Clearview National March 2016 - Issue 172 - Page 124

MOVERS&SHAKERS Specialist Simon appointed as Director of Communications »»BALLS2 MARKETING, SPECIALISTS in PR and marketing for glazing and construction, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Simon Kinnear as Director of Communications, as the company looks to capitalise on a successful 2015. Simon has over 15 years’ experience in agency PR and has represented business-tobusiness and business-to-consumer clients in sectors as diverse as construction and building materials, packaging, materials handling and legal services. His extensive account handling experience also includes managing integrated campaigns involving print and digital advertising, social media and e-marketing. In his new role, Simon will oversee all PR and communications activities for Balls2 Marketing’s growing client portfolio. The company’s previous Communications Director, co-founder Sarah Ball, now becomes Client Strategy Director to spearhead the company’s ambitious growth plans. Managing Director, Andy Ball, explains: “We’re thrilled to have a PR professional of Simon’s calibre joining us, as we seek to expand upon the terrific achievements of 2015. His agency background means he is full of sound strategic ideas that are proven to work across a range of industries and markets. Simon comments: “I’m looking forward to helping our clients to achieve the best possible publicity to support their sales growth.” 124 » MAR 2016 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M »»EUROCELL,THE UK for VBH (GB) and, of course, I would like to congratulate each of the new directors on their appointments. “Over a period of several years we have been reshaping VBH (GB) into a company which is capable of being ‘best in class’. The appointments are only a part of the story of our reinvigoration of the whole organisation, but marks a key milestone in that process and provides an excellent platform for the future development of VBH in the UK.” manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVCu window, door, conservatory and roofline systems, has announced that Chief Executive Patrick Bateman (63) will retire from the company at the end of June. Patrick has been CEO for over eleven years, during which Eurocell has continually expanded its product range and its own network of building plastics branches, which currently stands at over 140. The group has also invested significantly in recycling. Last year the company floated on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Eurocell has named Bateman’s successor as Mark Kelly, currently Chief Executive of Grafton Merchanting GB. Kelly (55) previously worked for BDR Thermea, IMI and Novar. He has experience of the PVCu window and doors industry from earlier in his career with Duraflex and Celuform. Kelly will formally take over from July 1st 2016, after an initial handover period. Bob Lawson, Eurocell plc Chairman, commented: “When Patrick retires from the company, he will leave a strong management team and an excellent business with a clear strategy for delivering sustainable future growth, for the benefit of its customers. “We are delighted that someone of Mark’s calibre will be joining Eurocell. He is an experienced Chief Executive with a deep and broad understanding of the construction products sector, from a manufacturing and distribution perspective. This will be invaluable as Eurocell continues its exciting development.” FURTHER STRENGTHENING OF VBH MANAGEMENT TEAM »»HARDWARE SUPPLIER VBH has strengthened its senior management team with three new directorships. Simon Monks marks his 9th year at VBH with a promotion to the position of Sales Director, Wales and Northern Ireland. Vince Kay takes over as Financial Director. Vince has a solid construction and civil engineering background and Mark Skudder, who has been responsible for all aspects of purchasing and warehousing since joining VBH in 2012, moves into the newly created position of Logistics Director. One of Mark’s first tasks as Logistics Director will be to oversee the implementation of the storage capacity expansion at VBH Gillingham over the first few months of 2016. Managing Director Peter Rowlands comment VC