Phil Yell (left) and Jason Ostler.

Arbor Forest Products appoints new directors

Published:  05 July, 2016

Arbor Forest Products has appointed Jason Ostler as managing director and Phil Yell as operations director, following changes to the board of the UK timber supplier.

Mr Ostler will move from his current position as commercial director to take up the post of managing director on August 1, 2016, and his promotion comes after 25 successful years at the company.

Having joined the company's sales department in 1991, Mr Ostler progressed through the company ranks, occupying positions including regional sales manager, national sales manager and sales director.

Mr Yell, who joined the company in May 2015 as operations manager, having previously worked at Safetykleen UK and Peak Pipe Systems, has also been appointed to the board as operations director.

Having been with the company for over a year and already made a significant contribution to the business, Mr Yell is currently managing the implementation of Arbor Forest Products’ new MDF line, which represents a £2.8m investment for the firm and a significant step for the industry overall.

Andrew Howarth, who currently holds both executive chairman and managing director positions, will continue as executive chairman.

Looking forward to his new role, Mr Ostler said: "I am thrilled to be taking over as managing director of a company that has been the focus of my work for a quarter of a century.

"The last five years has been an extremely exciting time, and I am confident we can continue the fantastic progress that we've been making across the UK.

"Our staff, our product range, and our expertise have never been stronger, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work as managing director of such a prestigious firm that has such huge potential."

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