Your People

The first contact most will have with Gainsborough is through a member of our “Front of House” team.

The team is not starkly divided between different functions; rather, as befits an artisanal weaving business, individuals have overlapping responsibilities and knowledge that allows them to work most effectively with clients, while ensuring procurement, production, sales and accounts are optimised.

Emerson Roberts
Managing Director

Emerson joined Gainsborough in April 2016. Besides the overall management of the business, he has a particular responsibility for the strategic direction of the company, its marketing and the growth of its overseas sales.

Neil Thomas
Technical Director

Having worked in almost every department over three decades with Gainsborough (figuring out along the way that he was no weaver), Neil brings extraordinary all-round knowledge to bear when advising customers on even the most tricky challenges.

Diane Sargeant
Sales Manager

Diane’s extensive knowledge of our fabrics and manufacturing processes invariably guides customers to the right choices for their needs, and helps colleagues plan production appropriately. Away from work, Diane loves live music, loud banger racing and quiet walks with Rosie.

David Isherwood
Finance Director

David joined Gainsborough in April 2017 after over 15 years’ accountancy with a number of regional firms. Besides bringing rigour to our financial reporting, he’s operationally involved in production-planning and strategy.

Labrador Retriever

Our office dog arrives and leaves with Diane but is beloved by all staff and visitors to the mill. Even postmen.