Staff Profiles

headshot of LDT member of staff, Andy Duffin who is a Director at the company.

Andy Duffin


Andy has had many successful years as the James Latham Group Operations Director and has always been heavily involved in the timber division. 

Andy will be putting in place his sales development plan with the assistance of his Timber Committee and key staff.  The aim will be to continue to work with our existing supply base but once again, look for added value products to compliment our existing range.

headshot of LDT member of staff, Neil Gaines who is a Sales Manager at the company.

Neil Gaines

Sales Manager

After leaving school in 1982, Neil spent 2 years making Taps and Die’s then joined Atkins & Cripps in October 1984 starting in the yard, and within 18 months he moved into the office as stock clerk.   He then moved to Plymouth in 1988 to start Atkins & Cripps new depot as office manager.   In 2000 he moved back to Essex to take up new role with Atkins & Cripps, and was promoted to Sales Manager in 2005.  Neil then joined James Latham in 2008, initially as a sales rep, then after 12 months became sales manager.  In November 2018 Neil joined LDT as sales manager.
Neil is married to Deb and has 3 children.  Hobbies include Golf, American Football (NFL) and most importantly of all spending time with his granddaughter .  He also enjoys travelling and looks to have at least 2 foreign holidays each year, always somewhere warm and looking forward to sampling all local cuisine.

headshot of Direct Timber member of staff, Sean Rivers who is a hardwood trader at the company.

Sean Rivers

Hardwood Trader

Sean made the move from fine wines into timber starting with LDT in May 2014.

As a new face in the trade Sean has been busy learning and gaining new experiences. From working in an Importers yard, to his first customer visits, product stock takes and visiting LDTs third party kilns on the continent.   

Whilst Sean is new to the Timber Trade and is still learning (as we all are on a daily basis) he more than makes up for it with his energy and interest in Timber.

When away from work Sean enjoys playing football, supporting Manchester United , socialising and cooking the family BBQ.

headshot of Direct Timber member of staff, Arron Guard who is a hardwood trader at the company.

Arron Guard

Hardwood Trader

After Graduating Brunel University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Arron spent 2 years in construction, helping build his father’s business, prior to starting his sales career as a multi media marketing consultant in London.

Joining the Hardwood Trade in 2017, Arron has jumped into the role, applying his skills from experience in a dynamic industry and fully immersing himself in the mechanical exploits of the hardwood itself as well as being one of the loudest in the office.

When not exploring the warehouse for the best packs to offer to his clients; you will find Arron in his garage tinkering with his Motorcycle; traversing the nation in the hunt for medieval history or off traveling the world in the hunt for the best food to tickle his taste buds.