Meet the Team

Our Team – Who are we?

Over the years Distag QCS has evolved into an enthusiastic team of dedicated people in our three locations throughout the UK & Ireland. Below you will find a picture of each team member, where they are based, what they do and who would be the best person for you to contact.

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Joe Deacon

Managing Director

Managing Director at Distag QCS since 1988

Sheila Deacon

Director & Company Secretary

Financial Manager of Distag QCS since 1992

Neil Burgess

Operations Manager

Operations manager for all departments in DistagQCS Tullow

Cathal Deacon

Business Development Manager

Developing projects alongside our customers

Bart Murphy

Product Control, Development & Support

Supply and quality of the OEM and Trailer Parts range

Louis Kilcoyne

Internal Sales Manager

Internal sales manager for Trailer & PowerDrive components

Kathleen Nolan

Sales Administration

The welcoming voice of Distag QCS Tullow

Katrina Byrne

Credit Controller & Internal Sales

Customer service and credit controller

John Culliton

Technical Sales

Liaise with customers via phone and email

Rita Ryan

Supply Chain Manager

Overseeing and managing the company’s overall supply chain

Suresh Nalluri

Supply Chain & Purchasing Coordinator

Processing orders, monitoring, planning, expediting & controlling

Marius Poncos

Internal Sales Administrator

Key account managing and inter-company administration

Gavin Ruschitzko

Sales Administrator

Take care of certain companies orders and queries through phone and email.

Joanne Murphy

Accounts Assistant

Helping our accounting department run smoothly

James Dalton

Quality Manager

Quality support manager for all departments in DistagQCS Tullow

Rares-Andrei

Marketing Manager

Taking care of our digital presence, website & IT.

Andy Butler

Delivery Driver

Ensuring items are complete and safely delivered to our clients

Pauric Cummins

Warehouse Operative

TEREX and TANCO

Alan Foley

Metal Fabricator

Assembly of bespoke axles and suspensions

Tomasz Romanowicz

Warehouse Assistant, Welding, Painting & Assemblies

Distag QCS welding, painting and assembly

James Murphy

Warehouse Operative

Managing the goods inwards process for incoming stock

Sean Byrne

Assembly Technician & Maintenance

Part of our assembly & quality department

Raul Mendes

Warehouse Operative

Preparing and completing belts and bearings orders

Darryn Parker

Warehouse Operative

Preparing and completing belts and bearings orders

Stewart Booth

Director

Jointly responsible for the day-to-day running of the company, and for mentoring the management team

Rebecca Booth

Operations Manager

Oversee all operational and business functions at Ipswich and support to the other locations in the Distag QCS Group

Nigel Rose

Group Product Line Manager – Open Drives

Oversee all aspects of policy, sales, procurement, marketing, and stock management for our open drives products, across all three locations.

Vicky Sutherland

OEM Operations Manager

Responsible for management of the Ipswich OEM department.

Catherine Hilder

Procurement Manager

Strategic management of the procurement function.

Matthew Godbold

Group IT Manager

I manage the IT and full network infrastructure, cloud communications & telephony across the whole Distag QCS group. In a nutshell the technology engine under the hood.

Mohana Clancy

Finance Manager

Responsible for providing financial guidance and support to the Distag QCS team.

Jon Hilder

Warehouse Manager

Responsible for managing the day to day running of our busy Ipswich warehouse.

Steve Medcroft

Business Development Manager – OEM

Developing new business with our current OEM customers

Clinton Allan

Group Product Line Manager – Hydraulics

Oversee all aspects of policy, sales, procurement, marketing, and stock management for our hydraulics products, across all three locations.

Tanya Booth

Key Account Manager – Aftermarket

Responsible for specialist distribution and export accounts. Supervision and support to the UK Aftermarket team.

Nicola Althorpe

Internal Account Manager

All aspects of account management for existing and potential customers.

Stuart Nicholls

Internal Account Manager

Dealing with the day-to-day customer enquiries and orders within the Aftermarket Sales Team and Marketing support.

Michelle Denison

Internal Sales Administrator

Dealing with all customer enquiries and orders within the UK Aftermarket Sales Team.

Stephanie Roebuck

UK OEM Sales Coordinator

Process customer orders and manage customer schedules and forecasts.

Benjamin Whiting

Internal Sales Administrator

Responsible for day-to-day customer enquiries, orders and all administration within the UK Aftermarket sales team.

Rowan Hogarty

Internal Sales Administrator

Handle the administration side for our customer accounts

Adam Page

Procurement Specialist

Responsible for hydraulic hose & fittings purchasing activities. Company management of ISO 9001 certification at Ipswich. 

Aaron Morley

Procurement Specialist

Responsible for all aspects for managing PowerDrive stock and dealing with day-to-day enquiries.

Samantha Alcock

Credit Control Manager

Responsible for all aspects of credit control.

Sara Clow

Finance Assistant

Assisting with all aspects within the Finance department

Colin Cleaver

Hose Assembly Production Operative

Hydraulic hose assembly & kitting. 

