Changes at the top for Steve Vick International
Steve Vick International (SVI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy White as Financial Director and Katie Higgins as Sales and Marketing Director.
Since outgrowing previous premises and moving to Bradford on Avon in 2014, the company has continued to expand and show steady advancements in new sectors such as nuclear decommissioning, water, export and contract services.
To meet upturn in demand, the workforce has increased by over 20% in the last 2 years alone; which has contributed to the management restructure. The two new directorial appointments will help build on this momentum of expansion.
Over the past year, we have seen huge growth in the usage of Live Mains Insertion (LMI) across all gas distribution networks (GDN). Further growth is expected as GDN’s are starting to see the techniques primary benefits of reducing ‘time off gas’ and improving customer service.
Since its foundation in 1981, SVI has been at the forefront in developing innovative products and techniques for the trenchless repair, renovation and decommissioning of pipes. The business has continued to expand and develop and this year will celebrate its 35th year in business.
The company has won numerous accolades within these industries, most recently ‘Company of the Year’ at the EUA and IGEM Gas Industry Awards in 2015 and ‘Best application of an innovative solution’ at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Supply Chain Awards.
Andy White, Financial Director
Andy will bring a wealth of experience to the role, having spent eighteen years in various financial positions in manufacturing and engineering companies, most recently as Head of Finance at a major international company where he spent the last twelve years.
In addition to his financial role and strategical input as a member of the board, Andy will be overseeing HR, IT and Commercial management.
Katie Higgins, Sales and Marketing Director
Previously Sales and Marketing Manager, Katie has built up an extensive knowledge of SVI products and specialist techniques used in the utilities sector. Most recently, the marketing department has launched a new user friendly website and modernised the companies branding.
Katie has been instrumental in developing export business as well as overseeing the launch of new innovations, worldwide.
As part of her new role, Katie will contribute towards company strategy and continue her work within business development as well as heading the sales and marketing department.
Following nearly 25 years of invaluable service as Joint Managing and Financial Director, Tony Day chose to retire in December 2015, but will continue to act as a Non-Executive Director. Having worked alongside Tony as Joint Managing Director for the past 5 years, Crock Harrison will now be solely responsible for the day to day management of the company, as Managing and Technical Director.
Having worked for the company for over three decades, Crock comments on the management restructure ”We welcome these two new additions to the board, which I am sure will help to continue our success both the UK business and growing export markets”
Katie and Andy have joined the Steve Vick International board of directors; which comprises of Steve Vick, founder and Chairman, Crock Harrison, Managing and Technical Director, Sean Noonan, Operations Director, and non- executive directors, Angela Vick and Tony Day.
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