Meet the Team


At Ballards, we’re a team you can trust and depend on to help you, your family or your business at important moments.

Trained in-house on our BAR accredited training centre, complete with rooms to simulate household interiors and all the furniture they might encounter, our removals team are among the best in the business.

Meanwhile, our office, warehouse and storage teams and our drivers are fully qualified, friendly, experienced and reliable.

Find out more about some of the key people you might meet in their handy profiles below.

Richard Ballard, Founder of Ballards Removals

Richard Ballard

Chairman & Founder

From a transit van to a fleet of 50 vehicles, Richard founded our business in 1978. Now having an advisory and guiding role, he still covers most of the local pre-move surveys and really enjoys supporting the team in the office and closing deals.

Janette Ballard, Founder of Ballards Removals

Janette Ballard

Director & Founder

At every chapter of the Ballards story, Janette was the driving force and the heart of our business. She now acts as an advisor/mentor to her sons, Matthew and Joe.

Matt Ballard, Director of Ballards Removals

Matthew Ballard

Group Managing Director

As a younger man, Matt used his removals experience to work while travelling, mainly in Australia and New Zealand. Matt has performed removals in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and dozens of other high-profile properties. His day job is varied, and includes looking after our customers and making sure the moves go to plan and are strictly on schedule.

Joe Ballard, Director of Ballards Removals

Joe Ballard

Managing Director

Joe was once the youngest HGV master driver in the country and has a passion for trucks and driving. He acts a mentor for our younger drivers and helps the more experienced team members as and when they need it. Joe’s day job is looking after the fleet and working closely with James in our operations department, allocating the appropriate trucks and crews to each move.

Ballards Removals team member - Liz Ballard

Lizz Ballard

Removals and Storage Co-ordinator

Lizz is one of the people you’re likely to speak to when you first make an enquiry about removals or storage, or when you’re planning your move. Lizz is plays a key role in planning our operations, and, as Matt’s long-suffering wife, she also keeps him to task.

Ballards Removals team member - James Leach

James Leach

Operations Manager

James started with us as a porter and has worked his way through most operational roles in the business (driver, warehouse operative, packer, export wrapper). He now uses that experience and expertise to support all of our operations. Importantly, James is a keen Everton Supporter, but we don’t hold that against him.

Ballards Removals team member - Julian Leech

Julian Leach

Ballards Warehouse Manager

Julian started with us as a porter and progressed to a class 1 driver, working on both the removals and haulage. He now manages the storage warehouse and yard.



Group Coordinator

Autumn has been part of the team since 2019, originally within the accounts team. Covid saw a shift in her role to be more customer facing. She has a multitude of responsibilities that support the breadth of the business. 

Outside of work, Autumn loves the country life and her Cocker Spaniel, Benson.

Ballards Removals team member - Steve Lunt, Move Manager

Steve Lunt

Move Manager

Steve takes care of producing your removals quote and will act as your move manager throughout every stage of your move with us. Steve also supports our corporate accounts and European moves and has a background working for ‘big’ removal companies. He is a Season Ticket Holder at Man City and is an avid fan!

Ballards Removals office dog


The Office Dog

Rescued by Joe Ballard when she was young, Pup has worked as our receptionist for several years now. If you visit in person, she’ll be pleased to see you, unless you’re a cat.

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Areas we cover

If you're searching for a 'home removals company near me', then look no further. Our UK removals service is based in Nottinghamshire, near to Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, most of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, but we cover removals UK-wide. We also undertake removals to Europe and other international destinations.

We might be local, but we’ll take you anywhere.

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