Jonathan Eddy – Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan joined Hepworth in 1978 as Company Accountant, taking over the role of Chief Executive Officer in 1989.
Jonathan was responsible for the company’s strategic change of direction, taking Hepworth from its traditional UK Commercial Vehicle and Bus markets to the Marine and then Rail markets, with development of those export markets. He concluded the successful purchase of Hepworth’s largest competitor, Cheltenham-based Wynstruments Ltd and headed up the move of Hepworth’s Redditch premises in 2008 from 10,000 sq feet to a new factory of 42,000 sq feet, amalgamating both Wynn and Hepworth wiper manufacturing bases. In 2009 Jonathan negotiated the purchase of Crossley Fabrications and, after acquiring more factory space, moved this to the Redditch site also.
Jonathan spent 4 years working for Thompson Mclintock Accountants in Birmingham, and also was Managing Director of subsidiary company Healey Meters Limited. Jonathan is a member of Vistage.
Bert Thijssen – Head of Sales, Marketing, and Engineering
Bert joined Hepworth in 2005 as part of the senior management team in the position of Sales and Marketing Director with overall responsibility for the Marine, Commercial, Rail and Fabrication Divisions of the Hepworth Group.
During this time Bert has developed Hepworth’s global distributor base and ensured that Hepworth are the world’s number one choice for wiper systems.
Having previously working for Observartor in Holland, Bert has over 30 years experience in the industry.
Neil Cramb – Sales Manager
Neil joined Hepworth in 2017 to take on responsibility for promoting the Monitor Marine brand. Neil is from South Africa, and “grew up in Durban on the sunny shores of the Indian Ocean” as he puts it.
Neil has been involved in the marine industry since 2000, moving to Cape Town in 2006 to work with B Hepworth’s representatives, then more recently representing several well-known leisure brands in the marine industry in South Africa. “I’m looking forward to working with the Monitor Marine brand to take their unique solutions into new applications” said Neil, continuing: “because I’m passionate about boats looking good, and because Monitor Marine’s magnificent engineering is probably the finest finishing touch a well-presented yacht could have, I think our solutions will be what sets the well-dressed yacht apart from the rest”.