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Select Group is a unique, multifaceted products,
distribution and marketing business.

Director Profiles

  • Alan Archer

    Alan Archer - Founder & Managing Director

    Owner and founder of The Select Group of Companies Ltd., Alan's expertise in Plumbing/HVAC stems from early hands-on experience as owner/manager of his own plumbing and heating firm in the 1970s. His career led him overseas in the late 70s to a number of managerial Sales and Marketing roles within the Solar Energy and Refrigeration Industry in the USA and Japan. Returning to the UK in the late 80s he established Select International as a consultancy assisting US companies to establish a presence in Europe. A serial entrepreneur, Alan has since developed Select into 6 different businesses and divisions over two decades now involved in product design and development, manufacture, production, distribution, e-commerce and satellite warehousing.

    In addition to his business activities, Alan has held and continues to hold a number of voluntary positions in the South West, including Governor of South Devon College (past), Chairman of Torbay Business Forum (past), Non-Executive Director of Torbay Economic Development Company (current), Business Ambassador for Torbay, Advisory Board Member Devon & Cornwall Business Council (current), Executive Member of the Heart of South West LEP Business Forum and Executive positions in both South Devon Int'l Trade Forum and S Devon Chamber of Commerce (past).

    Connect with Alan on LinkedIn

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    Julie Archer - Director

    A director of the Select Group since its formation in the late 1980s, Julie's is now less active in the daily running of the business but retains a great interest in the development of the company and attends all board meetings.

    Julie has a Qualification in Health and Social Care, and is an active and qualified Yoga Teacher with over 20 yearsí experience and in addition works as recognised Doula (birthing companion) with over 10 years experience.

  • Loretta King

    Loretta King - Director

    Following graduation from the University of Wales (Swansea) with a Politics degree and a year's work experience in Barcelona, Loretta joined London based integrated marketing agency Communicator/ 141 as an Account Executive. Whilst working on a number of high profile FMCG brands inc: Kimberly Clarke, Camelot (The National Lottery), Colgate Palmolive, Anheuser Busch & Starbucks, Loretta rose to a Senior Account Management position. Seizing the opportunity to work for a sister agency in Melbourne, Australia for a year, Loretta gained experience of the Australasian market working on a number of well-known Australian brands.

    On returning to the UK, Loretta joined the Select Group of Companies Ltd to manage The Groupís marketing and PR requirements. As The Group Select has grown Loretta's role has evolved to encompass Marketing, PR, Operations and HR across the Group. Loretta is also a dedicated part of the Alert Project senior management team, responsible for exploitation, dissemination and project administration.

    Connect with Loretta on LinkedIn.

  • Reid Archer

    Reid Archer - Director

    With a background in graphics and new media, Reid joined Select as a Graphic Designer after finishing a New Multi Media course at City of Bristol College. Initially responsible for traditional graphic design, Reid then started a small eBay store with a selected range of products from Select Products. After eBay success Reid designed and launched the group's online division. Now head of Trade Counter Direct, Reid has developed the website from a small start-up to a dominant and well respected online tool retailer of over 35,000 products.

    In 2013 Reid and his growing team launched a new-look TCD website with 35,000 new products. They were the first online tool store to launch a shopping app for busy tradesmen (TCD Tool Shop). Trade Counter continues to break its own sales records month on month whilst Reid and his team are dedicated to continually improving the shopping experience for their customers and to keep offering unique and innovative tools, products and ideas to the online market.

    Connect with Reid on LinkedIn.

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    Bonnie-Rae Hughes - Finance Director

    Of the Directors at Select (after Alan and Julie), Bonnie-Rae has been with the company the longest joining the company back in 2002 having previously worked as a PA and book-keeper for a number of local businesses.

    She began her career at Select as an Accounts Assistant and over the past decade, with her increased experience and professional qualifications she now heads the Accounts Department as Finance Director for the Select Group. Bonnie is responsible for managing and leading the accounts team and advising the other Directors on the Group's financial requirements.