About Us

About Us

The business was formed in 2009 to support organisations to bid and tender for contracts. We have since grown in numbers and now have a directly employed core team of professionals split across our 3 key bid divisions; Bid Writing, Bid Resource and Bid Training. We have experience in both public sector procurement and commercial bidding, which gives us a unique perspective and allows us to maximise our clients success. Our team provide consistency, reliability and allow us to build longstanding partnerships with our clients. We are able to work with our clients, understand their goals and become a key part of their business winning function.

Meet The Team!

Dave Thornton


BA Hons, MSc Housing Practice, CIH

With a background in EU procurement, Dave founded the business in 2009.

He is now responsible for the strategic direction and sustainable growth of Thornton & Lowe. He provides hands-on support with regards to bid consultancy and procurement projects, as well as providing guidance and monitoring progress of the team.


Tom has over 25 years experience in the public and private sectors. He comes from a background of manufacturing and operational management, which has seen him involved in many frontline government schemes both in the UK and abroad.

An experienced bid director, coordinator and bid manager, Tom has the skill set to perform on both the shop floor and in the boardroom. He is often called upon by clients for his innovative solutions to complex issues.

Tom Anderson

Charles Grosstephan

Head of Training

LLB Law, Member of APMP (Association of Proposal Management Professionals)

Charles heads up our Training & Apprenticeship division at Thornton & Lowe. Charles has a background in commercial, manufacturing, professional services, aerospace and construction, as well as considerable public sector experience. He has been at Thornton & Lowe since 2012 and has been involved in well over 1000 of our bids. Charles runs training workshops and 1-2-1 sessions throughout the UK, whilst also providing support to the bids our team are working on.

Charles has delivered over 150 training courses since 2015, with every course receiving positive feedback.

Resource Manager, Cert RP

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in recruitment largely in the construction and engineering sectors. He is Level 3 certified in Recruitment Practice and leads our Bid Resource Division at Thornton & Lowe working with our clients to source experienced bid professionals for both freelance and permanent vacancies within their bid teams.

Mark Mayall

Adam Shafar

Bid Manager

Adam leads the Thornton & Lowe Bid Management division to complete over 400 bids per annum. Adam has a background in legal services and retail, providing him with both an excellent eye for detail and the ability to develop a client’s unique selling points. Adam enjoys the variety of work that Thornton & Lowe offers, learning about our clients’ businesses and their solutions. He enjoys the contrast of working with a wide-ranging client base.

Outside of work, Adam enjoys watching football, cooking, gardening and spending time with his family.

Finance Manager

Emily is a seasoned finance professional and obtained her accountancy degree at the University of Salford. Emily joined Thornton & Lowe in February 2016. She is responsible for the management of the organisation's support functions, specifically compliance and regulatory reporting which includes preparation of financial reports. 

She has over 10 years’ experience working in logistics and consultancy sectors. She strives for exceptional quality, growth and performance.

Emily Mamana Saiwala

Chris Turner

Bid Resource & Design

Chris joined our team in 2017 from a background of recruitment, and has brought with him a range of knowledge from working in large recruitment companies in Manchester. Previous to his years in recruitment, Chris co-owned and ran a successful print and design agency and was responsible for print, design, social media and marketing. 

Chris manages all of Thornton & Lowe’s design, branding and works closely with the bid team on the design aspect of our bid documents for all clients.

HR and Operations Assistant

Bsc (Hons) International Fashion Marketing

Grace obtained her Marketing degree at Manchester Metropolitan and has over 6 years working in Operations and Accounts with the clothing industry. She joined the team in 2018 and looks after the HR function at Thornton and Lowe and helps with the day to day operations alongside Emily.

Outside of work Grace enjoys cooking, holidays and spending time with her family.

Grace Barlow

Maria Edwards

Senior Bid Writer

As Senior Bid Writer, Maria has been involved in over 550 tenders at Thornton & Lowe, including both writing and review. Focusing on assessing a tender’s structure, appropriateness and comprehension, Maria provides detailed and constructive quality assurance. 

Using her experience and expertise, Maria provides in-house mentoring and training to our Graduate Bid Writers. Maria has worked at T&L for over 5 years and holds the APMP Foundation certification.

