Thames Card Technology bolsters SMT

Posted on 19 Dec 2016 by Jonny Williamson

One of the UK’s largest manufacturers of secure and non-secure plastic cards and fobs, Thames Card Technology, has completed a phase of recruitment to strengthen its senior management team.

A new CEO, in addition to finance and operations directors, have joined Thames Card Technology managing director Paul Underwood at board-level, in addition to further hires to the wider team.

Over the past year, Thames Card Technology has also been working to introduce new systems, to enable further growth and deliver better and expanded services to customers.

Keith Worrall & Paul Underwood, both Thames Card Technology.
Keith Worrall & Paul Underwood, both Thames Card Technology.

Underwood explained: “Thames has grown rapidly and our investment has put us in a strong financial position. But it was time to take a step back to make sure our team, systems and infrastructure were in the right place to take us forward.

“We have a strong foundation and with the help of my new colleagues, we are already making improvements across the board. This means more and better products and services, greater transparency for customers and the ability to seize growth opportunities.”

Keith Worrall joins Thames as CEO and brings 30-years worth of experience in supporting business and EBITDA growth; and Robin Hilton, Thames’ new finance director, has extensive experience of working with high-growth businesses.

Operations director, Chè Colford has 17 years of experience within the card industry and is heading up the implementation of a fully automated system that aim to bring greater transparency and customer service.

Worrall commented: “Thames’ potential is clear to me. The company has already been successful and there are numerous opportunities that we can capitalise on.

“I am focused on working with the new and existing team to take the company to the next level. Our new systems and processes will deliver better support to our customers, help us to expand market share in our core markets and expand into new verticals and regions. It’s an exciting time for the company and we’re considering all avenues to continue our growth, including strategic partnerships and acquisitions.”

Three appointments have also been made to the management team, with Andrew Toon now head of retail, Michael Piggott as technical manager, and business development manager, Barry Thirkell.