Clearview Midlands February 2014 - Issue 147 - Page 76

MOVERS&SHAKERS NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR CONSUMERS AND HOUSEHOLDS Clive Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading, is to join the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to lead the department’s drive on improving consumer service and choice. ‘I’m really excited about my new role at DECC’ Mr. Maxwell has been appointed Director General of DECC’s Consumers and Households Group, which is responsible for the Government’s key projects in improving energy efficiency and helping business and domestic energy users obtain the lowest possible bills. The appointment comes as DECC engages in a major programme of improvements for consumers under energy efficiency schemes such as the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal, as well as working closely with the energy industry to maximise choice for customers. Mr. Maxwell said: “I’m really excited about my new role at DECC, working on what I think are some of the biggest issues facing the country. Tackling big issues where I can make a difference is why I joined the Civil Service, one of the many reasons why I’ve enjoyed working at the OFT, and why I’ve chosen to stay working in Government.” STRENGTHENING MANAGEMENT TEAM Glazing systems designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems has continued to strengthen its senior management team in order to handle the company’s anticipated growth in 2014. With the New Year comes a fresh start for board members James Keeling-Heane and Michelle Damms, who have new roles at Senior, and also for Mark Burton, who is new to the company. James has transferred from his post as General Manager at Senior Glass Systems to join the board of Senior Architectural Systems as Sales Director. Meanwhile, Michelle has replaced James to join the board of Senior Glass Systems (SGS) as Operations Director and take full board responsibility for SGS’ operations. Former Norking Aluminium employee Mark Burton has joined the company as Paint Line Manager at the firm’s Denaby site, replacing Michelle. James said: “I’m very excited to be taking up this opportunity with Senior Architectural Systems; whilst we expect another tough year we are firmly focused on supporting and servicing our customers throughout the coming months.” Michelle said: “I’m looking forward to bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the business, to improving productivity and to boosting customer satisfaction.” Investing in New Blood Hardware supplier VBH has demonstrated its confidence in the market by further strengthening its UK external sales and technical team. Simon Monks moves from the position of Area Sales Manager (ASM) to that of National Sales Manager – England, and now has overall responsibility for sales activity in England, with the exception of the West Country, which continues to fall under the stewardship of longserving Phil Thomas. Industry stalwart Barry Wheeler has been recruited as ASM for the Southern region that extends from Kent to Wiltshire, including south and west London. Based in Surrey, Barry is ideally placed to manage this area and brings much experience from previous roles at hardware suppliers and manufacturers. The West Midlands area is ably managed by Daventry-based Dan Powell, who joined VBH last March. Dan’s industry experience belies his young age, and he is well liked by his customers who value his enthusiasm and knowledge. VBH Managing Director Peter Rowlands commented ‘I honestly believe this is now the strongest group in the industry. They all have different strengths but something that is common throughout the group is their knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the products they are promoting and the market in general.’ Tel: 01634 263263 76 FEB 2014 To read more, visit