Meet the team

staff-jennyJenny Hooper MiEx - Managing Director

Jenny is Managing Director and founder of Independent Freight as well as the winner of the Everywoman 2015 ‘Leader of the Year’ Award.

She is on the Council of the Institute of Export, Vice Chair of their East Midlands division and is former Chair of the East Midlands branch of the British International Freight Association (BIFA).

Jenny has been involved in transport and logistics for the last 15 years and has developed extensive knowledge of importing and exporting resulting in her regularly advising various bodies in both the public and private sector on international trade issues.

For all your initial enquiries regarding quotes, projects, freight advice and assistance please do not hesitate to contact her at

staff-davidDavid Hooper MBA - Director

David is Director and founder of Independent Freight. David’s background is varied having worked in both the private and public sector providing support to businesses for over 20 years. David has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Degree in Economics. He is responsible for all HR, Sales and Marketing and Finance.

Please do not hesitate to contact David regarding any financial queries, potential project collaborations and vacancies or other opportunities within the Company.

staff-marieMarie Jarman – International Freight Forwarding Co-ordinator

Marie  recently joined the company in October 2015 as an international  freight forwarding co-ordinator and is responsible for liaising with customers and suppliers to arrange shipments and ensure all the relevant paperwork is compliant and retained for audit purposes. She has a financial background working with Santander for 26 years within the ATM  customer services department.

Her experience in freight forwarding was from her previous role  as an Export Account Manager where she was introduced to Independent Freight and was given help and guidance by  David and Jenny on all aspects of International shipping.

For general enquiries regarding day to day shipping or compliance please do not hesitate to contact Marie.

staff-samSam Clewes – Freight Forwarding Executive

Sam Clewes Ba (hons) graduate has 5 years experience in the Freight and logistics industry at Independent Freight Solutions. Sam can assist you with all your shipping queries be it air, road, sea or express courier. Sam has extensive experience dealing with customs clearance for both import and export shipments and can help advise and help with any queries you may have.

Sam assists Jenny with day to day freight operations and has arranged shipments for customers from a variety of industries worldwide and can advise on how to ship and what you’ll need to ship items to anywhere in the world.

staff-gavinGavin Hodges – Warehouse & Freight Supervisor

Gavin has been with us since September 2015, with 20+ years in warehousing, from driving the forklift to managing warehouse, he brings experience to our storage and supply facility.

Working with the rest of the team he is working on the AEO accreditation, making sure all stock is managed correctly on-site.



staff-kimKim Batchelor – Office Administrator

Kim is our office and account administrator. Her background is in the insurance/loss adjusting and hospitality industry in the corporate and private sectors, having worked in office and face to face environments both in the UK and Mallorca.  Kim has excellent IT and database skills which help support the team in many areas.

If you have any enquiries regarding invoices, accounts or other administrative issues please do not hesitate to contact Kim.



staff-andrewAndrew Hooper – Admin Assistant

Andrew joined as an apprentice in 2011 and now acts as our administrative assistant, providing support to his colleagues in all areas of administration as well as developing our own in house database for sales and marketing purposes.

staff-johnJohn Tebbutt – Driver and Transport

John has been involved in freight forwarding for over 40 years working for several freight forwarders in the region during that time. Now semi-retired John provides valuable support to our operations as well as doing dedicated pick-ups as our local driver.

staff-mollyMolly Smith – Admin Assistant

Molly recently joined Independent Freight as an apprentice in June 2015, and now works as our administration and operations assistant, providing support to her colleagues in all areas of administration as well as operations, assisting with the booking of shipments and the updating of our customers’ records.