Huge amount of potential

people-deceuninckDeceuninck UK’s managing director Roy Frost is stepping down at the end of this year, after four years at the helm.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with Deceuninck and can’t believe how quickly the last four years have flown,” Roy said. “Making the move from my retail background into trade was a fantastic learning experience and was enhanced by the support of great Deceuninck people and of great customers.

“It’s the people I will really miss. However, after more than my fair share of 5am dark commutes from the south east to Wiltshire, and spending way too much time away from my family in a hotel, I know the time is now right to regroup, find new opportunities closer to home, and focus on that holy grail of work-life balance.”

Sales director Rob McGlennon will become the interim managing director.

people-nv-1Network Veka MD John Ogilvie is retiring after 19 years with the installer support organisation.

John joined Network Veka soon after it was established and has been instrumental in creating the brand and leading the organisation and its member companies to the success it’s known for today.

2016 saw Network Veka celebrate its 20th anniversary, reach a cumulative £1 billion in sales and complete high quality installations in more than 270,000 homes.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Network Veka and have been thrilled to see everything we’ve managed to achieve over the years,” John said. “There is still a huge amount of potential for the Network to grow and create further opportunities for companies across the country.”

Karen Lund, Network Veka’s operations manager will be heading up Network Veka as head of partner programmes, reporting to The Veka UK Group’s new marketing director Dawn Stockell.

people-synsealGroup sales and marketing director Andy Jones has expanded his team at Synseal Group.

New appointments include Kevin Pearce, who has taken up the new role of head of glass sales just as Synseal announced the acquisition of Village Glass (see news). Steve Hutchinson joins the team as head of installer development, who will be working with new customer marketing manager Hayley Lowndes to improve services and marketing materials available to fabricator-sponsored installers and further enhance the Synseal Registered Installer scheme.

Other additions to the sales team include Zack Anderson, area sales manager in the south east, Richard Jones, managing key accounts in the south west, and WarmCore regional manager Chris Russon who will be based in the north of the country.

people-kingfisher-1Profile 22 manufacturer Kingfisher uPVC Windows and Doors of Drighlington, Leeds, has appointed Nick Hibberd as its new sales and marketing manager.

Nick has more than 25 years in the window and building industry working in all market sectors, with considerable experience of identifying and targeting new sales opportunities, both here and overseas.

As well as owning his own PR and news writing business back in the 1990s, Nick has run a number of domestic sales teams and was a partnering champion working in the public sector both in the window trade as well as general building works, providing responsive repairs, programmed works and specialist adaptations throughout the UK.

people-coConservatory Outlet has welcomed Karen Clough to the team as marketing manager.

Karen’s role is one of around 15 new jobs created at the Wakefield-based firm during 2016 to support the company’s continued growth and expansion, taking the total number of staff to 135.

Karen has broad experience in marketing strategy development, lead generation, conference and event management, and copywriting and communications.

Karen has previously held marketing management roles at Saint-Gobain Building Glass and the government-backed Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), which aimed to support manufacturing businesses in England to improve and grow.

people-hurstHurst Plastics has appointed Neil Dibnah as materials manager to help drive greater efficiency for the business in 2017.

Kevin Wheatman, Hurst Plastics’ director and general manager, said: “Neil is highly experienced and skilled in materials and manufacturing. He will help us to achieve outstanding service levels for customers by strengthening our supply chain, eradicating waste and streamlining our manufacturing processes.”

people-sapaWorking across all the brands within Sapa Building Systems in the UK and Ireland, Laura Kane has been welcomed into the role of HR manager.

Previously, Laura has accumulated a wealth of HR experience having worked in telecommunications, financial services and logistics companies. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD).