Our new MKM Galashiels branch is headed up by Bob Hogarth, who had over 20 years of merchanting experience under his belt before being welcomed into the MKM fold. Starting his career as a sales rep, he quickly moved up the ranks and became a regional manager and more recently an area sales manager for the East of Scotland (though this spanned as far as Inverness, Fort William and Skye). While he doesn’t call himself a specialist, modest Bob definitely knows more than most about the timber side of merchanting. He’s also met Sir Bob Geldof, so be sure to ask him about this.
Outside of work Bob is a family man, and can often be found mucking out the stables and tending to the horses with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. He’s also a big rugby union fan, supporting his team Kelso RFC. In fact, Bob was part of the Scottish national squad back in the 80s, sitting on the bench against England at Twickenham and Wales at Murrayfield. And he played Sevens four times at Hong Kong, as well as tournaments in Dubai, Muscat, Monte Carlo and Paris.
Kitchen and bathroom manager
Tommy originally trained and spent 15 years as a circuit board designer for the MOD, but decided on a career change when he realised he had a flair for kitchen design. He’s since worked at numerous national builders’ merchants, but has made the move over to MKM because he wants a new challenge.
Outside of work Tommy likes to eat out occasionally, before relaxing in front of the telly to catch-up on his favourite sports. He also fancies himself as a bit of a darts player, having once “played” professionals Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis.
Plumbing and heating specialist
David is the go-to person at MKM Galashiels for all things plumbing and heating, and he’s got ample experience in the area, as he’s worked in the industry 11 years.
When he’s not busy advising customers on the parts they need to complete their projects, David enjoys a game or two of football - whether it’s a kick-about with his local 5-a-side football team or cheering on his second love, Glasgow Rangers. His first love is obviously his family, which includes his wife, two Labradors and baby daughter Billie-Rose.
Before working at MKM Galashiels, Allan – who has a joinery background - previously worked at Jewson and Magnet (where he actually met a number of his colleagues for the new MKM branch). One of his favourite things about working in the merchanting industry is the diversity of people he meets every day - he’s very much a people person, and considers colleagues and customers more as mates.
When Allan isn’t at work he spends a lot of time with his family, and can occasionally be found enjoying a round of golf (with his work ‘mates’).
Andy is our Timber specialist at the Galashiels branch. Although fairly new to MKM, he’s enjoying it every day. He likes the challenges the customers present to him, and the more challenging and obscure the project, the better. He has been working in this specialty for over 11 years now after starting in a mill, and has worked his way up to a timber specialist. Over the years, he has gathered a great deal of knowledge about timber and is continuing to learn about new product areas in our Galashiels branch.
Outside of work Andy spends a lot of time with his family which includes his wife, his daughter Hope and son Lachlan. Head over to our Galashiels branch, Andy will be there to help give you knowledgeable help and advice on Timber.
Bricks and block specialist
Having worked in this specialty for almost 25 years now, Derek certainly knows a lot about all things bricks and blocks, having gained a lot of knowledge in this product area over the years. He enjoys meeting new customers and helping them with their projects, as well as working with his longstanding customers. He loves being part of the team at MKM Galashiels and says it’s never a problem getting up in the morning as he really enjoys coming to work. Derek likes nothing better than offering advice to his customers, so if you need any help with bricks on your next project, pop over to the Galashiels branch and speak to our bricks and blocks specialist.