Jaromir Adamczyk

OEM Technical Assistant

Providing support for the Technical Manager, Account Manager & Warehouse Manager

Jack Sparkes

Warehouse Bench Supervisor

Picking, packing goods & supervising others around me

Matthew Norrington

Warehouse Supervisor

Responsible for assisting the Warehouse Manager with all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Warehouse. 

Lee Sneath

Warehouse Assistant

Responsible for the cutting of all timing and poly-v belt orders.

Marian Roman

Warehouse Assistant

Assisting with all aspects within the Warehouse department

David Cobbold

Warehouse Assistant

Responsible for the picking and packing of some of our larger OEM account orders and general warehouse duties.

Connor Rowe

Warehouse Assistant

Responsible for picking and packing of specialist distribution orders and general warehouse duties. 

Malachi Hearne

Warehouse Apprentice

Responsible for picking and packing of hydraulic hose and fittings orders. 

Stuart Pearson

Hose Assembly Production Operative

Assisting with all aspects within the Hydraulic Workshop.

Wilson

Good Boy & Head of Security

Protecting the Team & Vetting Couriers

Gareth Bigger

Business Development Manager

Focus on growing and developing business with existing customers

Julie McKenna

Branch Manager

Ensure office is running smoothly & efficiently on a day-to-day basis

Paul McCann

Business Development Manager

Focus on growing business and extending the reach of our products and increasing revenue

Gary Coates

Warehouse Operative

Receiving, storing and despatching hydraulic fittings

Brian Hourihane

Product Line Manager

Manage the growth and development of Distag’s bespoke product category

Siobhan McKibbin

Internal Account Manager

Process orders for hydraulics, steel pipes & trailer parts

Alison Symington

Internal Account Manager

Responsible for hydraulics all-Ireland

Paddy McEnhill

Business Development Manager

Hydraulic steel tube manipulation Manager

Claire McConville

Internal Sales Administrator

Taking calls, placing order & office tasks

Philip McKenna

Internal Sales

Processing orders, pricing kits & fittings

Alexander Gonchar

Hydraulic Product Specialist

Supporting the sales team in all issues and enquiries related to hydraulics

Sean O'Hagan

Technical Sales Engineer

Involved in developing new products, providing technical assistance and advice to customers.

Martin Gemmell

Steel Production Manager

Our Pipe bending specialist

Mark Hughes

Procurement Specialist

Distag QCS Dungannon’s purchasing specialist

Matej Hrin

Hose Assembly Line Leader

Organise hose line for smooth running production

Marcos Souza

Warehouse Operative

Keeping the distribution depots operating at full potential

Jake Quinn

Warehouse Operative

Between pipes and trailer parts

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)

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.

In her spere time, Sheila enjoys going to rugby & GAA matches, and also enjoys walking & reading.

Neil Burgess

Operations Manager

As Operations manager, Neil ensures all operations within Distag are completed to a high-standard while ensuring the processes and tasks are overseen with quality control, labour, safety measures, and productivity in mind.

Neil enjoys taking time to enjoy his second job, and spending time teaching his 6 month old son way of life on the farm! When it comes to down time, as a former prop for his team Tullow RFC, he can be found frequently on the side-lines and at international rugby matches also.

Cathal Deacon

Business Development Manager

Cathal role can vary a lot, but typically Cathal is involved in developing new projects alongside our various customers and supplier base. Involved in managing customers’ orders and ensuring all customers receive their orders on time and are kept informed of orders. 

Cathal has a keen interest in all types of agriculture from helping on the family farm with livestock to looking at various machines and how they operate. Cathal loves both watching and playing sports, currently playing a small bit for his local GAA club while also following some local rugby teams. Alongside, he enjoys socialising, travelling and getting outdoors at the weekends.

Bart Murphy

Product Control, Development & Support

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 supporter and is Club Secretary of his local supporter’s club. Fitness, running and triathlon is another passion of Barts and he has taken part in many marathons around the world. He has also completed in multiple triathlons up to and including Half Ironman distance and is currently training for a Full Ironman triathlon in 2022. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and living life to the full!

Louis Kilcoyne

Internal Sales Manager

Louis looks after several OEM accounts, providing support for Trailer and Powerdrive components, and supporting the sales and purchasing teams by monitoring product movement. He is in constant communication with our warehouse manager to ensure the smooth and efficient running of daily operations.

Louis also schedules suspension fabrication and is also our First Aid responder.

Louis loves to play and support rugby & football for both Tullow RFC and Grange GFC. And with a young family Louis is kept very busy.

Kathleen Walsh

Sales Administration

Kathleen is usually the first voice you hear at Distag QCS Tullow – Answering queries, checking stock levels and forwarding incoming phone calls. Kathleen will process your orders, carry out customer service follow-up calls, process web-orders and fulfil daily invoicing.

Spending time with family is top of Kathleen’s list and with two busy children to follow, fitting in some walking, reading and socialising sometimes can be difficult.

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.

