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Distag Ipswich Team

Our Ipswich Team

“Our strength is our team” is a key feature of the Distag philosophy. We work hard to find team members who “go the extra mile”, and we are proud of the reputation we have for exemplary Customer Service. We have over 60 employees in the UK and Ireland, 22 of which have completed 15 to 28 years service. One of our most important aspirations is to be a company that is “nice to do business with”, so we hope you enjoy “meeting” our teams here, and learning a little more about them……

Stewart Booth

Stewart Booth

Director

Stewart joined forces with our MD, Joe, back in 1998 to establish Distag Euro as a growing force in the UK Power Transmission market. During the joint venture with PIX Transmissions, he became the company General Manager of PIX Europe, and was invited to join the board as Operations Director in 2005. When PIX Europe demerged in 2013, Distag re-emerged, and it was back to the original management team. Stewart is based in Ipswich and, with Joe and Sheila, is responsible for all aspects of running, and growing, the business. He is particularly keen on the development of our amazing team, and mentoring them for the exciting challenges in the future. Outside work, he is a keen performing musician, a long-suffering season ticket holder at his beloved Spurs, and even loves to cook when time allows. He loves to travel the world, and the UK, with his wife Bel; but also relishes spending time at home, with their children, grandkids, and many friends (not all at once!).

Contact Me
sbooth@distagqcs.com

Rebecca Booth

Rebecca Booth

Commercial Manager

Rebecca worked part-time for Distag QCS from June 2006, while at university, focusing mainly on sales and in March 2011, Rebecca took up the role of Commercial Manager. Rebecca has a degree in Law and manages all aspects of HR, Recruitment, Employment Law and Staff Training. In addition to this she is responsible for Marketing & PR, Commercial Contracts, Internal Auditing and overseeing the Internal Sales Team at Ipswich, working closely to support the team in providing the best possible service to our customers. Rebecca enjoys keeping fit, regularly going to the gym & attending fitness classes. She also enjoys singing and loves to travel.

Contact Me
rbooth@distagqcs.com

Nigel Rose

Nigel Rose

Aftermarket Sales Manager

Nigel joined the company in the early days at Distag Euro Ltd, based in Halstead Essex, and has been with us throughout our growth. He has always had particular interest in the distribution side of our business and in our early days was responsible for the setting up of our authorised distribution partner network. His current role as Aftermarket Sales Manager allows him to focus on sales as well as to help mentor our sales team. He has a wealth of experience in our product range and the UK distribution trade. Nigel believes passionately in customer service and our partner network. Nigel is keen on landscape and wildlife photography and in his spare time can often be seen walking round the local countryside with his wife Teresa and his trusty Cannon camera. He also enjoys cooking, eating good food (too much sometimes) and the occasional Gin & Tonic.

Contact Me
NRose@distagqcs.com

Joanne Toon

Joanne Toon

Business Development Manager - Midlands

Joanne joined us in February 2005, bringing with her, a wealth of experience from working within the Power Transmission Industry. Her initial role was Business Development Manager, looking after our OEM customer base. Joanne is now responsible for the account management of all our customers in the Midlands. Recently, Joanne was promoted to the role of senior BDM, as part of this role, she mentors and assists our other BDM's. Joanne loves to travel and has recently returned from Mexico! She also really enjoys keeping fit and often enters various fitness challenges, including the Great British Swim! Joanne is based outside of the office and spends the majority of her time out on the road visiting customers.

Contact Me
jtoon@distagqcs.com

Brian Hourihane

Brian Hourihane

Sales Engineer - UK Mainland

Brian joined us in August 2014. He works in support of our Business Development Managers, with special responsibility for developing our growing OEM business. Brian provides technical assistance and customer suppport across our range of products as well as providing training when required. He is a graduate of Dublin City University, where he studied Engineering with Business. In tandem with his studies, Brian has worked with a number of OEMs, gaining experience across the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Brian is a sports and health fanatic, spending most of his spare time either partaking or watching everything sport related. Brian is based in the Ipswich office, but is available for customer visits, if any technical assistance is required.

