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GGP February 2017

18 In Brief P E O P L E • Sophie Whytock has joined the team at Business Micros’ Penpont office, providing admin support to the programming and support teams. Sophie is the latest recruit to the team run by Jude Knowles, who was named the industry’s Unsung Hero at last year’s GAwards. Jude said: “Sophie has already shown that she’s got the right positive attitude and lots of enthusiasm so she’s fitting in perfectly here.” • Peterborough based glass and glazing company, SafeGuard, has welcomed Philip Heath to the team as sales office manager. Philip brings more than 30 years’ experience in the window and glass industry. He said: “Working at SafeGuard has restored my trust in the glass business. They have completely the right attitude when it comes to quality and customer service and their customers really are the main priority.” Sales team strengthened Baker is interim chief exec DW3 Products Group has appointed Martin Dickie as managing director of Residence Collection and Window Widgets, the DW3 Window Division. Martin has more than 20 years’ experience in PVC windows and doors, most recently, as general manager of National Hickman, a Masonite UK company, where he is said to have ‘transformed’ supply and systems. Reporting to CEO Gareth Mobley, Martin will drive Residence Collection through its next stage of development. Martin joins Residence at a time of explosive growth following the launch of three new window and door systems in 2016. Residence Collection CEO Gareth Mobley said: “Demand for R9 and R7 in particular is growing extremely fast, and the DW3 team is working hard to transform systems, stock management, operations and logistics at Residence HQ in Gloucester to meet the demand. We have been developing our relationship with Martin over 18 months and we are delighted he is joining us in this key role.” Martin Dickie said: “Residence Collection and Window Widgets have great potential. “Installers are really excited the Residence Collection systems and their ability to expand their markets and create new ones. “I’m passionate about providing exceptional customer service, and giving customers the innovative products and means to grow fast. So for me this is the perfect challenge!” • Spencer Swift has joined Sovereign Group as business development manager for the Midlands and South Wales. Spencer reportedly brings ‘a wealth of experience and knowledge’ to further support Sovereign’s existing customer base and further develop the region moving forward. Epwin Window Systems says it has further strengthened its sales team in the north of England with the promotion of Katrina Earl to northern regional sales manager and the appointment of Paul Adlington as business development manager. Katrina, who joined Epwin just 18 months ago, will be heading a team of four business development managers. The position encompasses all of Epwin Window Systems’ brands including Profile 22, Swish, Spectus, PatioMaster and Safeware, working with customers throughout northern England and Scotland. Paul is one of the team of managers who will be working alongside Katrina. Described as one of the industry’s ‘most experienced technical minds’, he has a 27-year track record with the group, serving as quality engineer and manager, compliance manager and accreditation engineer. Katrina said: “So much has been going on at Epwin, from the launch of the technically advanced Profile 22 Optima system and the massive investment in our new state-of-theart extrusion hall to many other product developments and marketing initiatives among all of the brands. “I’m really looking forward to taking all of these developments and working with my team to show our customers how they can make the very most of them to the benefit of their businesses.” Paul added: “I believe the Epwin systems are the finest on the market, and I am really excited about taking that message out to fabricators and installers. I have worked so closely with these systems for so long, it seems a very natural step for me to share my enthusiasm with our existing and potential customers who can benefit so much from them.” Dickie is MD Paul Adlington Katrina Earl Martin Dickie The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) board has appointed Brian Baker, former GGF president and current chairman of the board, to act as interim chief executive after it failed to agree on a successor following the retirement of Nigel Rees at the end of last year. According to the GGF, seven ‘outstanding applicants’ were selected as Rees’ potential successor, of which three were shortlisted. However, the GGF board could not arrive at a consensus to appoint any of the candidates and as a result, it will now go through the full recruitment process again in the first quarter of this year. Alan Burgess, GGF president, commented: “Finding the perfect replacement for Nigel is perhaps the single most Brian Baker important appointment we, as directors, are likely to make. It was agreed early on that if agreement could not be reached, then the harder decision to re-run the process had to be made. In anticipation of a large leadership vacuum at the GGF, I am delighted that Brian Baker has most kindly agreed to step into this role until the arrival of the new CEO.” www.ggpmag.com February 2017


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