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.

John Culliton

Technical Sales

John takes care of the technical sales at DistagQCS, he is responsible for handling customer queries and responding to them via phone or email, as well as processes company sales orders.

He’s an athlete and loves to be out in the fresh air.

He’s an active person who loves all types of outdoors sports activities. His main passions are cycling, swimming and running — which he does almost daily!

Rita Ryan

Supply Chain Manager

As Supply Chain Manager for Distag QCS Rita is responsible for overseeing and managing the company’s overall supply chain in order to maximise the process efficiency and productivity. Developing and maintaining good relationships with vendors, liaising with sales managers and warehouse managers are a consistent part of Ritas’ day.

We’re not sure downtime is Ritas’ thing considering she loves MMA, Muay Thai, boxing & Jiu Jitsu, and can be frequently seen in the ring. When she is taking some time to relax, she enjoys music, travelling, technology and being outdoors.

Suresh Nalluri

Supply Chain & Purchasing Coordinator

Suresh is the Supply Chain & Purchasing Coordinator at Distag QCS Tullow. He helps managing the company’s stock levels by running bi-weekly and monthly stock movement reports, placing and monitoring orders with global suppliers, negotiating on pricing and delivery with global suppliers and liaising with couriers and shipping companies.

Suresh is a very active person. He likes to play all sorts of sports activities, especially cricket.

Marius Poncos

Internal Sales Administrator

Marius is taking care of all the needs of few very important customers in an efficient, professional and timely manner. He works closely with the warehouse team and does manual stock checks and client site visits are just few of his responsibilities.

He also works closely with the in-house engineering department and local suppliers to have our customers needs meets even when stock levels are low.

When Marius isn’t busy with work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also has a pet dog named Luna. He likes to go fishing, cycling, or just working on one of the numerous DIY projects that he’s constantly undertaking.

Gavin Ruschitzko

Sales Administrator

At Distag, Gavin takes different companies orders through phone and email, he’s always on hand to answer any questions they might have about our products.

When customers call or email him, Gavin is always ready to lend a hand. He listens carefully, asks thoughtful questions, and helps them find the answers they’re looking for.

Gavin is a very active person, loves hitting the gym everyday after work and train muay thai.

Joanne Murphy

Accounts Assistant

Joanne is responsible for the receipt of goods and input onto the Distag system, reconciliation of invoices to delivery notes, statements and bank reconciliations. Joanne is also Distag QCS ISO administrator and responsible for ISO internal audits, also our COVID officer.

Reading and music are what Joanne enjoys in her free time.

James Dalton

Quality Manager

James provides quality support to all departments, manages customer complaints, investigates and resolves product issues. Implementing and maintaining quality management systems.

He can be found looking after a squad of alpacas, that is when he is not off travelling to music festivals. With a keen interest in travel and all sports, you may see him frequently in the UK following the NFL.

Rares-Andrei

Marketing Manager

Andrei came to Distag QCS Tullow as a warehouse operative, his talent for IT, Web & Marketing quickly became apparent and Andrei now maintains and develops Distag website and keeps the company online presence active.

Originally coming from Spain, Andrei was more of an outdoor person, but moving to Ireland in autumn has changed his lifestyle quite a lot, and he now enjoys being at home working on side projects of his own, designing and running his own e-commerce store. We are hoping Andrei will get to enjoy some outdoors once the Irish summer kicks in!

Andy Butler

Delivery Driver

Working as part of the delivery team Andy ensures items are complete, packed correctly, and safely delivered to our clients. With daily assigned routes within Ireland, Northern Ireland & on occasions the UK Andy is surely the face our customers see most.

While Andy has a keen interest in all sports his real love in life is worldwide trekking and hillwalking. Covering miles in an HGV weekly, Andy has also covered many miles in many idyllic trekking trails including Everest base camp, Machu Picchu & Nepal!

Pauric Cummins

Warehouse Operator

Pauric works closely with TEREX and TANCO role in DistagQCS as Warehouse operator, picking and packing all orders. Maintaining the warehouse keeping it running smoothly.

Pauric loves cars, mainly older cars. In his spare time he enjoys weight lifting, carpentry and being creative. He’s also a lover of stargazing and has spent many nights enjoying a clear sky.

Alan Foley

Metal Fabricator

Alan’s main role in DistagQCS is the fabrication and assembly of bespoke axles and suspensions and repair work. He is also responsible for our welding work and general duties.

As an All-Ireland boxer Alan now enjoys coaching boxing and if not in the ring can be found with his feet up fishing on the lake. Socialising and travelling another of Alans joys, sightseeing and ticking things off his bucket-list.

Tomasz Romanowicz

Warehouse Assistant, Welding, Painting & Assemblies

Tomasz, initially employed as a storeman, has since become our quality welder, with responsibility for all DistagQCS painting and assembly tasks.

Outside of work Tomasz is a Playstation and PC whiz, who also enjoys fishing and long cycles.

