Kingspan announce board changes

Kingspan Access Floors has announced a series of Board changes – Managing Director Terry Newman is to retire at the end of March, Paul Allon moves from Finance Director to General Manager of the company, and Mike Burton has been appointed as the new Finance Director.

Terry Newman joined the company in 1985 as Contracts Director and became Managing Director in 1990. During his years as MD, Kingspan Access Floors has made major investments in its manufacturing facilities, including fully automating its steel encapsulated panel production lines.

The company has grown to become Europe’s largest supplier of raised access floor panels and a global brand – the Kingspan Group’s access floors division, made up of Kingspan Access floors and Tate Inc, of the USA, is the world leader in raised access flooring.

In 2001 Kingspan Access Floors provided the technical input required to create the new EN12825 standard that harmonised various international standards for raised flooring specifications.

Mr Newman said the longevity of the company’s senior management team has played an important role in the sustained growth of the company, with key personnel having working together for between 10 and 20 years. 

Paul Allon joined the company as Finance Director 10 years ago and has been with the Kingspan Group for 17 years, having previously been Financial Controller with the insulated panels division in Sherburn, North Yorkshire.

He said: “I’m looking forward to Kingspan Access Floors continuing the growth that we have seen during recent years and we are particularly confident about strong growth in the UK commercial office sector.”

“Our R&D facilities are among the best in the UK and we will continue to invest in this important area to help us to continually drive new product development,” he added.

Mike Burton has been appointed as Finance Director after previously spending 12 years in the same role with Palram, a Doncaster based manufacturer of extruded thermoplastic sheets. Before that he was with Hallmark Cards at Bradford for five years, as Finance Manager and then Financial Controller.

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