trainee.

    Max Aims to become a fully qualified accountant through working as an apprentice in Blacksmith Freight’s accounts Department.

    Enjoys spending time with family and going out with friends in his spare time.

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  • Sue Costa HR External Consultant

    Sue Costa

    After working in HR for many years I started my own HR Consultancy back in 2013 and work with many different sectors including Freight Forwarding, Restaurants, Property Companies and Charities to name but a few. As an outsourced advisor my clients contact me as and when required to deal with all types of issues including disciplinarians, grievances, terminations, redundancies, compromise agreements etc whilst at the same time offering them clear, concise and practical advice.

  • Bob Mellor Transport Manager

    Bob Mellor

    Bob has been working I the transport and logistics industry for 40 years and is responsible for Blacksmith Freight Services transport and Warehouse operations.

  • Jason O'neil Driver and Warehouse operations

    Jason O'neil

    Jason joined Blacksmith in October 2017 after working in the construction industry

  • Phillip Thomas Driver and Warehouse operations

    Phillip Thomas

    Phillip has returned to Blacksmith Freight Services Ltd and back in the fold after being away for a year. Phillip is glad to be back doing the Job he enjoys so much.

  • Alan Shaw Driver and warehouse Operations

    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.

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