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  • Martin Cobbald

    Director

    Martin has been pest controlling since he was 16 years old. He started in the fumigation crew at Dealey Fumigation and went on to be managing director of the company nine years later. He took on the Managing Director role at Step Pest Control in 2016 which has since been amalgamated into Dealey.

    Brief Description

    Irritatingly positive and unthinkably hairy.

    Special Powers

    Insects are his main passion, be they pests or not, he is a good contact if you have something scary and bug-shaped and you’re not sure what to do...

  • Kevin Markham

    Kevin Markham

    Technical Manager

    Kevin has spent 16 years as a pest controller on some of the most prestigious sites in the UK. His enormous knowledge of all aspects of pest control service led him to the natural role of Technical Manager.

    Brief Description

    Has an extraordinary eye for attention to detail and a serious aptitude for learning.

    Special Powers

    Knows the food manufacturing world through and through a tenacious creature when it comes to pre-audit checks.

     

  • David Burgess

    David Burgess

    Fumigation Manager

    David has been working in the fumigation industry for 26 years beginning his career at Igrox as Operations Manager. He progressed to head up the operations team and oversaw the transition of Igrox’s business during their merger with Connaught Plc.

    Later in his career, he ran fumigation operations for Rentokil as Fumigation Manager for the UK. He now has his dream job as Fumigation Manager for Dealey Fumigation covering the whole of the UK.

    Brief description

    David is the most technically qualified fumigation professional in the UK. Enough said.

    Special powers

    When he gets that far-away look in his eye, he’s probably already worked out your insect problems and started thinking about bicycles.

  • Mark White

    Head of Falconry and Bird Control

    Mark has been at Dealey since 2010. He joined us after a long lay-off with a broken spine. He started as he went on- at a million miles per hour- you would have never known that two years previously, he wasn't able to walk.

    Brief Description

    If you get Mark talking about bird control, you'd better be sitting comfortably. It's an in-depth topic, and Mark epitomises the Dealey philosophy; If you want to be an expert- get geeky!

    Special Powers

    Used to be a stunt man for the flicks- so he can do falconry from horseback, naturally.

  • Keith Patterson

    Keith Patterson

    Fumigation Technician

    We genuinely don’t know when Keith began his career as a fumigator. All we know is it was with Igrox, and it was a veeeerrryyy long time ago. A fumigation lifer, he has worked with methyl bromide, sulfuryl fluoride, chloropicrin, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, cyanide, phosphine and probably much more.

    Brief description

    Has seen it all. Every time we think we’ve come up with something new, Keith has already done or tried something similar!

    Special powers

    Knows every bird in the UK by name. Frank, Emily, Sandra, all of them.

     

  • Stuart Homer

    Stuart Homer

    Fumigation Technician

    Stuart did his training at NIAM. He knows a lot about grain. He’s a multi-talented technician and is one of the few in our company who can take on all pest control and fumigation tasks with equal proficiency. He has been a lead fumigator for three years now and continues to excel every day.

    Brief description

    For a long time, Stuart was barley inspector for Pauls Malt. Since joining us, he spends most of his time playing with beans, rice, wheat and barley. So we have made his life 300% better…

    Special powers

    Stuart loves pugs. Is absolutely correct in loving pugs. Everyone should love pugs. If they don’t love pugs, they can’t work here.

  • Curtis Eyres

    Curtis Eyres

    Grain Care Technician

    Curtis is the youngest member of the fumigation team. He came here in 2016 and was immediately thrown in the deep end. Thankfully he floated, forgave us and has never stopped learning since.

    Brief description

    Curtis started his career as a farmhand and has thankfully never lost the accent. Now he still gets to work with the grain and can do a job where he uses his brain. It’s a win-win.

    Special powers

    Knows EVERYTHING about traaaactors.

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    Daniel Knight

    Container Fumigator

    Dan joined us from Frontier Agriculture, where he was their fumigator at large. Additional to his skills in applying gas, he also is qualified in phytosanitary protocols, barley and wheat identification and counterbalance driving.

    We don't know how we did without him.

    Brief Description

    Slow and steady wins the prize. Dan wins prizes. He also manages to see jobs through to the finish every time without fail. What a lad.

    Special Powers

    Utterly, utterly, unflappable

  • Jim Bell

    Jim Bell

    Fumigation Trainee

    Jim has joined us from Her Majesty's Armed Forces where he served with Distinction. He has joined the fumigation team with a fearless attitude, a propensity for remaining calm under tricky circumstances and an indomitable sense of humour (squaddie brand)

    Brief Description

    Is an accomplished climber and abseiler. Which puts him in good stead for climbing silos and grain stacks. Doesn't mind the occasional dangle

    Special Powers

    Goes from 0-100mph in the blink of an eye. Is it a bird, is it a train, no it's Jim the fumigator

  • Kevin Mawby

    Kevin Mawby

    Service Technician

    Kevin has been controlling pests for nineteen years. Fifteen of them with us. He understands the full range of customer requirements from farming, to factories, to science faculties, there is not much Kevin hasn’t seen.

    Brief Description

    Rides bikes and shoots guns. Just like Mad Max. Or The Terminator. Or Steve McQueen. Only better.

    Special Powers

    Extraordinary fabricating skills when it comes to proofing. Pure precision when it comes to servicing. It is also a well-known fact that Kevin talks more about pests than any other human being alive today.

  • Dean Cross

    Dean Cross

    Service Technician

    Dean has been controlling pests for 26 years! He has seen a lot in his time. He brings a lot of knowledge and retains that fire in the belly for high standards.

    Brief description

    Intense

    Special Powers

    Everything is always tidy and beautiful on Dean’s watch. He will take your pest control contract and turn it into a work of art.

  • Joshua Halil

    Service Technician

    Josh talks clearly and moves steadily and doesn't stop. He's the sort of chap that could walk into any services company and get a job because things just "get done" when Josh is around.

    Brief description

    Josh is up for most things. He's a willing warrior type, the first to put his hand up—what a pleasure to have him in the team.

    Special powers

    Josh has a team of ferrets in his employ. It made me smile when he solved a rabbit problem in a multi-million pound, architectural-award-winning bioscience facility with a couple of fuzzy helpers. Sometimes traditional methods are best.

  • Gary Parrett

    Service Technician

    "You've got a bloody good technician there." Was the repeated phrase I heard when Gary first started working for us. Gary is liked by his customers and frankly, adored by his teammates. And I know he will get embarrassed when he reads this, which is adorable.

    Brief description

    Gary has instant authority in any room. Not only does he speak sense, but he also has a voice that sounds like it has come from the front line of a long and arduous war.

    Special powers

    Humble and wise, he is like the Dungeon Master from Dungeons and Dragons. Only without the riddles; like it or not, he talks straight.

  • Lee Hodgson

    Lee Hodgson

    Service Technician

    Lee is from pest control stock. His father was a pest controller before him. He joins us from the mean streets of London where he was exposed to the densest population of pests in these sceptered isles

    Brief Description

    Speaks funny, but we don't mind. Has a genuine wide eyed interest in all things pesty. Unbelievably friendly, which might have something to do with seeing the pests of London every day and making it out alive.

    Special Powers

    He is a regular Dr Doolittle and can speak to parrots. Both the parrots and the language used can be quite blue...

  • Roxanne Britnell

    Falconer

    Roxanne has falconry in her soul. She has her team of five pest control birds including a peregrine, gyr saker and harris hawk. She treats them better than royalty, and they respond to her every beck and call to relive sites of infesting pest birds.

    Brief Description

    She has a degree in animal management but has stooped to our level because... who wouldn't want to be a falconer?!

    Special Powers

    Doesn't have to put on the red light, unless it's for an incubator. Yes, she raises these birds from harmless egg to scary adult.