James Murphy

Warehouse Assistant

As DistagQCS warehouse operative James’ duties include unloading containers and trailers as well as checking the deliveries for quality issues and reporting that to quality & purchasing department.

He also trains and assists new team members on Tullow Warehouse branch & assists on organising stock and replenishing the shelves.

James enjoys concerts and gigs, listening to music and playing guitar in his free time, with a little Formula One thrown in. 

Sean Byrne

Assembly Technician & Maintenance

Sean’s role varies a lot here in Distag, he often works alongside our assembly team in assembling bespoke customer assemblies. Alongside this Sean helps in the quality department when required doing inspections and also some electrical wiring for bespoke lighting kit requirements.

In his free time Sean enjoys sheepdog training, part-time farming and breeding Texel sheep.

Raul Mendes

Warehouse Assistant

As a Distag QCS warehouse assistant Rauls’ duties include preparing and completing warehouse orders for mainly our belts and bearings departments receiving and processing orders. Raul is also the Distag QCS drone pilot.

In his free time Raul enjoys cycling, playing guitar, music and carpentry.

Darryn Parker

Warehouse Operative

Darryn is our warehouse operative. He gets the dockets and fulfils orders, stocks shelves, and moves stock—and he also drives the forklift to fill all our customers’ orders on a fast and professional way.

Darryn is a family man. He loves spending time with his wife and kids, as well as fishing. He is a fan of all forms of fishing and enjoys it on the weekends.

He also enjoys watching movies and series in his spare time, and he’s a big supporter of Manchester United.

Stewart Booth

Director

Whilst still very much keeping a ‘hand on the tiller’, my role is evolving as I adapt to the inevitably advancing years! 

As I mentor our exciting young team and coach them into newly elevated roles, I look forward to the enviable prospect of finding time for more value-added, and sales-focused, projects…and, hopefully, a little more time for life outside the office.

An avid musician – although rarely performing these days, it’s still a big part of my life. Still a long-suffering Spurs season-ticket holder – some people never learn. 

My wife Bel and I, love to travel, and when at home we have a passion for food and wine. We both love to cook and entertain our children, grandchildren, and our amazing friends keep us very busy…

Rebecca Booth

Operations Manager

I initially started working for Distag part-time in 2006, while at university, focusing mainly on sales. After graduating with a degree in Law, I took up the full-time role of Commercial Manager in 2011.
I have looked after various aspects of the business at Ipswich over the years, including being responsible for HR & Marketing, managing the internal sales teams and commercial contracts, and I have recently taken on the role of Operations Manager.
My main focus going forward will be the overall management of all operations and business functions at the Ipswich location, supporting the teams to ensure that we are doing everything we can to provide the best possible service to our customers.

I love to travel and try to get away as much as possible. I enjoy eating out, cooking and entertaining at home with family and friends. I also run and go to the gym regularly…usually before work in the mornings, it’s the best way to start the day!

Nigel Rose

Group Product Line Manager – Open Drives

Nigel oversees all aspects of policy, sales, procurement, marketing, and stock management for our open drives products, across all three locations. His role is to provide the internal expertise to drive, grow, and develop this product category.  Although based in Ipswich, the Product Managers spend time in the other Distag locations, and in support visits to customers and suppliers globally.

My main relaxation away from work is keeping tropical fish, I concentrate on a shoal of Heckel Discus, Parrot and Blue Brown Discus – not easy as Discus are one of the hardest tropical fish to keep, and also have 2 Tiger Pleco’s in my aquarium, so most of my spare time is looking after these.
I am also a keen walker and wildlife photographer, enjoy good food & drink, especially the food cooked by my wife Teresa (the drink poured by anyone) and more recently I have become a devoted granddad to my first grandchild Elsie Mae.

Vicky Sutherland

OEM Operations Manager

Having been with the company for a number of years, I have gained experience in account management for most of the customer bases, from Export, Aftermarket sales, and OEM. Involved in liaising with the purchasing team and suppliers to expedite orders where needed, managing customer schedules to ensure they arrive with our customers in time for their planned production. Developing my client base to help grow their business with us through new and existing products. Offering support and guidance for other members of staff both within my team, and throughout the company. I have completed NVQ’s in both Customer service, and Engineering technical support.

Whilst having 2 young boys occupies the majority of my spare time, when the opportunity arises I enjoy reading, painting and DIY. I can often be found in the summer months pottering around the garden.

Catherine Hilder

Procurement Manager

Working closely with team members, liaising with suppliers and internal customers to ensure continuity of supply to meet demand. Management of logistics to our Ipswich location via daily communication with our agents. Identifying key spend within Distag QCS and ways of adding value through procurement processes. This is achieved through continuous analysis of company needs and existing spend, determining strategic objectives and implemented through supplier review, selection and negotiations. Keeping up to date with ever changing global conditions, identifying and managing supply chain risks, opportunities and challenges as they arise.

