The Abels Team

Philip Pertoldi

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816600

Neil Pertoldi

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Having a father in the business, you could say it’s in the blood. Coming into the offices to “help” from a young age. Working on the vehicles as a porter and then driver between qualifications. A background of retail management. Starting full time with the company in 2000 within a sales role to learn of the then International Manager. Time was spent within all departments. Progression to International Manager in 2005. General Manager in 2018. Outside of work you’ll find Neil coaching children’s football and rugby teams or enjoying most things sporting and time with his family.

Paul Hyam

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816600 Mobile: +44 (0)7769 740414

I have been employed with Abels Moving Services for a combined period starting with the company in June 1981, as a removals porter, completing a driving test for HGV2, moved up to senior Driver and then undertaking surveys for people moving within the UK. After taking a brief secondment for 18 months 1996 – 1997 I returned to Abels Moving Services as Commercial Moves Manager – Surveying and preparing quotations for the Office Moving Sector. Moved over to Export and European Sectors in 2000 concentrating on all moves from the UK to other countries all over the world.

Diane Cox

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816617

Having worked for Abels since 2003, Diane works within our International Department, and is additionally a trained and skilled surveyor, visiting customers homes to personally discuss their moves, assess the access challenges and plan how best to pack and protect possessions for their transit. She has gained a vast experience within the removal industry allowing her to find appropriate solutions to ensure clients international moves are arranged using the best possible option. Her experience of overseas destination agents allows her to advise clients on the experiences they will expect allowing them to be clear they have made the right choice using Abels.

Diane has travelled extensively throughout South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand which allows her to speak with experience of the places she has visited and hopefully help and guide her customers. Previously Diane was a trainer and part of the new store implementation team within a large retail organisation.

Kavan McCullagh

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816600 Mobile: +44 (0)7769 740415

I started with Abels in 2004 as a Porter / Packer. During the last 8 years I have progressed within the business to Driver and then Senior Driver to achieve my current position of Customer Service Manager.

Prior to joining Abels I worked within the leisure industry and also served in the Royal Marines. Whilst at college I completed my G.N.V.Q in Leisure and Tourism, City and Guilds in Spanish and N.V.Q in Sports Management. I also hold a full H.G.V. Class 2 License.

Gordon Warnes

Tel: +44 (0)1842 819374

I have been with Abels since 2009 working on Business Development across a wide range of Corporate Accounts. Always looking to find new markets for Abels, I like to initiate something different that hasn’t been tried before. I am always willing to help customers to make their move run smoothly.

Prior to working for Abels I worked for BT in the telecommunications industry for over 33 years. My career with BT spanned time on Research and Development to Sales and Marketing, along with Account Management across a number of strategic accounts.

Jan Luck

Tel: +44 (0)1842 819371

I have been working for Abels Moving Services since 1981 in both International Sales and Operating Departments. I am now working part time in the Sales Department. Have CPC UK and International, as well as the Certificate of International Removals Management (with distinction). I am a true “Abels blue”. My husband Ray who worked for Abels Moving for 16 years in the IT Department before retirement and son William also worked for Abels Moving for 10 years before getting married and moving to Sheffield. I still enjoy coming into work, even though I could be retired, and that says it all!

Jayne Eastick

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816614

I joined Abels in December 2002, working within the Abels Home delivery department arranging home deliveries for John Lewis, Wesley Barrel and Mark Elliott. Then moving into the UK department for residential moves and since 2007 I have been coordinating international moves for customers moving predominantly to America, Australasia and Africa.

Karan Bye

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816611

I have been with Abels Moving Services since 1999. Initially I was involved within the area of our business covering furniture distribution, hotel installation and office moving. In 2006 I changed roles to be part of the UK residential team, whilst still maintaining an interest within the commercial side. My present role is office based UK Customer Services Manager heading up the customer liaison team specialising in UK residential relocations.

Prior to Abels I supervised a production line for a company making and supplying medical equipment for the NHS.

Helen Pertoldi

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816615

I joined Abels in 2007 and I started within the Import Department where I managed imports into the UK from outside of Europe, dealing with Customs Clearances, haulage and delivering the goods for our Customers. I also planned and co-ordinated moves to and from France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal and Luxembourg. I now head this department.

Prior to working at Abels I worked in childcare looking after four children aged between 9 months and 7 years old, I then progressed to the Ministry of Defence as a Procurement Officer.

