Tom Gittins
Managing Director

  1. What is your role at Confex and how long have you worked here?
    I am a Business Development Direct (Foodservice) dealing with our foodservice; Grocery; Alcohol; Tobacco & Non-Food categories. I started at Confex in September 2010.
  2. What did you do before joining Confex?
    I previously worked for 16 years in the horseracing industry. During my career I have worked in Dubai for Sheikh Mohammed and for the governing Body of racing - the British Horseracing Board. Prior to joining Confex I ran my own business running racehorse syndicates at its height managing 60 horses across the UK and going racing 5 days a week!
  3. What do you do when you’re not at Confex?
    Enjoying my family – Kate; Jack (6) & Beth (4). We ride horses together as a family and I also enjoy going to the cinema and playing golf.
  4. If you were able to retire tomorrow, how would you spend your time?
    Easy – I would go racing on Monday; ride horses Tuesday & Thursday and play Golf on Wednesday & Friday. I would then catch a film during the weekend! I would also like to enjoy more travelling – there are so many different cultures and countries on my bucket list!
  5. Who inspires you?
    I have been impressed with Barack Obama. During his presidency he tried to bring about change but battled against a lack of control of the Senate but more impressive for me has been the decorum shown to his successor Donald Trump along with his ‘down to earth’ nature shown in interviews following his time as the most powerful man in the world.
  6. What type of business would you go into, if it wasn’t wholesale?
    I am sure it would be Sales as this seems to be my strength. Having now been involved in Wholesale for 8 years I believe it would be hard to find a replacement which would provide the variety and genuinely nice people that we work with at Confex.
  7. What is the most interesting place you have visited and why?
    My favourite Countries are Laos and New Zealand. From my experiences both have welcoming people’s whom have a great outlook on living life and being contented with their lot in life.
  8. What do you like about working at Confex?
    They say variety is the spice of life and this is certainly true at Confex. No two days are the same and within any given day I could switch from dealing with a frozen dessert supplier to a member query about headache tablets and back to trying to tie up trading terms on Jalapeno peppers.