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Helping businesses to grow since 2009!

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.

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Meet the team!

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Dave Thornton

Founder & MD

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 ensuring the business achieves its mission and objectives.

Working closely with the team Dave drives innovation and new bid support services to ensure the company is providing the best support possible to our clients, specifically our large base of SME customers.

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Tom Anderson

Director

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.

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Tom Daniel

Operations Director

Joining Thornton & Lowe as an experienced Bid Writer in 2017, Tom had previously worked in the IT sector. Tom proved himself as both an excellent Bid Writer and Project Manager across a wide range of sectors before progressing to Senior Bid Writer, then Head of Bids.

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Maria Edwards

Head of Bids

As Bid Manager, 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.

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Charles Grosstephan

Head of Bid Training

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 1200 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 240 bid training courses to over 3350 people, with every course receiving positive feedback. Since Covid, Charles has created flexible 1-2-1 training for individuals, as well as successfully moving our training courses online.

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Chris Turner

Design & Communications Manager

Chris joined our team in 2017 with a background in recruitment and design. He has brought 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 Thornton & Lowe’s design, branding, social media, sales, website and marketing activity, and initial client contact and consultations with our Business Development division and Directors.

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Adam Lee

Bid Manager

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.

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Thomas Groves

Senior Bid Writer

Tom Joined Thornton & Lowe in late 2019, previously working in Customer Services in Manchester. He graduated from King’s College London in 2018 with a BA Honours Degree in English Literature; completing his dissertation on Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre. Tom has supported the Bid Team on various tender projects in different industries and is currently working towards achieving APMP Foundation level certification. Outside of work, Tom enjoys supporting Liverpool FC, watching Netflix and listening to a wide range of music.

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Jade Johnston

Senior Bid Writer

Jade recently joined Thornton and Lowe as a Bid Writer. She graduated from the University of Chester in 2011, before starting work for a contract catering company in Northern Ireland. Jade has experience in bid writing and sales proposals, as well as project management. Jade is looking forward to putting her skills in to practice across a range of industries at Thornton and Lowe. Outside of work, Jade enjoys family time and dining out in nice restaurants.

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Patrick Hughes

Senior Bid Writer

Patrick joined the team in 2022. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English with Creative Writing in 2011. Patrick’s bid writing career began in the energy sector, with a focus on energy efficiency improvements for social housing. He then moved into the legal sector, where he built experience bidding for a wide variety of contracts, including in the public, retail and technology spaces. In his spare time, Patrick likes to play the guitar, listen to music, and spend time with his family.

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Laurel Mills

Bid Writer

Laurel recently joined Thornton and Lowe as a Bid Writer. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 with a 2:1 in English Language, before starting her career in writing as a document writer in business acquisition.

Laurel has experience in bidding, working both in-house and in business consultancies, covering a wide range of industries.

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Katie Hetherington

Bid Writer

Katie joined us in 2021 as a Trainee Bid Writer, previously working in Finance as a Purchase Ledger Clerk. She graduated from Bolton University in 2017 with a First-Class Honours degree in English. Katie has a passion for writing and aspires to become an experienced bid writer, building knowledge across a wide range of industries. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, long walks with her dog and competing in CrossFit.

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Sophie Webb

Bid Writer

In 2017, Sophie graduated with a 2:1 in BA Combined Hons in Geography, Politics and English Literature at Newcastle University.

Outside of work, Sophie enjoys cinema, films, eating out and cooking, learning languages, reading and caring for her cat Mittens. ’Having a wealth of experience in finance, insurance, housing and most recently bid writing, Sophie joined Thornton and Lowe January 2022 as an ambitious Bid Writer.

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Sam Testro

Bid Writer

Sam recently joined Thornton and Lowe as a Bid Writer. He graduated from Loughborough University in 2018 with a degree in History, before starting his career in the innovation grant funding space. Sam has worked on a wide variety of bids, securing funding for both UK and European clients across a diverse range of technology sectors. He is looking forward to further developing his existing bid writing knowledge and skills as part of the Thornton and Lowe team.

Outside of work, Sam enjoys going to watch Derby County and long-distance running.

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Michelle Leedy

Bid Writer

Michelle joined the team in 2021, previously working as a document writer and proof reader within business acquisition. She graduated from the Open University with a First Class Honours in Humanities, specialising in Creative Writing.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys reading, embroidery, soap making, meditation and hanging out with her cat.

