Tom Carter Profile

Tom Carter, now Senior Production Manager at Robinson Manufacturing (RML), joined the business in 2007 when the Northampton shoe trade where he had worked until then started to collapse. About to start at our East Midands factory, Proprietor the late Tim Robinson pulled him into our Central factory in Wellingborough to cover for someone who had broken their foot.

And so Tom’s career with RML began – 15 years and counting.

Starting as a production operative, Tom showed an early interest in some of the other skills required in our manufacturing sites and pushed to get trained to use the industrial saws, and then the forklifts, and spent quite a time working on the trucks in the yard at Central. When the Supervisor role became available, Tom beat off the competition to take the role. Further progression to Branch Manager, responsible for truss production in Wales and Central, followed and his most recent promotion has taken him to the new Senior Production Manager role for all sites.

Tom’s role is to look after and develop teams, maintain central information databases, and to manage training, maintenance as well as occasionally fixing machine.

Tom has also been co-opted onto a number of different major projects, including the major move of truss production by RML from its factory in Abercarn to a new, larger facility in Ebbw Vale, spending 7 weeks in Wales to complete the process.

Tom was very much inspired by Tim Robinson, who treated him with respect and inspired Tom’s own approach – setting an example to his teams by working hard and treating people with respect.

Tom describes the last 15 years as an ‘emotional rollercoaster – mainly good!’, having worked through the 2008 recession and the untimely loss of founder Tim Robinson in 2019. He attributes his success in the business so far to his hard work, and the inspiration of Tim, Mark Smy, Simon Kidney, Mat Harbour and Jamie Wilkins, with whom he has built strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust. Tom is keen to progress further through the business and is very much looking forward to what the future brings under CEO Sam Gartside.

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