With over 20 years' experience, Mark joins Sontay with a wealth of knowledge in senior management roles and is skilled in developing world class sales teams. He has held senior director level positions for a number of companies within the lighting and switchgear markets both in the UK and internationally.

Mark has a strong history for holistic sales expansion, brand development and generating company growth, which makes him the ideal person to drive Sontay in the UK as well as in Europe and the rest of the world.

When did you join the team?

January 2019 as Sales Director and then became MD on February 1st 2020.

What is your 'Sontay moment'?

Successfully leading our business through the challenges of C19. Especially in lockdown 1 when there was a lot of uncertainty and fear in the world. We looked after our people who in turn looked after our customers. 

What is your favourite part of being at Sontay?

It ‘might’ sound corny, but I really enjoy the almost tangible sense of team spirit that flows throughout the company. Everyone is empowered/trusted to make daily decisions for the best of the business. If I had to pick one favourite aspect of my job it would be face to face interaction with our people/our customers, as this was missing from my role for large periods of time during C19.

My inspirations?

  • My father – John Newton
  • Arnold Nossek – The best leader I have worked for
  • Jim Robinson – A great businessman, mentor and customer
  • David Goggins – Ex Navy seal, athlete, mind coach

What do you do outside of Sontay?

  • Compete in Ultra runs +30 – 85 miles
  • Walk my dog
  • Enjoy a good  pint
  • Spend time with positive people who make me laugh