People: Parker Technical Services; British Power Group

Barry Taylor

Parker Technical Services, part of the Edwin James Group, has appointed Barry Taylor into the newly created regional director role.

Barry joins from Online Design & Engineering where he was operations manager. Prior to that, he was director of Grimsby-based Blackrow Group.

Stuart Driscoll, managing director, Parker, said: “Barry is a great appointment for Parker. He brings a wealth of experience to the business and will play a key role in our growth plans. Across the group, we’re investing in people and technology to make sure we continue to deliver engineering excellence to our customers.”

Operating from the Louth office, Taylor will be responsible for developing the Parker business in the East of England and also takes responsibility for the industrial and infrastructure areas of the organisation.

He said: “I’m joining Parker at an exciting time. The business has clear growth plans and the complementary services offered across the group are a huge opportunity. The business was a great fit for me. As someone who started out as an apprentice, it’s great to work in a business that takes the recruitment of young people, and the development of every employee seriously. I’m really looking forward to developing the team in the East and being part of the next chapter of the group.”

Rhys Roberts

Lincolnshire-based British Power Group (BPG) has announced the appointment of Rhys Roberts as its new hospitality specialist, part of its plans to widen its portfolio within the hotel industry.

Roberts is an experienced company director and for the past 20 years the owner-operator of the Best Western Tiverton Hotel in Devon, and he will be bringing his operational hotelier experience to British Power Group’s commercial activity.

He said: “I’m delighted to have joined British Power Group, a growing company specialising in the renewables sector, and I am looking forward to delivering a clear strategy of growth in the hospitality industry which is seeing an increasing interest in moving to greener operational measures.”

Steven Cullum, managing director of British Power Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Rhys to our small but busy and growing team, and this key appointment strengthens our UK position within the hospitality sector. I have known Rhys personally for over seven years, initially as a client and since then as a close friend and valued business associate.

“With British Power Group’s portfolio products including solar PV, voltage optimisation and EV chargers we are certain we have an attractive offering to UK hoteliers, and with Rhys’ wealth of knowledge of this sector and invaluable contacts I am sure he will be of great value to our team. We look forward to developing this market together.”

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