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Meet the team

Martin Cicognani

Managing Director

Martin’s role as Managing Director involves growing the business by understanding our customers’ needs and establishing relationships. Martin finds his job extremely rewarding as every day presents different issues and opportunities.

With over 40 years of experience working in the rubber and plastics industries, Martin has a broad range of experience. His diverse knowledge is applied across the range of sectors that RBH works in.

When he’s not working, Martin spends time with his 6 grown up children. He’s also a keen golfer and enjoys starting DIY projects at his home.

Claire Smith

Business Administration Manager

Claire joined the company in 2005 as a part time Administrator and has since progressed to become part of the management team. Her role involves managing the internal sales and purchasing teams, as well as quality management and regulatory compliance.

She enjoys problem solving and refining processes to ensure each part of the business runs smoothly.

Brendan Pope

Sales Director

As Sales Director, Brendan is responsible for the sales strategy within RBH. He is focused on ensuring our team are effective in representing our principals and forming long standing partnerships with our customers.

Brendan finds working in partnership with our customers and then being able to provide various options that improve their formulations or end products very rewarding.

Brendan has worked within the chemical industry for 25 years and during that time has gained a good knowledge of the various markets in which the RBH Group operates.

In his spare time, Brendan enjoys running and has recently taken up golf lessons after playing this sport for many years badly!

Martin Wilkinson

Market Manager – Adhesives and Sealants

As the Market Manager for Composites, Adhesives and Sealants, Martin’s role is to deal with the technical and commercial departments for our customers. He promotes our unique range of materials and services that help provide solutions to the complex challenges faced within the industry.

Martin has a degree in Polymer Science and has worked in the polymer industry for over 25 years.  He has worked in both technical and commercial roles, providing a wide range of products for diverse applications. Outside of work, Martin enjoys playing golf, and travelling with his family.

Nick Shilton

Market Manager – Coatings and Construction

As the Market Manager for Coatings and Construction, Nick is the public face and voice of RBH for our customer base within this industry.  One of the main parts of Nick’s role is to support customers with their development and manufacturing requirements.

Nick has a Chemistry degree from Sheffield University, and has worked in sales in the chemicals industry since graduating. Outside of work, Nick enjoys tennis, DIY and Harry Potter.

Yasmin Mazar

Internal Account Manager


Yasmin’s role as an Internal Account Manager is to bridge the gap between Market Managers and Market Assistants, aiming to establish better relationships with smaller customers, allowing us to grow existing business. She likes to take a collaborative approach to working with colleagues, having discussions about ideas and sharing knowledge.

Yasmin possesses great knowledge of both the technical and formulation areas, having completed a master’s degree in Chemistry. In her spare time, Yasmin is currently enjoying getting to know Manchester, she also spends time going to the gym and painting.

Will Gould

Internal Account Manager

Will joined RBH in 2021 as an Internal Account Manager. His role is to create and maintain better relationships with our smaller customers and grow our existing business. Will enjoys working in a team, analysing data and speaking to customers to help solve any problems they might have.

Will has a degree in Chemistry from Hull University, and recently moved to Manchester from his hometown of Colchester. Outside of work he enjoys reading, going to the gym to keep fit, and playing strategy board games.

Will Riches

Market Manager – Elastomers

As the Market Manager for Elastomers, Will works with customers in several industries to promote and supply masterbatch and additives for coatings, rubber, composites and plastics. Will has 25 years of experience in the chemicals industry, supporting customers with development in the automotive, aerospace, construction, consumer and industrial sectors.

Will lives in Hampshire with his wife, two children and their two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys staying active by cycling and playing rugby.

Michelle Davies

Market Assistant – Coatings

Michelle’s role as a Market Assistant consists of placing orders, arranging deliveries, invoicing, and dealing with customer queries. She enjoys the challenges that come with her job and working quickly to solve problems and keep customers happy.

Outside of work, Michelle enjoys going to the gym, spending time with family and friends, and drinking pink gin.

Denise Scott

Market Assistant Supervisor – Elastomers / Polishing and Abrasives

Denise joined the company in 2010 as a Customer Service Co-ordinator and progressed to Market Assistant Supervisor. Her role is processing customer order, deliveries, invoicing and dealing with any customer enquiries and queries.  She offers guidance to other members of her team.

She has recently become a member of a gym and enjoys swimming.

Janet Qualters

Market Assistant – Speciality

Janet’s role as a Market Assistant consists of placing orders, arranging deliveries, invoicing, and dealing with customer queries. She enjoys the challenges that come with her job and working quickly to solve problems and keep customers happy.

Outside of work, Janet likes spending time at her caravan in Wales and walking her dog Troy.