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GGP December 2013

People Positive impact Three peaks for charity 20 December 2013 New roles and new recruits at Rocal Secure post Sales director promo The man behind Aztec Conservatory Roof Systems recently swapped a desk for mountains – in aid of charity. Aztec managing director Tim Franks, 45, and three of his friends have just completed the Three Peaks Challenge, beating their target time and raising some £3,000 for Action Medical Research in the process. The Challenge involves climbing the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in as short a time as possible, with the official guideline set as 24 hours, including travelling between the peaks. “We set ourselves a target of completing it in 28 hours, so we beat that, as we did it in 27 – not bad for two 50 year olds and two 45 year-olds, who usually spend their leisure time on a golf course!” said Tim. “It was the driving between the peaks that slowed us down! “We took time to get changed, have refreshments, instead of cracking on to the next peak, but it’s still an impressive achievement, for a good cause.” Brighouse based Avocet Hardware has appointed Raymond Pearce as head of UK sales for its ABS snapsecure lock system, which is said to be the company’s response to the rise in lock snapping across the UK. Dr Tinkle Jain, director of Avocet Hardware, stated: “We are tackling lock snapping head on and are adamant that by working with the police, Neighbourhood and Home Network Watch and locksmiths across the country, we can stop this worryingly quick and easy form of forced entry in its tracks.” “Raymond’s appointment provides the scope to take this campaign to the next level. He has a huge amount of experience in the industry, which combined with his drive and sheer enthusiasm will help open, and then firmly secure, doors everywhere he goes.” Raymond said: “I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the product and helping to make a real difference for homeowners everywhere.” Brigg based manufacturing group, Rocal, says it has made some internal promotions and taken on new recruits to support its continued expansion. Martin Baker, who joined Rocal in 2011 as the group leader of Rocal Indoor, is now managing the Endurance composite door production unit, due to his ‘continued success’ in the previous role. Martin is tasked with introducing lean manufacturing and its benefits to his team members. Also on the up is Correne Bratley, who joined Rocal as customer service supervisor back in 2006, and has now been appointed as commercial manager for the Rocal Group. Correne said: “One of my primary objectives is to continue to develop the group’s stock and warehouse management system to improve our processes and create further efficiencies.” Lee Packham Brown also recently joined Rocal Extrusions as product manager, while Lizzie Tuvey has joined the Rocal Group as executive assistant, in a supporting role to senior management. Aztec managing director, Tim Franks and three of his friends have just completed the Three Peaks Challenge, raising some £3,000 for Action Medical Research Powdertech (Corby), the specialist metal finisher, has appointed James Sharpe as commercial manager. Sales director, Richard Besant, said: "James has significant experience as an architectural buyer and therefore brings a customer perspective right into the heart of Powdertech. “We are extremely pleased that he has joined us and that our new management infrastructure will have a positive impact on the customer experience that we deliver." James said: "I am genuinely excited to be part of Powdertech, a company with a great team atmosphere and strong focus on doing the best job possible for the customer. My years of experience in managing all aspects of roofing and cladding contracts will add another dimension to the knowledge at Powdertech as the company enters another period of growth.” Martin Baker Lizzie Tuvey Lee Packham Brown Vista Panels, the UK composite door and PVC-U panel manufacturer, has promoted long-standing employee, Wesley Buchan, from national sales manager to sales director. In his new role, Wesley will be directly responsible for all sales activities, spanning the commercial and trade markets. Managing director, Keith Sadler, believes Wesley (pictured left) is more than capable of stepping up to the plate. Keith commented: “Wesley has proved himself to be an incredibly hard working and valuable member of the Vista team and has more than earned his position as sales director.” Wesley said: “Vista is a fantastic company to work for and I’m delighted to take up a new position as sales director. We’ve recently expanded our product range and it’s a real honour to be a director at such a fast growing and ambitious company.”


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