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 Association (EuACA).

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 games of Rugby and Cricket. This is a costly commitment as her devotion to these sports means Rachel will follow the Welsh Rugby team and the English Cricket team around the world. Rachel can often be heard discussing the finer points of an umpire or referee’s decision with male colleagues with such knowledge and insight as to astonish the most hardened full-back or scrum half or Silly Mid-off.

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…

Sarah Malone Carnline

Sales Manager - North America

Sarah’s BA in Fine Art hides her true status as a genuine polymath and one of life’s real enthusiasts.

Sarah’s great interest in art materials and how they are used is infectious and makes everyone smile! Sarah is equally energetic whether she is testing paint quality in the Cranfield laboratory, assisting on our three-roll paint mills or ‘in her natural habitat’ visiting the Art Material retailers of North America!

As Cranfield’s Sales Manager for North America, Sarah is eager to hear from you, especially if you are a retailer or distributor of Art Materials. Using a combination of Air Miles, a Jeep Cherokee, Greyhound buses, roller skates and a push bike, Sarah is on her way…

Paul Lee

Technical Manager

Paul has spent his entire working life immersed in colour!

Firstly this was on an industrial scale, dealing with paints for battle ships, cruise liners and suspension bridges. Nowadays Paul doesn’t spare a second glance at a passing paint tanker, instead he turns his attention to the joys of ink and paint in small tubes for the artists’ community!

When not managing the varied technical aspects of the Cranfield Colours factory, Paul takes the motto ‘Sport for all’ seriously and does sufficient cycling, triathlon and ‘Iron man’ races to make us ALL feel better!

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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Whether you’re a fine-art printmaker, an artist, a retailer or just want to know more about our colours, we’d love to hear from you. Our open and friendly team are on hand to tackle any paint and ink challenges you may encounter.

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