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Our People

Witherley are a team of highly experienced professionals. We’d like to introduce ourselves:

Meet the team

John Cockerill

John Cockerill

Director

Starting with Witherley in 1996 as a Business Manager, John now heads up Witherley Services as Director.

A father to three grown up children, John enjoys spending time as a family taking in music concerts, holidays and outdoor pursuits such as mountain climbing and hiking. He completed the Three Peaks challenge in 2018 and in the summer of 2019 he scaled Mont Blanc.

Amanda Hackett

Amanda Hackett

Sales Office Manager

Amanda started her time at Witherley as an Internal Sales Representative, pricing and looking after the Banbury, Northamptonshire & Peterborough area and became the Sales Office Manager in April 2018. She is responsible for the wider internal sales team on a day-to-day basis. Amanda is a huge motorsport fan and loves nothing more than taking the pilgrimage to the Le Mans 24 hour race in France every year.

Chris Wootton

Chris Wootton

External Business Manager Leicestershire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire

Chris has superb experience within the industry having cut his teeth from the bottom and worked his way up. He is always happy to help and is a fantastic problem solver; he doesn’t do the word ‘no!’

During his free time, Chris can be found either relaxing at home with his family, or, on a golf course.

Tom Virtue

Tom Virtue

Internal Sales Representative

Tom started his career in Witherley as a Customer Service Coordinator and then moved to our transport and logistics team as a Transport Planner before quickly being promoted to Senior Delivery Coordinator before taking the plunge in to the sales department at the beginning of the year. Tom is now responsible for the Leicestershire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire area with External Business Manager Chris Wootton.

He thoroughly enjoys playing football weekly with his Northampton side.

Chloe Essam

Chloe Essam

External Business Manager East Anglia

Chloe is another Witherley success! After starting in our customer services team, she was then promoted to an Internal Sales Representative before then furthering her development by moving in to our wider Aggregate Industries business as a Customer Relations Coordinator for Special Projects. However, the lure of aggregate merchanting proved too appealing and she returned to us in June 2018.

In her spare time, Chloe is another Witherley fitness fanatic who regularly runs 10K, often for charities such as Cancer Research UK.

Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell

External Business Manager West Midlands & Staffordshire

Luke started at Witherley as an Internal Business Representative for the Leicestershire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire areas and after demonstrating a very quick ability to learn and eagerness to succeed was promoted to the External role at the beginning of 2019.

Luke is a Leicester lad born and raised and as such is a die hard Leicester City Football fan. He also plays cricket for his local team as well as having played as an overseas player for an Australian team in Albury.

Georgia Eade

Georgia Eade

Internal Sales Representative

Georgia is responsible for the East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and West Midlands areas and provides the internal support to two of our External Business Managers, Chloe Essam (East Anglia & Cambridgeshire) and Luke Mitchell (West Midlands). After recently gaining her Level 4 Business Administration qualification she set her sights on moving from our customer services team to the sales department for a new challenge.

Georgia is passionate about travel; having visited South Africa, Austria, Budapest and Crete… and these are just the holidays taken for 2019!

Lee Allen

Lee Allen

External Business Manager Warwickshire, Coventry & Daventry

Lee is responsible for the Warwickshire area of our business. He started his career in aggregates way back in 1987 and following his time working in both a quarry and a competitor, made the decision to move to with Witherley back in December 2003.

He has been a source of entertainment and knowledge to colleagues and customers alike ever since.

Sian Powell

Sian Powell 

Senior Internal Sales Representative

Sian is responsible for the Warwickshire area alongside her External Business Manager, Lee Allen.

She is a fitness fanatic and keen boxer with a mean right hook! When not in the gym, you will find Sian walking her three puppies, Stephen, Gary & Kevin.

Kerrian Neal

Kerrian Neal

External Business Manager Northamptonshire & Peterborough

Kerrian has worked in many roles within Witherley since her starting with us in 1998, from Internal Sales Representative to Sales Office Manager, before becoming the External Business Manager for Northants and Peterborough in 2017. Consequently, she has a great understanding of our customers and suppliers and is always happy to help where she can.

A busy mum to two sons and two chocolate labradors means that her weekends and down-time are spent outdoors taking in her local lakeside views on long dog walks with the family.

Andrew Nunn

Andrew Nunn

Internal Sales Representative

Andrew looks after the Northamptonshire & Peterborough area alongside External Business Manager, Kerrian Neal. He is the newest sales recruit after starting in with us in June 2019, but this hasn’t stopped him taking the bull by the horns and
Andrew is an avid snowboarder and frequents Canada each year to get his extreme sport fix!

Terry Ashton

Terry Ashton

Business Manager, Buckingham Aggregates

Terry heads up our Leighton Buzzard office in conjunction with Phil Egan. They are responsible for Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire areas.

Terry has enjoyed a long and successful career within the Buckingham Aggregates/Witherley family, after starting the company in 1983.

When not busy beavering away for the company, Terry enjoys fine dining and has also been known to work as a volunteer within his community, supporting the elderly.

Phil Egan

Phil Egan 

Business Manager, Buckingham Aggregates

Also responsible for the operations in our Bucks, Beds, Oxon and Herts areas with Terry Ashton, Phil brings great experience to the business having previously worked in the industry for a number of years.

Another family man with two sons, when not at work, Phil can be found ferrying his boys around to their football commitments. The youngest plays in the Pre-Academy for both Tottenham and Leicester while the eldest attends Luton F.C. School of Excellence and has an upcoming trial for Milton Keynes Dons F.C.

