IKEA appoints new UK and Ireland country retail manager

excited to take my next step as country retail manager for Ikea UK and Ireland. I’m passionate about understanding how our customers live and want to use my role to improve life at home for people across the UK and Ireland. “There’s a huge amount of innovation and transformation in

the retail industry, from

Home furnishing company, Ikea UK and Ireland, has announced the appointment of Javier Quiñones as country retail manager to lead the UK and Ireland business.

Mr Quiñones will take over

from Gillian Drakeford on June 1, 2018, building on her achievements in sales growth and expansion across the UK and Ireland. After joining Ikea Badalona in Barcelona as a part time co-worker in the self- serve department in 1997, Mr Quiñones progressed

experimenting with in-store experience to merging digital and physical retail. I’m looking forward to ensuring Ikea leads the way, and continuing the journey we’ve been on to date, building on Gillian’s legacy.” Meanwhile, Gillian Drakeford will join Inter Ikea Systems, the owner of the Ikea Concept and worldwide franchisor, as Ikea retail system manager, where she will lead the development of the retail system.


Ikea Spain, in roles such as sales manager and store manager, before joining Ikea UK and Ireland in 2014 as deputy retail manager. In his current position, Mr Quiñones has played an important role in driving the success of the UK and Ireland business

with responsibility

for sales, property, marketing, expansion, logistics, interior design and a number of stores. Commenting on his new position, Mr Quiñones said: “Having already fantastic

years at

spent Ikea,

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Mr Quiñones takes over at a time that has seen a significant period of growth and expansion in the UK and Ireland. IKEA UK and Ireland achieved its sixth consecutive year of growth last year, and opened new stores in Reading, Sheffield and its latest store which opened in Exeter this month.

Ms Drakeford commented: “Leading the UK and Ireland has been a great privilege and, together, we have had five exceptional

years of growth

becoming more accessible to people through the opening of three new stores and the development of new store formats, as well as strengthening our online offer. Javier’s role has been integral to these achievements and his life at home expertise and passion for the brand make him well- equipped to take on the role.”

Rudridge appoints new senior sales coordinator at Gravesend

Groundwork and materials supplier Rudridge has appointed Daniel Best to the position of senior sales coordinator

at its Gravesend

branch, on the Denton Wharf Estate.

Mr Best has been in the industry for 23 years, gaining a wealth of experience at a number of well- known competitors; most recently Rouden Pipetek in Sittingbourne. He will be responsible for helping to maintain and develop the client and supplier portfolios


Gravesend with a focus on plastic drainage, supporting Rudridge’s significant growth in this area. Mr Best said: “Rudridge has always had a great reputation in the groundworks sector so I am really pleased to be joining the

6 DIY WEEK 01 JUNE 2018 RDT CEO becomes Fellow of the RSA

Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover has become a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) with an eye on expanding the networking and fundraising possibilities of the home improvement industry’s only charity. The RSA’s mission is “to enrich society through ideas and action” and has around 29,000 Fellows in its global network.

“In becoming a Fellow of the RSA, I will have access to this vast resource of ideas, information and crucially a strong network of people whose common goal is to seek solutions to today’s pressing social challenges,” said Mr Clover. “That fits in perfectly with the Rainy Day Trust’s own mission of helping the home improvement workforce and families in times of need.

“The RSA has local and regional networking

groups, as well as at a national and international level and three themes which they focus on through their Action & Research Centre. One theme is Public Services & Communities. This supports people in taking an active role in solving the problems in their own communities, driving innovation and changing the way that public services are designed, delivered and managed.”

is years

The Rainy Day Trust celebrating 175 this

year and

has moved a long way since its creation by a group of philanthropic ironmongers. Its initiatives today range from apprenticeship support, fuel poverty help and a Legal Express service to telephone counselling, e-learning training and skills programmes and a free-to-use benefits calculator.

The charity is actively seeking partners across the housewares, DIY & hardware and builders merchants sectors and currently has over 60 companies signed up. There is also still time to sign up for the Rainy Day

Trust’s #Challenge175 fundraising project, where participants commit to raise £175 during 2018 to help support the charity in its special year. For more information on signing up your company to the partner scheme, or taking up ~Challlenge175, visit or call 0121 237 1132.

Wienerberger announces new commercial director MBA specialising in Strategic

Kevin Tolson has been appointed

as commercial

director of building material solutions provider Wienerberger

He follows in the footsteps of Keith Barker, the company’s previous commercial director and current managing director. Mr Tolson, who joined

Wienerberger in February, brings with him a wealth of experience and


knowledge from

and sales to customer service and strategy development. He has worked for some of


UK’s leading manufacturers of consumer durables and building products, both in the UK and overseas. Boasting a degree in Economics and an

covering marketing

Management, Tolson has an impressive track record of identifying new opportunities, aligning organisations and working with customers to deliver growth.

He commented: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Commercial Director, and I am excited to help develop Wienerberger’s future within the UK. I certainly have some big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m keen to expand on the previous success in this role.”

Over the past 10 years,

Wienerberger UK has delivered strong organic growth following a period of rapid acquisitions in the previous decade.

Premier Decorations MD gets industry recognition team.”

Rudridge Gravesend branch manager Craig Lyons added: “We are delighted to welcome Daniel to Gravesend. He brings with him a great deal of expertise in the industry and I am sure he will play a big part in contributing to the success of the business going forward.”

The achievements of Premier Decorations managing director John Athwal have been recognised by the gift industry, as he was presented with an Honorary Achievement Award at the Greats Gift Retailer Awards in London this month. Mr Athwal received an OBE from the Queen earlier this year, and this new award is another great honour for him, as he gets set to celebrate his 65th birthday this year, but also the 30th anniversary of Premier Decorations. Sponsored by the Giftware Association, the Honorary Achievement Award acknowledges Mr Athwal’s entrepreneurial skills which led him from humble beginnings when he arrived in the UK from Punjab at the age of eight in 1961 – to now heading one of the most successful companies in the Christmas and gift industry today. Mr Athwal said: “I am overwhelmed to have been given this prestigious award, it was totally unexpected and a great tribute to have been recognised by industry colleagues and peers, a number of whom I have worked with for many, many years.”

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