Wakefields - Smarter Home Technology

About Us

Learn more about the team at WAKEFIELDS

We’re a team of home technology experts with a genuine passion for what we do. We have over 20 years of experience working with discerning clients and the world’s greatest brands, so it’s safe to say, we really know our stuff.

You’ll find our company-owned, state-of-the-art showrooms in Yarm and Newcastle where you can experience brands such as Lutron, Bang & Olufsen, Loxone, Artcoustic, Loewe and more.

We are proud to treat every client as an individual and always aim to find solutions that best fit the way that they live, what they want to achieve with a budget they can afford. That’s why we have repeatedly been given the UK’s “Dealer of the Year” Award and many other awards for design, installation and customer service.

Bring technology into your home and make it more enjoyable, more simple and more secure. Book your chat with our team today, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a set of plans or just set on doing something smart.

Martin Wakefield

Business Owner & Director

Born in the North East, Martin studied Business Management at Sunderland Business School followed by Economics at Kings College Cambridge. He joined Bang & Olufsen in 2004 and after becoming Managing Director in 2009, Martin ultimately purchased the Newcastle and Yarm businesses.

At the same time, he opened Wakefields Smarter Home Technology, a sister company, to install home automation systems that compliment the Bang & Olufsen brand into homes and hotels across the North East. If you find Martin onsite helping to install your system it’s because he’s a certified installer for all the brands we offer.

His hobbies have always been in music and electronics; as a musician he became Lead Violinist for the county orchestra, became Head Chorister for a renewed choir performing at venues from the Royal Albert Hall to York Minster, and spent 15 years as a professional DJ performing across the UK - yes really!

Pete Craggs

Wakefields Sales Manager

Pete has over 20 years of experience in advertising and business development, ranging from radio to digital media. He joined the Wakefields team in 2015 and is driven by the joy our clients find in their bespoke home automation solutions. His passion for all things relating to smart home technology was sparked by his tertiary education background in Music Technology. If you’re looking for a sneaky conversation starter at a meeting with him, ask him about when he used to DJ...

Kirsty Bage

General Manager

Kirsty joined the team in 2016 and helps make sure our team, showroom as well as installation visits run as smoothly as possible. Her background in recruitment allows her people skills to really shine, especially since Bang & Olufsen’s clientbase is so incredibly diverse. Her favourite part of the job - that not a single day is ever the same.

Brett Hughes

Yarm Store Manager

With over 15 years experience in the Bang & Olufsen brand and the AV industry, Brett has a great wealth of knowledge and experience. Whether you are looking for a simple setup such as a Bluetooth speaker or a more bespoke home installation he’s always happy to help and get involved. Brett loves a chat, so if you have any technical questions or want to hear about all the weird and wonderful setups he’s been a part of since he joined in 2000 feel free to pop into the Yarm store.

David Rising

Newcastle Store Manager

With a background in music production and a qualification in sound engineering, David has always had a passion for audio visual technology. He joined Bang & Olufsen in September 2000, and during his time with Bang & Olufsen, David has carried out various roles across the company. Today, he runs our Newcastle store and is often the one responsible for all the incredible 1980s playlist you hear in the showroom!

Kevin Hogg

Technical Support Manager

Kevin started in our Durham branch in 2004 after being recommended by one of our clients. His previous retail background combined with his wealth of knowledge regarding Bang & Olufsen products has made him an intricate part of our team. As Technical Support Manager he’s your go-to guy for any questions you may have about your TV or sound system. You can find him in both our Yarm and Newcastle showrooms. He’ll also answer any of your technical tweets from @beonewcastle.


Installation Engineer

Andrew is the newest member to our installations team. Andrew has over 10 years experience working in electrics and installs and his expertise in this field made him the perfect candidate for Bang and Olufsen.

Connor Fothergill

Junior Engineer

Connor started his Bang & Olufsen journey as an apprentice and has quickly progressed to Junior Engineer. His passion for mechanics and practical application has made him a perfect member of our team.

Alan Balharry

Installation Manager

Alan Balharry is a newer addition to our team and joined in 2017. His previous experience has allowed his knack for hands-on installations and smart home technology to only improve. Although each day presents a new challenge (every single client’s home and setup is completely different) his ambition to provide world-class AV installation solutions to our clients only grows.

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