After opting for an electric car, we started exploring the available home charging options, but what we found didn’t excite us much. We realised that if we wanted to find a charging option with great build quality and aesthetic appeal, we would have to build one ourselves, and so, our journey began.
We’ve been making EV chargers since 2016. Original founders of the firm Andersen EV, we saw the company expand to become a global supplier with clients worldwide. Success brought rewards and challenges. We learnt about running a business and the struggles of keeping faith with a vision when things scale up, and investors with different values come on board.
When we started Simpson & Partners in 2021, we began our journey all over again, using all the experience we have gained over the years to create something even better. Our principles are simple.
We make products that set industry standards for design, user experience and build quality.
We started as a family run firm business and a family run business we will remain. Our decisions are influenced only by considering what is best for our products and for our customers. We are personally involved in every part of the business, from design, manufacturing, delivery and admin to cleaning the floors.
The heritage and natural beauty of our home Cotswolds has a huge influence on the products we make. When it comes to design, we are classic, we are British, and we are proud.
We don’t cut corners with our materials. We work with UK suppliers to reduce Co2 and shipping costs. We create products made to perform throughout the seasons for year after year.
Good customer service and making a good product go hand in hand. We want to delight our customers. We personally care about how people are treated. Our suppliers feel like an extension of our own family. We are a small business, and we want every customer to know that they count.
David Simpson A professional self-starter with years of IT project management at Lloyds Bank under his belt. David is known for being a strong free thinker and co-founded Andersen EV in 2016. With his maverick business instinct, he leads his team of software and hardware experts and inspires all those around him to do even better. A family man with a natural bounce back ability. He likes no-nonsense straight talk, watching Moto GP and is as anti-corporate as they come.
Mandy Simpson Mandy brings a creative heartbeat to Simpson & Partners. A graduate of Central Saint Martins in 1998, she had an18 year career in fashion design before swapping kids wear with co-creating Andersen EV. After leaving in 2021, her entrepreneurial spirit didn’t waiver and she relocated her family from London and started her eponymous company in the Cotswolds. She enjoys bringing exceptional value into the products and enjoys seeing what colour chargers are being selected. Her business strength comes from believing that business is about people: And says that ‘…it’s really important to find something you really like doing because that means that you’ll enjoy it and go above and beyond to make things brilliant.’
Ian Richards Logical. Methodical. Efficient. Ian is fluent in computer talk, he writes elegant code that just works. A day of Ian’s code is equivalent to a week’s work from an entire elite team of coders. Minimal with the chit chat, he is the only person we know that uses all the keys on the keyboard (and knows all the shortcuts too). He likes badminton and eating out. Refreshingly calm and modest, he’s even considerate enough to help Mandy with her technical Mac issues. If he had a latin motto it would probably be ‘Sicut facere bene’ meaning ‘Just do it right’.
Loredana Toderita – Procurement and Quality Director
Calm, kind and effortlessly organised. Loredana is the mastermind controller of our internal buying and sourcing. A composed thinker, she’s a natural business leader. She sets our accepted quality standards (they are as high as she is tall) and has laid down processes and systems to support and prepare S&P for massive growth. She is a polished negotiator who enjoys knowing her numbers, finding margins and is hands down, the healthiest eater in the office. You’ll never find her breaking out in a sweat (unless she’s at yoga).
John Toderita – Chief Operating Officer
Bringing efficiency to manufacturing is like trying to fix and improve a formula1car that’s always moving. He would know this because he used to study at Ferrari. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. This is John’s way. He is efficient and proficient, softly spoken, always positive and friendly. He understands how humans and machines work (and kindly makes the best coffee and tea). He talks about production machine downtime (and it’s not about turning up on time!). And he’s happy to get hands on which means that he can get to the crux of any issue really quickly.
John has his eyes on the smallest detail, speedometer and the road ahead.