We offer a fantastic range of electronics products here at QVC – and presenting them are our brilliant tech experts. They’re here to show you just how to get the best from your laptops, tablets, TVs and more, with handy tips and tricks and the latest news about what’s coming up in the world of technology. We thought we’d ask them to share a little about their backgrounds and why it is they love their tech so much. So without further ado, meet Lee Hohbein, James Murden, Ella Williamson and Rebecca Perfect…
I was always destined for a life in technology after Christmas 1985 when I felt like the luckiest boy in the world after getting a Commodore 64 computer from Santa. I remember it like it was yesterday and although the technology now seems primitive (64kb of memory and a tape player to load games???) it was the spark that set of a lifelong passion for everything techie.
Once I reached working age I bagged myself a fantastic job looking after 500 computers in a large insurance company and from then on my life around anything related to a plug on it has continued.
I’ve worked for a world leading printer company, brought a Canadian software company to the shores of Europe, started (and subsequently sold) my own online software download business and for the past 10 years I’ve been consulting with a wealth of tech companies to launch gadgets from brands such as Microsoft, Intel, HP, Sony, Lenovo and Apple.
Throughout that time I’ve also invested and helped to run other tech companies across Europe, the Far East and the USA so even when I’m not on screen at QVC I’m truly living and breathing technology (and wouldn’t have it any other way).
A lot has changed in the past 30 years since I fell in love with tech but the same principles apply: to make our lives easier, more enjoyable and more efficient. Who would ever of thought that we could hold 30 million songs on a phone in our pocket or be able to video chat with anyone we like in any corner of the world? I still feel like that wide-eyed 14 year old staring down at his shiny new computer every day!
So how did I end up being part of the QVC team? Well, 9 years ago I ran an experience agency specialising in tech brands and we were blessed to be asked to launch Microsoft Vista in the UK. As part of that process we were asked to take care of a couple of airings at QVC and I thought it would be fun to do it myself so, after a successful audition they kindly let me present it. A few weeks passed and they asked me back to represent another brand and the rest, as they say, is history.
Although I’m a “proper” businessman (you wouldn’t think it would you?!?) I absolutely love the presenting side of things as it allows me to demystify technology and show just how amazing it can be. As a result of getting the presenting bug through QVC I also started getting into more of it through my businesses which has seen me do things such as launch new audio products at the O2 Arena in London, demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics show in Vegas, head a roadshow for a major phone launch and film a few infomercials on the other side of the Atlantic.
Oh, and a little known fact to end… I used to be a Rick Astley lookalike in the late 80’s and have also been a singer since the age of 17 (and was in a band for 10 years) so having the chance to perform as well as work with technology is the ultimate dream job for me.
See you soon and as always if you want to get in touch you can find me at LeeQVC on Twitter or Facebook.
I’ve been in the world of technology for 12 years now and have been lucky enough to work with some really well respected brands as well as some up and coming must-have gadgets.
Since 2004 I’ve specialised in teaching people how to use this amazing tech – what use is a great gadget if you don’t know how to get the most from it? I’ve trained store staff, presented at training events, conferences and product launches but my favourite part of what I do is, without doubt, QVC. I first joined the QVC family as Mr TomTom back in 2008, aww look how young I look (pictured below)!
I then went on to represent some other wonderful companies from Samsung and Vodafone, to lesser known brands like CPR (they’re the guys behind the AMAZING nuisance call blocker). I’m still Mr TomTom by the way!
I’m very lucky to get to play with the latest gadgets for a living but I thoroughly enjoy testing out these products and trying to explain them in a simple, easy to understand way.
Last year I also started working with my good friend and fellow QVC guest Sharon on our own little invention. Mardles – stickers that come to life with a free app first launched on QVC as part of Christmas in July last year. I’m pleased to say that I’ll be back on-air this July with some brand new characters. It’s been so much fun using my technology background to co-create a product range and the look on kids’ faces when they see the creatures pop up in 3D with sound effects is priceless!
