Michael Craine

Managing Director

Michael remembers working during the holidays for his father beginning at age seven, but didn’t take the business seriously until he was 25! After attending Watford College and specialising in ink & paint chemistry, Michael worked initially in the paper industry before he took his father up on an offer to temporarily ‘fill in’ a role at Cranfield. This ‘temporary’ assignment has lasted nearly a lifetime!
Michael is an enthusiastic supporter of the manufacturer’s association: The European Artists’ Colour Group (CEPE).
Michael plays the organ for a village church where he has been described as sounding like someone playing whilst wearing oven-gloves and in a wine-bar style.

Rachel Volpé

commercial director

After studying accountancy at Exeter University, Rachel joined Cranfield in 1996 and was appointed as a Director some four year later. Rachel comes from a family who are all passionate followers of the game of Rugby. This is a costly commitment as her devotion to the game means Rachel will follow the Welsh team around Europe. Rachel can often be heard discussing the finer points of a referee’s decision with male colleagues with such knowledge and insight as to astonish the most hardened full back or scrum half.

Rachel Rowe

Sales Manager

Rachel has the ability to remain serenely calm, even on the busiest days – an invaluable skill in her role as Sales Manager at Cranfield where (with her team) Rachel oversees incoming orders and outgoing pallets whilst juggling delivery dates and deadlines. All this is done steadily, calmly and with an air of inexorability!

Away from work when Rachel isn’t chasing after her young family, Rachel derives great pleasure from her role as ‘adviser’ to Arsenal Football Club. This is not a paid position (nor are Arsenal aware of her advice), but it helps explain why Rachel can be heard shouting at the TV on most Saturdays through the football season…

George Craine


1930 – 2018

George retired in 2008 after 50 years in the colour industry but still made regular visits to the factory until his passing on 1st February 2018.

Cranfield’s reputation as a dependable and ethical company are due in no small part to George’s years at the helm. A genuinely charming man, respected and admired by customers, colleagues and competitors alike.

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