• The fast-growing team at Cemfree is evidence of the industry’s growing need for manufacturing and sourcing sustainable materials. It is also highlights Cemfree's commitment to invest in its people and expertise as it continues in the fight for a more environmentally friendly built environment.   Mark Clark, (below) the new General Manager, brings with him a personal interest in reducing carbon, which will help in his role of managing a new sales team, and establishing Cemfree as the preferred solution for low-carbon mortar, blocks and concrete. With over 27 years of sales experience across many sectors, Mark’s wealth of experience has seen him define product sustainability strategies, manage national teams and create additional streams of revenue.   Cemfree also welcomes Rob Nicholson (below) as Product Manager. Rob has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry under his belt. Rob has a proven track record of introducing new products to the market and has an in-depth understanding of all routes into the market from innovation to supply. Rob will be focussed on the development of Cemfree products with key suppliers, working with them to help make Cemfree the supplier of choice.    Keagan Badenhorst (below) is Cemfree’s new Business Development Manager, with 16 years experience working in the Timber Engineering Industry. Most recently as a National Account Manager he possesses skills in developing relationships, building brands and training those in the industry and his fellow members of staff. His new role at Cemfree will entail devising sales strategies and developing knowledge of Cemfree across the construction industry.   Devon Clark (Below) has joined Cemfree as a Business Development Executive. Her role will entail researching markets and building relationships with key accounts, whilst supporting the Major Accounts Manager. Devon brings a positive outlook to her role, with an ambition to increase sales and build relationships.   Tony Sheridan, Group Commercial Director said: “We are delighted to announce our new appointments at Cemfree. Our new team members are bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable to the business. Providing all our partners and customers support at every step of a project is key to us at Cemfree, and we hope that the growth of the team not only allows us to continue this support but expand in what we can offer.” Visit:
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  • He replaces Trevor Gillman, who now takes on the role of Chief Executive Officer and who has been responsible for developing the company over a 33 year period, transforming the business from a medium sized manufacturer of kitchen units into a UK market leader of fitted furniture. His vision and innovation have seen the development of an extensive range of storage units and other specialist furniture products, which are now widely used in hospitals and healthcare centres across the country. Tony, who joined Broadstairs, Kent, based David Bailey Furniture in September 2021 as Operations Manager is now charged with delivering plans to streamline the business still further following a major investment programme which has seen the company significantly expand its production capacity. “We have shown steady continual improvement and have great potential to build on our rapid growth spurt, but I am very aware that we will always need to be as efficient as possible if we are to continue competing within a very crowded market,” said Tony. “I intend to implement a 5-year lean manufacturing plan for the shopfloor, which involves a fully automated production system which will offer even greater opportunities for our loyal staff and I am very much looking forward to the challenge.” “It is my mission to have a piece of David Bailey furniture in every single hospital in the UK within the next five years. We have the right team in place and I am sure we can achieve all of our objectives within this period.”. David Bailey Furniture has been established for more than 40 years and employs 38 staff. Their Healthcare range of fitted furniture features within some of the country’s largest and most prestigious NHS and private hospitals. It is also regularly specified for other healthcare furniture projects from health centres and nursing homes to doctors’ surgeries and dental practices. In more recent years the company has also significantly increased its presence in the schools and veterinary markets and is now a major supplier to the prisons sector and other growing niche markets. Vist:  
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  • Tom joined Sika in 1992. Based at the Welwyn Garden City Head Office, he has a breadth of experience in Sales, Marketing and Product Management, joining the Management Team in 2007 as the Business Unit Manager for the Concrete division. Further to the successful management of this part of the business, he assumed responsibility for the Waterproofing division in 2013. In 2018, Tom assumed additional responsibilities for managing the Everbuild brand – A Sika Company, playing a key role in its integration, establishing this area of the business as a substantial part of Sika Limited, with record growth in sales and profitability. The new appointment will see him build on the already well-established Sika brand in the UK. In 2021, the company is aiming to achieve 15% growth in net sales whilst maintaining profitability levels. Major focuses that will help the company achieve this centre on key initiatives to grow e-commerce channels, further develop its network of specifiers, strengthening relationships with key specialist distributors and add to the Sika contractor networks. The company will also continue to focus efforts on developing inter-company business. “I strongly believe that continued focus on our people and their development, will allow us to grow, and this, coupled with investment in technology, will lead us to become the employer of choice,” commented Tom. “The safety of our staff has been a high priority during the pandemic and will continue to be so going forward. Relationships inside the company and towards our customers are the main drivers for sustainable results. Sika Limited in the UK, is a strong and focused company, and I am looking forward to the challenge of growing our brands in the UK under one combined entity.” Sika UK has grown steadily over the past few years, reaching one of the highest sales and profit results of Sika globally, despite operating in challenging market conditions.
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  • The demand for healthier indoor environments and optimised energy use is meaning more and more commercial and residential schemes are utilising building management systems to assure occupancy comfort levels and conserve energy. As smart devices in the form of building sensors are a core element of this drive, Sontay is seeing a growing demand for its solutions. It is why Sontay introduced the new role of Quality Assurance Engineer, to meet with this industry-wide need and assure Sontay is consistently exceeding its high standards. Within this role, Raj will be responsible for the design and delivery of all quality control and assurance activities and objectives at Sontay. As well as being tasked with reviewing and managing manufacturing materials and processes against quality requirements, Raj will be leading a culture of continuous improvement within the quality system. He will develop inspection and test procedures to ensure no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of quality. The position is part of Sontay’s wider goal to continually offer high levels of quality and customer service. Speaking on his new role Raj said: “Sontay is one of the market-leading providers for the building industry. I can see my experience (30 years in the defence sector) will be very useful to the company. It will give me great satisfaction to work in a fresh and vibrant role. It is an exciting time to move into construction and the HVAC sectors!”
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  • From the beginning of 2021, Jon Bailey, (pictured below) with more than 17 years’ experience in the construction industry, will join the Proteus New Build Division, concentrating on the south of England.  He is joined by Adam Draycott, (Above) who joins the company’s growing sales team in the north of England. For the last three years Jon has been involved with generating roofing specifications working alongside main contractors, sub-contractors, architects and surveyors helping to match client needs with end customer expectations. Adam Draycott has worked in the roofing industry since the age of 18, initially in an admin role and three years later as a salesman in the north west. He later helped to establish waterproofing sales for another leading company prior to joining Proteus. With the addition of two new Technical Sales Managers, Proteus can now launch the next stage of an ongoing expansion programme which has seen the company grow out of its south east base to become a leading national player in the waterproofing industry.  
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  • Dr Brunton has been an integral member of the SPRA team since August 2018, with a particular focus on technical and quality issues and maximising learning emanating from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (the “Hackitt Review”)...
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  • Cathie Clarke, SPRA CEO said “Invictus Roofing only became members of SPRA at the end of August this year and Josh’s selection as a SPRA Director shows that the SPRA leadership team is open to all members, new and old from companies large and small. What is very important is a passion for the single ply industry and an enthusiasm to get involved in supporting and directing the organisation for the benefit of the membership and the wider industry.” Martyn Holloway, SPRA CEO added “Congratulations to Josh! I am look forward to formally welcoming him to the Council and listening to the fresh ideas that I am sure he will bring to the table.” Josh said on his election, “Thank you for everybody’s vote of confidence, I am really looking forward to meeting my fellow Directors and being part of the SPRA leadership team. Single Ply Roofing has been a major part of my working life to date, and I feel that my 17 years of experience in the field, being a young director, and keeping in touch with installing and site work will allow me to bring a different outlook to the Council and appropriately represent SPRA contractors.”
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  • He began his new role on November 1st, stepping-up from the Marketing Manager’s position he held within Sika roofing. “It’s incredibly exciting to be given this new challenge,” Pete said. “I’m looking forward to bringing some of my background experience and new ideas to the role, as well as being involved in product development and developing strong relationships.“ Having started his Sika career in 2005 within the marketing team for Liquid Plastics, Pete became Marketing Manager for the company’s roofing division in 2014. Pete, 40, whose new, field-based role involves supporting Sika-Trocal’s seven area technical managers, said: It's an ever-changing fast-paced market environment, so being as close to our customers as possible allows us to respond to these changes and give our customers exactly what they need. Sika-Trocal’s fantastic product range gives us a distinct advantage and we’re also fortunate to have a superb team of area mangers who have built-up a brilliant long-term relationship with our customers. This is something we want to continue to nurture”     
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  • This new challenge will see Murray working with contractors, architects and engineers on specification projects that include Sika screed and Sika resin coating solutions for industrial and commercial projects including car parks and deck finishes. Prior to his appointment, Murray worked in the Sika Specialist Distribution team, managing key accounts that support the supply of products for key projects via the distribution supply chain. In total he has been with Sika for more than 10 years, having previously worked at Sika Everbuild. It has enabled him to gain vast specialist sales experience within the construction sector. Murray, who began his Sika Flooring role in September, said:  “The move to Sika Flooring represents a huge opportunity for me. The sector has always interested me. Whether it be the health sector, the food and drink industry or manufacturing, Sika has a flooring solution for a wide range of applications. I’m looking to demonstrate how Sika systems are the number one choice for new-build and refurbishment projects.” Bill Woodham, Sikafloor’s Target Market National Area Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have Murray on board. He has worked extensively in the construction industry and brings with him a wealth of opportunities and contacts. Murray will be joining an evolving team that continuously strives to meet and exceed customer expectations and deliver a best-in-class customer experience. We look forward to Murray building on the success he has already achieved at Sika.”
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  • Gary will oversee the order and despatch operation at VJ Technology’s headquarters in Ashford, Kent. He will manage 30 staff, compromising three supervisors and a team of ‘picking and packing’ operatives. Gary commented, “This is a new and exciting role, which I’m delighted to have taken on. VJ Technology is a growing brand within the construction sector and I’m looking forward to playing a part in its future success.” Prior to joining VJ Technology, Gary was General Manager at the Aylesford office of delivery firm DPD UK. His logistics-based career has also included senior roles at TNT and the Royal Mail. His experience will be critical as VJ Technology is in the process of installing a new state of the art warehouse management system. Designed to optimise orders operations, this transition to a digital-based service, which is expected to be completed by August, will be one of Gary’s initial tasks.    “The management system will facilitate a huge change in the way VJ Technology processes orders,” Gary said. “I’m here to lead staff through the new phase and ensure they have all the support they need. It’s a big challenge for us all, but one we’re well-equipped to meet.  The warehouse management system is another VJ Technology initiative to further streamline our superb customer service offering.”
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