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GGP January 2016

Jones joins Synseal board New group MD Polyframe, which claims to be the UK’s largest independent window and door fabricator, has appointed Ian Macdougal as group managing director with immediate effect. Owner and chairman of the Polyframe group of companies, Martyn Buckley, commented: “Ian brings with him a wealth of senior management experience, having worked for Marshalls PLC, a multisite operation, in a number of strategic positions. Polyframe are continually looking at ways to grow, and the skills that Ian brings to the business will be instrumental in our business plans as we move forward into the next phase of growth.” Ian has been involved in both high volume manufacture and bespoke fabricating businesses and will ensure that Polyframe ‘continues to lead the market both in terms of growth and innovation’. “Trade fabricator Polyframe is an exciting, fast moving organisation, operating to very high standards,” commented Ian. “They have an outstanding track record and have enjoyed very solid growth over the years. Their strong focus on working with trade centres and installers and adding value through their service is obvious throughout the company and I’m greatly looking forward to working with the excellent management team to help them build on their success.” Ian will work closely with incumbent group MD, Chris Watson, who retires early this year. 18 In Brief P E O P L E Andy Jones has joined the Synseal board of directors in the newly created position of group sales and marketing director, reporting to chief executive, David Leng. Described as a ‘prominent and well-known figure in the fenestration industry’, Andy needs little introduction having enjoyed 13 successful years at Edgetech UK, most recently in the role of managing director. Under Andy’s ‘hands-on’ leadership, Edgetech has grown with products such as Super Spacer warm edge spacer bar and TruFit expanding foam tape. In 2014, Andy brought the industry together to discuss the thought-provoking ‘Triple Glazing Question’, a ‘challenging debate’ on the future of triple glazing. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time at Edgetech,” said Andy. “When I joined Edgetech, there were three people working in the UK. Now there are 73 and working together to grow that business has been most rewarding. However, I am excited to be joining Synseal and look forward to getting stuck in and meeting my customers and new colleagues.” Synseal Group chief executive, David Leng, said: “With his engaging personality, energy and commercial focus on presenting value-adding products and innovation, Andy will be an asset to our business for sure. He has demonstrated how drive and passion can help transform the fortune of a business and bringing our sales and marketing teams together under Andy’s leadership will be a major step forward for us.” VBH pays tribute to ‘colleague and friend’ Andy Gibbons VBH MD, Peter Rowlands, has paid tribute to Andy Gibbons, one of the company’s longest serving team members, who has sadly passed away at the age of just 44. Andy suffered a severe heart attack in April and had been undergoing treatment towards his recovery at hospitals in Birmingham and Leamington. With constant support from his family, he battled bravely for eight months but finally succumbed on 12 December. A true hardware man, Andy worked for Laidlaw Thomson and City Fix before joining VBH (then known as Wagner) in 1993 in the role of sales office liaison. He was an expert in hardware for aluminium windows and doors and worked his way up to the position of aluminium product manager, which allowed him to shape the company’s product range for the aluminium sector. The bulk of Andy’s work involved dealing with the aluminium systems houses and fabricators throughout the UK and Ireland and he was well liked by all who knew him, as he brought his down to earth, friendly style to his work. The directors and staff of VBH will miss their colleague and friend dearly and osend their heartfelt sympathies to Andy’s family and friends, in particular to his wife, Jo, and their three young sons. www.ggpmag.com January 2016 • Andy Everett was recently appointed as Swisspacer’s new UK national account manager. Andy, who joins Swisspacer from Schüco International, said: “I’m very pleased to have joined the Swisspacer team and look forward to contributing to its growth in the UK. I’ll be working with John Cooper and Vic De Costa to develop sales and strengthen our position as a leader in warm edge technology. It’s an exciting time!” • Alex Murphy has joined specialist door manufacturer, Sliders UK, as head of operations. Bringing with him a ‘wealth of experience’ Alex was formerly business head of Fenesta Building Systems, India’s largest PVC-U window manufacturer. He also served as a member of the corporate management board of Fenestra’s parent group, DCM Shiram. • Ian Cocken has joined Aluplast as director of sales and marketing, as par t of the German systems house’s ambitious plans to expand its presence in the UK. Cocken’s appointment reforms a partnership with Keith White, Aluplast’s managing director in the UK, having worked together at conservatory systems company Wendland and also within the Epwin Group’s Systems Division.


GGP January 2016
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