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Meet the team

Introducing the people behind British Corner Shop. Put a face to the name, and meet our directors, as well as our customer service, marketing and warehouse team leaders.

Mark Callaghan - Managing Director

Mark Callaghan Managing Director

When British Corner Shop first started it was only Mark and Matt, and between them they packed boxes, answered calls and emails from customers and dealt with every aspect of the company.

Previously, Mark held various management positions at Hewlett Packard and has been involved in several start-ups.

Mark now ensures the same level of customer service is instilled in everyone in the company, from pickers and packers through to the customer service team.

Out of work, Mark enjoys playing the guitar, cycling, running, eating out, films and cinema, music and cooking.

If Mark lived abroad, the product he'd miss the most would be Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney Pie.

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Peter Howarth - Technical Director

Peter Howarth Technical Director

Peter designed and built British Corner Shop's e-commerce systems, including the website, management systems, warehouse and stock control systems.

Peter has a Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and started his career with Rolls-Royce. His main focus is programming and web technology, and British Corner Shop's digital marketing strategy.

Outside of work, Peter enjoys surfing and cycling. If he lived abroad, the thing he'd miss most is a nice cup of PG Tips tea, and a McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive.

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Matt Casey - Wholesale Key Account Manager

Matt Casey Wholesale Key Account Manager

Matt has worked at British Corner Shop right from the start and has been involved with all aspects of the business, from picking and packing to customer service and marketing.

Matt is now part of the British Corner Shop wholesale team but is still actively involved in the retail business, advising where necessary.

Out of work Matt enjoys listening to music, playing the guitar, eating out, films and spending time with his family.

If Matt lived abroad the product he'd miss the most would be Hartleys Olde English Marmalade.

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David Hodgkinson - Senior Business Development Manager

David Hodgkinson Senior Business Development Manager

David is actively expanding the British Corner Shop bulk trading and wholesale businesses by building commercial relationships with suppliers, traders, brand owners, retailers, importers and distributors in our key markets.

Out of work, David enjoys country pursuits such as walking, fishing and pub lunches. He has a keen interest in history supplemented by a regular diet of history books, documentaries and visits to historical sites.

When he lived in France he missed PG Tips tea and McVities Rich Tea biscuits for dunking.

Kevin Hall - Operations Manager

Kevin Hall Operations Manager

Kevin manages British Corner Shop’s warehouse operations, managing a team of 40 warehouse staff.

He ensures the smooth running of the warehouse, and that orders are fulfilled accurately, packed to a high standard and are dispatched as quickly as possible.

Outside of work Kevin enjoys fishing, music and PC's.

If Kevin lived abroad, the products he would miss the most is Sun Pat Peanut Butter and Marmite.

Darren Jones - Head Of Buying

Darren Jones Head Of Buying

Darren leads the Buying team at British Corner Shop, responsible for Product Range, Supplier Relationships and Stock Management.

Darren has over 25 years experience in Buying, Supply Chain and Operational roles within the Retail and IT sectors.

Outside of work, Darren enjoys live music gigs and festivals and has a passion for cooking indian food.

If Darren lived abroad, the product he'd miss most would be Tan y Castell Welsh Cakes.

Richard Green - Head of Export Sales

Richard Green Head of Export Sales

Richard heads up the Export Sales team, responsible for driving the export business and market expansion through the Wholesale Consolidation and Bulk Volume Sales channels.

Richard has 12 years FMCG experience gained in Retail Operations and Export Sales with a major focus on emerging markets.

Outside of work Richard enjoys music, cooking, playing golf and long distance open water swimming.

Having moved over to the UK from South Africa, he only misses South African Black Cat Peanut Butter and the sun.

Alastair Bruce - Head Of Finance

Alastair Bruce Head Of Finance

Alastair leads the finance team at British Corner Shop and is responsible for all aspects of finance, strategy and planning.

Alastair has over 18 years' experience in finance including Hewlett Packard, Schroders, Morgan Stanley and in the media industry.

Outside of work, Alastair enjoys going to gym, watching sport and cooking with his daughter.

If Alastair lived abroad, the product he would miss the most would be Jacobs cream crackers.

Zoe Lehmann - Head of Marketing

Zoe Lehmann Head of Marketing

Zoe leads the marketing team at British Corner Shop and is responsible for all aspects of the brand, PR, campaigns and communications – in the digital space and offline.

When Zoe is out of the office she enjoys running, swimming and tennis. She also enjoys travelling to the coast in the family VW camper van.

If Zoe lived abroad the product she’d miss the most would be Walkers Salt & Vinegar crisps.

Hannah Ward - Head of Marketing

Hannah Ward Marketing Manager

Hannah manages a variety of online and offline marketing activities, including content planning across our digital channels, and planning and executing the online and offline media schedule. She also assists in the management of our digital agency, who run our social media advertising and affiliate platforms.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys keeping fit and competes in Olympic weight lifting and power lifting, as well as running around after her 11 month old baby!

If Hannah lived abroad the product she'd miss the most would be Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Jo Parker - Procurement Manager

Jo Parker Office Manager

Jo currently works in procurement as our lead buyer.

