Staff Profiles

headshot of Direct Timber member of staff, Vicki Link who is a manager at the company.

Vicki Link


From trainee to manager, LDT’s Vicki Link has never lost her enthusiasm for the hardwood trade.

Vicki previously worked for DLH, until James Latham bought the UK business and appointed Vicki to the top job, charging her with integrating it into the wider Lathams operation, while still operating as an independent agency and importer. Vicki maintains, LDT treats Lathams as just one of its customers across the UK and Ireland. What Lathams brings the business, is added management expertise and financial security in a highly competitive market. 

Outside of work Vicki likes to spend her leisure time spent with David and her daughter Sophie, following Crystal Palace and David’s team Charlton Athletic and trying to improve her golf.

headshot of Direct Timber member of staff, Tania Whitehead who is a logistics manager at the company.

Tania Whitehead

Logistics Manager

Starting her forest products career in the paper trade, Tania moved into the softwood industry in 1995 and subsequently transferred to the hardwood trade 9 years ago working for DLH UK, an international trading company.

In her current role as Logistics Manager and Chain of Custody Champion, she brings a wealth of experience to the LDT Team.
Away from the office, Tania enjoys dashing around in her much loved sports car, long countryside walks with her husband and two dogs Szabo and Lulu, and spending time scouring garden centres for the next unusual plant to add to her garden.

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

Ben Jenn

Hardwood Trader

Ben joined the hardwood trade six years ago, after graduating from Loughborough University where he studied Politics and Economics.

He spent 5 years working for a Hardwood timber agent, where he was responsible for the procurement and sales of Far Eastern Hardwood. As well as having a passion for the timber industry.

Ben is also a fanatical supporter of Charlton Athletic Football Club and he also likes to travel, having recently spent a month touring New Zealand, Australia and Hong-Kong.

When he needs to unwind after a long day trading timber he enjoys exploring the local countryside with his trustee dog Rolo!

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.

headshot of Direct Timber member of staff, Jo Darlington who is a logistic assistant at the company.

Jo Darlington

Logistics Assistant

Jo joined the LDT team in April 2017 having previously worked in recruitment in London. Before working up in London, Jo graduated from De Montfort University in 2013 where she studied Film Studies and Media Communications.

As a newbie to the timber world, Jo has jumped straight in learning the ropes of the logistics department and getting to know the EUTR side of the business. She is all set for her first visit to do a stock take at one of the kilns.

When away from the office Jo enjoys attending comedy gigs and trying out the local beer and cider festivals with Jack. She also has a passion for travelling; having visited places such as South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She is already planning next year’s holiday road tripping around Italy!

headshot of Direct Timber member of staff, Vicky Stacey who is a logistics assistant at the company.

Vicky Stacey

Logistics Assistant

Vicky graduated from Kent University in 2013 where she studied Business Studies and Marketing for 3 years and then went into IT Recruitment for 2 years. In October 2015, having bought her first house nearby, Vicky made the move from Recruitment into the timber trade.

As part of the logistics team Vicky is involved in all parts of the shipping process, including looking after stock from the continent, she has recently become LDT’s bistrack champion.

Away from the office Vicky spends most of her time dealing with the next DIY disaster to strike her home (while partner Grant plays a round of golf. Or 2!!). Vicky also enjoys socialising with friends and family, swimming and walks with Grant and their much loved dog Honey.