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ABOUT
Thomas S Harris started his business trading in oils and greases in 1900 and at one stage he had 4 offices in London Bristol Manchester and Leeds. He sold the business around 1925 and it passed through a couple of hands before being owned by the Dutch de Geer family. They were also part owners of Feedingstuffs & Fertilisers (Ldn) Limited – a company started in 1948 by Reginald Fuller.

They eventually sold their holding in both companies and in 1963 Mr Fullers’s son-in-law  (John Kelson) joined the business from Reed Sacks. Hollow Legs Kelson was famous in the trade and that end of The City for 25 years. Many a gentleman from the tallow trade on his way to Tallow Chandlers Hall – a City Livery Hall – for The Weekly Market Letter Committee ‘suffered’ at  his hands and made very little sense for the afternoon discussion on pricing.
 


In 1930, Percy Tobias commenced trading in tallows and greases  which he ran alongside his button manufacturer in the East End of London. His son Alan took over from him in the early 1950’s and closed the button business down to concentrate on tallow.
 
In 1975 John and Alan decided to join forces and created Harris Tobias Ltd based in Spitalfields Market – a much less glamorous location in those days than it is now and when they started to think about retirement Harris Tobias moved to Stansted Mountfitchet village – where we are today.
 
Sadly both John and Alan have passed away, although there widows still survive them and we stay in correspondence. Alan also has the legacy of his son regularly appearing on Radio 2 Thought for the Day – Rabbi Peter Tobias.


OUR TEAM

Rodney Pope - Managing Director

Rodney joined the company in 1977 when Harris Tobias was based in the Fruit Exchange in the city of London. An economist by degree Rodney had a 3 month placement with P&G which introduced him to the world of fat!

Today Rodney is an active FOSFA Arbitrations and Appeals member which resolves contractual disputes in the oils & fats industry. He is also the former chair of the Feed Fat Association which oversees the activities of the feed fat industry throughout the UK.
  Rodney Pope
Jacqueline Stott   Jacqueline Stott - Director & Trader

Jacqueline joined the company in 2002 as part of her university course and returned upon completion of degree in 2004. Jacqueline has covered all areas within the company, starting in administration and logistics, with some accounts and trading.

Today she covers all areas of trading whether it be oils & fats or products for recycling. She has had a key role in helping to develop the ‘food waste’ recycling part of the business and still has an active interest in finding solutions and alternative technologies for customers.
Phill Stybar – Logistics & Administration

Phill joined Harris Tobias almost 7 years ago, his previous employment was in the restaurant and bar industry, so it was a complete change of direction! Phill quickly settled in to the team and quickly overcame the challenges that were presented.

Today his role is the logistics and administration which encompasses all our requirements for the waste and recycling side of the business, including all the challenges they present and the duty of care that they require.
  Phill Stybar
Ann Howard   Alexander Pope – Business Development

Alex joined the company in 2015 after several years working in the media industry.

Being new to both the business and the market Alex has been tasked with further developing our links into the Anaerobic Digestion sector as well as other aspects of the food waste industry to seek better applications and value for materials that are discarded.
Ann Howard – Logistics & Administration

Ann has been with the company since its inception. Her role is predominantly within the logistics and administration for the oils and fats side of the business. Ann manages the contract executions and she liaises daily with hauliers as well as both collection and delivery points to ensure all parties are aware of changes and informed accordingly.

Ann has a cool head when it comes to resolving disputes and those situations that don’t always go to plan!

 
Ann Howard

Jayne Minor   Jayne Minor – Company Secretary & Accounts

Jayne has been with Harris Tobias since 1990. She has been in finance throughout her career and has worked for the likes of Volkswagen and J Sainsburys.

Within the company Jayne manages the company accounts and ensure timely payments of invoices.
Sue Pope – Director

Call her Susan and she won't talk to you! Has been with the company since 1994. A wonderful cake maker her primary role is keeping Rodney in order!
 
Sue Pope Harris Tobias

Dash   Dash - The company cat

Dash is perhaps the most asked about member of the team! He has been with the company since 2005 and is possibly the most spoilt cat we know!

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Essex,
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