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Meet The Team

Steve Budd

Founder, Owner, Director

Having pursued numerous life callings ranging from KFC and The Cheese Factory to Accountancy and Applications Development, Steve moved to the AV Industry in 2003 where he became a Franchise Owner for a Hi-Fi Store and then an AV Install Company. Predicting a shift to E-Commerce in the market, he set up the original Ceiling Speakers website and has been driving the company forward with his ‘infectious power of delusion’ ever since.

Favourite Album:

‘Wish You Were Here’


Pink Floyd

Jason Budd

Sales Manager and Technical Support

By the Mid 90s Jason wanted to follow the Passion for Music and became Branch Manager of a National Chain of HiFi Shops, then took over the Franchise in 2007. This passion still exists today, now having moved into the internet to supply HIFi and Audio Visual products.. “yes we need to sell items to pay the bills, but knowing we have supplied the right items to produce music at it’s best for our customers is still very immensely satisfying”

The Wall - Pink Floyd

Favourite Album​:

‘The Wall’

Pink Floyd

Tom Thackwray

Sales Manager and Technical Support

Stephen Clark

Warehouse/Dispatch Manager

A jack-of-all-trades, Stephen has been everything from a Picture Framer to a Shower Enclosure Engineer to a Ski Technician (when he hasn’t been riding his bike, that is…). Along the way he has worked in various warehouses, as well as in Logistics and Stock Management, and it was this that brought him to us. His keen eye for detail and general common sense are crucial for the running of The Specialist Audio Company.

Favourite Album:

‘Two Virgins’ 

John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Billy Illingworth

E-Commerce Channel Manager

Starting his working life as a dog handler in the British Army, upon returning from Afghanistan Billy launched his own company where he fell in love with the new and exciting world of E-Commerce. Through a chance encounter, Steve offered Billy the opportunity to join the SAC team. His love for Music means you’ll often find him with his headphones in – JAMin. (or coaching Jake about his goof music)

Favourite Album:

‘This ones for you too’ 

Luke Combs

Jake Abberley

E-Commerce Channel Manager

Davide Defendi

E-Commerce Consultant

Having worked as a sound engineer back in Italy, Davide moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue his interests in Sound Recording and Design for Films. After a few years, with experience in computing, he wanted to expand his skillset to Marketing and E-commerce Development and found the perfect role in the expansion of The Specialist Audio Company and Parasoul ltd. When he’s not fighting with various bits of code you can find him surfing the cold waves of Britain’s beaches.

Favourite Album:

‘Italyan, Rum Casusu Çikti’ – 

Elio E Le Storie Tese