Salamander Pumps has appointed a new training manager. With 13 years as a qualified plumber under his belt, Ken Vance is well placed to help further develop Salamander’s UK-wide training framework for installers, merchants, support staff and college students.

Nicholls & Clarke Group is pleased to announce an expansion within the company’s marketing department at its head office in Chadwell Heath.

As part of its ongoing global expansion plan, QRL Radiator Group has welcomed the addition of Leonardo Maschietto as its new international sales director.

Supertouch has appointed Nicola Danbury as internal sales office manager. Ms Danbury will be responsible for leading the internal sales team and supporting customers across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Alpha has appointed Jonathan Kidner as a product engineer.

Jonathan Kidner joins Alpha as part of its continued investment in R&D. Bringing with him experience in a number of different roles within the industry, Mr Kidner’s priority as product engineer will be to assist in developing technologies and bringing new products to the market.

Reece Simpson has joined BMCO as an apprentice.

Builders' Merchant Co (BMCO) continues to support the youth of today by taking on its third apprentice - Reece Simpson.

Birchwood Price Tools (BPT) has unveiled Matt Hunt as its new managing director. He has joined the Nottingham-based workwear, tools and site equipment business from Rexel, where he was managing director for electrical wholesalers WF Senate.

Peter Diamant has joined Vokèra as sales director UK.

Vokèra has strengthened its senior sales team with the appointment of Peter Diamant as sales director UK.

A divisional manager with over 35 years’ service with a family-owned Shropshire firm is to retire from his role.

Andy Slater has been promoted to the new role of senior technical, research and development manager for LG Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions. Mr Slater takes the new role after five years as the Technical Department’s lead supervisor and academy instructor.

Pland Stainless has appointed Russell Haigh as financial controller for the business, based at its Leeds manufacturing facility. He joins Pland after eight years in similar roles at Leeds-based Maney Publishing.

Gary Sparrow has joined Intergas Heating this month as area manager responsible for Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire and North West London.

Conex Bänninger is preparing for the start of an important growth year with the appointment of a new sales director and the restructuring of its senior sales personnel.

Actis has announced the appointment of two area sales managers, as well as a promotion within the business.

BLM has enhanced its external field team by appointing Hayley Cotterill as north west area manager and re-appointing David Gardner as south west area manager.

WJ Group has appointed Neil Allison as commercial manager – a new role at the business, which is best known for its timber treatment services and DeckWright anti-slip decking.

The Archwood Group has announced the appointment of Tony Miles as the company's new chief executive, which came into effect from 1 February.

Andy Jones is the latest recruit to the Stelrad Radiators specification team. He joins Stelrad after eight years with Worcester Bosch on its specification team.

Jean-Claude Carlin has been appointed as group chief executive officer at Knauf Insulation.

Knauf Insulation has announced the appointment of Jean-Claude Carlin as Group chief executive officer (CEO), effective 1 February, 2017.

Patricia Madingou has been appointed to the role of specification manager at Charcon.

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has welcomed Patricia Madingou to the role of specification manager.

The Imperial Bathroom Company is delighted to welcome Amy McCann to its marketing department. Ms McCann has taken over the day to day running of Imperial’s marketing department and takes full responsibility for the communication coordination to the press, media and retailers.

Baxi Heating has strengthened its merchant sales support across its commercial brands with the appointment of a dedicated key account manager for merchant partners.

Eoghan Bridgeman joins AWMS as national sales manager for Ireland.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) continues to expand its team with the appointment of Eoghan Bridgeman as national sales manager for Ireland.

Marley Alutec has appointed Drummond McKenzie as its first dedicated sales manager for Scotland, in a move that underlines the company’s commitment to the country.

Lecico Bathrooms has appointed Paul Gemmell as head of marketing for the UK.

Carly Partington is the new North West England area sales manager at Catnic.

Catnic has made three additions to its experienced sales team. All joining in the role of area sales manager are: Andrew Zeglovskis for the South East, Carly Partington for the North West, and Daniel Marriott for East Anglia and North London.

