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Meet the team

This lot keep our shops in tip-top shape

Who are the amazing people driving Midland Chandlers' success?

A company simply cannot function without a team of dedicated and hardworking people, thats why we value every single member of our team and we know that without them we would never achieve the results we have so far.

Alastair Thomas

Managing Director

Alastair began his acquaintance with the narrow boat market over 30 years ago straight from university working for a marinising specialist C.T Marine and selling engines and gearboxes to the famous builders of the day. It is a vibrant and engaging environment with some great characters and Alastair was captivated by this niche market. In 1992 he started his own wholesale marine business Marine Mart, this business was eventually acquired by Arleigh in 1997 when Alastair took control as MD of the combined business.

Following a management buyout in 2004, Alastair led the business through various phases of development and acquisitions to the leisure wholesale giant it is today. Acquiring Midland Chandlers in 2006, he now heads up an experienced team of specialists tuned into suppling the markets they serve, be it narrowboat, motorhome, or holiday home, with strong core values, integrity and with customer satisfaction absolutely paramount.

Our welcoming store managers

Our store managers can provide expert advice gained from years of hands-on practical experience, many of our staff own boats themselves and some even liveaboard.



Richard Macklin

Preston Brook Store Manager



Matt Willetts

Willington Store Manager



Ashley Merriman

Penkridge Store Manager



Ian Burnage

Braunston Store Manager

Our friendly sales team

Our telesales team ensure orders and enquires are dealt with promptly and efficiently. Some of the team have been with us for a long time and have many years’ experience.



Kevin Spratt

UK Sales Manager



Phil Styles

Sales Advisor



Samantha Bird

Sales Advisor



Kieren Ball

Sales Advisor

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

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