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We are Rubber Road Ltd

Founded in 2012 by experienced retailers Ben Grant and Matt Precious, the Rubber Road Group is now a leading player in designing, manufacturing, and distributing unique and innovate products enjoyed by consumers all around the world.

The main head office is located in Welwyn Garden City (North of London), with a development studio and dedicated distribution centre in Jarrow (Near Newcastle).

We employ just over 50 people full time in the UK, with small offices in Sydney (Australia) and Shenzhen (China). This is complimented by strong partnerships in North America and Europe, who handle our sales, marketing and distribution functions.

 

Liam Taylor

Commercial Director

Liam spent a number of years at Capcom, Centresoft and D3 publishing, working with some of the worlds biggest brands.  He joined Rubber Road in 2015 and now heads up sales in the UK & Ireland, along with managing our Licensing partnerships. 

Frank Lake

Projects Director

With a background in freight forwarding and third party logistics, Frank specializes in optimizing supply chain fulfillment with a core focus towards product procurement and development. He has vast experience in delivering successful projects for some of the gaming industries leading publishers and peripheral companies. 

Karl Mizen

Creative Director

After completing his multimedia design degree, Karl worked freelance before moving to J Barbour & Sons, a British luxury and lifestyle brand. Karl’s interest in electronics, programming and prototyping, paired with his design experience led him to Rubber Road in 2015. He now leads Numskull Studio’s talented graphic and 3D design teams.

Ben Grant

Managing Partner

Ben spent fifteen years at GAME Stores Group working in the UK, Sweden, France, and finally Australia, heading up the Commercial functions, and then becoming Marketing Director in 2010. Ben heads up the Rubber Road Sales, Marketing, Licensing, Production and Finance functions.

Matt Precious

Managing Partner

Matt worked for Games Stores Group for almost 20 years in various leading roles in both operations and buying within the UK, and finally as Commercial Director of Game Australia. Matt is a managing partner of Rubber Road and is the driving force behind Numskull Studio’s innovative and creative product ideas.

Deborah Challis

General Manager

Deborah graduated with a Law degree in 1997 and went on to spend almost 20 years in the Civil Service, managing multi-million pound Legal Aid and Probation contracts before embarking on a dramatic career change, joining Rubber Road Ltd in 2016. Deborah is General Manager, with responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the business, including distribution of products from our warehouse in Jarrow.

Martin Defries

Managing Director - Numskull Games

Martin spent 15 years at Rising Star Games as Managing Director, publishing more than 100 video game titles such as Harvest Moon, No More Heroes and Deadly Premonition. He heads up the Numskull Games team, taking the business into the video game publishing world.

Simon Precious

Managing Director - Numskull Sports

Simon has over 25 years of leadership and management experience in the UK, Middle East and Africa. In particular Simon has a proven track record of launching new businesses. As an avid sports fan, Simon is excited to head up the launch of Numskull sports.

Martin Defries

Managing Director - Numskull Games

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Ben Grant

Managing Partner

Ben spent fifteen years at GAME Stores Group working in the UK, Sweden, France, and finally Australia, heading up the Commercial functions, and then becoming Marketing Director in 2010. Ben heads up the Rubber Road Sales, Marketing, Licensing, Production and Finance functions.

Matt Precious

Managing Partner

Matt worked for Games Stores Group for almost 20 years in various leading roles in both operations and buying within the UK, and finally as Commercial Director of Game Australia. Matt is a managing partner of Rubber Road and is the driving force behind Numskull Studio’s innovative and creative product ideas.

Liam Taylor

Commercial Director

Liam spent a number of years at Capcom, Centresoft and D3 publishing, working with some of the worlds biggest brands.  He joined Rubber Road in 2015 and now heads up sales in the UK & Ireland, along with managing our Licensing partnerships. 

Frank Lake

Projects Director

With a background in freight forwarding and third party logistics, Frank specializes in optimizing supply chain fulfillment with a core focus towards product procurement and development. He has vast experience in delivering successful projects for some of the gaming industries leading publishers and peripheral companies. 

Karl Mizen

Creative Director

After completing his multimedia design degree, Karl worked freelance before moving to J Barbour & Sons, a British luxury and lifestyle brand. Karl’s interest in electronics, programming and prototyping, paired with his design experience led him to Rubber Road in 2015. He now leads Numskull Studio’s talented graphic and 3D design teams.

Deborah Challis

General Manager

Deborah graduated with a Law degree in 1997 and went on to spend almost 20 years in the Civil Service, managing multi-million pound Legal Aid and Probation contracts before embarking on a dramatic career change, joining Rubber Road Ltd in 2016. Deborah is General Manager, with responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the business, including distribution of products from our warehouse in Jarrow.

Martin Defries

Managing Director - Numskull Games

Martin spent 15 years at Rising Star Games as Managing Director, publishing more than 100 video game titles such as Harvest Moon, No More Heroes and Deadly Premonition. He heads up the Numskull Games team, taking the business into the video game publishing world.

Simon Precious

Managing Director - Numskull Sports

Simon has over 25 years of leadership and management experience in the UK, Middle East and Africa. In particular Simon has a proven track record of launching new businesses. As an avid sports fan, Simon is excited to head up the launch of Numskull sports.