Jo is responsible for planning and forecasting stock holding, and working with suppliers to bring you the best possible value. She is currently managing our price drop programme.

Out of work, Jo likes to cook and in particular bake. Her other interests include motorsports, fast cars, rugby and reading.

If Jo lived abroad the product she'd miss the most would be Tetley Tea.

Sam Barber - Marketing Executive

Sam Barber Marketing Executive

Sam works with Zoe and Hannah in Marketing at BCS. He runs the search and display advertising and assists with email newsletters.

In his spare time, Sam enjoys music, record collecting and searching for the perfect pub garden.

If Sam lived abroad, the products he’d miss the most would be Warburtons Teacakes and Walkers Shortbread Fingers.

Helena Morrison - Marketing Assistant

Helena Morrison Marketing Assistant

Helena is marketing assistant and assists the marketing manager with implementing the marketing strategy.

In her spare time Helena loves bouldering, running and baking.

If Helena lived abroad the product she'd miss the most would be Sun-pat crunchy peanut butter.

Alex Kortland - Social Media Manager & Copywriter

Alex Kortland Social Media Manager & Copywriter

Alex works with Zoe and the Marketing team to develop content for the Social Media platforms and British Corner Shop blog.

When Alex is out of the office, you'll often find her eating and tweeting her way around the cities foodie hotspots. She also spends a lot of her time keeping active (mainly to make room for more delicious food).

If Alex lived abroad, the British product she'd miss the most would be Kettle Vegetable Crisps (a complete winner dipped in Hummus).

Steve Avery - Front End Web Developer

Steve Avery Front End Web Developer / UX Designer

Steve is the Front End Web Developer within the digital team at BCS. His focus is to ensure that our customers continue to have the best online experience possible.

When Steve is out of the office he spends time keeping up-to-date with what's going on in the digital industry and enjoys spending time with his family, especially watching his boys play football in their Sunday league.

If Steve lived abroad he would miss a good old British cuppa along with a Cadburys Caramel and the beautiful British weather... Steve is also known to tell the odd porkie-pie now and again!

Sarah Hughes - Multichannel Product Controller

Sarah Hughes Multichannel Product Controller

Sarah's role is to oversee all our product data, ensuring information is of the highest quality and maintained accurately at all times.

She is also responsible for new product introduction, including sourcing new product suggestions from customers.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys Zumba Fitness, cooking, reading and spending time with her children.

If Sarah lived abroad the product she'd miss the most would be Ambrosia Rice Pudding.

Tracy Munden - Customer Service

Tracy Munden Customer Service

Tracy is a member of the Customer Services/Administration team. Her daily tasks will include answering calls, answering e-mail queries and on live chat and administration duties.

Outside of work she looks after her 11 month old son and spends time with my husband, family and friends.

If she lived abroad the product she would miss the most would be Milk Chocolate Digestives, with a cup of Nescafe Original.

Sue Stutter - Customer Service

Sue Stutter Customer Service

Sue is a member of our Customer Services/Administration team. Her daily tasks include answering calls, e-mail queries and on live chat along with administration duties.

Outside of work Sue enjoys, gardening, travelling and cooking.

Sue lived abroad for 6 years and during that time, the things she missed the most were Sunpat Peanut Butter and good quality English Back Bacon.

Lorraine Forrester - Admin / Customer Service Assistant

Lorraine Forrester Admin / Customer Service Assistant

Lorraine handles a variety of office tasks including: operating the switchboard, answering email enquiries, general administrative duties and supporting the office manager.

Outside of work Lorraine spends her time swimming, socialising with friends, cooking and walking her handsome doggy.

If Lorraine lived abroad, the things she would miss most would be a proper cup of tea and some welsh cakes.

Ashleigh Elvins - Admin Assistant

Ashleigh Elvins Buying Assistant

Ashleigh works in our Buying team assisting the Head of Buying in sourcing British products.

Ashleigh is a dance teacher so her main interest outside of the office is teaching Ballet, Tap and Modern. Ashleigh also enjoys spending time with friends and family and her little pooch Buster.

If Ashleigh lived abroad she would miss Mini Cheddars.

Gary Curtis - Warehouse Manager

Gary Curtis Warehouse Manager

Gary is responsible for ensuring that all processes in the warehouse run smoothly.

Outside of work Gary enjoys spending quality time with his daughter, friends and family, as well as eating out and playing the guitar.

If Gary lived abroad, the product he'd miss the most would be Warburtons Crumpets.

Mary Bundy - Warehouse Team Leader

Mary Bundy Warehouse Team Leader

Mary works in the warehouse supporting warehouse manager Gary Curtis. Mary’s main task is to help manage the warehouse staff to ensure the picking and packing process runs smoothly.

Outside of work Mary enjoys going to the gym and socialising with friends.

If Mary moved abroad, the product she’d miss the most would be Marmite.

Steve Archard - Stock Controller

Steve Archard Stock Controller

Steve is in charge of stock control, all health and safety and also performs general warehouse duties, often to tight deadlines.

Outside of work Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, as well as socialising with friends and eating out. Other interests include football and motorsport.

If Steve lived abroad the product he’d miss the most would be Branston Pickle.

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