New directors spark new structure for electronics manufacturer

Posted on 13 Jan 2016 by Jonny Williamson

A newly appointed operations director and an internally promoted supply chain director, along with several organisational changes, have formed part of Speedboard’s ‘CEM partner-of-choice’ mission for 2016 and beyond.

Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM), Speedboard Assembly Services has appointed Martin Bullimore as its operations director, alongside promoting Karen Heath from commercial manager to supply chain director.

Martin Bullimore, new operations director, Speedboard.
Martin Bullimore, new operations director, Speedboard.

Bullimore has an electro-mechanical background and 30 years of manufacturing experience, having worked for a number of market-leading OEMs, including Nokia, Stannah and Alexander Dennis.

In his new role, Bullimore will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Speedboard’s production and engineering activities, as well as overseeing all final assembly and test activities.

Prior to joining Speedboard in September 2007, Heath held positions with Delta Impact and Macro (which subsequently become part of Avnet). In her new role, Heath’s responsibilities will include managing supplier quality; supply strategies; the timeliness of deliveries; purchasing, and stores.

The appointments increase Speedboard’s team of directors to five and come amid other organisational changes, including the formation of dedicated, multi-disciplined customer support teams, each of which has a senior account manager; an account manager; a production engineer, and a buyer.

Karen Heath, new supply chain director, Speedboard.
Karen Heath, new supply chain director, Speedboard.

Each team is responsible for supporting a number of customers, and the allocation of customers to a team is based on a variety of factors such as product complexity, assembly complexity and whether or not box-build (final assembly) is required.

Speedboard’s sales & marketing director, Nick Fairhead commented: “Our engagements with customers are becoming increasingly ‘collaborative’, as opposed to ‘transactional’, as we believe it is the best way to meet our customers’ current and future manufacturing requirements.

“Indeed, in all industry sectors, competition is fierce and it is only through collaboration and forming a better understanding of each customer’s objectives that a CEM can add true value. With the formation of our dedicated customer support teams, and with Martin and Karen joining as directors, Speedboard is stronger than ever and is set to change the world of contract electronics manufacturing.”