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About Us - Meet the Toolcraft Plastics team

Here you can find out about the people who make it all happen at Toolcraft.


If we don't succeed, you can always print the photos and use them for darts practice.



Russell Hemsworth - Managing Director

Russ joined Toolcraft at 17 whilst completing a Business HND in his evening hours which he passed with Distinction. Starting off by doing the accounts, he moved on to become general company guru.


In addition to managing the company, he's the website designer & helpdesk – for IT and just about everything else ! He's the person to come to for any Moulding & Vacuum Forming re-order quotes. In his spare time he enjoys computing, listening to music, real ale & wine and playing with his son Sander and daughter Rita.

John Hemsworth - Director


John, the founder of Toolcraft, passed away on 19 January 2015 following a 5-year battle with Cancer.


After 10 years working as a toolmaker and 5 years as a tool designer, John set up Toolcraft with his partner Pete in 1972. Starting work in the garage, John built the company from a 2-man set-up to a 35+ employee, million pound business. Many customers have described John as an inspiration and always positive, but one of our customers most aptly described him as "a really lovely man".


Toolcraft will continue trading under the ownership of Russell and Nikki Hemsworth, supported by the great team we have here. We remain focused on providing you with the same level of commitment and service you've come to expect.


John will continue to inspire all of us at Toolcraft both now and in the future.


James Caldwell - Technical Projects and Quality Manager

James started with us as a Setter in 1985, but left us for a while to check if the grass was greener elsewhere. He returned in 1999 to take up his current position and his sarcasm has brightened our days ever since.


His technical knowledge & design experience are invaluable to us and our customers and he provides quotes for new toolmaking, plastic moulding & vacuum forming projects and advice on all aspects of the moulding process. When he's not working, he's a keen photographer, walker and camper.


Nikki Hemsworth - Sales Co-ordinator / Office Manager

Nikki joined us at 18 as Office Junior. After a while she went out to work in the big wide world, but quickly realised that no place is like Toolcraft & re-joined us to take on the role of Order Processing. Now Sales Co-ordinator / Office Manager, Nikki enjoys assisting existing & prospective customers.


Her hobbies include Tropical Fishkeeping, Gardening & watching most sports. She also supports Liverpool FC, but don't hold that against us !


Theresa Reynolds – Production Supervisor

Theresa has been with Toolcraft for over 25 years. She's the pivot in our operation who makes sure that your order is fulfilled in time and to excellent quality. We all quiver in her presence.


In her spare time she enjoys looking after her cats and her grandson, walking the dogs and winning at Bingo.


Sonja with son

Sonja van Leeuwen – Marketing Coordinator

Sonja joined Toolcraft in 2010 after working as an editor in academic publishing for 5 years. She's responsible for those lovely Toolcraft Newsletters you get in your inbox once a month (if you don't, sign up here).


Before her son Sander and daughter Rita arrived, she can remember enjoying nice quiet activities like reading, walking, painting, staring at open fires and drinking wine.


Toolcraft's design, tooling and injection moulding service is fast & reliable and they deliver excellent quality products.

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