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Hobart Service Meet the Team
Andy Clarke - Operations Director
Andy Clarke


After joining the company in 2000 as the Parts Manager who handled the inventory, warehouse and distribution for all spares, Andy progressed to become the National Service Administration Manager. Within this role he was responsible for the call allocation for all of the UK and became the project leader for the Introduction to our IT systems in use today. After successfully fulfilling these roles, Andy became the Supply Chain Manager for Hobart and has held this title since 2006. His role now includes numerous parts of the business including the smooth running of the parts teams, call logging, the warehouse operations, technical support and all aspects of Health and Safety.

Darren Beech - Finance Director
Darren Beech


Darren joined the business as Finance Director in spring 2016. He is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA, CGMA) and has a long and varied finance career. Which includes a number of senior finance roles within Danaher and Premier.

Matthew Knowles - Regional Service Manager
Matthew Knowles

Region: London

In 1996 Matthew joined the catering industry as a service technician and found himself working at Hobart in 1999. Due to an injury Matt decided to take some leave from the catering industry, however in 2006 Matt was offered an opportunity to return to Hobart as an area manager for the Kent and Sussex region. By 2010 Matt was promoted to become the Regional Service Manager and was responsible for managing the Service for Southern UK. Since a recent restructure Matt became the Regional Service Manager for the central London area.

Craig Robinson - Regional Service Manager
Craig Robinson

Region: Scotland and North

Craig has been with Hobart since 1988, joining originally as a Service Technician in the Glasgow area. He ability led to his promotion to Senior Technician. Craig was further promoted to Regional Manager in recognition of the technical experience and knowledge across all brands of catering equipment, as well as his excellent customer relationship management.

Mike Furseman - Regional Service Manager
Mike Furseman

Region: Southern

Mike joined Hobart as an apprentice in 1967 and trained as a production engineer gaining an HNC qualification in mechanical engineering while doing this he also trained and qualified in Electrical Installations. After serving many successful years as a service technician in the southern region he then progressed taking on the role of Service Area Manager in 2004. After a restructure in 2011 Mike continued his success by taking on his current role as Regional Service Manager for the South West.

John Whittle - Regional Service Manager
John Whittle

Region: Central

John started his career in 1978 when he began his apprentice training, gaining City and Guilds qualifications with the local electricity board. After many years of working with electrical companies he found his career within the Hobart family. In February 1992 John joined Hobart as a Service Technician working in the northern Staffordshire area. After 7 years his efforts were recognised and he was promoted to become a Service Supervisor which was then later developed in the role of Service Area Manager. In 2013 he then took on the role of Regional Service Manager and is continuing to run the Western area of the UK.

Helena Harper - Service Account Manager and covers Dispatch. MOD and FM Companies
Helena Harper

Region: Northern Ireland.

After the centralisation of our offices to Peterborough, Helena joined the team as a Dispatcher. She then moved across to head up the Sodexo Account Team in 2013. After continued success she found herself soon promoted to a Service Account Representative and now to her current role as Account Manager.

Amanda Newitt - Account Manager
Amanda Newitt

Market Segment: Retail

Amanda joined Hobart UK early 2007 within the Machine Sales Department, and in 2008 moved over to Hobart UK Service to be part of the Contract Telesales team. In 2009 Amanda was promoted to Team Leader and in 2011 took on the role of Contract Supervisor for the Contract Administration Department. In early 2013 she was promoted again to Service Account Representative taking on a more field based role, alongside managing the Contracts team and was appointed current role of Account Manager in September 2014.

Zoe Foster - Customer Services Manager
Zoe Foster


Zoe joined the National Customer Service team as a Helpdesk Advisor on a temporary basis in 2011 where after 3 months she successfully secured a permanent role within this busy team. Zoe continued to prove that she was a dedicated and efficient team member and in October 2013 was promoted to Service Account Representative. Over the last few months Zoe has continued to successfully manage various accounts as well as ensuring the smooth running of the Customer Service Team and was appointed recently to Account Manager.

Paul Winch - Parts Sales Manager
Paul Winch


I started my Hobart Career in 2004, as the company Van Stock Auditor. During my time as van stock auditor I developed a vast knowledge of parts, working closely with our engineers to provide them with a stock holding tailored specifically for the individual areas and machines they cover. This was achieved by implementing a new stock replenishment system. In 2012, I also took on the company QA role in 2012, and in 2013 became the ISO9001 internal auditor. I was promoted to Parts Sales Manager in April 2016, a role in which I am looking forward to grow into fully over the coming months.

Jodie Stocks - Account Manager
Jodie Stocks

Market Segment: Pub and Restaurant Groups.

Having joined us in August 2011 Jodie began her time in the finance team for Hobart UK Sales, making the move to our Service division in 2013. After working as a senior credit controller dedicated to our National accounts she was promoted to Mitchells and Butlers account manager in Dec 2014. Following the success of the M&B team, 2016 has seen Jodie expand her role, taking on the management of additional National accounts.