Jane Whitehead

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816608

I have been with Abels since 2006 and I am a UK Customer Service Administrator. I co-ordinate all aspects of the move for the client and hopefully make their moving experience as stress free as possible.

Prior to joining Abels I was a Contract supervisor for a furniture distribution company.

Darryl Browne

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I joined Abels in 1984, starting as a porter. I then passed my LGV driving test in 1988 and in 1990 was promoted to Senior Driver taking control on many large moves. Then late in 1993 I broke my foot playing football and was asked to work in the office to learn all about the operations, so I could cover for the operations manager at the time, when he was away on holiday. In 1994 I came into the Operations Department to work along side Dave Potter. I was promoted to my current position and hold LGV Class I, both forklift licences, UK and International CPC.

Lianne Slezacek

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I have been working for Abels since 2003. My role as Receptionist has grown and developed throughout the years whilst still maintaining the main reception duties. I now have a wide and varied role, from inputting new enquiries, ordering stationery, office supplies and uniform, assisting departments with documentation, mentoring apprentices, work closely with the Marketing Department providing the company literature, brochures, leaflets so that we are always in stock and updating the look so we are current with modern times.

Before I worked at Abels I worked for a worldwide distribution centre which sold sheet music, music books, instruments for schools, colleges and music shops globally.

My hobbies are walking my dog, watching F1, dining out, listening to music, photography and gardening.

David Potter

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I joined Abels in 1984, starting as a porter gaining valuable basic skills before I was put forward for my HGV test and I progressed to the position of Senior Driver. I then moved into a position within the sales team. I have been within Operations for 19 years first as a supervisor and then my current position as Operations Manager. The time has flown by as every day always has a different flavour and is so varied.

Outside of work I have been involved in coaching youth football for 16 years, and presenting on local radio.

Jenny Mason

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I have been with Abels since 2007 and for the first two and a half years I was the Directors PA. I then left for a short while to have a baby and came back in May 2011 in a slightly different role within the Accounts Department. Although I have taken back much of the work I did prior to my maternity leave I have also taken on a more accounts based role working closely with the finance team in providing daily accounts information for the company and month end accounts.

Before coming to Abels I worked as a Site Manager for Premier Telesolutions at the West Suffolk Hospital. The company provided much of the NHS with its bedside television systems. Prior to this I lived in Scotland for 7 years where I worked for BDF Ltd, manufacturers of sterile and non-sterile drapes and gowns, selling direct to the NHS as their Sales Administration Manager and before this at Glenlee Power Station, part of Scottish Power, as their Personnel Manager.

Debra Rainbow

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I joined Abels in 2012 as an Accounts Administrator, reporting to the Abels Financial Controller and working alongside Jenny Mason, dealing with the daily accounts function. I was born in Hastings, Sussex and moved as a child to Buckinghamshire, where I grew up. I visited East Anglia on a regular basis and soon fell in love with this beautiful part of the world. In 1999, I relocated to Norfolk with my husband. In my spare time, I enjoy growing my own produce, walking my two dogs and DIY.

Joe Dods

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I joined Abels in 1999, a year after leaving university with a BA (Hon’s) in Business Administration, later obtained a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) & MBA in business Management. Initially working within the accounts department then taking on the IT Managers role in 2007. This has also lead to undertaking the role of Quality Manager, gaining Abels FIDIFAIMIPlus and steering Abels through other annual accreditations. Away from work I like nothing better than fishing for the elusive carp within the Cambridgeshire area.

Rebecca Pritchard

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I began working at Abels in June 2013 and took on the role as Apprentice Administration Assistant. The Abels team made me feel very welcome and I was quick to feel relaxed and supported in my new role. Since completing my apprenticeship I have gone on to workwithin the International Sales team. I find this side of the business very interesting whilst certainly challenging and knowing that there is still a lot for me to learn considering the multitude of worldwide destinations and the variety of methods to move a customer to these locations. It is rewarding helping customers with their moves and very satisfying when they send in their thanks and appreciation of our service.

Nicola Emerson

Tel: +44 (0)1842 816600

I joined Abels in January 2014 as a UK Customer Service Administrator. My primary role is to deal with all enquiries into the business, by phone, email or website. I arrange appointments for our Customer Service Managers to visit our clients and establish the moving requirements. I have now progressed to co-ordinate all aspects of the move for our clients and enjoy my contribution in making their moving experience as stress free as possible.