Outside of work I thoroughly enjoy trail and road running. Although still very much a novice, I like to challenge myself at OCR classes and races (Whole Hog, Tough Mudder and Nuclear Races to name a few).I am a keen reader, I strive to step out of my comfort zone and become more adventurous with my reading choices. Suggestions are always welcome! I am always up for trying a new craft. From cross stitching and card making to block printing and pottery throwing. Although my favourite pastime is enjoying days out and dog walks with my family, sitting in a pub garden with a craft beer or two.

Matthew Godbold

Group IT Manager

I manage and support the entire group in all aspects in IT support, maintenance and troubleshooting of the computers/servers, software cloud communications, Web infrastructure and in-house business systems. When I am not supporting, I am off headlong into IT projects.
I analyse, formalize, and maintain and design of our network functionality, along with consistently updating and exploring new adventures in IT….I try to push boundaries in future proofing DistagQCS in the latest technology growth and development in technology. I assist the Management Team and Directors with any other tasks that might arise from time to time. As and when required, I deliver IT related in-house training for other team members.

When not a techie at work I enjoy relaxing at home and spending time with my family. I am a crazy Southampton Football fan who must deal with the heartache with weekly results and course the banter that comes from it… I love my music and have multiple favourite bands, music has always been a great way for me to unwind and relax, whether it to be listening to or writing music. I enjoy a great pub night out with my friends too but hate the next day after. I love a good film and a thrilling TV series, I love analysing the plots with my fiancé Tracey, who normally tells me to shut up and just watch it!!!

Mohana Clancy

Financial Manager

Analysing day to day financial activities. Assisting in the preparation of budgets & Forecasts.
Providing financial reports on a monthly basis. Liasing with auditors, banks & HMRC.
Overseeing operations of the Finance Department and setting objectives for the team.

I am a keen metal detectorist, and I also enjoy travelling and reading in my spare time.

Jon Hilder

Warehouse Manager

Jon’s main role is to manage the day to day running of all aspects of the Warehouse at Ipswich. He coordinates and monitors the receipt, assembly and despatch of goods and organises the team to utilise space and ensure mechanical handling equipment is used efficiently.
He also works to ensure quality, budgetary targets and environmental objectives are met. In addition to this Jon is also responsible for managing the facility at Ipswich, including building maintenance and the general upkeep of our site. 

In his spare time Jon enjoys eating our and sampling craft beer. He is also a keen runner and Obstacle Course Race competitor. 

Steve Medcroft

Business Development Manager

I am responsible for identifying and developing new business within our current OEM client base in the agricultural sector. Prioritising our core product range, increasing the Company profile and developing product awareness in the agricultural industry.

Travelling the UK when required to maintain relationships and maximise business with existing and new customers by increasing product mix and sales. I work closely with the internal team to ensure maximum efficiency and sales growth.

Clinton Allan

Group Product Line Manager – Hydraulics

Clinton oversees all aspects of policy, sales, procurement, marketing, and stock management for our Hydraulics products, across all three locations. His role is to provide the internal expertise to drive, grow, and develop this product category. Although based in Ipswich, the Product Managers spend time in the other Distag locations, and in support visits to customers and suppliers globally. 

Enjoy the outdoors exploring with the family the many historical sites that the English Heritage has to offer or having an early Gym workout before the business of the day comes around.

Tanya Booth

Key Account Manager – Aftermarket

I spend most of my time looking after the specialist distribution accounts as there is quite a lot of work involved in the daily running of them. I have been looking after some of these accounts since I started Distag 12 years ago and have made some really great relationships with the customers. I also look after the Export side of the business which I really enjoy too!
I help out daily with the day to day running of the Aftermarket sales. I really enjoy speaking to the customers and working with the rest of the team.

I love spending time with my family. I have two little boys, Jack and Albi who keep me super busy! We got a puppy last year called Buzzy and we go on lots of walks. I also enjoy cooking, eating out, and spending time with my friends!

Nicola Althorpe

Internal Account Manager

I love to chat with our customers and nurture relationships. Learning about their business needs and what I can do to help them succeed is what makes me tick. I’m happy to help with enquiries, quotations, orders and everything else in between. Seeking out new opportunities for Distag in any of our areas of expertise, Power Transmission, Hydraulics and Trailer Parts is a great chance for me to talk to potential customers.
It’s an exciting time for me being relatively new to this industry and I love learning more each day and sharing that knowledge where I can. Being a real people person I’m never happier than when I get to meet you face to face at a tradeshow or a visit.

I’m a homebody at heart and love spending free time gardening (in the warm weather!), cooking and walking in the countryside with my borrowed dog ! I also have a YouTube channel where I share my big passion of needlecrafts with a growing audience from all over the world. I love watching films particularly war films and horror and I’m also really into 80’s Metal.

Stuart Nicholls

Internal Account Manager

Stuart’s main responsibilites include account managements and dealing with the day-to-day customer enquiries and orders within the Aftermarket Sales Team. Stuart also works closely as a member of the Group Marketing Team and provides the input from Ipswich for all group marketing activities. 

