Meet the team

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do”

Inspirational words from the late Steve Jobs and we believe this to be true.

For us to offer the best service and most innovative products we need a great team. Our mission is to protect and saves lives and every member of the VT team is passionate about safety.  They have a vast amount of experience in the industry and are specialist in their fields. Every employee plays a crucial part of the continued success of the business.

Everyone works closely with our partners to deliver the latest innovation in vehicle safety. Supporting our customers so that they feel part of the VT family too.

Without further ado meet the team…

Mr Hanson

Michael Hanson

Chairman

Craig Flowers

Operations Director

Craig joined Vision Techniques senior management team in September 2019

With over 19 years’ experience in the construction industry, he brings extensive knowledge and experience within our sector.

As a youngster Craig started his career as an apprentice fitter, serving his time to become a qualified Mobile Plant Engineer, he quickly progressed, managing a large portfolio of plant, HGV and LGV’s with a value of £120m across the UK and Europe.

His no nonsense approach and clear vision will be invaluable to us and will shape a new way of working to ensure we are effective and efficient going forward.

When Craig isn’t working, he is a dedicated family man and avid spectator of any motor sport, he’s not fussy  “if it’s got an engine in it I’ll watch it”  He’s also a lover of all things cricket  with both children playing cricket at a junior level.

Jonathan Peach

Financial Director

Jonathan joined us in 2006 as our financial controller.  12 years later he is an integral member of the Senior Management Team and responsible for all the financial functions of the business.  He keeps his eye on the company’s purse strings!

Jonathan is very focused and dedicated to Vision Techniques financial health.  He has a calming influence on the team, after a conversation with him you come away with a sense of zen.

When he is not being our financial guru, Jonathan lets his creative juices run free fascinated by all things supernatural, science fiction and horror you can find him tirelessly tapping away at his keyboard creating stories that will send shivers up your spine…..He-e-e-e-re’s Johnnie!”

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James Newhill

Sales Director

James has been with Vision Techniques for the last 7 years.  He is responsible for managing local authority accounts within the Midlands and South West area.

A qualified audio/electrical engineer, in a previous life he has worked as an area sales manager for Veolia.

He is a real people person and his favourite part of the job is building relationships and working with customers for new ideas for their safety.

When he’s not travelling the counties James is an avid sports fan.  Boxing is his main love, so much so he’s even got in the ring himself.  Raising money for charities close to his heart.

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Marshall Fleming

Account Manager – Scotland 

Marshall has had a long and successful career in this industry. As a young man, he started his career as a mechanic working on all types of specialist vehicles and equipment.

Over the last 30 years, he has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry Dennis Eagle and Faun Zoeller to name just two.  Not only that, he has worked across the globe with a number of years in South Africa.

A dedicated member of the Vision Techniques sales team looking after our Scottish division. He knows his way around an RCV vehicle and his extensive knowledge of the waste industry is providing vital to our Scottish customers.

When he’s not travelling around Scotland looking after his customers.  He is a season ticket holder for his beloved team Falkirk Football Club.  To relax Marshall loves to travel. Taking in the culture of Europe and across the pond to the US visiting New York , Vegas, and Florida. Sounds lovely!  Room in your suitcase Marshall?

Steve Smith

Key Account Manager – Construction 

Steve started working at Vision Techniques in 2014.  He has brought a wealth of vehicle and automotive experience along with him.

For over 15 years he has been working with key accounts from the  OEM and distributor sector to develop their business.  So he knows his stuff.

Steve’s dedication and commitment to his customers is evident.  Nothing is too much trouble.

A keen sports enthusiast particularly cricket and football.  He’s a lifelong Tottenham supporter (but don’t hold that against him).  When he’s not glued to the sports channel.

Steve is a family man and loves to rustle up a gourmet meal for them to enjoy.  Next stop Masterchef?

Shaun Hamilton

Shaun Hamilton

Business Development

We are excited to welcome Shaun Hamilton to the VT Team.  Shaun joins us with a huge amount of experience in the waste industry, 25 years to be precise. Shaun started his career as a driver at East Riding of Yorkshire council and after 14 years’ service, Shaun progressed to become a member of their senior management team within the Environmental service and Emergency planning unit.