Sean Black

Sean Black

Sales Coordinator, Buckingham Aggregates

Sean started with the business in 1987. He is responsible for assisting Terry & Phil in the pricing of materials as well as assisting with operational support to Claire.

In his free time, Sean is our resident rock star; he enjoys gigging with his band playing lead guitar.

Claire Carter

Claire Carter

Sales Administrator, Buckingham Aggregates

Claire is responsible for all the administration within the Leighton Buzzard office. She is the anchor that keeps the office in check and is the systems expert for the business after starting with the ‘Bucks Aggs’ back in 1991!

Busy mum to a 7 year old daughter, Claire is used to being on her feet constantly. So much so, that she is enrolled to complete her next half marathon in December 2019; her third within the last 18 months.

Becky Wykes

Becky Wykes

Customer Services Supervisor

After starting as a Customer Service Coordinator in December 2016, Becky was promoted to the Senior Coordinator role after completing a highly successful secondment to the Manager’s position to cover maternity leave. As well as her second-to-none customer liaison, Becky is also responsible for improvements to the order taking process and is working towards an entirely paperless department.

Becky and her chef partner are proper foodies and enjoy dining out as well as cooking for family & friends when not working

Kim Chamberlain

Kim Chamberlain

Customer Service Coordinator

Kim started with us in early 2019 as a temp and we were able to take her on permanently as of September. In conjunction with her customer service duties, Kim also is a member of our Health & Safety Committee.

Being a talented musician and singer, Kim is a Musical Director for two local theatre groups, and is also a rather brilliant performer herself!

Chris Walton

Chris Walton

Transport Manager

Chris started in our transport team in January 2003 as a planner and has been pivotal in how this department has grown and succeeded for Witherley Services.

A father to three young boys, his spare time is spent with his family. This could be at the new Tottenham Hotspur home ground (Chris is a Spurs fanatic!), watching a home game or taking his boys to their own football training. And just in case he wasn’t busy enough, he also enjoys refereeing for local sides.

Jake Waterman

Jake Waterman

Delivery Team Leader

Promoted in Summer of 2019 to lead our delivery planners and assist Chris Walton, Transport Manager, with the day to day operational activity of the transport team, Jake also plans our artic lorry deliveries.

After becoming a father for the first time to a baby girl in October 2018, Jake enjoys spending time with his family or getting out and enjoying a game of football with his local team.

Lee Hodsdon

Lee Hodsdon

Senior Delivery Planner

Responsible for planning our Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire & East Anglia deliveries. Lee started with us in April 2016 as an apprentice for the Delivery Team. After gaining his Level 3 Traffic Office apprenticeship he was tasked with the same day and next day planning for his area and has been running it ever since.

Ellis Rayson

Ellis Rayson

Delivery Planner

Ellis is responsible for planning our next day deliveries in to our Warwickshire, Birmingham, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire sites. After spending time in his previous employment recruiting for drivers, Ellis decided he wanted to try his hand at logistics and planning their work.

Daniel Hinde

Daniel Hinde

Delivery Planner

Daniel is responsible for planning deliveries in the very busy Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire & Hertfordshire areas. He started with Witherley in August 2018 having previously worked in a similar role within the industry.

Daniel is a home-body and family man and loves nothing more than being at home with his son and wife in his picturesque countryside cottage.

Jonathan Bull

Jonathan Bull

Logistics Compliance & Major Projects Coordinator

Another apprenticeship success story! Starting in late 2015 as one of our delivery planners while studying his Level 3 Traffic Office apprentice qualification. Jonathan primarily focuses his attention on ensuring our franchised hauliers, their drivers and vehicles are compliant with all relevant legal requirements and accreditations.

In his free time, Jonathan is a keen archer, having represented Great Britain in multiple World & European Championships and has quite the medal haul from them. He also enjoys unwinding as an avid gamer with a particular penchant for the classics such as the Tomb Raider franchise.

Tiff Scriven

Tiff Scriven

Logistics Administrator

Responsible for dealing with same day deliveries and working in partnership with Ellis covering our sites in Warwickshire, Birmingham, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, Tiff is the newest recruit to the Witherley Transport Department having started in March 2019 following a relocation to the Kettering area. She is currently studying her Level 3 Traffic Office apprenticeship.
During her free time Tiff enjoys playing cricket for a local team and visiting her family back home.

Karen Barnes

Karen Barnes

Administration Manager

Karen oversees our entire administration function from our Nuneaton office and is responsible for, among other things; paying our suppliers, paying our hauliers, invoicing our customers and also heads up our Health & Safety Committee. She joined us in August 2000 as an administrator and was promoted to Manager in 2006.

Sarah Harding

Sarah Hardy 

Senior Administrator

Sarah is our senior administrator and deputises for Karen when she out of the office and has been with Witherley since 2005.

She is particularly fond of caravanning in the UK, but also really enjoys hitting the slopes of Europe for her annual skiing holiday

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Sue Healey

Administrator

PIC MISSING Sue started with the business as a temp in 2005 and after proving her keen eye for detail was taken on as a permanent member of the administration team.

In her free time Sue and her husband enjoy travelling and more recently, long countryside walks with their newly adopted rescue dog.

Deb Hogan

Deb Hogan

Administrator

Deb started in our admin team in the Summer of 2012 and also assists with the sales and purchase ledger functions for the business.

She is a self confessed ‘tourist’ and loves visiting our national heritage sites and parks at the weekend when not all cosy at home with her four Maine Coon cats.

Liz Baskett

Liz Baskett

Administrator

Liz has been with us as one of our administrators since 2008 and has been nothing but efficient in her role since!

When not raising our invoices to customers, Liz enjoys taking in live music with her family, including her two gorgeous grandsons.