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Our People

We are a privately owned business which values the loyalty and commitment of our people. We are delighted to have exceptionally low rates of staff turnover and invest in the training of our people at all levels – from sponsoring them on MBAs and other business training courses to apprenticeships and more specific job-centric training.  We have colleagues who have started in supervisory and shop-floor positions now running functions.  We recognise that by nourishing our employees we make their lives and our businesses better.

The Davidson Award

In 2018 Davidson introduced the Davidson Award to recognise outstanding contributions made by our colleagues within each of its businesses. The directors of each Davidson business nominate those of their colleagues who they believe are worthy of the award; each of these receives a financial reward. The Davidson directors then choose the winner on each site who is sent, with their family, on a “bucket list” experience of their own choosing at the group’s expense.

Carl Falkner

Charlotte Bell

Michele Rozycki

Steve Dell

Having worked at Salamander Pumps since 1991, I have seen the business grow to what it is today. The company is serious about investing in its people and plant, with considerable investments being made to match the company’s outstanding performance. I recently won the Davidson Award, recognising my outstanding contribution to the company, showing that the company really cares about their employees.

I joined Salamander Pumps nearly 5 years ago fresh out of university as Marketing Administrator. Throughout my time here I’ve been given ample opportunities to grow and develop, progressing to Marketing Executive in the process. People are at the heart of Salamander Pumps, we’ve got a great team who are supportive, friendly, and incredibly hard working. This is key to what makes Salamander Pumps so successful.

Our Sales office here in Woodley, Reading is always a busy place with orders being placed over the phone, on the website or via EDI.  I really enjoy leading and encouraging my team and our goal is to deliver the highest levels of customer service at all times. People do business with people, so we provide helpful advice and assistance over the phone with a friendly and supportive approach. A key departmental focus is on-the-job training, to ensure our technical knowledge of products old and new is always bang up to date.

Our products are in demand up and down the country and it is essential that we strive for continuous improvement in production and logistics processes, to ensure we always deliver to meet our customers’ exact requirements. We are proud to fly the flag for British product manufacturing, with a highly efficient, flexible and skilled production team operating under Quality Management Systems certified to ISO.9001:2015. I have been at Cistermiser since 1994; since Davidson acquired the business in 2004, investment has accelerated and sales on the site have increased by over two and a half times. It’s been a lot of fun.

Mike Oxley

Claire Thompson

Jonny Davis

Lewis Wilkes

I joined Salamander Pumps in 2010 training in Bedford as a Technical Support Advisor. Within 12 Months I was promoted to Technical Supervisor. Salamander has supported me every step of the way, actively listening to my opinions and challenging me to achieve my potential! I left my current role as Customer Experience Manager in June 2022 to take on the challenges in my current role as Training Manager. Working with a great team and feeling valued within the business is something I feel Salamander do extremely well

I joined Salamander Pumps in 2012, starting as Office and Marketing manager and progressing to Head of Customer Experience and Marketing. I find it a great place to work, it is big enough to have exciting projects and an exciting future but small enough to still have that supportive family feel where you can make a difference. The Company has also been fantastic in supporting my development within my career including the achievement of several qualifications.

My journey at Salamander Pumps began in 2019 when I started my role as a Business Development Manager. I really enjoy working as part of the Sales Team as I like being out on the road and liaising with different branches across the North of England and Scotland. I often take part in trade events where I can speak with installers and merchants from different parts of the country and give them new updates on all things Salamander.

I started at Salamander Pumps as an apprentice, I chose this route as it was an opportunity to learn with a more hands-on approach. I really enjoyed this as it gave me the opportunity to be involved in different departments and taught me the value of workplace experience. The Company has since supported me with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and I work as part of the engineering team.

Lewis Proud

Kyle Martin-Brown

Andy Russell

David Putnam

I joined Salamander Pumps in September 2017, when I began my Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technical Support Technician Apprenticeship. I have also completed my HNC in Electrical Engineering. I am now a Liaison Engineer for Salamander after completing my apprenticeship in 2021. Salamander has helped me a lot since I started by supporting me all the way through my apprenticeship and throughout my qualifications.