Contact Me
bhourihane@distagqcs.com

Jon Hilder

Jon Hilder

Hydraulic Product Specialist

Jon joined the Distag QCS team at the beginning of 2018 as a Hydraulic Product Specialist. Jon has plenty of hydraulic product experience having worked as a Mobile Hydraulic and Pneumatic Technician for 6 years, and a Plant Engineer for 2 years. Jon’s experience also spans to hydraulic and pneumatic installations in factories. Jon assists the sales teams with queries relating to hydraulic components and solutions. This includes providing support to customers if any issues regarding OEM kit design, hydraulic fittings, and hose arise. In his spare time, Jon is a DIY Carpenter and Handyman. Jon can often be found outdoors enjoying some hiking, camping, shooting or travelling. Jon also enjoys eating out at new restaurants and trying new dishes and cuisines.

Contact Me
jhilder@distagqcs.com

Vicky Sutherland

Vicky Sutherland

Internal Account Manager - OEM

Vicky joined Distag QCS in March 2007 as a Sales Assistant. Throughout her time with us, Vicky has gained experience in the account management of most of our customer bases, inc. Export, UK Distribution and OEM. Vicky completed an NVQ Level 2 in Customer Services in 2008 and is currently working towards achieving an NVQ Level 2 in Engineering Technical Support. Vicky is currently responsible for the internal account management of all our OEM customers, working closely with the Business Development Managers, based out in the field. Vicky's 4 year old son Dominic occupies most of her spare time, but she also really enjoys cooking and socialising with family and friends. Vicky loves to travel and recently got married in Perth, Australia!

Contact Me
vsutherland@distagqcs.com

Tanya Booth

Tanya Booth

Internal Account Manager - South & South East

Tanya joined us in November 2010 as a sales coordinator, specialising in Hydraulic sales. She has since progressed to the role of Internal Account Manager, working closely in support of Andy Green, who is our field-based BDM in the South & South East. As the most senior member of the Aftermarket Internal Sales Team, Tanya's role also includes the supervision and support of the other team members. Tanya has a young family, which occupies most of her spare time! She also enjoys keeping fit and singing in a band from time to time as well!

Contact Me
tbooth@distagqcs.com

Sam Cole

Sam Cole

Internal Account Manager - Midlands

Sam joined us in June 2014, after leaving school, as an Internal Sales Apprentice. He quickly progressed to the role of Internal Account Manager, working closely in support of Joanne Toon, who is our field-based BDM in the Midlands. Sam recently achieved his Level 2 Certificate in Customer Services with West Suffolk College. Sam is a keen footballer and is an active member of our Distag QCS 5-A-Side Football team!

Contact Me
scole@distagqcs.com

Vivi Karasavvaidou

Vivi Karasavvaidou

Internal Sales Coordinator

Vivi joined Distag QCS Ltd in March 2017 as a temporary member of staff to cover maternity leave. Vivi comes from Kavala in Northeastern Greece. Vivi moved to UK in October 2013 and worked as a Customer Sales Rep at RedDot Europe Ltd (manufacturer of HVAC systems for Heavy Duty Vehicles). She has a degree in International and European Studies, and two Master Degrees: an MA in International Security and Politics of Terror (University of Kent at Canterbury) and an MA in Economics of South-East Europe (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece). Vivi speaks Greek, English and French. Vivi is a mother of a 20 month old girl, Kate, who takes up most of her free time. When she does get a moment, she loves to travel, read, go to the gym and cook Greek cuisine.

Contact Me
vmougkra@distagqcs.com

Liam Olding

Liam Olding

Internal Sales Assistant

Liam joined Distag QCS Ltd in June 2017 as a sales apprentice. He has since finished his apprenticeship in Business Administration and Sales level 2. Liam is fairly new to the power transmission trade, and after working at Drive Parts Direct for just over a year, he has made the change to Distag QCS Ltd and is enjoying every minute. Liam is an avid biker who rides to work on his Suzuki motorcycle every day! He also enjoys keeping fit.

Contact Me
lolding@distagqcs.com

David Warden

David Warden

Purchasing & Logistics Manager

David joined us in October 2007 with years of experience working in Logistics, Stock Control & Purchasing Management roles. David is responsible for all of our logistics requirements plus the purchasing and stock management of Belts, Hydraulic Hose and Powerdrive product across all locations. David is a keen sports fan. He has played a good level of cricket and captained both Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury Cricket Clubs. He is now a season ticket holder at Ipswich Town FC, keenly follows both his local Rugby Club in Sudbury and the English national fifteen and can sometimes be found hacking his way around a golf course. He also enjoys travelling with his wife Sally, sampling food and drink wherever the sun shines around the world.

