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GGP December 2014

People In Brief • PVC building and insulated glazing products distributor, Magden, has recruited Carl Dent as operations director. Carl, who previously worked as a branch director for roofing and roofline specialist SIG, has already started work on a new apprenticeship scheme and has plans for further employee development. Speaking of his new appointment, Carl said: “Opportunities to join a company like Magden are rare. “It really is an absolute privilege to join the team.” • Glazerite Windows has boosted its workforce by nearly 25% in 2014, with Lee Albright among the new recruits as North West general manager. In three other new positions, David Matthews is HR manager, Michael Brown takes digital marketing and Chris Price rejoins the company as operations manager. Paddy Dixon becomes purchasing manager and Richard Day takes the new role of transport and logistics manager. • It is with the deepest sadness that J.Banks advises of the sudden death of Glenys Wellman, wife of David Wellman, chairman of the J.Banks group of companies. As a longstanding director of J.Banks, Glenys Wellman played an integral role in building the company from the original eight staff at the time of the acquisition (early ‘90s), to the team of almost 100 that the company employs today. Glenys was also a very well respected and loved family member. The family would like to express their grateful thanks to all of the industry friends who have sent messages of condolence. 26 December 2014 Marketing Edge With more than seven years’ experience providing marketing support to customers of Edgetech UK, Charlotte Davies has been promoted to the newly created position of marketing manager. Edgetech has developed a reputation for tackling some of the industry’s toughest challenges and Charlotte has already implemented the marketing for several large events aimed at supporting customers through changes to the industry, including ‘Ricoh Revisited: Energy Efficiency in Focus’, ‘Journey to C’ and one of the largest industry events of this year, ‘The Triple Glazing Question’, which provided essential information about triple glazing. Most recently, Charlotte has been overseeing the marketing for the launch of four new products aimed at IGU manufacturers, fabricators and installers. TruFit, TruShield, TruSieve and Super Spacer Alpha were launched at a customer event, held in Manchester, in October and the new products have also prompted the creation of the new position of commercial supply chain manager, which has been filled by David Relph. “I’ve joined Edgetech at an exciting time for the business as it launches Super Spacer Alpha, TruFit, TruShield and TruSieve,” he said. “I’m looking forward to liaising with customers to ensure we keep exceeding their expectations on service as we continue to grow the product range.” Directorship for Synseal’s Steve Steve Brown has been promoted to the role of products and customer service director at Synseal. Ever since joining Synseal from Eurocell in 2011, Steve has headed up Synseal’s product development, technical, quality, order processing and customer service teams in the busy role of head of customer care and product strategy. As Synseal operations have evolved and grown, Steve has overseen substantial reorganisation of the diverse teams under his control to meet the changing needs of the business. Steve has also led the charge in driving through new product development and his creative thinking reportedly led to the recent introduction of WarmCore, Synseal’s new ‘warm aluminium’ folding sliding door range. With 25 years of experience working in the UK window industry, Steve has played an active part on the Synseal operations board for several years, prior to moving up to his new position with full directorship status. LIVING IN A BOX: Rehau fabricator, UK Window Systems, has provided a bespoke 3m x 2m glazed cube for the Locked in for Autism challenge, which saw Stoke on Trent mum, Ally Nicklin, spend 50 hours locked inside the box in her local Tesco store in order to raise funds for the Caudwell Children’s Autistic Children’s Therapies programme and increase awareness of autism and the isolation and frustration felt by its sufferers. The event generated more than £5,000 in online and in-store donations in just 50 hours. UK Window Systems has designed and built the glass box free of charge as part of its commitment to Caudwell Children, which is its chosen charity for 2014. Emplas has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Jody Vincent as national sales manager. Jody, who joined the Emplas team in 2010, is promoted to the new role from his previous post as area sales manager. Commenting on his appointment, he said: “In my new role I’m personally much more focussed on business development, working with existing and new customers to help and support them deliver new growth, which is very rewarding. “This is very much our focus going forward. We launched the Emplas Installer Partnership at the end of summer, which reiterates our commitment to our customers and in driving-up the standard of service quality and support that the industry offers to installers.” Jody promoted


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