Bid Writer

Joining Thornton & Lowe as an experienced Bid Writer in 2017, Tom had previously worked in the IT sector. Tom has proved himself as both an excellent bid writer and project manager across a wide range of sectors. Tom really enjoys building knowledge of new industries, while building parallels and adding value from this cross-sector experience.

Tom really enjoys building knowledge of new industries but also finding parallels and adding value from cross-sector experience.

Thomas Daniel

Adam Lee

Bid Writer

Adam has come primarily from an account management/customer service background, with experience in building and maintaining relationships with key customers. He graduated from Lancaster University in 2014 with a First Class Honours in History, specialising in 19th-century science and medicine. 

Starting as a Trainer Bid Writer, Adam joined the team in 2018. He has since developed his skills and has been promoted to  the role of Bid Writer in early 2019. He has a passion for writing and continuous improvement.

Bid Writer

Sarah has worked in bids and tenders for just over four years and before coming to Thornton & Lowe worked within the recruitment industry. The things she most enjoy about her role is the variety of different bids worked on and having the exposure to numerous different client industries. 

Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and walking my two dogs Archie and Jasper. She also loves to dance and takes Ballroom & Latin dance classes.

Sarah Griffin

Lauren Palmer

Bid Writer

Based in our Bolton office, Lauren has joined our team from a background of customer service and recruitment. Lauren has joined Thornton & Lowe as a Bid Writer and initially gained experience in writing and coordinating bids in large recruitment companies in Manchester and London.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, baking and holidaying.

Bid Writer

Mark has joined our Bolton office as a Bid Writer. After graduating from Lancaster University with a Marketing degree, Mark worked as a Bid Writer for a social care company and has 5 years' experience of writing and completing tenders for social care contracts. Mark works within our bid team to write tenders and proposals for our clients, highlighting their key strengths and compliance with service specification standards to win high value contracts.

Outside of work Mark enjoys watching sport and is a season ticket holder at Manchester United. 

Mark Powell

Emma McCarroll

Bid Writer

MA (Hons) Medieval History

Emma achieved a Master of Arts degree in Medieval History from the University of St Andrews. Subsequently, she embarked on a career in customer service, working Front of House in luxury hotels across Scotland. Following a career break to raise a family and fulfilling voluntary roles in her local community, Emma joined Thornton and Lowe in February 2017 as a Marketing Assistant. 

She has since developed her bid writing skillset and works with the bid team to support a variety of submissions to ensure consistency for our contracted clients.

Head of Internal Marketing

BA (Hons) International Fashion Branding

Based in our Scotland office, Lyndsey has joined the team as Head of Internal Marketing, working with each department to create promotional content, manage our social media accounts and help build the Thornton & Lowe brand. Lyndsey is passionate about building relationships and finding innovative marketing solutions to suit the unique requirements of a multifaceted company such as Thornton & Lowe.

In her spare time, Lyndsey enjoys walking along the beautiful beaches of Fife with her partner and Miniature Schnauzer, Stanley, mascot to the Scotland office. She also sings in a local choir and loves to cook and bake (the spoils of which  are often shared with staff members!)

Lyndsey Anderson

Gemma Waring

Bid Lead & Trainer

With over 10 years experience in public sector tendering, bid writing and bid training, Gemma delivers our Bid Apprenticeship training, as well as supporting clients with education, IT and professional services bids.

Apprentice Training Assessor

BA (Hons) Education, PGCE and a recognised QTS

Zeb’s background is in Education and teaching, she focuses on compliancy and standardising the apprenticeship training. Zeb is also part of assessing the apprenticeships during their time on the course to ensure they are fully supported and achieve their targets in the given time frame.

Zeb has worked within mainstream Education for over 10 years and has a lot of experience of supporting schools with meeting Ofsted requirements.  

Zebulnisa Butt

Contact Us

  • 01204 238046 (Bolton office)
  • 01334 208312 (Scotland office)
  • 0191 580 0636 (Sunderland office)
  • 0121 285 9895 (Birmingham office)
  • 0203 4752647 (London office)

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Contact Info

  • 40 Higher Bridge Street Bolton BL1 2HA
  • 6 Lady Wynd Cupar, Fife Scotland KY15 4DE
  • The Jewellery Business Centre 95 Spencer Street Birmingham B18 6DA
  • North Sands Business Centre Liberty Way, Sunderland Tyne and Wear SR6 0QA

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