In my spare time I enjoy holidays and travelling, going to live music events and stand-up comedy gigs, and going out to eat. I own two chaotic dogs, a pug and a puggle, and I enjoy renovating properties and am always looking for the next project.

Michelle Denison

Internal Sales Administrator

Since re-joining the company in 2019, Michelle works one day a week and, on that day, she helps to process as quickly as possible all orders and enquiries which come through on a daily basis.

Outside of work she’s a busy mum of three, one boy and two little girls. So, when time allows, she enjoys going out for dinner and socialising with family and friends. Michelle also enjoys keeping fit. And a few more peaceful activities such as curling up on the sofa with good TV series and a cuppa.

Stephanie Roebuck

OEM Internal Sales Administrator

Stephanie processes customer orders and manages customer schedules and forecasts. She administers the daily OEM orders via our ERP system and processes customer orders whether that is being via telephone or through our internal systems, she manages all the OEM customer schedules and forecasts on a day-to-day basis.

Back in the day Stephanie used to be a ballet dancer which kept her fit, unfortunately, those days have passed, as now that she’s older, she has explored other hobbies such as exploring different foods and snacks…mostly stacks (she does cave in for the traditional office beacon bap round on Friday mornings, Doh!) So yes, the ballet days are over, but hey! She can still do the splits. It is amazing that I still am small and slim.

Stephanie has a really fat fluffy cat called Miguel who takes up her time moving him around the house as he’s too last to do it himself, this is how she keeps fit now. She also enjoys a great film and going out with friends but most times you can find her snuggled down with Miguel watching a film with a mouthful of popcorn.

Benjamin Whiting

Internal Sales Administrator

I answer, as quickly as possible any enquiries and orders that come through on email, phone and web. When I am not doing that, I have been known to be the “Office Feeder”, and occasionally get a supply of cakes and other goodies for everyone.

I like keeping active, going for a walk, run or cycle when I can. I also occasionally play Badminton or Basketball. I have a massive interest in Marvel films, and watch a lot of action and Sci-fi, Film/TV Series.

Rowan Hogarty

Internal sales Administrator

Rowan handles the administration side for our customer accounts. He speaks with our customers both over the phone and through emails responding to enquiries to make sure they’re getting everything they need, helping them place orders while promoting and selling our products.

Since joining the industry in the later part of 2022, he’s had some fantastic opportunities to develop his knowledge in the Power Transmission, Hydraulic and Trailer Parts industry while getting to know our customers. There’s never a boring day at Distag QCS and he loves learning something new every day, and there’s always something exciting going on!

Rowan is a music lover at heart and spends most of his free time listening to as much new music as he can. He also loves playing video games and is a massive fan of anything superhero/comic!

Adam Page

Purchasing Assistant 

Assist with movement of stock between our two locations in the UK (Ipswich and Dungannon). Place daily/monthly stock orders for hydraulic hose and fittings. Request quotes from suppliers and quote sales team accordingly. Set up new products on internal system. Update purchase prices where necessary.

I am a very early riser as I have two horses that both my wife and I look after; when I have spare time away from the horses I watch football as I am a big Chelsea fan. I also play lawn bowls where I have been extremely fortunate to be successful at county and national level.

Aaron Morley

Procurement Specialist 

Monitoring and reporting stock levels and placing orders with global supply network. Arranging quotes from existing and new suppliers and negotiate terms. Expedite urgent product requirements and ensure timely delivery for all orders. Receipt goods and raise discrepancies with suppliers. Maintaining accurate records on our MRP.

I enjoy exploring the world with my family and finding new adventures for my son, I am a keen cyclist and like to get myself lost in the local forests and countryside. I love good food and eating out and with friends and family.

Samantha Alcock

Credit Control Manager

I deal with all aspects of credit control and assist with the day to day runnings of the accounts department. I help with customer queries, payments and purchase ledger entries. I joined the company as an apprentice in 2010 and went on to achieve AAT qualification. I enjoy speaking to customers and building relationships.

Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends. I have a little boy, Freddie, who keeps me on my toes! I also enjoy going swimming and taking family walks in the nearby woods.

Sara Clow

Finance Assistant

Daily updating of financial data and records. Assisting with accounts payable and accounts receivable. Dealing with queries. Credit Control. Accounts administration.

A little obsessed with fitness, I spend most of my spare time running, cycling (when its warm!) swimming and weight training. I like to challenge myself by running a few competitive races and climbing the odd mountain.

Colin Cleaver

Hose Assembly Production Operative

Colin works in our Hose Assembly workshop at Ipswich producing hydraulic hose assemblies and kits. Liasing with the sales teams to ensure we adhere to production schedules. 

In his spare time Colin enjoys spending time with family & friends. Playing golf, going on holidays, and living life!

Jaromir Adamczyk

OEM Technical Assistant

Jaromir splits his time between the OEM Department and the warehouse providing support for Technical Manager, Account Manager and Warehouse Manager. He’s responsible for processing orders, preparing deliveries as well as quality control issues. Jaromir is also involved in assembling hydraulic kits and trailer parts.

