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p36 BKU-DEC20 Ceramique - Uform_bku 02/12/2020 13:00 Page 36


INDUSTRY UPDATE


Ceramique Internationale Director Awarded Honorary Membership to The Leaders Council Cameron Fraser invited by Chairman Lord Blunkett


C


ameron Fraser, Director of Leeds- based tiles specialist Ceramique


Internationale, has been recognised as an honorary member of the Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Nominated by chairman of The Leaders


Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Lord Blunkett, Cameron’s membership recognises his position as a leadership figure who has helped to keep the country running during the unprecedented pandemic period. Cameron has more than 35 years of industry


experience, sourcing and supplying tiles and mosaics for domestic and high-profile commercial projects throughout the UK. He is now Commercial Director at Ceramique Internationale Ltd, a multi-million-pound business, which has its 4,500 sq ft Tiles and Mosaics showroom and warehouse on Royds Lane, Leeds and distributes wholesale products to hundreds of secondary retailers across the North and Midlands. As part of his membership, Cameron has


pledged to adhere to the Leaders Council's Charter of Principles and to do everything


possible to help aid the nation's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Commenting on this nationwide push to


recognise leaders such as Cameron, chairman Lord Blunkett said: “Keeping an organisation in operation during this period is no small feat and it is our belief that the thousands of leadership figures across the country deserve a greater level of recognition. It is inspiring to see so many of


them sign our Charter of Principles. We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated leaders in this country and this is our small way of recognising them and the contribution they make.” Ceramique Internationale Director, Cameron


Fraser, said: “I am delighted to have signed the Leaders Council’s Charter of Principles and am honoured to be recognised for my achievements as an influential leadership figure. I look forward to working with The Leaders Council to help inspire the next generation of Great British leaders.” The Leaders Council of Great Britain and


Northern Ireland was set up to support and champion leadership in all its forms. The Charter of Principles can be signed by any leadership figure who wishes to do so but anyone found flouting the principles is removed. The aim is to ensure that the nation's recovery is built on the strongest possible foundations. You can read more about Ceramique


Internationale and the Leaders Council's Charter of Principles here: https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/members/camer on-fraser


Uform Group Announces New Appointments T


he Uform Group has announced three new appointments across the


areas of Operations and IT. Gary Hutton has been promoted to the


position of Group Operations Director and will now operationally oversee Andoras in addition to Uform. Gary will be responsible for directing and controlling all production and distribution processes of both companies to ensure that the overall objectives of the group are met efficiently and effectively. Rodney Campbell joins the Group as the new


General Manager of Andoras. He brings 25 years’ experience of operational excellence, having worked in customer focussed manufacturing companies including Seagate and Terex. In addition, he has specific experience in servicing the kitchen Industry. In his new role with Andoras,


Rodney will lead the day to day activities of the business to ensure that all customer orders are completed on time to the highest of quality standards. He will be involved in shaping the strategic vision and delivering change to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction is achieved. Andrew Cooper joins as the new Group IT &


Business Improvement Manager. Having spent 8 years on the Senior Management team at Galgorm Group as head of IT and Business Improvement, Andrew has extensive experience in developing industry leading e-commerce websites, multi-site picking and bespoke delivery tracking systems. He will oversee the IT function and will be instrumental in the development and implementation of new and existing processes that drive a better buying experience for our customers.


Commenting on the recent appointments,


Group Managing Director Simon Oliphant said “I’m delighted to announce these new appointments which will ensure we become even more agile and dynamic whilst also helping to accelerate our strategic plans. It has been a year of learning which has once again reinforced the message that service is paramount. Like other companies within the industry, we have faced our challenges, however the senior and broader team have the necessary skills to enable us to overcome whatever challenges are ahead. I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity to invest in Andoras and provide the infrastructure to further develop a high value high quality manufacturing base to support top end kitchen retailers. This combined with Uforms product and service offering will allow us to offer an even better proposition for our customers. Our strategic goals are based around our


Gary Hutton 36 BKU DECEMBER 2020 Rodney Campbell Andrew Cooper


aspiration to be leaders in our industry and these latest appointments are testament to just how committed we are to strengthen the future of both companies. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Gary, Rodney and Andrew every success in their new roles as we look forward to 2021 and beyond. They join a very special, committed and resilient team which I’m proud to be a part of’.


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