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GGP July 2015

• The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has appointed Hannah Mansell as scheme manager for the BWFCertifire Fire Door and Doorset Scheme, and spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week, which will take place again this September. She replaces John Fletcher at BWF-Certifire who has retired after almost 20 years’ involvement with the scheme. Hannah said: “I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to drive the BWF-Certifire Scheme’s work forward and to grow its reach and influence.” • Alex Jones has joined Yale Door and Window Solutions as product manager. Alex will be responsible for door hardware and will operate from the Yale Door and Window Solutions Centre of Excellence for Door Products in Willenhall. Alex said: “I’m looking forward to growing the business through the introduction of new product developments and building on the strength of the existing door product portfolio.” • Swapping horses for greyhounds this year, Glazerite Windows celebrated its 8th consecutive Race Day at Towcester race course, as well as 15 years in the business. This year’s Race Day had a record turnout with over 200 guests arriving from far and wide. A thank you to its loyal customer base, Glazerite was the evening sponsors of all 15 dog races, donating 13 of them to customers including Frames Conservatories Direct, Charles Grosvenor, Towy Valley Windows and The KJM Group. • Staff from The Veka UK Group have taken to two wheels to raise funds for The Encephalitis Society, covering 100 miles of beautiful Wiltshire countryside over two days, passing landmarks such as the Avebury Stone Circle, Stonehenge and the Wiltshire White Horses. The Veka UK Group chose to support The Encephalitis Society after Mark Barsby, head of Technical, was diagnosed with an autoimmune form of Limbic Encephalitis last year. 20 PEOPLE Bohle appoints new director Fresh ideas from Ian New operations manager www.ggpmag.com July 2015 In brief Joe Montague, the new operations manager at Mila, is already making a positive impact on the service which the company delivers to customers. Heading up a 19-strong team, Joe has overall responsibility for Mila’s warehouse operation in Daventry. He is also managing stock control, health and safety and Mila’s late stage customisation service which provides bespoke product and packaging options. With Mila routinely achieving On Time In Full service performance of more than 99%, Joe’s objective is to deliver incremental improvements in the customer experience through an even greater focus on stock accuracy and effective management of Mila’s third party delivery operation. He said: “Our supply chain operation is hugely impressive so we can guarantee to have items on our shelves when our customers want them. Now, the ongoing improvements we are making in stock counts and in delivery performance are enhancing our service to customers still further.” Phoenix Doors, the UK manufacturer of GRP composite doors and PVC panel doors, has recruited Ian Blatt as sales office manager, strengthening its customer-facing department as the company gears up for a series of exciting new product launches. Bringing a wealth of customer service experience from outside the fenestration industry to his new role, Ian is responsible for overseeing all aspects of customers’ orders, from initial order to final delivery. Ian added: “Phoenix Doors is a successful company that has grown through a consistent focus on supplying a wide-ranging quality product range, backed with great customer service. “I’m enjoying getting to grips with a new, largely entrepreneur-led sector and bringing in fresh ideas on how we can further build on enhancing current excellent levels of customer support and service.” Instrumental appointment Tim Meadley has joined Kingstonupon Hull based company, Hurst Plastics, as general manager. Tim is described as a senior manufacturing professional with a vast knowledge of material and process planning. He has many years’ experience within the industry, having worked as manufacturing director for Consort and Ellbee and latterly for Granada Glazing. Mark Atkinson, sales director at Hurst Plastics, said: “We have had a great year on composite door volumes and Tim’s appointment is instrumental to our plans for future growth in this segment. We have been working alongside a team of specialist blue chip consultants and, together, we have developed an intensive business support programme to help us realise our high growth potential.” Tim added: “I’m really pleased to be joining Hurst at a genuinely exciting time in the company’s history. I’m looking forward to spearheading this ambitious growth plan and building a solid foundation on which to improve efficiencies.” Bohle has appointed Bernd Neumann to the board following the recent departure of Bohle Group CEO, Dr. Heinrich Ostendarp. Neumann has more than 25 years’ service with Bohle AG and is vice president of finance, controlling and IT for the Bohle Group, based in Haan, Germany. Commenting on the appointment, Bohle managing director, Dave Broxton, said: “Bernd is one of the most experienced senior executives within Bohle, with specialist knowledge in the areas of finance and information technology. “His appointment will greatly reinforce the board in the UK at a time when we are investing heavily in IT to further improve business efficiency and customer service.” Neumann added: “As Bohle’s largest subsidiary, it has been my great pleasure to work successfully with the UK team over many years. I am excited to be joining the board and look forward to contributing to the further success of the business.”


GGP July 2015
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