New director blows into Airedale

Posted on 23 Aug 2016 by Jonny Williamson

British air cooling specialist, Airedale International – part of the Modine Group - has announced that Tony Cole will succeed Clive Parkman as UK managing director.

The role will see Tony Cole take on responsibility for Airedale Group’s primary operations in Leeds and Consett in the UK and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Tony Cole, UK managing director, Airedale International.
Tony Cole, UK managing director, Airedale International.

Cole recently served as Airedale’s operation’s director and has been with the UK-based company for more than 26 years, occupying various roles throughout the organisation.

Modine’s vice president of Building HVAC, Matt McBurney explained: “Tony has a wealth of experience and has been credited for shaping our manufacturing processes in the UK and South Africa.

“His passion for our principles and values, as well as familiarity with our culture, vision and strong leadership make him the ideal person to lead the overall strategic development of our business.”

McBurney added, “I would like to extend my thanks to Clive for all of his contributions to the business over his years as managing director.

“In particular, he demonstrated tremendous leadership throughout the period following the devastating fire that destroyed Airedale’s Leeds operations. He has left us in a strong position and with a host of talented people with which to build the Airedale Group’s future.”

According to the company, Cole will take up the position of managing director with immediate effect.

He commented: “We have a dedicated, highly-skilled workforce, industry leading manufacturing capabilities, a fantastic culture and strong values that are second to none.

“I look forward to continuing our ambitious plans to grow the business and pioneer innovative, market-leading, British engineered thermal solutions for our customers.”