In brief P E O P L E Warren Yates has teamed up with Brisant Secure as a director, to help drive its recent growth even further. Warren is said to have significant Warren’s in the driving seat experience in the hardware industry, having started as a master locksmith before taking positions at Yale and Assa Abloy. Warren was most recently commercial director at Yale. Brisant CEO, Steve Stewart, said: “Warren brings over 30 years’ experience, unique expertise and a great passion for the industry. “I’m delighted he’s on board and confident he will help to push Brisant forward as a driver for change.” • Solidor and DW3 Products Group CEO, Gareth Mobley, has picked up yet another business accolade; Entrepreneur of the Year for manufacturing in the North of England, in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Gareth commented: “I was thrilled to be nominated as a finalist against such strong competition from all sectors of the economy. This award is a true reflection of all the hard work carried out by our staff, the commitment of our customers and overwhelming support from our partners.” • PVC-U fabricator, Warwick North West, has appointed Peter Roberts as sales representative. Peter, who previously worked at the company as office manager, returns after a brief hiatus to drive sales forward as the company prepares to launch a new range of products. Greg Johnson, director at Warwick North West, commented: “We’re delighted to have Peter back on the team. His extensive knowledge of our products and the market means he will be a key member in the launch of our new range as we look to continue the significant growth we’ve achieved over the past few years.” • Specialist supplier of PVC building products, General Building Plastics, has promoted Anthony Hammond to the new position of head of online sales. Anthony, an IT and CRM specialist, joined GB Plastics last year and as online sales continue to rise, GB Plastics has extended Anthony’s role with plans for a dedicated online sales team. The company is also planning to recruit for a number of positions, including an apprenticeship, over the next few months. 20 David Winkless 16/03/51 – 09/05/15 Tony Campbell, managing director, Creative Glass, writes: The glass industry lost a true legend in David Winkless, who passed away on 9 May at the age of 64, after a long fight against cancer. While Dave was still at Aston University, studying fine arts and graphics, he saw an advert for ‘a glass painter’, for local glass company, Coventry Glass. He had never painted on glass before, but he was offered the job and welcomed into the firm by skilled craftsmen including Don Burrows and Frank Boszonek. He worked at Coventry Glass in Binley, running the decorative division of what later became part of Solaglass. In 1991, Dave branched out and opened ‘Piscean Glass Studios’ in Coventry, along with his first wife, Maureen. This marked a period of collaboration with Creative Glass, based in the North East, often teaming up to work on projects. Dave always saw glass as a blank canvas that could become anything he wanted it to be: carved, sculptured or shaded with depth, each piece a unique work of art. Everyone wanted to talk to Dave at exhibitions wherever they were; London, Birmingham, Dusseldorf. He was like a celebrity and was somebody that people truly respected. Dave never complained about what life threw at him, and always saw the funny side of everything, including his illness. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and many friends in the glass industry. www.ggpmag.com August 2015 Gill joins TWR Perfect Maria The Window Company (Contracts) has strengthened the team at its Chelmsford head office with the appointment of Maria Merry as a digital frame inputting and order coordinator. Managing director, David Thornton, said of Maria, who has more than 18 years’ experience in the industry: “Maria brings with her in depth knowledge of the various online ordering programmes used by our suppliers. She is already helping to speed up our ordering and her conscientious and hardworking approach mean she is a perfect addition to our team.” Industry has ‘lost a legend’ Dave with a Chinese tiger design and right, in his younger days Bi-fold door specialist, TWR Bifolds, has appointed a new national sales manager following ‘intense and prolonged’ demand for its range of aluminium products. Gillian Coldwell lives in West Yorkshire and has 27 years’ experience in the glazing industry, having previously held positions at hardware suppliers Avocet and Fab&Fix. In her new role, Gillian will focus on promoting the benefits of TWR and its aluminium product range – which includes bi-fold doors, widespan patio doors and vertical sliders – to installers across the UK.
GGP August 2015
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