Debbie Hallas - Managing Director
Our managing director, Debbie, founded Netball UK in 2000 after struggling herself to buy netball kit and equipment. Debbie started playing netball at junior school and joined Oldham Netball Club when it formed its first junior team in 1989. She progressed through to the National Premier League senior side and was part of the team that rose through five divisions in six seasons. In 2011, Debbie stepped away from playing (well, apart from the occasional appearance ) to take over coaching the team. She guided them to seven Premier League titles in eight seasons. Her playing honours include representing Greater Manchester and the north west at youth level and captaining Lancashire and the north west at senior level. In 2008, she was instrumental in the takeover of Manchester Thunder (or Northern Thunder as it was then) and has subsequently overseen the franchise as managing director from being bottom of the table to winning the Superleague three times. Also a qualified coach and umpire, Debbie lives and breathes netball and has built experience in the sport at every level. That's why Netball UK is passionate about supporting everyone in netball - from local league to Superleague, player to coach, umpire to technical official. We want everyone to have the best kit, clothing and equipment, accompanied by the best advice, so they can enjoy the sport they love. For Debbie, it's not just an add on. Netball is her world!
Kerry Almond - Sales & Purchasing Manager
Kerry is one of the country's leading netballers. She's a three-time Vitality Netball Superleague winner with Manchester Thunder, has been in the play-offs for the last ten successive seasons and has two England caps to her name.She's also our longest serving member of staff here at Netball UK, joining in 2007. Starting out as an office administrator she has progressed to be our Sales and Purchasing Manager, responsible for overseeing the company sales and liaising with our key accounts - ASICS, Mizuno and Gilbert. Her experience on court means she's an unrivalled source of advice and information. As well as playing in the Superleague, she knows the importance of every club and every player at every level - she's always found time to play for Oldham in the National Premier League, division one, and is hugely passionate about the sport.In her spare time, she likes to relax, enjoys listening to music and reading, and likes going to concerts - her favourite artists are Bon Jovi, Queen, Green Day, Billy Joel and Pink.
Natalie Dawson - Warehouse Manager & Customer Liaison
When you checkout at Netball UK and your order comes through to us, Natalie is key to making sure your products reach you as soon as possible. She joined the team in 2011 and has many responsibilities - from organising the warehouse, liaising with the office on delivery schedules and giving expert advice in our shop in Oldham.You'll regularly see her on the Netball UK stand at events - from Superleague matches to tournaments - so come and pick her brains on the best products for you. She's been playing netball since the age of seven, was part of Dominoes Netball Club in the North West and represented Oldham Sixth Form College at the British Colleges Championships where she was a runner up in her first year and champion the second. Since then she's played for Delph in her local league. She may be small (for a shooter), but she's an expert at putting those shots away (as you'll know if you've seen her in a bar ).Nat's another of the team's lovers of music - this year alone she's seen the Spice Girls, Take That and Pink.
Rachel Moss - Head of Teamwear
Rachel's got a really important role at Netball UK ensuring that the clubs, schools and teams who want products bespoke to them have a wide range of high quality products to choose from.She joined as Head of Teamwear in August 2018, but has been part of the Netball UK family for years - she actually featured in our first ever kit brochure. Every day she deals with suppliers to source bespoke kit products, liaises with customers to take them through the whole process and ensure they get what they need and tracks every order to ensure everything is delivered when it's needed, where it's needed. She grew up playing netball for Oldham Netball Club and won two junior championships at U14 and U16. She now plays for local team Chadwicks where you'll find her anywhere in centre court.With two young girls, who are also netball superfans and cheer on Manchester Thunder, she's hoping they'll love the sport as much as she does. Her eldest, five-year old Florence, has just started at Oldham Netball Club Future Stars.
Danneh Gleave - Warehouse Operative & Photographer
When you receive your order from Netball UK, it's likely Danneh was involved in getting the parcel out of our door as quickly as possible. Part of our warehouse team, he's also has a huge amount of creative flair and is responsible for much of the photography on our website. That flair can also be seen in some of our clothing items and accessories as he's a keen designer too. The musical theme to the Netball UK office continues with Danneh - in his spare time he sings and plays guitar with his band, Without Andrew, who often do mini-tours of the country.