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Cathrine Medina

Bid Writer

Cathrine has recently joined the team as a Bid Writer. She holds a master’s degree in Business Communication and Spanish Translation. In her previous role, she worked for Citibank as a Senior Onboarding Analyst and has experience as a Junior Bid Writer in a Facilities Management Company. Speaking 5 languages, Cathrine has also worked as a Freelance Translator and Language Teacher.

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Claire Jepsen

Bid Writer

Claire joined us in May 2022 as a Bid Writer with 5 years experience in bidding on public sector contracts. Previously working at a bicycle manufacturing company for 8 years as a Tender and Bid Specialist, Claire is looking forward to building knowledge and skills across multiple industries. Prior to this Claire has also worked within account management and enjoys interaction with clients. In 2021, Claire gained both the Foundation and Practitioner APMP qualification.

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Lucie Vovk

Trainee Bid Writer

Lucie joined the team in May 2022, having graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester in 2021. She comes from a background in publishing and journalism. She specialised in English literature with Scandinavian studies, completing her dissertation on postcolonial Sami poetry in the north of Norway. Lucie grew up in seven different countries and speaks four languages, and enjoys mountain climbing and playing the piano.

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Emonie Harrison

Graduate Bid Writer

Emonie joined us in September 2022 following the completion of her Literature MA. She has experience in a range of sectors, including culture and heritage, fine art, international art law, and local and European politics.
Outside of bid writing, Emonie enjoys contributing to Semiotic studies, cooking, and hiking.

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Belinda Sarstedt

Graduate Bid Writer

Belinda joined our team in 2022, having graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an English

Literature MA (Hons). She also has a PGCE and comes from a background of customer service, digital

marketing, and Education.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, yoga, cooking and listening to music.

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Angela Clarke

Bid Writer

Angela recently joined Thornton and Lowe as a bid writer. She comes from a background in social housing and construction where she has held a number of roles including housing management, business development and bid writing. Angela has had experience in bidding for a range of public and private contracts across the rail, ministry of defence, care and facilities management sectors.

She is relishing the opportunity to further develop her writing skills as well as gaining knowledge and experience across a diverse range of sectors.

Outside of work, Angela enjoys travelling, reading and spending quality time with her family.

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Joe Garrett

Bid Writer

Originally from Chester, Joe graduated from The Open University in 2021 with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature and Language. He decided to apply himself to a career in Bid Writing and joined Thornton & Lowe as a Trainee Bid Writer shortly after graduating.

Joe’s interests include walks in nature, watching films, reading and listening to music. He is a fan of Liverpool FC, and also enjoys watching Formula 1 and Baseball.

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Donna Read

Business Development

With a background in sales, account management and bid writing Donna joined us in 2020 with experience in Lighting and Waste Management. Donna splits her time at Thornton and Lowe between business development of our existing and new clients, as well as overseeing Bid Resource, Thornton & Lowe’s specialist recruitment division.

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Rachel Edmundson

HR & Finance Officer

Rachel joined Thornton & Lowe in 2017 after graduating from The University of Salford with a First Class Honours in Journalism and English. She is currently studying for her MA in Early Years and Childhood studies at Leeds Beckett University, with a focus on gender and LGBTQ+ in childhood.

Rachel looks after the HR function at T&L, overseeing the entire employee life cycle, as well as making sure the day-to-day finance operations run smoothly. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Emma McCarroll

Support Services

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.

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Lyndsey Anderson-Reid

Support Services

Based in our Scotland office, Lyndsey works with the Support Services team, providing a diverse range of business support solutions to our clients, including our new Search & Select offering. With a background in marketing, customer service and event management, she has worked across various areas of the business since joining in 2016, helping her to grow her knowledge of procurement.

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Gillian Henderson

Administration Assistant

Gillian has over 30 years of experience in research. Following a BSc and a PhD (both in microbiology), initially her career was in medical research. She then moved to working in the UK and Scottish Governments commissioning research on food safety and quality.

Later, Gillian worked in Scotland's Children's Hearings System carrying out research on child protection and youth justice; and managing data protection, freedom of information and complaints functions. Outside of work Gillian enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her dog, friends and family.'

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