He was also instrumental in start-up of VWS, developing the product offer, setting up a global network of agents making VWS the number 1 in BIN weighing in the UK. His last appointment before joining VT Shaun’s expertise was called upon to assist the Civil Contingencies team, within the NHS emergency planning, coordinating their clinical waste movements and disposal.

As a member of the CIWM, ISWA, Shaun is a familiar face in the industry and has been an operator of waste and environmental service, he understands all too well that service and reliability is everything, this is one of the reasons he has joined VT, his first truck had a VT system fitted to it and over the last 25 years he has followed us and our innovations so he is familiar with our systems and how they work.

Shaun is a 7th Dan black belt and only recently retired from top-level competitions, A real petrol head he is a lover of all thing’s car truck, bike and boat, he even takes to the air when he can, if it’s got wings give him a go! Chocks away!

Dean Cheetham

Account Manager

Dean joins Vision Techniques in January 2020.  He brings with him 15 years of commercial vehicle industry knowledge and extensive experience in the waste and municipal sector.

Dean will be out and about introducing himself over the next few weeks, he’s really excited to learn about our products and how they can benefit his customers, so please make him welcome.

A lover of football he likes to keep up his fitness by playing in local a 5 a side football.

In his spare time Dean is a dedicated family man and loves nothing better than spending precious time with his family you may find them roaming the countryside taking in the fresh air with their two dogs a french mastiff and rottweilier called Romey and Remy.

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Dave Tucker

Account Manager

Dave joined Vision Techniques back in 2006 bringing with him an abundance of knowledge in radar technology. As a young man Dave started his career in the merchant navy where he travelled the world working on their radar and radio systems, eventually settling in South Africa employed by their defence force on early warning radar.

After many years abroad Dave returns to the UK as a radar installation engineer installing equipment to commercial fleets before joining us here at VT. Dave’s extensive knowledge of radars has been invaluable in the development of our own detection systems and Dave is the first person our customers call if they have any radar related questions.

When he’s not being our resident radar guru Dave loves the outdoors, taking in the scenery of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside with his loyal four legged friend, he’s also partial to a fast and furious game of squash when time allows. He’s already very well-travelled and his idea of heaven in a cruise to some of the most exotic locations around the world.

Paul Shaw

Service Manager

Paul has been with Vision Techniques for 5 years and his management experience spans over several sectors, including running his own pub.

He started his career at Vision Techniques as service co-ordinator and was promoted to Service Manager 2 years ago.

Paul is a commited member of the team, you will often see him coming in the office early and working late most days, the thing he loves about working at Vision Techniques is that no two days are the same.

He is an avid sports fan and when he’s not at Ewood watching his beloved football team Blackburn Rovers he’s a devoted family man spending  his spare time with his young grandchild.

To relax Paul loves kicking back, chilling out, enjoying an ice cool pint of Coors lager or two or three….

Mikaeel Koornhof

Internal Sales Supervisor & Software Support

Affectionately known as “Corndawg” Mik has been with VT for over 2 years.

With a sales and software background Mikaeel heads up the internal sales team and is the Vision Techniques software guru.  If you have called the office you will instantly recognise Miks dulcet south african tones always on hand to help you with any questions you may have.

We asked Mik what is the best thing about working a VT?  With no hesitation he replied ” We are generally a happy bunch like on big family, we go through thick and thin together.  Like any family we get frustrated, but we always pull together and support eachother to get the job done”

When Mik isnt at work he is enjoying the great outdoors.  He is also a lover of music and you may find him with a beer in hand soaking up the tunes in a cool bar somewhere.

Charlotte Coop

Head of Marketing

Charlotte joined us in November 2018.  Her love and passion for all things marketing shine through.

A qualified CIM Chartered Marketer.  Her 27 years in marketing has taken her on a journey through Exhibition Management, Product Development, and pure marketing roles.

If you’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte, you may have heard her infectious laugh, so be prepared, when you do meet her energy and fun-loving nature will rub off.

When Charlotte isn’t sprinkling Vision Techniques with her marketing fairy dust she loves the music scene and you may see her throwing some shapes at the front of a stage somewhere.

To blow away any cobwebs you can find her riding her horse Henry somewhere around the beautiful Ribble Valley, with the Black Beauty theme tune playing in the background.