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!

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.

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. Alan will now be based in our Yarm store alongside Kirsty.

Brett Hughes

Wakefield's Sales Manager

With over 15 years experience in the Bang & Olufsen brand and the AV industry, Brett has been our Yarm showroom manager since 2000, but now he is expanding into field sales and will be looking to work with Interior Designers, private and commercial projects and anything of the sort to show how Wakefield's can transform any space into a WOW factor. Brett has a great wealth of knowledge and experience of both Wakefield's and Bang & Olufsen so whether this is to add a Home Cinema or the Latest TV and audio he can certainly help.

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.

Andrew

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.

Amy Dixon

Sales and Service Administrator

Amy joined our team in 2018 and spends her time looking after the Newcastle showroom alongside David, ensuring all administration work is up to date to make sure daily life runs smoothly. Amy comes from a Marketing background and will be looking after all our Social Media and is the go to lady for any social influencing or marketing prospects - but most importantly, shes always there for a good cup of tea and a chat.

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