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University of Surrey awards honorary doctorate to Paul Sheffield

Kier Group’s Paul Sheffield has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for his “outstanding contributions”.

Lignacite appoints new managing director

Masonry products manufacturer Lignacite has appointed Allan Eastwood as its new managing director.

CORGI Technical Services appoints new contract manager

CORGI Technical Services has appointed Mark Baker to join the team as a contract manager.

Mark Brenner steps down as BEST chief executive

Dr Mark Brenner is stepping down from his role as chief executive of B&ES subsidiary Building Engineering Services Trainings (BEST) after eight years in the post.

Support BMN’s Lucyanne in her charity skydive

Builders’ Merchants News’ own Lucyanne Matthews is this Saturday (27 July) taking part in a skydive to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

Graeme joins Kestrel in Scotland and Ireland

PVC-U and PVC-UE manufacturer Kestrel has appointed a new business development manager in Scotland and Ireland.

Croydex strengthens its commercial team

Bathroom accessories specialist Croydex has appointed Steve Gent as key accounts manager.

Centurion appoints area sales manager for Spectrum

Centurion Europe has appointed Christina Stonard as area sales manager, south of England, for its Spectrum Industrial brand, which specialises in the design and manufacture of site safety signage.

Wrekin Products offers UK merchants more training and support

Builders’ merchants are being offered more products, support and training from Wrekin Products, with the creation of a new national field services executive role for Jon Speck.

New appointments are paving the way for success

Natural Paving Products has announced the dual appointments of Malcolm Gough as business development director and Alison Lockwood as commercial manager. Both bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their new roles and will play an integral part in the company’s overall strategy for growth and expansion.

Non-executive director appointment

Travis Perkins has appointed Christopher Rogers as a non-executive director with effect from 1 September.

InSinkErator appoints new contracts manager

InSinkErator, manufacturer of food waste disposers and steaming hot water taps, has appointed Elaine Mead to contracts manager, UK.

Bruce Bisset is elected B&ES president for 2013/14

Bruce Bisset has been elected president of B&ES – the Building & Engineering Services Association – for 2013/14.

Grafton Group names new chief financial officer

David Arnold will succeed Colm ó Nualláin as the chief financial officer of Grafton Group in September.

Roderick Pettigrew appointed B&ES chief executive

Roderick Pettigrew has been appointed as chief executive of B&ES - the Building & Engineering Services Association - with immediate effect.

Dave Chisnall joins Westbury Filtermation as sales director

Westbury Filtermation has appointed Dave Chisnall as its new sales director.

BSS Industrial appoints key account director

BSS Industrial has appointed Lee Burgin as key account director for a number of its national heating and ventilating accounts.

Redring Xpelair Group appoints new commercial director

Redring Xpelair Group has appointed Mark Quigley to the position of commercial director, following his role as strategic business consultant within the group for several months.

Robert Lee Distribution expands its sales team

Independent bathroom distributor Robert Lee Distribution has recruited two new members within its sales team.

New positions are key to success for Geocel

Geocel has strengthened its sales operations with two new promotions within its sales team.

Sentinel trade support team ‘making a huge difference’

Water treatment expert Sentinel is celebrating the huge success of its newly recruited trade support team. The company is now looking to increase the size of the team from its current six team members to 11 in the next few months.

Ironmongery Direct appoints new duo

IronmongeryDirect has appointed two new staff members to its product management team. Lili Wang will be the product manager for cabinet hardware, seals and sliding doors, while David Saxby will be responsible for door furniture, bolts, stops, accessories, shelving and storage.

Andy Carpenter to lead Gastite UK launch

Gastite, a Smiths Group company and manufacturer of flexible gas piping for residential and commercial applications, has appointed Andy Carpenter as director of sales UK to lead the company’s strategic UK expansion.

Panasonic grows technical team

Panasonic is pleased to announce that Hadyn Oxlee has been appointed as a support engineer within its technical division.

