Team

Behind the success of UOE is a fabulous team of people, and we’d like to introduce you to some of them…

  • Elliot Jacobs

    Elliot Jacobs, Managing Director & Postmaster

    The man behind UOE and the one most likely to be in front of a journalist’s microphone is Elliot Jacobs. He found his entrepreneural passion early in life when he got a Saturday job at a local stationery shop called Universal Office Equipment (later to be known as UOE). Later in his career, he re-joined UOE and has guided it to its position as one of the UK’s leading independent business supplies and services companies serving over 1.5 million customers.

    Under his leadership, UOE has gone from strength to strength. Then, in 2014, he negotiated a multiple franchise agreement with the Post Office and combined it with UOE’s retail operation to create a unique and highly successful business model – there are now 6 Post Office/Stores and 2 coworking business Hubs. The company is currently on track to expand to 20 UK branches by 2021.

    10 quick-fire facts:

    • Hobbies
      I spend most Sundays being a linesman (a.k.a. assistant referee!) at my son’s football matches
    • Favourite sports
      Football (Tottenham Hotspur) and F1
    • Pets
      Messi – a morkie who works part-time at UOE HQ
    • Last holiday
      Wales
    • ‘If money was no object’ holiday
      The Inca Trail in South America
    • Ideal weekend
      A bit of “me time”: a bit of shopping, lunch with family, dinner with friends
    • Last film
      Emoji Movie – no judgement please, I was with my youngest son(!)
    • Reading habits
      I’m currently reading Changing The World With Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity by Elon Musk. I like biographies, but I admit that Jeffrey Archer is a guilty pleasure.
    • Favourite superhero
      Superman – it’s the glasses (and the cape I guess!)
    • Favourite TV programme
      I do like a bit of Holby City and Casualty
  • Simon

    Simon Rogers, Group Operations Director

    Simon, our Group Operations Director [a.k.a. GOD ;-)] has over 17 years of corporate experience, predominantly in senior level roles. Seeking to redress the work/life balance in 2009 he took time out to relax, reflect and plan what to do next. During this period he worked with a local start-up digital marketing agency to develop their business plans, and it was from this that he came to understand the challenges and fun that could be had within the small business environment.

    Convinced that a combination of the best elements of the big corporates mixed with the entrepreneurial spirit and drive of an SME would deliver great results, Simon arranged a long lunch with Elliot after which it became clear that their combination of skills and talent would be an irresistible team, and he joined the UOE family in 2010.

    When he is not working, he is to be found with his family, training the new family dog Bertie, enjoying music, or just chilling with a glass of Prosecco.

    10 quick-fire facts:

    • Most unusual work task
      Abseiling down a tower block
    • ‘If money was no object’ holiday
      Sovalye Island, Turkey
    • Favourite food
      Cottage pie and baked beans
    • Next item on the bucket list
      Train from North to South USA
    • Favourite band
      Stornoway
    • Favourite comedian
      Sid James
    • Favourite superhero
      Plastic Man
    • Last film
      The Accountant
    • Currently reading
      A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
    • Favourite TV programme
      It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Louise

    Louise Cambridge, Business Development Manager

    Prior to joining UOE in 2015, Louise spent 23 years in the corporate world of office products. She had known Elliot for many years and had worked with Simon at a previous company, so it was a pleasure to be asked to join the UOE team. Since then she has developed and enhanced UOE’s relationship with its client base, working in unison with the dedicated Account Manager. She enjoys the challenge of building strong relationships and her main focus is working with our top 20 clients delivering our cost reduction programme, Control-Alt-Delete, to help them reduce their office expenditure, get control of their spend, help with budgeting for their office supplies, and support them with quarterly reviews and real time reporting.

    When Louise isn’t doing her BDM role, she enjoys playing netball, walking in the hills and along coastal paths, visiting the Greek Islands, and having a nice meal out. More importantly, she’s currently looking forward to a new puppy joining the family.

    10 quick-fire facts:

    • Unusual talents
      I’m great at doing accents!
    • Pets
      Dolli the Miniature Schnauzer (with an I not a Y!)
    • Last holiday
      Fowey, Cornwall
    • ‘If money was no object’ holiday
      Montana in the USA for a riding holiday across the wide open valleys
    • Ideal weekend
      With the family for a good walk and a pub lunch
    • Next item on the bucket list
      New York
    • Favourite singer
      George Michael
    • Favourite comedian
      Peter Kay
    • Favourite superhero
      Wonder Woman
    • Last film
      Dirty Dancing… I had the time of my life!
  • Jaryd

    Jaryd Hengl, Area Manager

    With over 15 years’ retail experience, originally from the land down under, Jaryd ventured to the other side of the globe to explore Europe and found UOE!

