Roger LightfootB.Tech (Hons)Group Chief Executive
I'm a sports-mad foodie that loves Kent and (somewhat sadly) IT too!
I joined Hobbs Parker in 1990.
Even after all those years, I love being part of Hobbs Parker.
I often say to friends that I think a large part of our success is down to the friendly atmosphere in the office — many of our Directors and staff are friends first and work colleagues second.
It’s my job to make sure that our business runs smoothly so that our Directors and brilliant staff can spend their time looking after our customers and clients.
I deal with much of the dull (but important) administration of our business which includes our IT systems.
But my real interest lies in creative ideas and solutions to improve our business and especially the efficiency and quality of the service we provide to our customers. Our website and digital communications strategy occupies much or my time at the moment.
I have always been fascinated by technology. I built my first computer aged about 15 in 1978 which involved hand soldering over 2,000 connections (it worked first time!). I studied Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University and was sponsored by Jaguar Cars. After university, I worked as a consulting and software engineer at Concentration Heat and Momentum for a couple of years before joining Hobbs Parker.
I am a Director of HP Technology – Hobbs Parker’s specialist company which concentrates on our telecoms and internet services and Co-founder Spark 9 LLP which develops Fabmin a leading cloud based web application for managing staff holidays and sickness in small and medium sized businesses.
Anybody that knows me will know that I’m a little competitive!
I refuse to give in to age and still play league hockey for Ashford Hockey Club (I first played for the club in 1976). I play tennis at our village club in Woodchurch and was the former Technical Director of the Pot Blacks Five-a-Side football team!
And I just love skiing!
- Our recommended golf courses in Kent and East Sussex
- The best beaches in Kent and East Sussex
- The best pubs in and around Ashford and Tenterden
- The IT tools we use at Hobbs Parker
Roger is a Director of: Hobbs Parker Auctioneers LLP, Hobbs Parker Car Auctions LLP, Hobbs Parker Estate Agents LLP, Hobbs Parker Property Consultants LLP, Hobbs Parker 1850 LLP, Hobbs Parker 2011 LLP, Hobbs Parker Ventures Ltd,