Mark Black established Portable Space in 2002, starting with just a few cabins for hire. He has managed its significant
growth whilst also developing new products for sale including a specialist division dedicated to shipping container
As Managing Director, his passion is creating a talented and motivated team to help customers solve their accommodation
and storage requirements.
Away from the business Mark enjoys physical challenges including cycling and triathlon, as well as pursuing outdoor activities,
travelling and sports with his three children.
Mark Dolman is Commercial Manager and responsible for the daily management of the business, working with department
managers to ensure that projects run smoothly and ensuring overall profitability of the company.
With a background in managing a manufacturing operation, Mark enjoys the variety of his role and the challenge and satisfaction
of leading teams and developing individuals. His remit also includes reviewing and implementing internal procedures
to further improve efficiency and ensure compliance.
At the weekends, Mark likes nothing more than spending time with his wife and two children, contributing to activities
in the village where he lives and supporting his favourite football team.
Mark Smyth is the company’s Finance Manager with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day accounting function,
ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently for both customers and suppliers.
He enjoys working as part of a ‘great team’ and contributing to its ongoing success. As part of his role, Mark also
looks after the HR and personnel function which is evolving as the company’s team grows.
Away from the office he likes spending time with his family including two children, walking the dog and playing badminton
Cabin & Container
Dave Stephenson has seen the company grow significantly since he joined in 2010 and has enjoyed playing a key role
in sourcing and selling cabins and containers across Portable Space’s extensive portfolio of products.
As Cabin & Container Sales Manager, he welcomes the challenge of solving customers’ needs, advising on the best solution
to comply with the latest welfare and health and safety legislation whether it’s for a short-term project office
on a construction site or longer-term accommodation to cope with a growing business.
In his leisure time, holidays, fishing and running are among Dave’s favourite pastimes.
Ian Stringer is Production Manager for Conversions, leading the in-house team of ten comprising welder fabricators,
carpenters, electricians, plumbers and floor layers who work on adapting Portable Space’s shipping containers to
meet individual customer requirements – from accommodation to plant rooms.
With extensive experience in the oil and gas industry where he ran a large fabrication unit, Ian ensures that the company’s
converting projects are carried out to the highest standards and to meet delivery deadlines.
Outside work, Ian enjoys koi pond-fishing, taking his two energetic Border Collies on long walks and participating in
spinning classes at his local sports centre.
& Modular Projects
Danny Napier has over 30 years’ experience in the industry which is invaluable to customers looking for bespoke
solutions to their accommodation or storage needs.
As Container Conversions & Modular Buildings Project Manager, he helps customers across a range of different markets
– including the MOD, construction, local authority and education – to find a practical solution. With an infinite
number of possibilities, Danny takes great pride in seeing each project from concept to completion, liaising with
customers throughout the process.
At weekends, he enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren, as well as fishing in the Suffolk countryside.
Michelle McGuire is often the friendly voice that customers first hear when they call Portable Space to enquire
about hiring a cabin or container.
As Hire Controller, she enjoys ‘making things happen’, helping customers to find the best solution to meet their
specific requirements. From initial contact through to delivery, Michelle liaises with other members of the team
to ensure that everything runs smoothly – including confirming arrangements for delivery and installation.
Outside work Michelle enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, going to the cinema and walking her dog.
Sam Curtis enjoys the variety of his role as Sales Adviser where every day is different. It involves taking
customer enquiries from a wide range of backgrounds, all with very different requirements, and helping to find the
best solution from Portable Space’s extensive portfolio of products.
As part of his customer-facing role, Sam monitors the independent Feefo feedback system so that any customer comments
or suggestions can be identified for discussion.
Outside work, you may find Sam as a DJ at local weddings and parties or working with local youth groups as a volunteer.
Technical Sales Assistant
Lee Graham is responsible for turning a customer’s requirements for a modular building or container conversion
into reality with the aid of state-of-the-art CAD drawings and visuals.
As Technical Draughtsman & Sales, he not only creates the best design to meet individual needs and guides customers
through the process, but also project manages production to ensure each bespoke item meets quality standards.
Away from the office, Lee plays bass guitar in a local band and organises an annual charity gig in aid of St Nicholas
Hospice in Bury St Edmunds.
Gary Freeeman is Transport Supervisor and in charge of deliveries and installations all over the UK. In addition
to supervising the team of eight dedicated Portable Space drivers, he schedules deliveries, routes vehicles and liaises
with customers to ensure that everything runs to plan in terms of timing and access details.
Joining the company ten years ago, Gary has progressed to his current role in which he enjoys the many different
challenges each day brings.
Outside work, he is an enthusiastic member of a bike race team which trains and participates in competitions all
over the UK and Europe.
Key Accounts Manager
Natasha Lingwood is Portable Space's Key Accounts Manager, looking after the company's larger accounts and customers
to ensure everything is running smoothly. Her role also includes business development, bringing new customers to
the current growing portfolio.
Out of work, Natasha takes to the stage singing in musical theatre with a local Operatic Society and enjoys camping
and outdoor hobbies.
Angela Howell is Finance Administration Assistant and along with other members of the department, is responsible
for chasing outstanding invoices with customers and suppliers. She also works on the company’s sales and purchase
With extensive experience in office management and credit control, she enjoys being part of the supportive and friendly
Away from work, Angela can be found motoring around Europe in her classic Mini, indulging her passion for gardening
and looking after her two cats.
Jill Drake is Accounts Administrator and on a day-to-day basis, is responsible for managing the invoicing
for hire, sales and conversions, liaising with all members of the Portable Space team.
With an in-depth and detailed knowledge of all ‘live’ projects, Jill enjoys the variety of her role, providing the
efficient administration required to ensure the highest levels of customer service.