Joseph Rodgers

General Manager & Director 

Having completed his A Levels, Joe joined Merlo UK as a Sales Co-Ordinator in 2006. Progressing his career with Merlo through the avenue of Sales, Joe became Regional Sales Manager and subsequently National Sales Manager in 2014.

Following a successful 2 year period as UK Sales Manager for a niche Telehandler rental company, Joe joined GT Lifting as Sales Manager in 2018, becoming director and General Manger in January 2021.
With a vision of establishing GT Lifting as the UK’s number 1 ROTO & Heavy Lift Hire/Sales company, Joe's business ethos is based on surrounding himself with the very best people in the industry who share his enthusiasm and goals.
With a personal passion for power lifting, Joe can often be seen eating 7 times a day – To the annoyance of his colleagues in the office.

Keir Trundell

Being the son in a family business, it would be easy to think that success has come lightly to Keir. However the truth is Keir, one the longest serving member of the GT Lifting team has worked tirelessly to play a major role in the successful growth of the company.
With a technical knowledge of the Merlo & Magni product , enviable amongst the manufacturers themselves, Keir has lead and created an industry leading service department which unmatched and unrivalled.
Becoming Service Director in 2017, Keir now not only oversees the extensive service department, but now also plays a key role in all company strategic decisions, while steering new business ventures such as our Parts & retail service division in a successful manner.
A young, dynamic and enthusiastic leader – His only downfall would be his support for local side Brighton Albion!

Caroline Appleton

Operations Director

Caroline is amongst the selected few founding members of the GT Lifting team. Having been with the company since its creation in 2002, there isn’t an aspect of the company which Caroline has not had a  positive influence on.
Throughout her working career here at GT Lifting, Caroline has worked within the accounts department, working her way to the Hire Desk where she became a leading figure as the Hire Desk Manager.

Fast forwarding her successful career , Caroline became our operations manager and subsequent operations director in Jan 2021 and has taken up the challenge of heading up our new spare parts & retail service business – To which she is soon becoming a huge success.
To say there isn’t a part of the company which Caroline does know extensively, gives no justice .

Jemma Marsh

Hire Desk Manager

Joining the company over 2 years ago as our Hire Desk Assistant, Jemma quickly established herself as one to look out for in the future. With a family background in Agriculture and fantastic understanding of machinery, Jemma’s hard working upbringing has helped her develop her career at an impressive rate here at GT Lifting. Becoming Hire Desk Manager in late 2020, Jemma now known throughout the company as the “Oracle” due to her having a complete and thorough understanding of everything that passes through her department, her relentless work ethic shows no signs of slowing down.

With a personal passion for the outdoors, horse riding, any interaction you have with Jemma, is always met a happy and positive reply.

Jason Hayward

Technical Key Account Manager & Appointed Person

Jason started his career in the construction industry in 1998 as a roofer and cladder.  In 2010 Jason went into the management side of the roofing and cladding sector and worked his way up to a Senior projects manager position over the years, in this time he gained vast experience of the industry on all levels and gained his NVQ level 6 in construction management along with a wealth of other training and qualifications including his NVQ level 5 in lifting operations as an Appointed person.

Jason has known and worked alongside us here at GT lifting for many years and has a close relationship to the business. At the turn of 2021 Jason started with us as a direct   employee and has fully embraced the career change ,  with his understanding of what we as a business supply , he looks forward  to taking  the business to the next level with the team.

Paul Marjoram

Lifting Operations Manager & Appointed Person

Paul’s rise through GT Lifting , stems from a background far away from the industry he now finds himself in.

Having worked in the finance sector for over a decade, Paul’s career took a different turn when he decided to join GT Lifting back in 2016.


Learning his craft within the sales department, Paul’s technical and analytical nature was soon discovered. Having been with the company for just under a year, Paul successfully completed his qualifications to become an appointed person.

Directly responsible for the hugely successful growth of the GT Lifting contract lift division, Paul is now instrumental in offering our customers the technical and safety critical expertise needed when dealing with ROTO & Heavy Lift Telehandlers.


Today, Paul is our Lifting Operations Manager overseeing the entire GT Lifting technical sales division and is often referred and relied upon for his former finance experience, when it comes to new and existing business strategies.


Playing off a bandit handicap of below 10, Paul is an avid Golfer who can often been seen roaming the links (Just not on a Friday before 17:00pm 😊 )

Damian Mansfield

Damian started out as an apprentice plant engineer at local plant hire company; gamble Jarvis in 2002. Following the successful completion of his apprenticeship he moved into a mobile engineer role covering customer breakdowns across the whole of the UK. 
In 2008 Damian joined GT lifting as a mobile engineer. Throughout the years Damian has successfully developed his role and is now workshop foreman ensuring the day to day running of the workshop is run as smooth as possible. 

Damian has been involved with ROTO Telehandlers since its early inception in the UK market - Having an unrivalled knowledge and hand on experience over the complete evolution of these unique and niche machines. 

Over the last 2 years, Damian has also become instrumental in the success of our sales division, offering customers a complete and re assuring technical explanation of the machines and becoming a key contact in all of our customer after sales requirements.