On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Steve Greaves and Sam Stephens

Derbyshire-based PermaGroup has appointed two new members to its senior team.

Steve Greaves has joined as group head of sales while Sam Stephens has been appointed group head of operations.

With more than 30 years spent in the industry, Greaves initially started as a commercial salesperson and has worked his way up through roles including managing director and regional sales director positions for international brands. A member of the Institute of Roofing, his expertise lies in flat roofing technical sales, as well as single ply, liquids and green roofs.

Greaves said: “PermaGroup’s products are wide-ranging and exciting, and I’m particularly keen to learn more about the Elevate range, which includes systems offering exceptional waterproofing with a high service life expectancy. I’ve joined a brilliant team and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and being able to share my knowledge with them.

“I’ve been developing sales teams for the last 20 years, so creating a new team at PermaGroup is a challenge I’m ready to take on.”

Stephens joins the team with a background in operational leadership, procurement, coaching and development. His new role will see him oversee a team of 25 people, and he will be taking a lead role in production, logistics,procurement and health and safety.

He said: “Coaching and people development is one of my favourite and most rewarding parts of my job, so I’m excited to get to know the team and also work with the leadership team to drive the business forward.

“Part of our growth strategy is to further professionalise the business and the team to help propel PermaGroup beyond a national level, so this is a challenge I’m excited to take on.”

Adrian Buttress, managing director at PermaGroup, said: “Both Steve and Sam are fantastic additions to our team, and I know they’re going to be a real asset as we continue to work on our expansion plans. They both have years of invaluable experience that we’re looking forward to implementing into our sales and operations teams, and seeing how they can help the business grow.”

Phil Colquhoun

Phil Colquhoun, managing director at NIRAS Lorien Engineering Solutions (UK), has been appointed as council member and chair of the ECITB Midlands Regional Forum, following approval from the ECITB board.

NIRAS Lorien Engineering Solutions has been a long-standing participant in the ECITB ACTIVE Cup project management competition and sends a team every year. Colquhoun, himself, took part in the competition more than two decades ago.

He said: “My focus as incoming chair of the Midlands Regional Forum is to talk with companies within the region, develop a dialogue around our existing ECITB services and identify opportunities to come together, share innovation and best practice. This is an exciting time for leading industry learning and I intend to drive from the front.”

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