Spirotech boosts UK sales team

Water conditioning and system protection specialist Spirotech has added to its UK domestic sales division, with the appointment of Jon Weller as area sales manager.

IronmongeryDirect appoints new team members

IronmongeryDirect has expanded its product management team with the appointment of two new managers.

New appointment for Dr Peter Hindle MBE

Dr Peter Hindle MBE has been appointed as senior vice-president of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in charge of sustainable habitat.

Lancashire Trade Frame’s latest trio

With an ambitious ongoing development programme that has resulted in significant expansion over the past year, Lancashire Trade Frames has appointed three new team members to ensure delivery of its customer support.

New account manager appointed at F&P Wholesale

F&P Wholesale has appointed Fraser Vincent as its new account manager for the North East and central Scotland regions.

Mulbury Homes strengthens team with new appointment

Mulbury Homes has appointed Kerry Scott as a business development consultant as it looks to expand further into the affordable homes market.

Vent-Axia appoints new sales director for distribution

Steve Archibald, sales director for distribution at Vent-Axia, will be leaving the company in August to pursue a new opportunity that enables him to relocate back to Scotland.

Howarth says 'you're hired' to two new apprentices

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has reaffirmed its commitment to investing in tomorrow's workforce by employing two new apprentices at its Thorne branch.

WPL welcomes new sales team member

Rob Johnston has joined WPL’s national sales team, and will be covering Scotland and the north of England.

Iain McKinlay leaves Hansgrohe

Iain McKinlay, UK managing director of Hansgrohe, will leave at the end of June 2013, having worked for the company for 24 years. 

Obituary: John Bate

John Bate, managing director of Rowlinson Timber, died on 25 May 2013 aged 53 after losing his bravely fought battle with cancer.

New GAI president advocates overseas expansion

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has elected a new president at its recent AGM and Conference.

Saniflo welcomes new marketing manager

A short while after welcoming new managing director Tim Pestell to the helm, Saniflo continues with its plan to raise brand awareness and grow market share with the appointment of KBB industry aficionado Ann Boardman.

New area sales manager for Plasson UK

Plasson UK has appointed Gordon Noble as area sales manager for Scotland and Ireland.

Dunlop appoints new area sales manager

Dunlop Adhesives has appointed Scott Hamilton as area sales manager to help drive awareness of the Dunlop brand and to increase sales with builders’ merchants and tradesmen throughout the south of the UK.

Circulating Pumps appoints new international key account manager

Circulating Pumps has appointed Richard Langston as its new international key account manager, responsible for promoting the sale of the company’s products and services to existing and prospective key accounts.

Duo celebrates 25 years at Kent Blaxill

Two senior members of staff at Kent Blaxill have clocked up 25 years of service.

Sentinel acquires new member

Victoria Fussell, 23, has joined the growing trade support team at water treatment specialist Sentinel.

Origin announces manufacturing manager appointment

Origin has appointed Mark Caffery as manufacturing manager.

Hat-trick for Catnic’s Christine

Christine Wilde, managing director of Catnic, continues her exceptional year by winning the Institute of Directors’ (IOD) South Wales regional Director of the Year award.

System Hygienics appoints new sales pair

System Hygienics is pleased to announce two new additions to its growing sales department.

Bostik UK appoints new commercial director

Bostik UK has appointed Dale Poulton as commercial director.

Steven Swallow joins VADO

Throughout VADO’s growth over recent years, the company has taken great care to ensure a sufficient number of area sales managers are in place so its customers receive the best service. Continuing with this policy, VADO has appointed Steven Swallow to the newly created position of retail sales representative for the South-East North region.

MKM appoints industry stalwart as commercial director

MKM Building Supplies has appointed a new commercial director to drive forward its national branch network.

Bill Bolsover joins the Brett Group Board

Bill Bolsover CBE will be joining the Brett Group Board as a non-executive director.

Flexseal appoints new area sales manager

Flexseal has appointed David May to the role of area sales manager for the Midlands and South West England.