A1 Flues
A1 Flues

Meet the team.

We employ a team of 100 people, who all have a key role to play. Our director team comprises, founder Colin Moir, Janice Moir and Managing Director John Hamnett.

John Hamnett

Managing Director

John took over from Colin Moir as Managing Director in summer 2019 and has overall responsibility for the running of the business.

He joined A1 straight from school; in that time, he has manufactured, installed, designed and engineered flue and chimney systems.

John has become an industry expert and is a regular commentator on issues relating to flues and chimneys.

Outside of work, John is a seasoned Hardmoors Ultramarathon runner.

John joined A1 in 1986.

Colin Moir

Founder

Colin was a professional footballer with Nottingham Forest, but, because he was unable to support his family on a £20 a week wage, he moved into the industry and became the Works Manager for a ducting firm before founding A1 in 1973. 

He has overseen the growth of A1 as a centre of excellence in British manufacturing.

Although he is retired, Colin can often be found at the factory – when he’s not on the golf course!

Craig Maddison

Technical Advisor

Craig heads up the Technical team at A1, who work closely with our Engineering, Estimating and Manufacturing departments to resolve technical issues of the design and development of flue and chimney systems, as well as queries and issues that arise following the survey of projects.

The Technical team also provide advice and guidance to Architects, Consultants, and Mechanical and Electrical contractors etc

Craig has been working at A1 since 1982.

Lee Peters

Operations Manager

Lee is responsible for the smooth running of the entire manufacturing operation. Having started on the shop floor, Lee knows all of the processes involved in cutting stainless steel that is then manufactured into sections of flue and chimney systems. 

He is a former English schoolboy javelin champion and European silver medallist – although these days, he is a keen motorcyclist.

Lee joined A1 in 2007.

Rick Pearson

Logistics Manager

A1 has a fleet of 33 vehicles, and Rick is responsible for the running and maintenance of all of them. He works closely with the Installation Managers to ensure that our 20 installation teams have transport – he also coordinates deliveries of flue and chimney systems to sites for installation.

Rick is a grandfather of nine, so he says this takes up all of his time outside of work.

Rick joined A1 as a driver in 2002.

Angela Green

Accounts Manager

Angela runs our busy Accounts department and oversees all aspects of the day-to-day financial running of A1, from invoicing on projects to paying suppliers and subcontractors.

Outside of work, she is a volunteer for Parkrun and has recently completed 5k runs in Australia and Singapore.

Angela joined A1 in 2001.

Gordon Allsop

Works Office Manager

As Works Office Manager, Gordon has overall responsibility for the scheduling of manufacturing. This includes cutting stainless steel into sections, which are then formed and manufactured into parts of flue and chimney systems.

He manages dozens of jobs at any one time and is able to prioritise based on installation deadlines. 

Away from work, he follows Mansfield Town FC.

Gordon joined A1 in 1988.

Brendon Clayton & David Bennett

Installation Managers

Brendon and David manage the teams that install all of our flue and chimney systems across the UK and Ireland. They manage the schedules for our 20 teams and work closely with our clients to ensure our installers are on site at the correct time.

They both started as installers, so they understand the complexities of projects and the logistics of installation.

David originally joined A1 in 2008, and Brendon joined in 2011.

Joanne Smith

Estimating Manager

Joanne manages our busy Estimating team – which takes information from our Sales team, Agents and directly from customers to produce accurate estimates for projects. It’s a challenging role because of the high volume of estimates that A1 is asked to produce at any one time. 

She comes from a background in estimating and joined A1 in November 2019.