Colin Torley retires

After 35 “hectic, busy and extremely successful” years in the window industry, Colin Torley has retired.

After nine years in the building trade, Colin joined Everest in 1985 before moving on to Solaglas CDW, Edinburgh, in 1986. After two years he then joined Veka where he stayed for 28 years.

“I joined Veka in 1988, which was only two years after they set up in the UK,” Colin said. “Initially joining in a sales position for Scotland and Ireland, I went on to become product and customer service manager, and then became sales and marketing director in 2005, a position I held until I left the company in 2016.

“I really loved my time with Veka, but never moved the family from Scotland so it meant a lot of travelling and staying away from home. It was a fantastic experience working with Veka and extremely enjoyable as I had the best support team anybody could ever have asked for. The highlight for me was being part of the team that turned Veka into the number one systems company in the UK.”

Colin explained that after missing out on his own children growing up, he thought it was time for a change when his grandson was born in 2015. So, he moved closer to home.

Therefore, he took on the interim role of managing director at Andrew Wright Windows, before partnering with Alex Gray for over two years to bring together four manufacturing companies as the Saveheat Group.

In March 2019, Colin joined CMS Windows in Castlecary as market development director.

“A fantastic company with a great future, but being based in Cumbernauld and East Kilbride, and me being based in East Lothian, the three to four hours travelling each day became a huge burden,” Colin said.

“I have loved my time in the industry and would like to take the opportunity to wish all the people I have worked with all the best.”