The five apprentices that have joined the Stelrad team: (l-r) Aaron Kelly, Matthew Scott, Tyler Friend, Harrison Smith and Kyle Davies.

Stelrad has taken on five apprentices as production technicians for a two-year period, as part of its drive to provide career opportunities to local young people, while introducing new blood into the business.

The IPG has announced the appointment of Tony Dark as director of trade. Mr Dark brings a wealth of experience in the industry from his previous roles as head of sales with CORGI and more recently with the Ridge Tool Company.

Michael Maher has joined Dunlop as area sales manager for the Midlands.

Dunlop has hired a new area sales manager for the Midlands.

Hamilton has appointed Justin Hopley as area sales manager for London and the South East.

PEFC has appointed a new industry member to its UK board. Elisabeth Piveteau, UK and Ireland export manager at PiveteauBois, brings a fresh new voice to PEFC as well as invaluable knowledge of the European timber supply chain and issues surrounding sustainable forestry.

Graham Boyd, joint managing director at Long Rake Spar.

Long Rake Spar has welcomed Graham Boyd to the position of joint managing director.

Mike Lomas has joined BSW Timber as UK operations director from Metsa Wood where he held the role of VP sales and operations leading the UK business.

Following his recent retirement form the role of chief executive at Klondyke, Bob Hewitt is set to take up a new part-time role with Kelkay, which he plans to run alongside his non-executive chairman responsibilities at Klondyke.

M&M Timber has strengthened its team with the appointment of Stuart Mills as operations manager. Mr Mills will be responsible for the production site at Clows Top near Kidderminster in Worcestershire managing a team of 50 employees.

Russ Ellis will be joining SCA Timber Supply UK as production development manager in February 2017.

SCA Merchant Services is kick-starting 2017 with two new appointments.

Richard Braid is now head of water heating and showers at Redring.

Redring has appointed Richard Braid as head of water heating and showers, signaling the company’s intent for significant growth.

Lead consultant and director at TFT Woodexperts, Jim Coulson, has recently been awarded the status of chartered environmentalist from the Society for the Environment. From a wide range of disciplines, chartered environmentalists combine a high degree of expertise in their respective fields with a commitment to environmental best practice.

Builders' Merchant Co (BMCO) is pleased to welcome Alex Torkington into its working family.

Reddiplex Group has appointed two new company directors in a move to strengthen its core team. This takes the total directors in the Group from six to eight; of which five are women. Both appointments come from within the Group and are testament to the talent that has been developed within the Group.

Stax Trade Centres has announced that Philip Joyce will be joining the team as branch manager designate at its Birmingham branch. This follows the news that current branch manager David Scully will be retiring after 25 years with the company.

Chris White is the latest recruit to join Stelrad Radiators brand specialists team. 

Twiggs steel company in Matlock, Derbyshire, has welcomed Craig Anthony as its new works manager, overseeing the steelstock and fabrication division.

Sime has appointed John Moran as national sales manager. With an extensive background in the HVAC industry, Mr Moran is a highly skilled sales and operations director with 32 years of experience.

Croydex has appointed two commercial experts to its sales team as part of its continued growth and expansion into new markets.

Hopkins Concrete has joined forces with LGS Training and Key4Life to appoint two new team members. In an industry where there is a shortage of HGV drivers, and with an average age of over 47 across its 85 employed drivers, the company is keen to recruit young people from the local communities.

Andrew Strickland is the latest addition to the Stelrad specification team joining as business development manager for the South West.

Wolfcraft, a manufacturer of hand tools and accessories, is investing in its own sales and marketing operation in the UK, in a move to maximise its brand in the UK home improvement market.

Yale continues to strengthen its Smart Living division with the appointment of a new member to the team.

JG Speedfit has executed plans to expand its nationwide sales and technical support network, in order to work more closely with merchants and plumbers throughout 2017.

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