Kyle joined Cistermiser as Finance Manager in December 2021. He is now responsible for the management accounting at the Woodley site and he has already established himself as a trusted and invaluable team member. Kyle has also taken responsibility for HR functions and has proved himself as a people person, successfully recruiting and managing the finance team. He enjoys getting involved in all aspects of the business, providing help and advice to all departments. Kyle moved to the UK from his native South Africa in 2019 and started his training for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualification shortly thereafter. Kyle is a keen dog dad to Barnabas and Gandalf, who also moved with him. He enjoys spending his weekends exploring different parts of England with his partner.

A recent graduate of Product Design and Technology at Loughborough University, Andy joined Cistermiser in January 2022 as a Mechanical Design Engineer. He competes in combat robotic events, designing and manufacturing his own machines. This has led to participation in UK, Chinese and American TV shows, as well as designing and building two robots for a Youtube channel called “Sidemen”.

David Joined Cistermiser in 2007 and has recently celebrated 15years service. David started working on Keraflo products then progressed through all Cistermiser lines, now one of 2 members of staff who can train others on all the Keraflo and Cistermiser products. In 2020 David was promoted to Production Supervisor and is a fully trained forklift driver, First Aider and on the Health and Safety team. David is married to Sian and in his spare time he runs a Self Defence Fighting Academy.

Ged Alderson

Catia Ferreira-Alves

Nikita Barnes

Joined Talon in 2015 as a production shift technician helping Talon manufacturer over 175 million pipe clips and fittings every year. ‘It’s great to be part of a growing business and whilst growth brings it challenges, I enjoy working with and training new people to ensure we deliver the best quality products to our customers’.

I started in the packing area at Talon in July 2016 and, then became operations assistant before moving into the warehouse around 4 years ago.  Because we have been so busy in the last 1-2 years, I often get the chance to help out in the different departments and really enjoy working with everyone at Talon. I also enjoy helping train new recruits and watching them progress within the business.

I joined Talon in Oct 2020 and work in our Sales office that’s situated at our manufacturing site in Kent. I really enjoy the interaction with other departments and fact that rarely two days are the same at Talon. The office team handle around 80 orders on a daily basis and my role also includes responsibility for our 12 export customers located in Europe and Africa.

Carl Falkner

Having worked at Salamander Pumps since 1991, I have seen the business grow to what it is today. The company is serious about investing in its people and plant, with considerable investments being made to match the company’s outstanding performance. I recently won the Davidson Award, recognising my outstanding contribution to the company, showing that the company really cares about their employees.

Charlotte Bell

I joined Salamander Pumps nearly 5 years ago fresh out of university as Marketing Administrator. Throughout my time here I’ve been given ample opportunities to grow and develop, progressing to Marketing Executive in the process. People are at the heart of Salamander Pumps, we’ve got a great team who are supportive, friendly, and incredibly hard working. This is key to what makes Salamander Pumps so successful.

Michele Rozycki

Our Sales office here in Woodley, Reading is always a busy place with orders being placed over the phone, on the website or via EDI.  I really enjoy leading and encouraging my team and our goal is to deliver the highest levels of customer service at all times. People do business with people, so we provide helpful advice and assistance over the phone with a friendly and supportive approach. A key departmental focus is on-the-job training, to ensure our technical knowledge of products old and new is always bang up to date.

Steve Dell

Our products are in demand up and down the country and it is essential that we strive for continuous improvement in production and logistics processes, to ensure we always deliver to meet our customers’ exact requirements. We are proud to fly the flag for British product manufacturing, with a highly efficient, flexible and skilled production team operating under Quality Management Systems certified to ISO.9001:2015. I have been at Cistermiser since 1994; since Davidson acquired the business in 2004, investment has accelerated and sales on the site have increased by over two and a half times. It’s been a lot of fun.