Contact Me
dwarden@distagqcs.com

Catherine Chapman

Catherine Chapman

Stock Control & Product Manager

Catherine joined Distag QCS in July 2010 as an Apprentice in our Purchasing Department at Ipswich. Catherine completed an Apprenticeship in Business & Administration and has since continued her studies and is currently at professional diploma level on the way to achieving her membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. Catherine enjoys the challenge of obstacle races, having already completed The Obstacle, The Whole Hog and more recently Tough Mudder, she is looking to add to this list in the near future. Catherine spends her free time unwinding with friends and family, and loves being kept busy and on her toes by her son Kenzie.

Contact Me
cchapman@distagqcs.com

Adam Page

Adam Page

Purchasing Assistant & Quality Management Representative

Adam joined Distag QCS in September 2016 as an apprentice in the Purchasing Department and is now close to completing an NVQ level 2 in business administration. Adam is in charge of the company’s Quality Management System and had a big part to play in helping Distag QCS Ltd maintain our ISO 9001 certification. Adam is a big Chelsea fan and has followed them through all their ups and downs, as well as their constant change of managers. Adam also plays lawn bowls in his spare time and has been successful at county and national level.

Contact Me
apage@distagqcs.com

Mohana Clancy

Mohana Clancy

Finance Manager

Mohana joined Distag QCS in June 2009 and assumed the very busy position of Finance Manager. An ACCA member accountant, working towards achieving Fellowship, Mohana controls all of the day-to-day finance functions for all branches. Mohana is originally from India and enjoys travelling and cooking. She is also a keen football fan and a big Liverpool supporter! Mohana enjoys keeping fit and takes part in fitness classes at the gym regularly.

Contact Me
mclancy@distagqcs.com

Sam Alcock

Sam Alcock

Finance Assistant

Samantha joined us in June 2010 as an Apprentice in the Finance Department. During her time at Distag QCS, Samantha has gained her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and has more recently achieved her AAT qualification. Samantha is currently responsible for the credit control aspect of the department, along with assisting in all day-to-day functions. Samantha enjoys swimming and walking at the weekend and in her spare time she loves to socialise with her friends and family.

Contact Me
salcock@distagqcs.com

Matthew Godbold

Matthew Godbold

I.T Manager

Matt joined us in January 2013 as I.T. Manager and has made considerable improvements to our I.T Systems in the last 2 years, becoming a vital part of the Distag QCS Team! He manages all aspects of the I.T and communication systems for all of our locations, providing onsite and remote support to all members of staff, based in and out of the office. Matt is a keen football fan and a big Southampton F.C. Supporter! He is also a member of our 5-a-side football team! Matt is based at the Ipswich office

Contact Me
mgodbold@distagqcs.com

Thomas Briscoe

Thomas Briscoe

Marketing Assistant

Thomas joined Distag QCS in August 2017 as a Marketing Assistant in our Ipswich office. Thomas had recently completed a BA Marketing Communications degree at Bournemouth University. Currently, Thomas assists with the marketing, advertising, public relations, events planning, branding and design, and social media communications of the company. Thomas also assists with updating the Distag QCS website. Thomas enjoys visual media and tries to keep up with the latest films, television programmes and video games, gathering as much useless trivia as possible along the way. Despite being a novice golfer, Thomas also enjoys heading down to the driving range to knock a few golf balls about. Most importantly, Thomas is a passionate Liverpool Football Club supporter and he follows all of their games, without fail!

Contact Me
tbriscoe@distagqcs.com

Distag Ipswich Warehouse Team

Our Ipswich Warehouse Team

Sebastian Dobrasiak

Sebastian Dobrasiak

Warehouse Manager

Sebastian, more fondly known as 'Seb', joined Distag QCS in March 2007 as a Warehouse Assistant. Seb quickly progessed to the role of Warehouse Supervisor and became the Warehouse Manager in October 2013. Seb is responsible for all the day-to-day functions and administration of the Ipswich Warehouse. He works closely with the sales team to facilitate the smooth and efficient running of the daily workload and ensure that we meet the delivery requirements of our customers. From Poland originally, Seb is a keen footballer and plays a strong position in goal for our Distag QCS 5-A-Side Football team. Seb enjoys spending time with his family and carrying out renovations to his house!

