Astute is more than just a great company to work in, it’s about great people

Astute Leadership Team

Geoff Hill

Managing Director

Geoff Hill founded Astute in the UK 1989 with a focus on knowledge, independent advice, and trusted client partnerships that have seen the company grow to global scale while staying true to its original core values of passion, innovation and focus.

With long-standing client and staff loyalty evident of over three decades, Geoff exudes pride and confidence in Astute’s ever-growing abilities to support the advance of technically-superior technology across multiple sectors.

Directors

Aran
Coker

International
Business Director

Freddie
Roe

Director
Aerospace & Defence

Ian
Fantham

Commercial
Director

Mark
Shanley

Sales & Marketing Director

Mike
Smith

Group
Financial Director

Nigel
Watts

Global Business
Development Director

Senior Global Team

Marcus
Seitz

Astute GmbH
Germany

Mark
Pollard

Astute Inc.
USA & Asia

Nick
Molloy

Astute Pty
Australia

Senior Team

Andrew
Quigley

3PL Sales
Director

Catherine
Read

HR
Manager

Chris
Church

Operations
Manager

Colm
Hanlon

Senior Global Manager
Trading/Supply

Jay
Hugill

Key Account
Manager

John
McCarthy

Global Business
Manager

Kevin
Baker

Franchise
Division Manager

Matthew
Greenslade

Business Systems
Manager

Neil
Webkin

Internal Sales
Manager

Nicola
Smith

Frieght & Export
Compliance Manager

Tony
Hall

Global Quality
Manager

Design Engineering

Kevin Baker

Franchise Division Manager

Having spent 30 years in the electronics demand creation sector, I fully appreciate application needs, particularly focusing on new and emerging technologies. My key responsibilities with the tech team are to ensure the clear direction of new technologies into customer applications and road map products, thus ensuring both technologies and customer design needs are developed with market-leading design support and direction.

Senior Management

Andrew
Parker

Applications
Technical BDM

Andy
Jefkins

Interconnect Solutions
Technical BDM

Bradley
Turner

Passives & Discretes
Technical BDM

Claire
Cave

Interconnect
Product Manager

Dave
Everitt

Audio
Technical BDM

Ian
Hildebrandt

Power
Technical BDM

Ian
White

Interconnect Solutions
Technical BDM

Kasey
Sweetlove

Franchise
Product Manager

Peter
Sullivan

Interconnect Solutions
Technical BDM

Rich
Ford

Power
Technical BDM

Scott
Morley

Interconnect Solutions
Technical BDM

Simon
Brennan

Memory & Storage Technical BDM

Stewart
Burns

Passives & Discretes
Technical BDM

Suzi
Kappes

Trainee
Product Manager

Tim
Le Friant

Tech Engagement
Manager

Global Sourcing

Colm Hanlon
Global Trading & Supply Manager

Colm has more than 30 years’ experience within the Electronics components distribution industry and is a charismatic senior leader with a wealth of international experience across sales, supply chain management, marketing and procurement. He leads our Global team as they deliver the development and implementation of Intelligent Digital Supply Chain strategies.

His division is responsible for the Astute Intelligent Marketplace, incorporating Excess Inventory Management, which uses recently developed machine learning tools to help companies reduce their surplus, obsolete and redundant materials.

Colm has held executive leadership roles in Europe, Asia and the US over the course of his career and is a well-rounded industry expert.

Senior Team

Harj
Handa

Supply Chain
Specialist

James
Docherty

Senior Customer
Relationship Manager

Nick
Sypula

Excess
Analyst

Sarah
Dartnell

Export Compliance
Controller

Third Party Logistics

Freddie Roe
Director – Aerospace & Defence

With nearly three decades at the forefront of Astute, Freddie Roe, Director – Aerospace & Defence, has been pivotal in shaping not only the delivery of 3PL but the company as a whole. Freddie has pioneered Astute’s consultative approach to delivering major contracts involving complex, value-driven supply chain solutions.

Highly experienced in supporting the A&D business, he challenges himself and his teams to think, act, and be different – gaining the trust, confidence, and endorsements of some of the world’s most prestigious defence primes.

Senior Team

Charlotte
Heaps

Project
Coordinator

Cindy
Patmore

Project
Manager

Daniel
Howard

Process
Improvement

Dean
Short

3PL Operations
Supervisor

Ella
Perrett

Project
Support

Hayley
Draper

Project
Implementation Lead

Michelle
Westby

Project
Manager

Natasha
Furness

Project
Coordinator

Sarah
Davies

Supply Chain
Manager

Stephen
Griffiths

3PL
BDM

Steven
Nicoll

Project & Operations
Manager

Through Life Support

Chris Church
Operations Manager

I have progressed my career within Astute over the past 14 years joining the company back in 2010. My key responsibilities are to ensure our customers receive their products on time, right first time along with ensuring a smooth and safe environment of our onsite Laboratory.

I’m always looking ahead for new technologies that will benefit my department’s personnel, customer demands and response times for our customers’ orders.

Senior Team

Helena
Church

Traceable Inspector Operations

Jordan
Boyd

Non-Traceable
Inspector

Mario
Descubes

ESD
Coordinator

Nathan
Curran

Lab Assistant
Operations

Rohan
Watt

Lab
Supervisor

19 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Power electronics: past to future

The future of power electronics is undergoing a radical transformation driven by cutting-edge materials like Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC). These wide-bandgap semiconductors bring game-changing advantages, outperforming traditional silicon and redefining performance benchmarks.

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19 Apr 2024 - Defence

Astute Group widens connector range with GK Services Click Connect Series

Astute Group has signed an agreement with GK Services to globally distribute their Click Connect (formerly Deutsch) over-moulded connectors. This partnership reinforces Astute Group's commitment to providing a comprehensive range of interconnect solutions for demanding applications.

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18 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Optimism returns to the US electronics sector

Renewed positivity is sweeping through America's electronics manufacturing sector, marking a sharp turnaround from the pessimism of 2023.

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23 - 26 Apr 2024 - Stuttgart, Germany

Control 36 2024

Control illuminates all aspects in theory and presents the current world range of usable technologies, processes, products and system solutions for industrial quality assurance in practice. Control is the most important trade fair of the year for many companies and is being anticipated with correspondingly keen enthusiasm. Experts develop viable, forwardlooking QA solutions for everyday […]

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