The Team

We’re proud to have an enthusiastic, dedicated and personable team at 1st Technologies. Here’s a chance to put some faces to the names…


Sam Benthamin

Sam has held a broad range of management roles since the early 90’s. Later as a project engineer he worked on the Virgin Pendolino tilt train and more recently, he was Technical Director of a group of manufacturing companies.

He is a strong proponent of continuous improvement and believes that people are an organisation’s most important asset. Sam will be overseeing the administrative and operational teams, looking after HR, Quality and Health and Safety and supporting our continuing growth in the coming years.

Sam is a keen hiker, jogger and motorcyclist, he has a son Jake and a dog Macey and can often be found around the hills, dales and lanes of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria.


1st Technologies Sam Bentham
1st Technologies Jim Pilling
Jim Pillingin

Famed for his pipe smoking, political pursuits and unmistakeable good humour, Jim has over forty years’ experience in the IT industry. He had a good grounding by attending Accrington College and Loughborough University. During the 70’s and 80’s he was a test engineer for a company producing digital weighing machines. In 1990 Jim entered the computer industry initially as a technician before becoming a broker in 1992.

Jim has become widely respected throughout the industry as a knowledgeable and reliable man whose word is his bond. Outside the workplace Jim is a keen football fan who supports his beloved Burnley. He shares passions of sailing, cycling and walking with his wife Catherine.

Stuart Redmanin

Stuart has worked in the industry since 1990 and soon became very well-known and respected within the market place.

In 1997 he was instrumental in forming 1st Technologies and has worked in management, buying and selling roles ever since. Stuart has a vast knowledge of the industry and is widely recognised as being a honest and friendly business associate across the globe. Stuart is passionate about sport and outdoor activities. He enjoys cycling, running, the gym and watching Preston North End. He is also team manager for the local hockey club.

Stuart is married to Lisa and they have one son, Nathan, and one daughter, Katie May.

1st Technologies Stuart Redman
1st Technologies Dan Kehoe
Dan Kehoein

Dan is the latest addition to the trade team after serving his apprenticeship on the warehouse floor. An affable, flat-capped fella with a penchant for a sing song; Dan is responsible for trade purchasing and sales.

As a keen traveller, Dan travelled around the world before settling down to make his way in the IT industry, working in Australia and Taiwan between other adventures.

Away from the office, Dan enjoys musicals, reading and exploring the local countryside with his partner Katy and young family.

Tom Petersonin

Tom is the company’s action man. In 2016 he completed the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail in America. He denies that the reason he embarked on this undertaking was to take his mind off the fortunes of his football club, Sunderland.

He is a keen Rugby Union player and captain of Preston Grasshopper’s second team.

Tom joined the company in 2011 following his studies at Manchester Met where he received a degree in Business and now works within the sales and purchasing team, looking after our trade customers.

1st Technologies Tom Peterson
1st Technologies John Graham
John Grahamin

Since starting his career in banking at TSB many moons ago, John moved onto the Cheshire Building Society as Area Manager. He came to work at 1st Technologies in 2007, setting up the education brand ICT Direct.

John is an avid supporter of the best football team in East Manchester – Manchester City. His other interests include golf, fly-fishing and skiing. John also coaches the local cricket clubs junior team. For charity, John completed several challenges over the years including The Three Peaks Challenge (Snowden, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis) and completing five rounds of golf in five countries in 24 hours.

John Petersonin

John oversees the retail side of 1st Technologies with the company trading as Bargain Hardware through various retail platforms including a website, eBay and Amazon.

Prior to joining 1st Technologies in 2014, John worked as the head of a Mathematics department in a Preston High School before leaving to start his journey in the IT Industry.

Outside of work, John enjoys both participating in and watching a wide variety of sports. He is the first team captain of Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Union team and an avid Sunderland supporter. Spending time with his partner Clare and their lovely young daughter Martha fills in the rest of his leisure time.


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Ben Craigin

Ben is responsible for, and does a sterling job of, overseeing all incoming and outgoing stock and managing and controlling stock locations and records. He also makes sure that all outgoing orders are packaged and labelled correctly and professionally.

He has many years’ experience in warehouse management and woe betides anyone who moves any stock without his say so! Ben has worked for 1st Technologies since 2008 and has quickly progressed through the company. Outside work he is a keen mountain biker and enjoys all aspects of outdoor life.

Jackie Finn

Jackie is a very experienced and thorough accounts manager who has worked at several blue chip companies. She is responsible for customer accounts and producing balance sheets.

Since starting working for 1st Technologies in 2003 Jackie has had to embrace the rapid expansion of the company’s supplier and customer portfolio. This proved to be very challenging but she oversaw the changes very efficiently. Jackie is a netball referee and very involved with the local netball league.

Jackie Finn (5)
Lorraine Nelson 1st Technologies
Lorraine Nelson

Lorraine or “Nellie” as she is known is quite simply a diamond! Ever cheerful no matter how busy, she multi-tasks with phone, computer, paperwork and greeting our many visitors.

She is usually the first point of contact with customers and suppliers. 1st Technologies is certainly a happier place with her around. She enjoys the great outdoor with her partner Alan and spends time exploring the glorious Lancashire hill country.

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