Mike Oxley

I joined Salamander Pumps in 2010 training in Bedford as a Technical Support Advisor. Within 12 Months I was promoted to Technical Supervisor. Salamander has supported me every step of the way, actively listening to my opinions and challenging me to achieve my potential!

I left my current role as Customer Experience Manager in June 2022 to take on the challenges in my current role as Training Manager. Working with a great team and feeling valued within the business is something I feel Salamander do extremely well

Claire Thompson

I joined Salamander Pumps in 2012, starting as Office and Marketing manager and progressing to Head of Customer Experience and Marketing. I find it a great place to work, it is big enough to have exciting projects and an exciting future but small enough to still have that supportive family feel where you can make a difference. The Company has also been fantastic in supporting my development within my career including the achievement of several qualifications.

Jonny Davis

My journey at Salamander Pumps began in 2019 when I started my role as a Business Development Manager. I really enjoy working as part of the Sales Team as I like being out on the road and liaising with different branches across the North of England and Scotland. I often take part in trade events where I can speak with installers and merchants from different parts of the country and give them new updates on all things Salamander.

Lewis Wilkes

I started at Salamander Pumps as an apprentice, I chose this route as it was an opportunity to learn with a more hands-on approach. I really enjoyed this as it gave me the opportunity to be involved in different departments and taught me the value of workplace experience. The Company has since supported me with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and I work as part of the engineering team.

Lewis Proud

I joined Salamander Pumps in September 2017, when I began my Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technical Support Technician Apprenticeship. I have also completed my HNC in Electrical Engineering. I am now a Liaison Engineer for Salamander after completing my apprenticeship in 2021. Salamander has helped me a lot since I started by supporting me all the way through my apprenticeship and throughout my qualifications.

Kyle Martin-Brown

Kyle joined Cistermiser as Finance Manager in December 2021. He is now responsible for the management accounting at the Woodley site and he has already established himself as a trusted and invaluable team member. Kyle has also taken responsibility for HR functions and has proved himself as a people person, successfully recruiting and managing the finance team. He enjoys getting involved in all aspects of the business, providing help and advice to all departments. Kyle moved to the UK from his native South Africa in 2019 and started his training for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualification shortly thereafter. Kyle is a keen dog dad to Barnabas and Gandalf, who also moved with him. He enjoys spending his weekends exploring different parts of England with his partner.

Andy Russell

A recent graduate of Product Design and Technology at Loughborough University, Andy joined Cistermiser in January 2022 as a Mechanical Design Engineer. He competes in combat robotic events, designing and manufacturing his own machines. This has led to participation in UK, Chinese and American TV shows, as well as designing and building two robots for a Youtube channel called “Sidemen”.

David Putnam

David Joined Cistermiser in 2007 and has recently celebrated 15years service. David started working on Keraflo products then progressed through all Cistermiser lines, now one of 2 members of staff who can train others on all the Keraflo and Cistermiser products. In 2020 David was promoted to Production Supervisor and is a fully trained forklift driver, First Aider and on the Health and Safety team. David is married to Sian and in his spare time he runs a Self Defence Fighting Academy.

Ged Alderson

Joined Talon in 2015 as a production shift technician helping Talon manufacturer over 175 million pipe clips and fittings every year. ‘It’s great to be part of a growing business and whilst growth brings it challenges, I enjoy working with and training new people to ensure we deliver the best quality products to our customers’.

Catia Ferreira-Alves

I started in the packing area at Talon in July 2016 and, then became operations assistant before moving into the warehouse around 4 years ago.  Because we have been so busy in the last 1-2 years, I often get the chance to help out in the different departments and really enjoy working with everyone at Talon. I also enjoy helping train new recruits and watching them progress within the business.

Nikita Barnes

I joined Talon in Oct 2020 and work in our Sales office that’s situated at our manufacturing site in Kent. I really enjoy the interaction with other departments and fact that rarely two days are the same at Talon. The office team handle around 80 orders on a daily basis and my role also includes responsibility for our 12 export customers located in Europe and Africa.