Jaromir is interested in psychology and modern history he’s also a passionate lover of music both classical and rock as well as jazz.

As a long-time martial arts and combat sports practitioner and enthusiastic ice swimmer, he has a deep enthusiasm for mountain trekking and scrambling. On everyday basis he indulges in cooking, showing special interest in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

Jack Sparkes

Bench Supervisor

After joining Distag as an Apprentice, Jack has worked his way up to the position of Bench Supervisor. Jack’s main role at Distag is to assist our Warehouse Manager by overseeing the goods out function. He works with the team to ensure that daily & stock orders leave on time. It’s a very busy role at Distag and Jack spends most of the day picking and packing orders, assisting with putting stock away, and making sure that the working areas are kept tidy. 

Jack is also one of our trained first aiders. 

In his spare time Jack enjoys fishing, motorbikes, parties & spending time with family.

Matthew Norrington

Warehouse Supervisor

Matt works with our Warehouse Manager to assist in supervising the Warehouse team.
He focuses a lot of his time on Hydraulics and some of our larger specialist disrtribution customers. 

In his spare time Matt enjoys gaming, music and spending time with his young family. 

Lee Sneath

Warehouse Assistant

Lee is one of our long-standing team members in the Warehouse at Ipswich. Lee’s main responsibility is belt cutting. He spends most of the day cutting timing & poly v belts for orders. He also assists with deliveries and unloading containers when we receive deliveries. 
Lee is also a stickler for keeping things tidy and always encourages the team follow suit! 

Lee is a keen DIY enthusiast and loves spending his time on home improvements!  He also enjoys spending time with family and listening to music…Lee has been known to organise the occasional team karaoke night at Ipswich!

Marian Roman

Warehouse Assistant

Marian 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.

Marian is a big ice hockey fan, he likes the ‘great outdoors’ and enjoys going for long walks in the countryside.

David Cobbold

Warehouse Assistant

Dave is one of our long-standing team members in the Warehouse at Ipswich. He spends a lot of his time looking after some of our larger OEM accounts, which involves the picking and packing of bespoke parts. He also helps with the picking and packing of daily orders and assists in putting stock away. 

In his spare time Dave enjoys supporting the local football team, while enjoying a nice cold pint!

Connor Rowe

Warehouse Assistant

Connor is one of our newer team members, but has quickly become a valued member of the team. The majority of Connor’s time is spent packing orders for one of our larger specialist distribution accounts and he also assists with picking and packing of the daily orders. 

In his spare time Connor enjoys cooking, baking, playing PC games, socialising with friends (includes eating out, drinking and social activities). He also really enjoys getting into a good series on Netflix, Prime TV & Disney +.

Malachi Hearne

Warehouse Apprentice

Malachi joined the Distag team as a Warehouse Apprentice and is well on the way to completing his Warehousing and Storage Level 2 Apprenticeship. Malachi works within the Hydraulics area of the warehouse and is responsible for picking and packing the majoirty of our Hydraulics orders.

In his spare time, Malachi enjoys playing video games and visiting his friends after work to play basketball and football.

Stuart Pearson

Hose Assembly Production 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.

Wilson

Good boy & Head of Security

I’m a very busy boy & am responsible for aspects of company security; a role I take very seriously. I undertake daily warehouse patrols to ensure all staff are present and correct and give them the opportunity to give me a stroke.
I make sure that the treat inventory is kept up to date and that distribution of treats is frequent. Daily couriers are booked in by me and the window cleaner is also on my list of people to keep my eye on!
Any ball chasing or toy tugging is also in my remit. I do tend to take a nap most afternoons but you can always leave me a message and I’ll get back to you.

My free time is spent with my family and friends, we love hanging out and having lots of walkies, cuddles
& most of all fun!
My favorite hobbies include ball games, trying out new recipes and generally being cute

Gareth Bigger

Business Development Manager

Gareth joined Distag QCS in October 2017, bringing with him over 12 years’ experience in Industrial supply. 

He is responsible for the management and development of new and existing accounts in Northern Ireland and is excited at the prospect of making an impact with Distag QCS. In his spare time, Gareth likes to spend time with his family. Gareth is a keen rugby fan and also likes to hit the gym regularly.

Julie McKenna

Branch Manager

Going into my 35th year having started my employment when the company was Flexequip I have gained a lot of knowledge on the hydraulic side of the business. Ensure office is running smoothly & efficiently on a day to day basis.


I enjoy travelling, shopping, socialising with friends & family and walking my rescue dog Izzie.

Paul McCann

Business Development Manager

Paul maintain and develop relationships with current clients, takes face to face meetings as well as identify new business opportunities and provide quotations to new customers.

He enjoys spending time with his family, going to the gym and watching football.

Gary Coates

Warehouse Operative

Since joining the company, originally Flexequip Hydraulics, in 1979 I have worked in the roles of goods inwards, hose assembly operative, warehouse manager in charge of production control and finally purchase manager. Currently, as an employee of DistagQCS, I am working as a warehouse operative. During my 43 years of service, I have developed an extensive knowledge of hydraulic fitting. On a daily basis I receive goods inwards and check and store them in an organised manner. I liase closely with the sales staff, and other warehouse colleagues, to ensure that all customer orders are packed and dispatched on time.

