After studying French and German at Nottingham University, Jim started his career working for a publishing company selling into the German market before making the move to travel and work overseas, living for periods in Sydney, Santiago and crossing Russia on the Trans Mongolian Express.
Combining his love of travel and business, Jim set up Europlus Direct in 2004 with one vision; to make it simple for businesses to trade internationally. With 8 global operations across Australasia, Africa, America and Europe, one of Jim’s proudest moments was when Europlus Direct won the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2008 and 2013, taking him one step closer to achieving his goal.
Outside of the office, Jim loves spending time with his family and when he’s not teaching his children how to play different sports, he enjoys rustling up a barbecue. When time allows, Jim also enters a few cycling Sportives every year and takes to the golf course every now and then – although with more enthusiasm than skill. But he’s working on that.
Michelle joined Europlus Direct in 2007 and was appointed to the Board as a Director in 2009. Since joining the company Michelle has continually managed and developed the sales and delivery departments, as well as the day-to-day running of EPD HQ which in 2015 also extended to our US operation.
Having 14 years’ experience in the IT maintenance industry Michelle has experience across vendors and offerings and is always on hand to assist with her team, customers and clients.
In her free time Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends and also going to the gym Michelle has very recently taken up road biking and is looking to complete some tough challenges in the next year.
An IT geek and avid gamer, if it’s got lights and a plug.. Rob ensures it keeps on working!
Rob is responsible for the IT and Development teams at Europlus Direct and loves to try out new technologies to see how they can benefit both Europlus Direct and our customers.
When not in the office Rob spends time with his niece and nephews and can found on the internet battlefields taking on gamers from across the world.
Gareth is a qualified Chartered Accountant, he spent over 20 years of his career as Finance Director of retail chain, The Factory Shop Limited, which he saw grow from 13 stores to over 200 stores and during which time he worked for 6 CEOs and saw 4 changes of ownership.
He initially joined Europlus Direct as a non-executive, attending the monthly Board Meetings, but has subsequently taken over the duties of Finance Director.
Outside of work Gareth is a family man although 2 of his children have flown the nest and the third is in his final year at University. Gareth enjoys all sports being active at tennis, cycling and going to the gym as well as a once a week swim before work.