Meet the Team
Cabin & Container Sales Manager
Daniel Stephenson has seen the company grow significantly since he joined in 2010 and has enjoyed playing a key role in sourcing and selling cabins and containers across Ebonkie Portables’ extensive portfolio of products.
As Cabin & Container Sales Manager, he welcomes the challenge of solving customers’ needs, advising on the best solution to comply with the latest welfare and health and safety legislation whether it’s for a short-term project office on a construction site or longer-term accommodation to cope with a growing business.
In his leisure time, holidays, fishing and running are among Daniel’s favourite pastimes.
Laurente Curtis enjoys the variety of his role as Sales Adviser where every day is different. It involves taking customer enquiries from a wide range of backgrounds, all with very different requirements, and helping to find the best solution from Ebonkie Portables’ extensive portfolio of products.
As part of his customer-facing role, Laurente monitors the independent Feefo feedback system so that any customer comments or suggestions can be identified for discussion.
Outside work, you may find Laurente as a DJ at local weddings and parties or working with local youth groups as a volunteer.
Key Accounts Manager
Nadia Palmer is Ebonkie Portables’ Key Accounts Holder, looking after the company’s larger accounts and customers to ensure everything is running smoothly. Her role also includes business development, bringing new customers to the current growing portfolio.
Out of work, Nadia takes to the stage singing in musical theatre with a local Operatic Society and enjoys camping and outdoor hobbies.
Cabin & Container Sales Adviser
Milla Moir is Cabin Container Sales Adviser, helping customers with quotations, progressing orders and answering any queries they may have. The role uses her extensive skills and experience in sales and customer service and she enjoys working as part of a team in a rapidly growing business.
Away from work, Milla teaches martial arts to children and adults – she’s a 3rd Dan Black Belt – as well as working out in the gym and relaxing with her husband and family.
Business Development Manager
Jackson Wiles is Business Development Manager, targeted with winning new business for the company, both in new and existing sectors. His previous roles were in account management with digital copier systems and estate agency.
It was hearing about Ebonkie Portables’ fast growth and expanding customer base that attracted Jackson to the company – and once he heard more about the exciting plans for the future of the business, he knew he wanted to be part of it.
Away from his day job, Jackson enjoys football – both watching and playing – as well as spending leisure time with his fiancé and three-year old son.
Maria McGuire is often the friendly voice that customers first hear when they call Ebonkie Portables to enquire about hiring a cabin or container.
As Hire Manager, she enjoys ‘making things happen’, helping customers to find the best solution to meet their specific requirements. From initial contact through to delivery, Maria liaises with other members of the team to ensure that everything runs smoothly – including confirming arrangements for delivery and installation.
Outside work Maria enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, going to the cinema and walking her dog.
Carine Hodgson is the company’s Hire Controller, helping customers to find the best solution to meet their specific requirements. From initial contact through to delivery, she liaises with colleagues to ensure that everything runs smoothly – including confirming arrangements for delivery and installation.
In her spare time, Carine enjoys cycling – including to work each day – as well as going to the cinema, reading and playing Monopoly and other board games.
Modular & Conversions Department
Senior Modular Projects Manager
Dannis Napier has over 30 years’ experience in the industry which is invaluable to customers looking for bespoke solutions to their accommodation or storage needs.
As Container Conversions & Modular Buildings Project Manager, he helps customers across a range of different markets – including the MOD, construction, local authority and education – to find a practical solution. With an infinite number of possibilities, Dannis takes great pride in seeing each project from concept to completion, liaising with customers throughout the process.
At weekends, he enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren, as well as fishing in the countryside.
Production Manager Conversions
Van Stringer is Production Manager for Conversions, leading the in-house team of ten comprising welder fabricators, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and floor layers who work on adapting Ebonkie Portables’ shipping containers to meet individual customer requirements – from accommodation to plant rooms.
With extensive experience in the oil and gas industry where he ran a large fabrication unit, Van ensures that the company’s converting projects are carried out to the highest standards and to meet delivery deadlines.
Outside work, Van enjoys koi pond-fishing, taking his two energetic Border Collies on long walks and participating in spinning classes at his local sports centre.
Technical Sales Assistant
Leonard Graham is responsible for turning a customer’s requirements for a modular building or container conversion into reality with the aid of state-of-the-art CAD drawings and visuals.
As Technical Draughtsman & Sales, he not only creates the best design to meet individual needs and guides customers through the process, but also project manages production to ensure each bespoke item meets quality standards.
Away from the office, Leonard plays bass guitar in a local band and organises an annual charity gig in aid of St Nicholas Hospice.
Modular Projects Manager
Simeon started his career by achieving a qualification in computer aided design and then working as a draughtsman and CAD designer before more recently gaining experience in site installation and project management.
Working within our modular division, Simon plays a pivotal role in the design and installation of our various modular products, enjoying the variety and creativity of producing a solution which meets both the client’s vision and their operational requirements.
Away from work Simeon enjoys a game of snooker and spending time on the golf course.
Stephan Weyman joined Ebonkie Portables as Transport Manager at an exciting time for its transport fleet, with ten vehicles and a further one on order.
His role includes managing the team of drivers and ensuring the delivery of cabins and containers is a smooth experience for the customer. Stephan is keen to use his transport management skills in a family-run business where the team is passionate about what it does.
Outside hours, Stephan enjoys weight training and rugby, as well as spending time with his family.
Manfred Smyth is the company’s Finance Manager with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day accounting function, ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently for both customers and suppliers.
He enjoys working as part of a ‘great team’ and contributing to its ongoing success. As part of his role, Manfred also looks after the HR and personnel function which is evolving as the company’s team grows.
Away from the office he likes spending time with his family including two children, walking the dog and playing badminton and squash.
Angelina Howell is Finance Administration Assistant and along with other members of the department, is responsible for chasing outstanding invoices with customers and suppliers. She also works on the company’s sales and purchase ledger.
With extensive experience in office management and credit control, she enjoys being part of the supportive and friendly team.
Away from work, Angelina can be found motoring around Europe in her classic Mini, indulging her passion for gardening and looking after her two cats.
Operational Leadership Team
Hire Workshop Supervisor
Site Installations Supervisor
Container Conversions Supervisor
Paint Shop Supervisor
As Managing Director, Roland Dolman is responsible for the daily running of the business, including working with department managers and the team to ensure that projects progress smoothly, as well as being accountable for the overall profitability of the company.
With a background in managing a manufacturing operation, Roland enjoys the variety of his role and the challenge and satisfaction of leading teams and developing individuals. His remit also includes reviewing and implementing internal procedures to further improve efficiency and ensure compliance.
At the weekends, Roland likes nothing more than spending time with his wife and two children, contributing to activities in the village where he lives and supporting his favourite football team.
Bertrand Black established Ebonkie Portables in 2004, and since then has managed its significant company growth and built an outstanding team of talented, enthusiastic and motivated people in all areas of the business. From just a few cabins on-hire, Ebonkie Portables has expanded its portfolio and is now a leader not only in cabin hire, but also in cabin sales, shipping container sales and conversions and modular buildings.
In his new role as Chairman, his focus is to support and develop the senior management team to enable the business to grow sustainably and achieve its vision of doubling in size by 2028.
Away from the business, Bertrand enjoys physical challenges including cycling and long distance triathlons, backcountry skiing, food and travel and sports with his three children.