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Distag Tullow Team

Our Tullow 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……

Joe Deacon

Joe Deacon

Managing Director

Joe completed his apprenticeship with the ESB, as a maintenance fitter in 1985, and having spent 18 months in sales and 18 months in Bearing & Agri spares retail, he founded the business in 1988, at the age of 23. Having started with just one employee, he has experienced virtually every task in the company over the past 28 years. Joe’s principle areas of responsibility include Supplier development, Stock control, Systems, and Developing new products. Using his engineering background, and vast knowledge of our supplier’s capabilities from around the world, Joe works closely with many of our major OEM customers to provide the optimal solution for their component sourcing. Outside of his busy travel schedule, Joe is a keen rugby & GAA fan, especially watching his son play for Tullow & Myshall under age teams. Joe also likes to chill out on the family Farm at the weekends. (the golfing was more stressful)

Contact Me
jdeacon@distag.com

Sheila Deacon

Sheila Deacon

Director & Company Secretary

Sheila joined the business in 1992, after her marriage to Joe. Having given up her career as a qualified nurse, she joined the business to work in the office, and support Joe while he travelled to generate sales and develop suppliers Sheila got involved in every aspect of the business, including picking & packing in the early days, and purchasing for the Irish company. However she quickly developed an understanding of the accounts, and has been at the core of the financial management of the business since 1992. When she gets home from Distag, Sheila has a busy time looking after the house, Joe, and their 3 children.

Contact Me
sdeacon@distag.com

Mick Tobin

Mick Tobin

Business Development Manager

In February 2007, Mick commenced his employment with Distag as a Business Development Manager. Mick has a wealth of experiencen having worked in the Farming, Printing and Forestry industries, he also has an honour from the Irish Management Institute in Sales and Marketing Management. His hobbies include following his County Kildare football team, having spent many years as part of their county setup, he is also a keen gardener.

Contact Me
mtobin@distag.com

Bart Murphy

Bart Murphy

Product Control, Development & Support

Introducing Bart Murphy, Bart is based at our office in Tullow and is responsible for Product Control, Development & Support. Bart joined us in July 2000, with years of experience in Purchasing, Stock Control, Technical drawing, Mechanical Engineering and Production roles. Bart is responsible for the supply and quality of the OEM and trailer parts range of Distag QCS products, in addition Bart also liaises with customers for the development and supply of new products. Bart is an avid Manchester United FC supporter and is Club Secretary of his local supporters club. He has recently taken up fitness and running and is cuurently in preparation for his first half marathon. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and living life to the full!

Contact Me
bmurphy@distag.com

Neil Burgess

Neil Burgess

Purchasing Manager

Neil recently joined the Distag team in September 2015 as Purchasing Manager. Having completed his third level studies in Mechanical Engineering, it enables Neil to have an idea fit for the Distag product offering and service. Neil has a very cultured background, having spent many years residing in Australia, while also experiencing many of the worlds continents and countries of his travels. He is a member of Tullow Rugby Football Club and most Sundays he can be found in the Tullow Black Gates Complex or the opposition arena, playing for his club colours. He is also a follower of music with his attendance at the many concerts across Ireland and the world noteworthy.

Contact Me
nburgess@distag.com

Will Canavan

Will Canavan

Procurement and Purchasing Officer

Will joined the Distag QCS team in July 2016 as a Procurement and Purchasing Officer. Will has an extensive education background, including an Honours Degree in Management Practice, an Honours Degree in Exercise/Health Fitness and a Degree in Sport/Exercise. Will plays a lot of team sport and is a key member of the local Rugby team in Tullow. He also plays GAA and Golf. To complement his sporting interest, Will successfully runs his own boot-camp in his spare team.

