The Team | Compact Lighting Ltd

The Team

Meet the team

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Simon Wootton, Managing Director

Simon joined Compact Lighting in 1996 as Manufacturing Director and was instrumental in developing the company's in-house production capabilities, particularly in CNC sheet metal fabrication and finishing. Simon has always relished the challenges of product development and implemented a strategy to elevate Compact Lighting's product grade to compete with the best in our market segments. At the same time his focus has always been on ensuring Compact Lighting retains its reputation for delivering flexible solutions more quickly and reliably than its opposition.

In recent years as Managing Director, Simon has developed the team to help the company better face the challenges of growth and technological change within the industry. His own desire to be the best at what he does is matched by a commitment to support self-development of every member of Compact Lighting to maximise both their own abilities and those of the team.

Simon joined Compact Lighting from F W Thorpe sister-company, Thorlux Lighting where he worked in Production Engineering and with company support achieved two Masters degrees and achieved Chartered Engineer status. It is fair to say that exposure to the workings of this blue-chip organisation helped establish many performance standards that Simon is actively working towards at Compact Lighting.

Simon lives with his wife on the South coast and enjoys most aspects of the outdoor life there, particularly water-skiing and wind-surfing but only when the water is warm enough!

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Lee Bensley, Sales and Marketing Director

In his role Lee is responsible for developing, leading and implementing the Sales & Marketing strategy for the company. Lee joined Compact Lighting in September 2012 following a number of years in the industry and is keen to realise ambitious growth plans for the business. He is passionate about customer service and the continual pursuit of optimised holistic solutions that address the challenges of the sustainability agenda whilst delivering on the demanding commercial needs of our customers.

Prior to joining Compact Lighting Lee has worked in the lighting industry for over 25 years, during which time he has gained significant experience in a number of senior management roles. Notably he pioneered a successful long term strategic position for Philips in the Lighting Maintenance market and scribed a number of published articles on the subject, confirming maintenance as a key element in any Total Cost of Ownership solution.

Lee has previously been actively involved in the creation of strategy at Philips and developed an highly successful Specification Sales team. Critical success factors included a consistent focus towards an End User Approach with emphasis on long term benefit to the user. He has implemented this added value approach to End Users operating in Retail, Hospitality, Commercial Indoor & Outdoor applications areas.

Additional client experience has been gained with Consultants, Lighting Designers, Facilities Management Companies, Contractors & Local Authorities where he has developed, implemented and executed plans with consistent success. Lee was also responsible for leading and managing the Philips OEM business in the UK&IRE and this was pivotal for an excellent understanding of the wider lighting market and in particular the continued adoption of LED technology.

In his last role Lee held the position of Commercial Director at Philips and continued to demonstrate an ability to develop and lead commercial teams in pursuit of long term customer relationships. He has a passion for excellent customer service and an unrelenting desire to see through on customer commitment, the key pillar to achievement of our ambitious strategic goals.

Lee is married with three sons (men now), and is a Business Studies graduate from Coventry Polytechnic. He has a keen interest in golf and actively participates in 'British Military Fitness' classes. He has enjoyed playing a wide range of sports but is more of a spectator these days. 

Our Sales Team 

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