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We Are The Makers

Team Tanner Bates:


Rick – Operations Manager, (not a maker) & Head of Fitness

    After a decade of living and working in London for Smythson of Bond Street, Rick moved to Devon, joining Team TB in 2020.

When not busy working away at Tanner Bates, Rick is often found adventuring and wild swimming around Devon with his partner and their Springer Spaniel Mannie.
Ella – Workshop Manager, Maker & Head of Snacks
Ella joined Team TB in 2018 and after years of cutting her teeth under the watchful eyes of John is now our Workshop Manager. We would be lost without her!
In her spare time, Ella is fulltime dog mum to Rudy, her French Bulldog, a tattoo enthusiast and an expert in local pubs.
Matt – Maker, Chief Tech Guy & Head Horticulturist
Matt attended one of John’s Leather School courses, and has since been hooked. Joining Team TB in 2019, Matt soon became an invaluable member of the team. From managing the workshop to making and photography to technology, there isn’t anything Matt can’t do!
When not busy at Tanner Bates, Matt and his family enjoy walks, wild swims and paddle boarding with Billy his Border Collie.
Will – Maker, Head of Podcasts & Longest standing team member
Joining John right at the beginning, as John’s apprentice, Will has been with Tanner Bates for many years. Will specialises in creating stunning bespoke pieces and producing intricate designs.
Away from work Will is usually found on Dartmoor with his young family, foraging or practicing his Morris Dancing moves!