April 2016: UK manufacturing appointments

A round up of the manufacturing appointments for April 2016, sponsored by Hennik Recruitment.

Trevor Bird – new general manager, Norton Aluminium:

Norton Aluminium has appointed Trevor Bird as the new general manager. Bird, previously the production manager, has been employed at the firm for three years, and has worked in the sector for nine years. He brings with his appointment a wealth of smelting and recycling knowledge.

He said: “I’ve built up excellent operational experience to position me to oversee the growth of Norton Aluminium this year with the management team. The current management team / foundry team of Norton Aluminium boasts 60 years of experience within this sector and it’s no surprise to see the firm posting improved profit figures, there is a very strong team here.”

Steven Foxley – new managing director, Siemens Building Technology:

Siemens has appointed Steven Foxley as the new managing director of Siemens Building Technologies for the UK and Ireland. Foxley assumed the role in January 2016 and brings with him a considerable breadth of experience in customer facing roles, as well as, business administration, programme performance, project delivery and lifecycle services.

He said: “I welcome my new role with great enthusiasm; the UK and Ireland face many challenges with increasing population growth, the need to improve sustainability and pressures to reduce energy costs – all set against a background of keeping the public safe and secure. Building Technologies has an important role to play in meeting these demands, through the provision of products, solutions and services that deliver genuine value to customers, ensuring its facilities are energy efficient, secure and resilient.”

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Declan Kelly – new sales manager for Ireland, Gardner Denver:

Vacuum pump and compressor manufacturer, Gardner Denver, has appointed Declan Kelly as sales manager for Ireland. Kelly’s role will be to develop Gardner Denver’s sales and distribution network, consolidating the company’s position as a leading manufacturer in the compressed air and vacuum industry.

A qualified aircraft maintenance engineer, Kelly worked as a sales and service engineer for a number of large process engineering companies within the food industry, moving later into the fluid power industry, where he worked as a sales engineer for one of the largest compressed air distributors at that time in Ireland.

Ken Revell & Stef Lievens – leads, compressor technique service, Atlas Copco:

Atlas Copco has appointed Ken Revell and Stef Lievens to lead its Compressor Technique Service (CTS) division in the UK. Revell said: “My goal is to help customers ensure their compressor or vacuum pump is working efficiently at all times, whether by leaving maintenance in their hands through the provision of genuine compressor parts and oils, or by us servicing their compressed air or vacuum systems at predetermined intervals to lower the risk of unexpected problems and optimise their production processes.”

Lievens added: “Using remote monitoring technology, it is now possible for us to increase the uptime of our customers’ compressed air and vacuum systems, and predict their maintenance requirements, thus ensuring an improved user experience.”

Martin Strutt – new consultancy director, EEF:

EEF has appointed Martin Strutt as its new consultancy director. Strutt will be responsible for leading and developing EEF’s manufacturing consulting services across the UK, ensuring that they provide manufacturers with the support they need to drive growth and productivity.

Appointments Contact InformationStrutt has a proven track record of reorganisation, process improvement and profit growth. He is a qualified chartered engineer and started his career at British Aerospace in 1979. Subsequently he has worked with industry heavyweights and consultancy firms, including KPMG, Chloride Group, Hewlett Packard and PA Consulting Group. As a consultant he has worked with household names, such as Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Panasonic.

He said: “I’m passionate about our sector and I’m looking forward to helping a broad range of businesses diagnose their issues and then implement bespoke solutions.”