I am originally from Birmingham but relocated to Suffolk 7 years ago. Prior to working for Abels I worked in a sales role for the past 20 years in various businesses.

Marie Neave

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With a strong sales acumen and passion for people management I joined Abels in February 2016. Heading up the International Sales team my primary role is to manage the sales and deliver sales targets. Having been in the industry for 20 years I bring extensive experience from both Europe and the UK. Having lived abroad for 14 years in Prague and Madrid where I brought up my young family and worked internationally for renounced removal companies. I relocated back to Norfolk in 2010.

Being a keen gardener and designer, I can often be found on Ebay conjuring up my next creative design for my home.

Abigail Clark

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I joined Abels in 2017 as an Administration Apprentice. While completing my NVQ Level 2 I would like to then proceed to Level 3.
My course involves learning the administrative aspects of a clients file, dealing with data entry and assisting other departments within the business. I have always wanted to learn how a business operates and while completing my GCSE business course I wanted to pursue my passion for business and was offered this opportunity within Abels.

Sue Pertoldi

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Jade Isaacson

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I began working for Abels in February 2018. I’ve been working within the removal industry since early 2016. After a successful interview, I was offered the position of Customer Liaison. Currently I co-ordinate European moves and also exports to Canada. Everyday is different and I love the challenges that I’m faced with on a daily basis, that’s why I find being in the removal industry so exciting.

Away from work I enjoy going to the beach and shopping, although most of my spare time is spent with my partner building banger cars as he races for a hobby.

Anita Clarke


I started in January 2018. My background working with a warehouse and despatch facility lead me to my current role within Abels. Working within a specialist team I assist in ensuring our clients stock of furniture fixings and equipment is effectively managed on a daily basis.

Cicely Scerri

Move Consultant
Tel: 01842 816600

I started at Abels in May of 2019 and I am thrilled with the support and guidance I have received so far. I am coming from a completely different industry and have been learning as much as I can about the world of removals. I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of East Anglia and I am looking to complete an MSc in General Psychology by the end of 2022. I love talking to customers, colleagues and I am hopeful for my future in the removals industry.

Ellie Palmer

Apprentice Office Administrator

I started as a Business Administration Apprentice at Abels in July 2019. After finishing secondary school in 2015 I went straight into working full time. I am currently working towards a Level 3 in Business Administration and I am very excited and happy to be learning something new in a business environment, there is so much to learn. I will finish my qualification by 2021.

Outside of work my hobbies are travelling and getting to meet new people in different countries. I like to spend time with my friends.

Peter D’Arcy


I started my career in the removals industry in 1988 as a porter, then packer working my way up to an advanced export packer.

I have worked on the Antiques Roadshow on two occasions and appeared on the lifestyle emigrating programme Get a New Life.

I Have been employed with Abels Moving services starting in July 1999.

I moved up to a surveyor from being advanced Export packer for many years after Abels gave me the opportunity to go on a BAR training course for volume estimating where I passed with flying colours and also won the coverted Micheal Gerson Estimators award for estimating the volume of household effects in two residents.

I now conduct UK, European and International surveys for Abels and also prepare quotations for our clients.

Liam Jeffries

I assist the Operations Managers to ensure the smooth running of day to day crew and vehicle management, along with the ordering of materials and other general administration as required.

I previously worked within the construction industry gaining experience in project management, accounts and have a diploma in sales. My only real hobby is Basketball, which I play 3 times a week and am about to start training for the Cambridgeshire Men’s league. I also play guitar, self-taught and have played for around 11 years now.

Michael Rawson

I started working for Abels in September 2019 as the Ely warehouse manager. My employment history is quite but has always been centred around giving a high level of service to a very wide variety of customers.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, experiencing and understanding various cultures. Family and friends are particularly important to me.

Favourite motto, There are no problems, only opportunities.

Thomas Simpson

Apprentice Office Administrator

I joined Abels in August 2019 as an Apprenticeship Administrator, I am currently working towards a Level 3 qualification in Business Administration, which is an 18 month course. I am really enjoying learning about removals as it is all very new to me and would love to further my career by being a part of the business when I complete my apprenticeship.

I enjoy playing football in my spare time and play about 2-3 times a week.


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