Rooflights and Team Zenon lighting up the industry

  • 31 Mar 2021

Hambleside Danelaw is a leading brand when it comes to roofing materials. With its three divisions, Danelaw Roofing and Ventilation product range, Dryseal GRP Flat Roof System, and Zenon GRP Rooflights, it is a familiar and trusted manufacturer.

Hambleside Danelaw has been in the rooflight industry for over four decades, manufacturing high quality GRP products in its purpose-built factory in the historic market town of Daventry.

During that time, Zenon has become a market leader, thanks to the expertise of a skilful team.


Zenon team

Consisting of five members, the Zenon team have a cumulative service period of 79 years. The Zenon brand builds loyalty internally as well as externally, with each person working there for at least half a decade. One team member working has done so for a total of 24 years!

Zenon manager Paul Hanratty has been with Hambleside Danelaw since 2010, joining in the wake of the recession. In this time, he has overseen the company becoming one of the biggest brands in the industry.

Having worked in steel before rooflights, Paul comes with extensive industry knowledge, and after 11 years working with Hambleside Danelaw, has become a true ambassador for the Zenon family.

Technical aspects for Hambleside Danelaw are supported by technical manager John Godley, who has been there for 24 years. He has a wide range of knowledge and takes the lead when it comes to research for Zenon.

The country sales areas for Zenon are spilt into north and south.

 – Amanda Davis (24 years) overseeing the south,
 – Dave Frankland (6 years) heading up the north.
 – for internal sales; Kim Killips (5 years) and Gary Warrington (9 years).

The team is currently one member down – Hambleside Danelaw is currently recruiting for a Business Development Manager.

Zenon Spotlight on – Dave Frankland, Regional Sales Manager (North), Rooflights & Cladding

“I have been with Hambleside Danelaw for six years and in the construction industry since 1996.

My first sales role was selling storage equipment, from small storage boxes to a warehouse full of pallet racking. Since then, I have sold chemicals, paint & powder coatings, and power tools & fixings, all before entering the roofing and cladding part of the construction industry.


I have experience via working with several companies in this sector from manufacturer to distributor before joining Hambleside Danelaw and, although I consider myself to have a good knowledge of rooflights, there is always something to learn.

We have a close-knit team and deal with customers of all sizes; from one man band to major national companies, and from jobs requiring small repairs or refurbishment to large system warrantied projects.

Our daily activities range from simple pricing exercises, to advice on requirements for rooflights to meet certain needs, to site visits, or even email conversations attempting to identify rooflight profiles.”

Zenon Spotlight on – Amanda Davis Regional Sales Manager (South), Rooflights & Cladding

“My career in the roofing sector began in 1994 when I joined a local industrial roofing contractor as a PA. Thanks to natural curiosity in wanting to understand what we did as a company, and with a reasonable flair for organisational skills, I soon became their Purchasing Manager.

Unfortunately, the bumpiness of economy and construction sector during the mid to late 1990s led to me becoming redundant.

At the same time, Hambleside had an opening for a Sales Co-ordinator in their rooflight division to cover maternity leave for six months. That was in 1997 and I’m still here!


Never fully believing I would suit to a sales role, it was surprising to settle in so easily, enjoying the challenges and variety, the ethos of the company, and the teamwork and camaraderie of my colleagues (many of whom have become good friends).

Progressing firstly to Sales Team Leader and then in 2011 making the transition from internal sales to field-based, becoming the first female Regional Sales Manager for the Rooflight Division.

‘Winning at life’

There have been plenty of challenges across all my roles but I enjoy it as no week ever seems the same. The variety of people and projects I deal with has enabled me to create some great working relationships and taken me to some interesting sites.

Days with site visits are my favourite – standing on a roof top which is maybe 100+ foot high, you get a different view of the world than your average person and if this visit coincides with a sunny day – you’re really winning at life!

Over the 24 years working for Hambleside, you get a great feeling when you know you have been a part of the team that has shared their journey to become a market leader with the successful and innovative Zenon rooflight brand.

With the many ongoing projects and successful customer relationships being formed to future proof the Zenon brand, I’m looking forward to what comes next.”

If you want to learn more about Zenon rooflights, contact [email protected]

Or, to arrange a CPD session based on GRP rooflights, email [email protected]

For Hambleside Danelaw’s Zenon division, the future looks bright.

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Hambleside Danelaw Limited
Long March,
N11 4NR,

T: +44 (0) 1327701900
F: +44 (0) 1327701909

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E: [email protected]

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