    Jaryd has risen repeatedly through the ranks and holds responsibility for staff training and development (on both Post Office and Retail channels) as well as in-store customer experience across our UOE Store brand. His energy and positivity have been invaluable in helping to recruit, develop and maintain the engaged, high-performing teams that serve at each of our retail stores.

    With a strong passion for travel, live music and theatre, you’ll either find Jaryd at a gig or a show in town if not exploring abroad (when he’s allowed time off!).

    10 quick-fire facts:

    • Hobbies
      Travel!
    • Last holiday
      USA (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York)
    • ‘If money was no object’ holiday
      Fly first class!
    • Favourite food
      BBQ
    • Next item on the bucket list
      Trek the Himalayas
    • Favourite band
      Cut Copy (great electronic band from down under)
    • Favourite superhero
      Nightcrawler
    • Last film
      Blade Runner 2049
    • Currently reading
      The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
    • Favourite TV programme
      X-Files (so iconic nothing has topped it)
  • Claire Shaw, Account Manager

    Claire joined UOE in 2011. She spends her days talking to her lovely customers, sourcing unusual items, making sure everything is being processed correctly, and having fun with her colleagues. She enjoys working with such a great team, especially when we all have a laugh.

    When she’s not in the office, Claire can be found with a paintbrush in her hand creating art from unusual materials – she has been known to use playing cards as her canvas and coffee as her paint (makes a change from the usual team activity of drinking it!). If you want to see just how talented she is, visit her Etsy store to find out.

    10 quick-fire facts:

    • Pets
      2 cats – Elmo and Womble
    • Last holiday
      Spain
    • ‘If money was no object’ holiday
      Back to Japan – best trip I’ve ever had
    • Ideal weekend
      Country walk, pub lunch and then home for a movie
    • Favourite food
      Anything spicy, the hotter the better!
    • Favourite band
      The Distillers
    • Favourite comedian
      Michael McIntyre
    • Last film
      Inglourious Basterds
    • Currently reading
      A book about Art Therapy
    • Favourite TV programme
      Orange is the New Black
  • Katerina Kasnik, Account Manager

    Five years at UOE have taught Katerina a lot. She has learnt that Team UOE are a family united by the love of chocolate and wine, and also that hopping around Central London on a spacehopper for six hours is an unusual thing to do!

    Her average day in the office consists of lots of little things – from taking orders, procurement and organising deliveries, to packing boxes, sorting out emergency orders, eating chocolates and petting small furry animals (we assume she means Messi as he is the only small furry animal we’re aware of…).

    At work, her greatest achievement is becoming a friend to many of her clients. And in her personal life she’s proud of “getting to where I am with no help or support, through making my own decisions”.

    10 quick-fire facts

    • Unusual talents
      I can hang upside down holding on by my toes only
    • Pets
      Maya, Siberian husky: “The most beautiful creature in the world”
    • ‘If money was no object’ holiday
      Bora Bora
    • Ideal weekend
      Embarking on an adventure
    • Favourite food
      Salmon, courgette and seaweed salad
    • Next item on the bucket list
      Skydiving from 4000m high
    • Favourite bands
      Linkin Park, Rammstein
    • Last film
      Honour
    • Currently reading
      The Picture of Dorian Grey
    • Favourite TV programme
      Game of Thrones
  • Liz Milward, Account Manager

    Liz has been with us for just over a year. UOE was quite a radical change in direction for her as she used to be a nurse – somewhat different to her current job looking after clients and running back orders and returns.

    The most unusual thing Liz has ever been asked to do for us is find edible bugs for a customer. They ended up choosing chocolate covered ants and crickets, and Thai green curry crickets – mmmm yummy…

    Working at UOE is a lot less dramatic than nursing, but we’re beginning to think we need to give her more to do. In her spare time, Liz is doing a part-time maths and statistics degree – “because apparently I like to keep myself busy” – and says what she enjoys most about working here is: “Louise’s tea”! [At least we know who to ask to put the kettle on.]

    10 quick-fire facts

    • Unusual talents
      I can name all 151 original Pokémon
    • Pets
      A ginger tabby cat called Thomas O’Malley
    • Last holiday
      Zante in Greece for a wedding
    • ‘If money was no object’ holiday
      North Carolina to visit my brother
    • Favourite food
      My Mum’s lasagne
    • Next item on the bucket list
      Walk the Inca trail
    • Favourite comedian
      Bill Bailey
    • Favourite superhero
      Xena: Warrior Princess
    • Currently reading
      Dead Air by Iain Banks
    • Favourite TV programme
      It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
UOE team
UOE team
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