The Board is made up of experienced executive and non-executive directors. Executive directors are experienced in their management discipline, ie Sales, Production or Finance.
Non-executive directors are from outside businesses and experienced in advising and supporting a variety of companies.
The Board members are encouraged to work together, whilst challenging in a constructive manner.
Mr S B Heath joined the company in 1956 and was appointed to the board in 1962. He was Managing Director from 1963 until 1998. He was involved in all aspects of the business and especially Sales, in both home and international markets giving him a deep knowledge of the company its markets and customers. He brings a depth of financial understanding to the business, he has also led the development of a successful brand awareness campaign through advertising campaigns in the UK and other major markets.
Mr D J Pick joined the company in 1978 as an assistant production manager and gained experience in the company's manufacturing systems and processes, before moving into sales posts initially in the UK and then overseas. He became Sales Manager then Deputy Managing Director with involvement and responsibility in new product development and marketing. He was appointed to the board in 1995 and has been Managing Director since 1998, he will be retiring on 31st December 2020.
Mr A Buttanshaw is an accountant and spent some 15 years in the GKN Group, as well as having experience in other companies, which has given him significant experience in the running of manufacturing and international businesses. He is the Senior Independent Director, acting as Deputy Chairman in support of the Chairman, as well as chairing the Audit Committee.
Mr M Whieldon joined the company in 1995 as a sales representative in Europe. Fluent in German and French, he went on to manage the sales team in both the export and home territories and has travelled widely, promoting the company's products to customers and at numerous trade shows to dealers and specifiers alike. He was appointed to the board in 2010 as Sales Director, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director in February 2020, and will be taking over from David Pick who retires in December 2020.
Mr S Latham is a Certified Accountant, initially training under Arthur Andersen, since being a professional auditor he has worked in industry for over 28 years, working in a Financial Director role for over 20 years. He has a breadth of experience in growing companies and international operations.
Mr M Harrison is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has worked in the manufacturing industry for over 24 years. He has led manufacturing operations in a number of different sectors including beverage dispensing and cooling equipment, power generation and aerospace, and has experience of managing factories and installation teams across multiple sites, both at home and overseas.
Mr M Green is a solicitor who trained at Pinsent Masons in Birmingham before joining Lodders to specialise in wealth planning. He is now senior partner of Lodders LLP and the chairman of Self Financial Planning and has over 30 years experience of acting as legal advisor to business and private clients. His experience offers guidance in the legal arena to the company.
Mr R Andrews is a highly experienced and accomplished Corporate Adviser with 30 years' experience advising companies and management teams on public market transactions, and brings financial and commercial experience to the Board.
The directors keep abreast of our markets and industry through regular and frequent communication with our customers, designers and agencies, also attending various trade shows and exhibitions. Technical skills are kept up to date through communication with various external advisors, research and training updates.
All directors are encouraged to maintain individual continuing professional development programmes and all have the opportunity, if required, to attend specialist courses to enhance their skills. The Company Secretary, from time to time, provides technical briefings related to regulatory compliance issues, supported by our NOMAD, Cairn Financial.
The company retains the services of three external advisers.
RSM UK act as our auditors.
Cairn Financial Advisers are our nominated adviser and broker for our dealings with the London Stock Exchange and AIM.
Autonomy Wealth support the financial planning for the business, and advise on the legacy Pension Scheme.
In addition, in 2020 the business also engaged John Chivers Commercial to conduct a valuation of its property assets, and Tallon and Associates a valuation of its plant and equipment assets.
The Chairman reviews the contributions of each board member on an ongoing basis, both individually and in relation to the performance of the company as a whole. The reviews consider effectiveness in areas including general supervision and oversight, business risks and trends, communications, corporate governance and individual contribution. Any refinements identified in working practices can then be adopted.
The balance of the Board is also assessed, for both numbers and experience, which lead to the appointment of Martin Harrison to balance the weight of executive and non-executive directors, as well as adding further experience in production processes.