Vitrex strengthens sales team Vitrex has appointed Barry Wimsett as regional sales manager. Mr Wimsett has 25 of

years’ experience

within the DIY sector and will be responsible for day-to-day business development


the QEP portfolio throughout Southern England. He said of his new role: “It is a fantastic opportunity to join QEP and continue to develop my career working with the market leader in this field. I am looking forward to meeting both old and new customers in the South whilst also being able to call on my experience in the many diverse areas of the QEP business.”

young lad is ‘don’t worry about making mistakes – just be sure you learn from them and don’t make them a second time’. It helped me create a no-blame culture in all the teams I’ve managed. I don’t believe in pointing the finger; we all make mistakes, and it is about self- improvement.

New directors at Home Hardware (Scotland) Home Hardware (Scotland) Ltd has announced the appointment of Fiona Ferguson Leary as a director and Derek O’Ware as buying director, effective from June 1, 2018. Ms Ferguson Leary was responsible for developing the original Home Hardware (Scotland) Ltd brand image in 1996 and returned last year to oversee future developments within the organisation. Meanwhile, Mr O’Ware joined Home Hardware (Scotland) Ltd as a buyer in 2001, after working as branch manager for Wrights Hardware for nine years.

The organisation has over 60 member shops throughout Scotland and the north of England.

Wienerberger appoints new operations director Wienerberger has announced the appointment of Simon Nevitt


director, following the retirement of Tim Thompson, who had been with the company

for over four years. Mr Nevitt, who will

take up the role from

July 1, brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from the past 10 years of his previous senior roles with Ideal Standard, a multinational bathroom, sanitary ware and plumbing fixture company.

The company said Mr Nevitt and Tim Thompson have spent the past couple of months working closely together to ensure a smooth and structured transition.

Over the past 10 years, Wienerberger UK has

delivered strong organic growth following a period of rapid acquisitions in the previous decade. This has been a “significant contributor to Wienerberger group revenue”, said the company, adding that the UK arm is also spearheading the digital construction movement, with a specific focus on supply chain management and marketing.

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What is your favourite memory/anecdote from working in the industry? Over my 35-year career, I’ve had many great moments and memories but my favourite one was recently with the Trust. We helped a lady who had a several issues, which meant she was in debt, had lost touch with her family, was facing eviction from her flat, and her job was under threat. We made direct contact with her landlord to make a payment, and offered her advice and support to help avoid a crisis. It was so rewarding to see her

turn her life around; she’s even been promoted at work as a result of the positive change. She describes it as a life-saver and it really highlighted to me what the Trust is about.

What is your background in the industry and with the charity?

I started my sales career in the mid 70s with Nabisco, where I gained seven years’ of FMCG market experience and eventually moved from Bristol to the Midlands when I became an area manager in Birmingham. My career in the DIY industry started in 1983 when I joined Murphy Chemicals, followed by roles with Abru Ladders, my first board appointment as sales director at Jenks & Cattell, followed by four years at McKecknie Group as sales & marketing director.

I spent 16 years with Eliza Tinsley

before I was appointed DIY sector director at BHETA and, my swan song is at Centurion before I retire this year. I have always supported the Rainy

Day Trust and became a trustee 10 years ago, so I was delighted to take on the role as chairman.

What does your new role involve and how does it fit with your day job?

I will be working with CEO Bryan Clover and the trustees to generate as great an increase as possible to help more people in the industry. The owners of Centurion have been really great and have allowed me the time to carry out my role. They are also involved as partners and supporters of the Trust.

What are your plans to take the charity forward? I want to play an active role. I inherited this role with the charity in good shape through the work of my predecessors, and it a privilege to work with such a good team of trustees who have a wealth of knowledge and connections across the DIY, builders merchants and housewares sectors. It means we have a good platform to move the charity forward.

I believe we should be aiming high in terms of our aims and objectives. My key concern is that not enough people at the grass roots level know about us or the ways we could help them and their colleagues. We need to raise awareness of the work we do and engage with retailers, in particular, because a lot of their staff are the people we help.

What motivates you?

I have always been motivated by success but you get satisfaction from all kinds of success; whether that’s growing a business, solving business issues or seeing a team member develop and go on to grow in their career. If you know you’ve had a part in it, there’s a buzz you get out of it.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Something I’ve been told since I was a

What are the biggest issues facing the home improvement industry today? The DIY industry has suffered from the advent of the rent generation, which means the cake got smaller. It’s not going to come back quickly but I do believe it will come back. There

is a huge emphasis on

retailers adopting a different approach to fuel the enthusiasm of a younger target audience. They need to deliver a more joined-up strategy and support their in-store offer where customers can see and touch the products, with convenient sales channels. It will be interesting to watch.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of charity? Trekking through Copenhagen, Namur, Amsterdam, Lüneburg and Malmo in a 35-year old VW transporter for the Vado Rally was quite an experience. Plus there were extra challenges along the way – one of which involved performing a weird dance in front of a busker outside a sex shop in Amsterdam! But it was all in the name of charity and, in terms of money raised, it was a tremendous result. The total we had on the final night was around £93,000 but money is still coming in and I am quietly confident we will make the £100,000-mark.

10 minutes with... Peter Stone

Centurion sales & marketing director, and newly-appointed chairman of industry charity the Rainy Day Trust

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