Capella

About Us

"Capella seems to have a great eye for building a successful team! Every person I speak to at Capella is friendly and could not do more to help. The company seems to have great values, and it really shows in the smiling faces of their employees." - Specialist Spray Coatings

The Capella Story

Introduction

Capella is an industry leader with a unique history of working closely with our customers. The business was started in 1991, when our Managing Director Jim Bruce started selling refinish products to local bodyshops from the back of his van. Although it wasn’t the most glamorous induction into the industry, it allowed us to see things from a distributors’ perspective, meaning we understand our customers viewpoint and requirements extremely well.

Expertise and Industry Knowledge

Our Experience

Over the years, we have built up an excellent knowledge of the refinish industry, and we’ve developed product ranges to perfectly suit the market. We are a team that understands that your business success depends on being able to offer quality, reliable products at great value. Our unrivalled automotive expertise & market-leading product quality make us the best choice to boost your sales volume and reputation.

Our Team

As we continue to grow and evolve, or focus remains on the customer experience. Our entire team bring many, many years of valuable experience and enjoy regular training and personal development because at Capella Solutions Group, serving you is our top priority.

Team

Management

Jim Bruce

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Since the very beginning of Capella, Jim has been in the business as it has grown into the establishment it is today. Whilst at some point he has taken on each role within the business, Jim is also a bit like the resident cat who likes to nap and hates cucumbers!

Tristan Bruce

SALES DIRECTOR

Fuelled by anything but vegetables, Tristan has some of his most strategic conversations whilst he is on the move. Often, he is found strolling around the office on his phone striking up deals, but it’s not uncommon to see him wander out of the building and completely out of sight! 

Daniel Gaines

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Our king of ‘dad jokes’ In the office, who is always punching numbers and monitoring the money. No staff lunch goes unnoticed since Daniel joined us at Capella.

Morgan Campbell

MARKETING MANAGER

Since joining Capella, Morgan has implemented some great marketing and social media strategies to keep our presence known and current in the market. Sometimes he is even let loose to cook lunch…

Team

Sales & Customer Service

Ben Watson

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT- IRELAND

The Capella Leprechaun! Ben spends most of his time visiting our customers all over The Emerald Isle, sharing his passion for all things paint.

Sandy Donaldson

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT- SCOTLAND

A salesman with years of knowledge and industry experience under his belt, Sandy is a true Scotsman through and through. We’re yet to convince him to wear his kilt to head office though!

Mandy Crayden

INTERNAL SALES- ENGLAND

When she’s not in some fancy foreign holiday destination, Mandy is busy developing new business with our customers. Joining in 2014 to take on the Customer Services role, she naturally progressed into the sales team in 2018 after building some fantastic relationships with our distributors.

Niki Forsyth

NEW BUSINESS MANAGER

Our resident chatterbox is relatively new to the Capella team, but with her experience of the market she is a valued member of the team who has great customer relationships right across the country. Be prepared for donuts if Niki visits!

Simon Edwards

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Having worked in pretty much every department during his time at Capella, Simon now focuses on our new Industrial sector, developing and selling new and existing products in the range.

Sean Joyce

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Sean is our gentle giant, who spends most of his time out on the road meeting customers and predominantly focusing on our ProXL Industrial range.

Elizabeth Edwards

CUSTOMER SALES AGENT

When she’s not chilling in her Crocs, Elizabeth is supporting our sales reps to the highest standard by arranging customer visits, quotations of new products and input details into our CRM system, giving them more time to concentrate on their main selling activities. Elizabeth joined Capella in 2018 as a young apprentice.

Shelly Beaney

CUSTOMER SALES AGENT

Customer Sales Agent Shelly joined the company as an apprentice during the global pandemic in 2020. She has developed a lot of skills in the time she has been here and is now a well-established member of the sales support team. Shelly is our resident fashionista, who holds a love of clothes, shoes, and handbags!

Wesley Bruce

PRODUCTION PLANNER

Reserved but witty, he operates under the radar. Wesley’s eagle eye never misses a thing in the production department, even when he’s halfway through his daily bag of Frazzles.

Team

Marketing

Bradley Pollard

MARKETING AND DESIGN

With his keen eye for detail and creative flair, Brad takes care of all things design and artwork related for Capella. Brad is also Morgan’s partner in crime around the office!

Jana Cornelio

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Our design wizard Jana works remotely from the Phillipines, joining our head office via video link each day. She is such an integral part of the team that we often forget she is about 7000 miles away!

Team

Operations

Shelby Scott

PURCHASING MANAGER

We trust Shelby to spend the company’s money wisely, and that’s exactly what she’s good at; always working with our suppliers to ensure we have great stock levels. She also has an excellent sense of humour, and is always in on the office joke!

Adrian Price

STRATEGIC SOURCING MANAGER

Adrian has a deep background in the chemicals and coatings market, and spends his time working with our supply chain to ensure the best prices and robust supply. That’s a pretty appropriate last name…

Michael Scoones

WAREHOUSE MANAGER

Our warehouse is where it all happens, and Michael works hard to manage the whole operation. Thanks to this man, you receive your orders on time and in full- maybe even with a free gift included!

Charlie Bruce

TECHNICAL MANAGER

Charlie is the only employee that leaves a trail of mess everywhere he goes. Most of our new product offerings are discovered and developed by Charlie in his own organised chaos. Thanks to his experimentation, our range has grown significantly in the last decade.

Team

Finance

Hilary Anderson

FINANCE MANAGER

A long-standing member of team Capella, Hilary has her role of Finance Manager down to a fine art. You might think she’s scary, but don’t worry- her bark is worse than her bite!

Bonnie Murrell

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Bonnie always has her finger on the pulse when it comes to making sure all of our customers are up to date and paying for their orders. Her top negotiation skills and (serious) persistence always prove to get her fantastic results!

Leanne Small

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

As the EA, Leanne really does have a finger in every pie. If she’s not doing HR, then she’s working on IT, or H&S, or organising staff meetings, or one of a million other things. She has a real passion for crossing stuff off lists!

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