On my leisure time I enjoy playing golf. I have been an active member of my local club – Temple Golf Club – for over 25 years helping to organise golf competitions and social events and serving as captain and president. I am an avid sprots fan and enjoy watching all sports especially motorbike racing and darts. I also enjoy travelling and my favourite holiday destinations are Italy, the Canary Islands and the USA.

Brian Hourihane

Product Line Manager

Brian supports our group sales teams and is responsible for
preparing sales reports and analysing sales data. He also manages product
demand forecasts and stock levels while identifying new business opportunities.

He’s also plays a key role in supporting new product development, monitoring quality and managing supplier relationship in order to ensure high-quality services and products. 

Brian is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys playing, watching, and talking about all types of sports. In his free time, he loves to spend quality time with his family as well as cooking.

Siobhan McKibbin

Internal Account Manager

Receive customer orders, process and ensure completed for requested delivery time. Liaise with warehouse team to ensure workload is running efficiently.

Spending time with grandchildren, like to travel with Tenerife being favourite holiday destination. Going horseracing and baking when time allows.

Alison Symington

Internal Account Manager

Account management of our hydraulics customer base in Ireland, central office duties, working closely with the sales team internally and externally to ensure we meet the need of our customers.

Enjoy walking dog Cara on local beach at Murlough Bay, collecting sea glass, cooking and socialising with family and friends.

Paddy McEnhill

Business Development Manager

Paddy it’s involved in generating hydraulic steel tube sales, along with VOSS hydraulic compression fittings. Liaise directly with the customer and support their technical department on the necessary requirements. 

Revision control on the steel pipes, programming and calibrating our bending machines and also generating hydraulic component sales, hose, cylinders and valves, etc…

On his free time he loves spending time with his family, he also loves photography, motorcycling and walking.

Claire McConville

Internal Sales Administrator

Claire joined us in August 2022 as an Internal Sales Administrator and her main duties are taking calls and answering customer questions as well as placing orders. She also takes care of creating new hoses assemblies and invoicing out orders that have been delivered.

Claire loves visiting her family in Belfast and walking her dog, she’s also a keen coin collector.

Philip McKenna

Internal Sales

Philip main duties are putting orders on the system as well as pricing hose kits and fittings and checking good inwards and outwards. 

He also help the team to identify hydraulic fittings and when needed he assists the warehouse team on picking and packing orders.

Alexander Gonchar

Hydraulic Product Specialist

Technical sales support in hydraulics field, Implementation of new projects with existing and new customers, dealing with day-to-day inquiries, working with quality issues, dealing with suppliers of hydraulic valves, pumps, cylinders, etc…

I like to read, learn new fields of expertise, and meet new people. I’m enjoying travelling, especially with my family. It’s always good to learn something new and see a bigger picture!

Sean O’Hagan

Technical Sales Engineer

Sean joined Distag QCS in 2020 as a Technical Sales Engineer and works on developing new products for the company. He is always looking for ways to improve our existing products and create new ones that will meet the needs of customers. In addition to his work on product development, Sean also provides technical support to both current and new customers.

Sean is a person with a keen interest in all types of agricultural and construction equipment. He is always looking for opportunities to learn more about the latest innovations in these industries. In his free time, Sean enjoys traveling and exploring new places. When he’s not working or traveling, Sean loves to spend time with his family and enjoys participating in a variety of activities with them

Martin Gemmell

Steel Production Manager

Steel tube manipulation and managing the workload to ensure all work is done to high standard.

Martin is a qualified pipe fitting engineer and has experience in the crushing and screening industry, Martin loves spending his Sunday watching his son Aron playing football and spending time with his wife.

Mark Hughes

Procurement Specialist

Book in supplier deliveries, place purchase orders, approve supplier invoice run stock reports and chose book orders.

Spending time with family and part time poultry & beef farmer.

Matej Hrin

Hose Assembly Line Leader

Sort through order by urgency, keep everyone busy and happy, pack complete orders, book shipping when needed. Organise hose line for smooth running production and check & bulb complete paperwork and return upstairs.

Matej main hobbies are cars, gym and travel.

Marcos Souza

Warehouse Operative

Working on a team that keeps the distribution depots operating at full potential. We are likely to do a variety of jobs in the process, such as taking delivery of goods into the warehouse for sorting, stacking and storage and the eventually picking, producing specific kits for each customer and packing items for dispatch following high quality standard.

Marcos is living on Northern Ireland for more than 10 years, he loves to travel with his family and dogs, meet new places and always looking for sunny places.

Jake Quinn

Warehouse Operative

At Distag I work between the pipe section and the trailer parts. With pipes I cut them on the saw and have to ensure they are correct. With the trailer parts I pick orders and assemble air kits.