Tom Gittins
Business Development Director

  1. How long have you worked at Confex?
    I have just completed 5 years at Confex and being totally honest the time has flown by. During this time we have seen the team grow from 12 to 19 and move to new purpose built offices in September 2013.
  2. What were you doing before joining Confex?
    I came to Confex after working in the horseracing industry for 12 years. I had never worked within the wholesale sector but I had worked in business development and sales so the skills just needed tailoring to the role. I do feel that coming into the industry without any preconceptions has helped me to develop within my role at Confex without being held back by too much of a corporate mentality.
  3. Tell us something different about your life outside of Confex?
    I have ridden horses all my life and I am currently the very lucky owner of George and Dick. In my opinion the buzz that riding gives you, especially when jumping fences, in partnership with a horse cannot be bettered.
  4. Who are your role models and why?
    Of the people I knowpersonally I admire my grandfather Julien Loffet. He purchased Confex during its infancy and had the foresight to develop it into a buying group with a combined turnover of over 1.8bn. I greatly admire the top professional sportsmen and for me the greatest is Sir Steve Redgrave, not only for his dedication and commitment to rowing but for the way he has always conducted himself.
  5. How do you like to spend any spare time you may have?
    I spend my spare time with my family. I have been married to Kate for 6 years and am the lucky father of Jack (3/12) and Beth (18months). We are very lucky to live in a wonderful part of the world in the Cotswolds and have a great garden that backs onto the village allotments where Kate grows our fruit and veg.
  6. What is the most interesting place you have visited and why?
    My favourite country is Laos in South East Asia. The people are very relaxed which comes from a tradition of most young men practicing as Buddhist monks for 2-3 years at school leaving age. The country is stunning and a great example of not needing all the mod-cons in life to be happy and fulfilled.
  7. Tell us an ambition you have achieved and one you have yet to fulfil?
    I completed the Bath half marathon earlier this year but have no plans to run a full marathon anytime soon! I would like to visit every racecourse in England (66 in total) and have yet to tick off Carlisle; Hexham; Kelso & Cartmel.
  8. What do you like about working at Confex?
    The variety. Confex has such a diverse membership that you never know where your focus might lie from one day to the next. The wholesale sector is full of great people and the good news is that the sector is beginning to gain market share as a route to market from the multiple retailers for the first time in over 20 years.