Meet the team

Peter Hodges Director Contact Peter

Peter Hodges

Director | +44 (0) 7831446453

Peter began his career in logistics in 1977 as a trainee export clerk working for the forwarding division of Jardine Matheson the then Hong Kong based shipping conglomerate.
He left Jardine in 1985 after he and two colleagues were approached by an investor to form Connaught. As Peter will tell you, he became disillusioned with the poor service and general lack of expertise within the industry. He and his colleagues set about building a team of enthusiastic professionals setting their sights on introducing new services such as outsourced warehousing and inventory management.
His enthusiasm and quest to be involved in new areas is still there to see.
In his spare time Peter enjoys participating in crazy endurance events, and he’ll tell you his prowess on the squash court has not diminished with the passage of time!

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David Irwin Director Contact David

David Irwin

Director | +44 (0) 7768 490019

David’s career path mirrors that of Peter in that he too began his career in 1977 with Jardine Matheson before forming Connaught in 1985. In the years that followed David assumed responsibility for the development of Connaught’s bespoke IT systems and more recently the Web Based Order Processing system, which is a key tool for many of Connaught’s clients. David works closely with the operations teams and clients to deliver solutions that are driven by the needs of clients rather than impose a “one size fits all” mentality.
Away from Connaught David is a keen tennis player as well as a sailing enthusiast with a passion for photography.

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Paul Simms Operations Manager Contact Paul

Paul Simms

Operations Manager | +44 (0) 7880 748574

With Connaught: since 1987
Experience: Paul started out in Logistcs and having worked with Peter and David previously, joined them when they established Connaught.
Why Connaught? “We are a small team but we achieve great things, and still enjoy it to this day”
Outside of work: Its sport all the way for Paul , playing tennis and watching rugby (Harlequins fan) and football (West Ham United fan).

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David Eldridge Finance Manager Contact David

David Eldridge

Finance Manager | +44 (0) 7969 424815

With Connaught: since 2007
Experience: Before joining Connaught David was with Securicor Group for 19 years working on the Heathrow contract and also Financial Controller at a transport and logistics company.
Why Connaught ? “There’s something different every day, what we ship and how we do it, and we get to know our clients well”.
Outside of work: A Manchester United fan, its an active life for David; walking, swimming and going to the gym to keep fit and healthy

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Phil Buckingham Warehouse Manager Contact Phil

Phil Buckingham

Warehouse Manager | +44 (0) 7876 504043

With Connaught: since 1990
Experience: Phil has spent his working life in Logistics, having worked with Peter and David previously he was brought in shortly after Connaught was established in 1987.
Why Connaught ? “It’s a great team, the work is always varied and we get to travel the world”.
Outside of work: For Phil it’s cars (currently an Audi TT), bikes (Kawasaki Z800) and an adorable granddaughter – but not necessarily in the that order !

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Paul Copland Operations Supervisor Contact Paul

Paul Copland

Operations Supervisor | +44 (0) 7887 485160

With Connaught: since 2004
Experience: Mostly developed with Connaught, Paul has worked in different departments gaining a real understanding of the Logistics business.
Why Connaught ? “I enjoy the variety of work at Connaught, working in many different areas, each with interesting challenges and shipments”.
Outside of work: Paul is married with a young family and enjoys playing squash, going to the gym and watching sport, especially American Football.

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Ed Abitanta Manager US Operation Contact Ed

Ed Abitanta

Manager US Operation | +1 (732) 9915390

With Connaught: since 1999
Experience: Prior to joining Connaught, Ed had a long and very successful tenure with DHL who recruited him after he completed his studies at Lafayette College. While at DHL, Ed developed a ground breaking and innovative Inventory Management and Pick and Pack fulfilment operation as a bespoke solution for a large pharmaceutical client.

Why Connaught? “I really love solving problems and finding elegant outside of the box solutions that make the lives of our clients easier. And every once in a while we are able to pull something out of our hats making what was thought to be impossible possible.”

Outside of work: USTA League Tennis, Golf, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, and the Gym.

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Location and Contact Details

9 Skyport Dr, Harmondsworth
Middx UB7 0LB
United Kingdom
+44 0 3300 248 730
115 Stryker Lane
Building 4, Unit 9
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
+1 732 627 0330
62-70 Texaco Rd,
Tsuen Wan, N.T.,
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3657 3304
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