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GGP August 2015

Three join P E O P L E Granada gang Board appointment Fenestration designer and supplier, Senior Architectural Systems, has appointed Mark Wheatley to the board as technical director. After joining the company in 2007, for the last four years Mark has managed the technical department and is said to have been instrumental in the design and development of Senior’s product range, including the recently launched PURe range of aluminium windows. Chairman, Lennart Jonsson, said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark to the board of Senior Architectural Systems. Not only does Mark have excellent technical credentials and strong managerial skills, but he is also commercially astute, a vital quality in today’s competitive market. I am confident that under Mark’s leadership, Senior will continue to develop innovative fenestration products to answer the market’s needs and I look forward to working with him in his new role.” Door opens at Selecta for Neil Selecta Specialist Doors, a division of Selecta Systems, has appointed Neil Meakin as production manager. With demand for Selecta’s composite, bi-folding and patio doors reportedly on the increase, Neil, who will be based at the Birmingham business’ new factory unit, takes control of production. Neil commented: “I have known of Selecta’s products for many years and the quality has always been excellent. The customer service and support from Selecta has always been of a high standard and I aim to develop this even further within my new role.” Dinnington based Granada Glazing has made new appointments to its senior team, including Deborah Beeley (pictured) as customer services manager. Deborah, who has previously held positions at Synseal and Ritec, will manage Granada’s technical and sales teams, focusing on trade customer support. Granada chairman, Malcolm White, said: “Deborah’s appointment is a great coup for us. Potential customers are starting to see the benefits that existing customers have with our products and support. We now want to provide an even better experience, by employing a dedicated and highly qualified customer services manager.” Bringing a wealth of large scale manufacturing experience, having spent the last 15 years at Jeld-Wen, Granada has also welcomed Martyn Tams as production manager. Martyn, who will oversee the production of all secondary glazing units at Granada’s purpose-built factory, said: “I’m delighted to be joining Granada at such an exciting time. “I’ll be evaluating every aspect of our production over the coming months, to ensure that our customers receive the best products and service possible.” Pat McMahon completes the trio of new recruits with his appointment as marketing manager. With over a decade of experience in creative and digital media, Pat is said to bring ‘a fresh approach to the Granada brand’. Mike Latham, commercial sales director, said: “There’s an immediate need for Pat's expertise, supporting sales at a grass-roots level. “When our customers prosper, so do we. Pat’s role lies central to this support and we’re excited to have him on-board.” 22 Emmegi (UK) has appointed a new team to look after customers in both the north and south of Ireland. Jim O’Connell has joined Emmegi as national sales manager for Ireland and Lukasz Szulc has joined as a senior engineer. Ian Latimer, managing director of Emmegi (UK), said: “Jim and Lukasz join us at a time when we are seeing lots more positive activity in Ireland from both new and existing customers. The market is certainly starting to improve and we have responded to that by putting in place our own dedicated Emmegi team who can take care of the whole machine buying and installation process right through from initial enquiry to after sales service. “Irish customers can now deal direct with the manufacturer rather than with a reseller, and benefit from our technical expertise, market and machinery knowledge and of course competitive pricing structure.” Both Jim and Lukasz are said to have extensive experience across the machinery sector and are reportedly very familiar with the Emmegi range, having worked together at a machinery merchant since 2006. www.ggpmag.com August 2015 Brand builder Charity cycle Directors of UK door and window company, PDS, Tim Fairley and Pat Rice, have successfully completed the Granfondo Stelvio Santini, a 151.3km cycling challenge in Northern Italy, raising £11,140 for Springhill Hospice in the process. PDS has been a big supporter of Springhill Hospice in the past and the hospice was thrilled with the amount raised. A Springhill Hospice spokesperson said of the company’s fundraising efforts: “From the Santa Dash to Business Buddies, Go Green and now this amazing cycle ride, your fundraising is just phenomenal. We are honoured to have your support.” New team in Ireland Saint-Gobain Glass has given the Planitherm Installer Network its own dedicated brand builder, Janet Foster, to support its 800-plus members in making the most of the growing array of resources and materials it offers. Janet, who reportedly joins the group with a wealth of relevant experience across the construction sector and from other trade bodies, said of her new role: “The Installer Network is an important tool in raising the brand awareness with consumers via the installers and I am looking forward to helping all members grow their business and help create the demand.” Jim (right) and Lukasz


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