Contact Me
sdobrasiak@distagqcs.com

Matthew Winter

Matthew Winter

Warehouse Supervisor

Matt joined us in September 2010 as a Warehouse Apprentice. He successfully completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Warehousing & Storage and has recently been promoted to the role of Warehouse Supervisor. As part of his new role he assists the Warehouse Manager, Seb, with all aspects of the day to day running of the warehouse at Ipswich. Matt is a keen boxer and has held two regional titles! He is also interested in other sports he likes motorsports and is a big fan of Moto GP and enjoys watching and playing Rugby.

Russell Barker

Russell Barker

Hose Assembly Manager

Russell joined Distag in August 2015 as part of our exciting new expansion project at Ipswich. Russell joined us with a wealth of hydraulic knowledge, he is a skilled hose assembler, having spent most of his career working within the industry. Russell works closely with our Warehouse Manager, Sebastian and is responsible for the brand new state of the art hose assembly facility at the Ipswich office. Having recently moved to Needham Market with his wife and 2 daughters, Russell is now enjoying the 'outdoor life', he is a keen gardener and is hoping to join the local archery club and start canoeing soon! Russell also spends a lot of his spare time with his family, one of his daughters is at university in Greenwich and the other is a talented athlete, who has recently been selected to represent Suffolk & Norfolk playing Netball!

Marion Roman

Marion Roman

Warehouse Assistant

Marion is one of our longstanding warehouse team members, originally joined the Distag team in 2006, he returned to his home country of Slovakia for a few years, but then came back to the UK in January 2014 and re-joined the Distag team as a Warehouse Assistant. His role includes the picking and packing of orders, receiving in new stock, replenishing shelf stock and all other day to day warehouse duties. Marion is a big ice hockey fan, he likes the 'great outdoors' and enjoys going for long walks in the countryside.

Gary Macro

Gary Macro

Hydraulic Workshop Operative

Gary joined Distag QCS in February 2018 as a Hydraulic Workshop Operative. Gary is responsible for picking stock, cutting hose for kits, and helping to dispatch hose kits. Gary has a varied range of experience having worked as a painter and decorator, delivery driver, and industrial rope access operative. In his spare time Gary enjoys playing football, as well as watching the beautiful game on the TV. You can also find Gary at the races, enjoying the thrill of picking a winning horse!

Stuart Pearson

Stuart Pearson

Hydraulic Workshop Operative

Stuart Joined Distag QCS in February 2016, having had previous experience as a hydraulic technician. Stuart makes hydraulic hose to order and picks fittings for dispatch. Stuart has also previously worked as a saw mill operative. In his free time, Stuart enjoys relaxing. You can often find him playing on his PlayStation, reading comics, or watching TV.

Lee Sneath

Lee Sneath

Warehouse Assistant

Lee joined Distag QCS after working at Amtek Witham. With experience in engineering and foundry work, Lee was a perfect fit for the warehouse team. Lee is responsible for cutting belts to size, as well as assisting with stock control and picking. In his free time, Lee loves nothing more than spending time with his family, and his cats. Lee is also an avid music fan, and can be found venturing to Spain to soak up the sun.

Daniel Thurgill

Daniel Thurgill

Warehouse Assistant (Hydraulics)

Daniel joined Distag QCS in November 2017, after having experience as a hydraulic purchaser and hydraulic sales engineer. Prior to this, Daniel had worked as a landscape gardener. Daniel is responsible for picking and packing of hydraulic orders, hydraulic stock control, and assisting with deliveries. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys running, golf, travelling, watching films, and following his favorite football team Norwich City Football Club.

Jack Sparkes

Jack Sparkes

Warehouse Assistant

Jack joined Distag QCS in January 2017, having experience in construction, gardening and landscaping, painting and decorating, delivery and as a handyman. Jack is responsible for picking daily orders, stock control, cutting hose to length, packing and wrapping pallets, and unloading containers. Jack loves nothing more spending time with family, especially his children. Jack also enjoys going out for meals, listening to reggae music, riding motorcycles, playing football and fishing.