Main Contacts

Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall - Managing Director

After 14 years in Lloyds Insurance in the City of London, Stephen joined Hicks Brothers (Produce) Ltd in 1989, a small brokerage company trading in Shellac, Waxes, Gums and Resins. This led to a merger with A.F. Suter & Co. Ltd in 1997, before a full takeover of the company in 2000. Stephen became Managing Director in 1997 and is the current President of The European Shellac Association (TESA). "With nearly three decades of experience in the business, I enjoy the daily challenge of dealing with suppliers to bring the right product to our customers. Shellac is no longer a commodity, but rather a specialist item, highly versatile and unique, with new applications still being discovered".


Peter Marchington

Peter Marchington - Director

Having spent the majority of his career in the London commodity markets, including Precious Metals and Spices, Peter joined A. F. Suter & Co. Ltd in 2004. He became a Director and business partner to Stephen in 2010. Based in the Witham office, he has overall responsibility for the accounts and working procedures.

Cliver Roberts

Clive Roberts - Product Advisor & Customer Relations Manager

Clive joined the company in December 2015 after a 24-year career in the City of London as an Investment Analyst and Financial Consultant. He is responsible for customer liaison, supporting existing clients and gaining new customers and suppliers. Clive project-managed the re-launch of this website and provided all the content, which he regularly updates. His duties include researching the existing product range, providing product advice and quotations to customers and exploring the potential commercial value of new product lines.

Tracy Milne

Tracy Milne - Administration Assistant

Tracy joined the company in 2007, having worked at a recruitment agency and a previous long-term position at a major car dealership. She is involved with the processing of contracts and warehouse liaison, along with general administration duties at the Witham office.


Ivan Parrott

Ivan Parrott - Technical Manager

Ivan has been with the company since 1998, when Shellac was still being manufactured at Hackney Wick in the East End of London. He is responsible for all technical aspects of the products we supply, including advising customers, quality control and product testing.