+44 (0) 191 428 2510


Our Team


Laura Best

Customer Service Manager

Joining the sales team in 2007 I have gained a wealth of experience dealing with our diverse customer base and understanding individual company processes. Working as part of a dedicated team at Cottam I enjoy taking a strong administrative role, ensuring we work together to exceed our customers’ expectations at every opportunity.

Organising charity fundraising has been lots of fun over the past few years including dressing as Santa in July for Comic Relief and convincing grown men to dress in pink for a day to aid Breast Cancer Awareness!

If you have any requirements you would like to discuss, just give me a call.

e:     laura.best@cottambrush.com
t:      +44 (0) 191 4283080

Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/pub/laura-best/58/994/b0/

Steph Farries

Sales & Service Co-ordinator


I joined the Sales Team in October 2012 as an apprentice working towards a Customer Service Diploma, which I acheived in November 2013. Working closely as a part of a friendly team, I have gained valuable experience and understanding of our diverse customer base and products on offer.

I enjoy managing customer’s queries or enquiries, ensuring that their every expectation is exceeded.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my partner.

If you have any requests that you wish to discuss, just give me a call.


e:     stephanie.farries@cottambrush.com
t:      +44 (0) 191 4283060


LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/stephanie-farries/8a/455/587 


John Burrow

My career in the brush trade began when I joined the family business Davis Burrow & Sons Ltd in Leeds.  Initially I was involved in manufacturing then progressed to sales.  In 1984 I became Managing Director but continued to spend time visiting customers.  

In 1999 the opportunity arose to sell the business to Cottam Brush, and I took on the role of Sales Agent therefore enabling me to continue my preferred role in field sales, developing business with customers of both businesses. 

I remain a self employed Sales Agent, covering the North of England and the Midlands.

Cottam are an excellent principal to represent as they have a proven reputation in the industry for providing good products and service.     


e:     john.burrow@cottambrush.com
t:     07977 446370


Kathy Bevan

Sales Director


I joined the team at Cottam in 2002 working in the purchasing and quality functions before moving into sales.  

I've had loads of great times with Cottam but the ones that really stand out are collecting an award for Customer Service on behalf of the company, developing our digital quality system and getting thoroughly soaked as part of Team Cottam in a charity It's a Knockout competition!

I'd love to talk with you about business development opportunities.

e:     kathy.bevan@cottambrush.com
t:      +44 (0) 191 4283069

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/kathy-bevan/23/469/18b


Alan Crook

Manufacturing Director

I am a time served engineer and spent the first 21 years of my career with a printing machine manufacturer before moving into sub-contract engineering, specialising in parts manufacture for the aerospace and power generation industries.

I moved to Cottam in 2001 and my first job with the company was Manufacturing Manager before becoming a director in 2006.

My motivation comes from the fact that I like the people I work with, I am exceptionally proud of our team and I enjoy coming to work every day.

e:     alan.crook@cottambrush.com
t:      +44 (0) 191 4283070

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/alan-crook/20/6b7/575



Ben Cottam

Managing Director / CEO

Cottam is a family company and as such I've been around the business all my life. Starting in a professional capacity in 2002 as an Engineering graduate I’ve been MD since 2005.

Our business was founded back in 1858 by Samuel Cottam (my great great great grandfather) and I’m now the 6th generation of the family at the helm. Amazingly we have 3 generations on our Board of Directors right now.

We moved to our fantastic new factory in 2007 and it’s as fresh now as the day we moved in. We love to show off what we do so please come and have a look.

My job now is to ensure that we grow the business; with a great team and a strong plan in place we're already on our way. Whether you are working with our Technical Solutions, Brushware Supplies or Supply Chain Management team I hope that you find us friendly, innovative, and open for business.

Outside work I love to spend time with my wife Jennifer and my two boys Frank and Max.

I enjoy my job and I'm always happy to chat about collaboration opportunities, business ideas and of course, brushes! My contact details are below or you can catch me on twitter @cottam_ben.

e:     ben.cottam@cottambrush.com
t:      +44 (0) 191 4283072

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/bencottam

Caroline Edwards

Accounts Assistant

I am AAT qualified and recently joined the team at Cottam Brush as Accounts Assistant. 

I am involved in all aspects of managing the sales & purchase ledgers which is a change from being part of a larger team and concentrating on one aspect only.

I enjoy being part of a friendly organisation and the team at Cottam certainly meet this criteria.


e:   caroline.edwards@cottambrush.com

t:    +44 (0) 191 4283062



Donna Martin

Production Manager

I joined Cottam in 1996 as a machine operator.  I then gradually gained experience in all aspects of the manufacturing processes which has led up to my current role as Production Manager

e:     donna.martin@cottambrush.com
t:      +44 (0) 191 4283067


David Cottam

Financial Director

I was invited to join the company by my father in 1976 after qualifying, some years earlier, as a chartered accountant. For the first 2 years I acted in a non- executive capacity but then joined the company full time in 1978 when we purchased an independent brush making company dating back to 1753 - Sam’l Woodcock & Sons Ltd - based in Sheffield.

In 1980 I merged the 2 companies fully by expanding the Sunderland factory and closing the Sheffield premises. Our largest contract at that time and for quite some years after entailed us supplying every power station in the country with all their brush requirements.

This was also a period of growth in North Sea Oil which we had been a supplier to from the very first days and led to our involvement in pipeline maintenance. This is still a very important sector of our business. As the emerging countries e.g. China took a greater part of our traditional manufacturing so we moved more into technical brushes but do still offer today a comprehensive range to suit virtually any industry.

I stepped down as Managing Director (& 5th generation to lead the company) in 2005 and took on the role of Finance Director which enables me to continue to work with people I very much like and admire and in an industry I very much enjoy.

e:     david.cottam@cottambrush.com
t:      +44 (0) 191 4283071

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-cottam/22/842/271

Paul Bradbury

Marketing & Projects Manager

I joined Cottam in February 2015 as part of the company's continued growth plans.

With over 15 years experience in marketing I am enjoying being part of a forward thinking and co-operative team.

I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.



e:    paul.bradbury@cottambrush.com
t:    +44 (0) 191 4282510

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/paul-bradbury/1b/707/568

Nancy Li

Global Supply Chain Manager

I am the Global Supply Chain Manager at Cottam's China office, responsible for purchasing and shipping the goods from China to UK.

Managing the suppliers in China and making sure the goods are delivered in a good quality status is a challenging job, but I love and enjoy it.


e:    nancy.li@cottambrush.com


LinkedIn: https://cn.linkedin.com/pub/nancy-li/91/3b1/57/en

Ada Lin

Sourcing Manager

I am responsible for co-ordinating operations and liasing with the Cottam UK ensuring that customers and clients receive a world class service.

I ensure that activities, policies, processes and objectives are carried out in conjunction with Cottam's business plan.


e:    ada.lin@cottambrush.com


LinkedIn: https://cn.linkedin.com/pub/ada-lin/a2/ba7/631/en

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