Meet the Management Team

Ed Stoddart

Chief Executive

Edward has worked in the leisure industry for over ten years in several different countries. He has worked on various commercial projects and his experience lies in the implementing of change to create increased sales and efficiency to businesses.

He has worked for companies such as Arena Leisure plc, Clubhaus plc and Namco Operations as well as working as a freelance consultant. Ed has a great knowledge of venues and the sports and leisure markets.

Martin Henderson

Finance Director

Martin has 26 years of experience in the manufacturing and installation environment. Through various Finance Director roles, working with Steel, Lead, Plastic and now textiles.
He has had roles with startup businesses, such as a Rekri8 (a spin off subsidiary of Karrimor), right up to working for the behemoth that is ArcelorMittal.
Martin is passionate about making the numbers work for the business and being a partner to all internal and external stakeholders of the business.

Jonathan Burgoyne

Group Operations Manager

Jonathan is a highly motivated Operations Manager with a demonstrable track record in continuous improvement, through effective people management, leadership and strong financial acumen skills, ensuring excellent customer service is delivered at all times.

Craig Groves

Key Accounts Director

Responsible for all key account management and sales for custom made products within the Bespoke, Industrial and Defence sectors. Key responsibilities include overseeing all new business and project management for the Bespoke division, new product development, sourcing materials and contract tender submissions. I have been with the company for over 12 years.

Clint Hillhouse

Head of Cricket

Clint Hillhouse has been the head of cricket at the Stuart Canvas Group for the past 10 years and his previous 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and project management are critical in driving market share growth in designated sectors across the UK and abroad. Clint leads by example, with a strong focus on customer satisfaction and a proactive approach to adding value to each and every project or sale. In his spare time he still attempts to hit sixes across the boundary ropes.

Lee Lawton

Technical Manager

My role is to work closely with sales to ensure products are costed correctly, to design and implement production of customer requirements and to oversee production strategies along with the operations manager, I also develop staff skills and working practices with my wealth of 38 years’ experience.

Melissa Sharples

Melissa Sharples

Office Manager

As Office Manager I help to ensure that the office runs smoothly. My role includes planning the installation of cricket ground equipment, maintaining the ISO status of the business and ensuring the smooth running of our tennis contracts. I have been with Stuart Canvas for over 10 years.

Laura Morris

Production Planner & Purchaser

I have worked for Stuart Canvas for over 8 years. I started working as an admin assistant, and developed into the sales team, then working in sales administration, and more recently I have taken on the role of production planner and purchaser. I work closely with the Technical manager, Sales department and Admin team to ensure a smooth process of planning, and manufacture for both Stuart Canvas and our customers.

Nic Coward

Non-Executive Chairman

Nic joined the board in April 2018. He is non-executive chairman and director of a number of companies, having spent over 20 years as a senior executive in
well-known British and world sport organisations. He was General Secretary of the Premier League, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority and a director of the Football Association and Wembley Stadium, Deputy Chairman of an award-winning PR and lobbying agency, and the founding chairman of the global sport industry’s media and IP coalition.

Clive Stephens


Clive is our consultant within the sports industry. Clive was the head of the Olympic Park London 2012 and has previously been on the Board at the Oval, as the Director of Operations, Development and Human Resources. He has also worked at senior levels for Mercedes-Benz, Arena Leisure, Rank and The Tussaud’s Group.

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