Contact Me
wcanavan@distag.com

Colin French

Colin French

Sales Engineer

Colin joined Distag QCS in July 2016 as a Sales Engineer. After completing the reputable Manufacturing Engineering and Business course at Dublin City University, his keen interest in Engineering led him to a career within this industry and he has gained diverse experience across the industry to date. In his spare time, Colin enjoys playing rugby for his home club in Gorey RFC, he enjoys a good TV series and spending time with his friends and family.

Contact Me
cfrench@distag.com

Katrina Byrne

Katrina Byrne

Credit Controller/Internal Sales

Katrina originally joined the Distag team in June 1997 as an Internal Customer Services Assistant and she is one of our longest serving employees. Performing with excellence, the role of Customer Services, Katrina went on to further her responsibilities by taking on the role of Credit Controller. Katrina spent many years in Australia, working as a clerical officer for the department of planning and she has a third level education in secretarial and E.C.D.L. In her spare time, Katrina can be found on her local Kiltegan GAA field, supporting her children in their sporting careers. She also enjoys walking for exercise and reading.

Contact Me
kbyrne@distag.com

Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan

Internal Sales

Kathleen originally joined Distag in April 2002 as a Sales Representative and since this time she has continued to develop her role, taking on many of the duties within the office. Kathleen has been accredited from the City and Guilds Institute for Book Keeping & Accounting, while also aquiring a valuable ECDL programme credit. The majority of Kathleen's time outside of work, is taken up by her children, Siofra and Ben, supporting them with their education and the many different sports which they take part in! Kathleen also likes to keep fit by walking and attendi

Contact Me
kwalsh@distag.com

Wayne Commerford

Wayne Commerford

Trailer Parts Technician

Wayne joined Distag in June 2013 having completed his third level education in Agricultural Engineering with design and manufacturing. In line with his education and skill set, Wayne is the Trailer Parts Technician for the Distag QCS group, which is proving to be a vital and very successful role within the Company. As part of his role, Wayne supports the sales staff and customers with any technical queries that they may have. Wayne is 'Mr Sport' in the Tullow office, he completes a gym session every morning prior to starting work. He Playing as the goal keeping on the Gaa and Soccer front for this hometown of Stradbally in County Laois, Wayne has saved the day many a time, leading to much team success. Hailing from the era where everyone supported Manchester United, Wayne has followed suit!

Contact Me
wcomerford@distag.com

James Whelan

James Whelan

Warehouse Manager

James joined Distag in June 2005 as a Warehouse Manager becoming an integral part of the service Distag provide. He manages the day to day running of the store, which includes the management of the warehouse staff. In his spare time, James can be found following his sons on the GAA fields of Ireland. His following his beloved Bagenalstown makes for some light entertainment amoung fellow work colleagues and customers from rival clubs across Carlow.

Contact Me
jwhelan@distag.com

David Lyons

David Lyons

Warehouse Assistant

David joined the Distag team in 2012. As a key member of the Warehouse Team, David performs his duties to the highest of standards and many see him as the 'go-to' character for help with an urgent task. David has accredited his name to a P.L.L Technology credit, while also acquiring the E.C.D.L credential. In his time away from Distag, David can be found on the mountains and treks of Ireland, hiking and cycling. He also follows sport with a keen interest, with an eye always on the horse racing circuits! David is based at our Tullow office.

Tomasz Romanowicz

Tomasz Romanowicz

Warehouse Assistant & Welder

Tomasz joined the Distag team in May 2005. Tomasz was initially employed as a storeman, but we have since utilised his skills as a quality welder, which has become a big part of his role. Outside of work, Tomasz loves to travel and has travelled all over Europe. Tomasz also enjoys fishing and cycling in his spare time.

James Kennedy

James Kennedy

Warehouse Assistant

Jim joined the Distag team in May 2014 as a storeman. He has since taken on further responsibilities, which include looking after the picking and packing of orders for the Flexequip & Flexepulse product offering. Jim has aquired the role of staff joker, and a conversation with Jim is always sure to lift the mood! In his spare time, Jim has a keen interest in rallying and he enjoys the occasional night out on the town!