Now let’s get personal…
I’m 30 years old (I know, unbelievable isn’t it?!) and I’m married to Charlotte, who I’ve known since I was at school. Earlier this month, our little baby boy came into our lives. George was born on 1st March weighing an eye watering 9lbs! He’s amazing and I am loving being a daddy.
Hobby wise, I love the movies and I’ve been fortunate enough to report from a couple of premieres overt the years but my main passion is drama. I have enjoyed the world of Am Dram since I was 11 and to-date I’ve appeared on stage in 15 Panto productions, from Aladdin’s Genie to Buttons in Cinderella. I love the buzz of a live show because anything can happen, as Charlotte discovered when I proposed to her on stage (excuse the dodgy outfits!)
If you have any questions about the products I bring to QVC or you just want to say hi, you’ll find me on Twitter @jamesmurden
Until next time…
What a fab year and a half I’ve had working with technology here at QVC. I’ve worked in the consumer technology industry for over 10 years now, starting my career as a Gadget and Gift Buyer. This saw me travel the world hunting for the next coolest consumer gadget and must-have gift – a job that the Buyers at QVC do particularly well. I’ve always been really passionate about great product and find it immensely satisfying discovering gadget gems that make life that bit simpler and smarter.
Within a couple of years of starting my career – the BBC caught wind of my product hunting and screen-tested me to be a Gadget Guru on their new magazine show on BBC2. I was chosen and to be honest have never looked back. I spent over five years as a Gadget Guru for the BBC and managed to juggle buying and writing about gadgets for women’s magazines at the same time. It was a major multi-tasking challenge but one I thrived on and loved every second of.
My quest for the latest and greatest gadgetry goes on and I continue to enjoy attending consumer tech trade fairs and writing for my blog and various publications about all things gadget and gift. Presenting technology is the pinnacle of my job – sharing the latest products on the market, telling you all about them and helping you decide if they are right for your lifestyle. I work with some amazing channels and brands – from QVC to ITV, BBC to Sky and brands like Samsung, BT, Philips and more.
My husband Rob and I have recently bought our first ever house which is in the process of being renovated, and we are looking forward to moving in there in a few months’ time. I have never had a garden before so I keep casually hanging around Richard Jackson and hoping his expertise will rub off on me. Lawn Magic sounds like a garden must-have so I look forward to giving that a try in the new place.
Join me on-air soon!
Love Ella x
I’m Rebecca, one of your on-air tech experts. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little more about me!
Shall we start with my name? Well, I can promise you that my surname ‘Perfect’ is real, but very hard to live up to, even though I do try!
Next up are my passions, well, I wouldn’t be an on-air tech expert if I didn’t love everything from micro-gadgets that make your life easier day to day, through to those ground breaking pieces of technology which take everyone a step forward to becoming a smarter world. I’m sure all the on-air tech experts will agree that we just love the variety that QVC brings to you at home, and I feel very privileged to talk to you all about everything from handy pocket sized Jam speakers through to the amazing Sony Bravia Smart TV’s that give you an incredible viewing experience.
So how did I get into talking tech on the telly? Well, it actually all started at the movies. For a number of years I have lived out my other big passion, which is film, and have been lucky enough to present on the topic on lots of different shows, on TV, radio and online, including the BBC, ITV and Sky. What I’ve learnt over time is that as movies develop and change, so do our viewing habits; so I’ve talked extensively about how technology is changing cinema both for film makers and audiences alike. That’s everything from the cameras used to shoot the films, through to audiences moving towards 4DX cinemas and even one day using gaming devices such as Oculus Rift, to achieve a completely immersive experience.
I’ve also been lucky enough to work with some amazing brands, from O2 as one of their O2 Guru presenters online; to Microsoft as its ambassador for the Microsoft Band when it launched in the UK and last year I teamed up with Hewlett Packard at the Cannes Film Festival to film a Snapchat story all about how its technology is changing the way animators and film makers work.
I feel very lucky being able to bring my passion and expertise to all of you who watch QVC. I always think that technology should be exciting, fun and most importantly helpful, but definitely not daunting! So I can’t wait to bring you many more exciting products, big and small, that will either complete that smart home you’ve always dreamed of, or help you take your first steps towards tech with ease.
See you on air very soon!
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