People News – July/August 2021

People News – July/August 2021

After a successful start to 2021 including the acquisition of Digby Stone, Global Stone has announced Reiss Digby as its new Group Supply Chain Director. Reiss takes on the role after working with the former family business for over 10 years, most latterly as Operations Director.

Reiss said “I’m delighted to take on this new position, and believe that my experience from Digby Stone will benefit the whole Global Group, helping us to continue our expansion plans”.

Keystone and IG Lintels has announced the appointment of Chris Hemmington-Green as its new Sales Director. With over 35 years’ experience in the building industry, beginning on the merchant side and moving to sales roles at a number of materials manufacturers, Chris spent 17 years at Velux where he progressed from an Area Sales Manager to Divisional Director.

More recently, he spent the past 12 months managing the regional sales team at SIG.

Lakes has welcomed Darren Bedford as its new National Sales Manager. He joins the existing team of Area Sales Managers and will focus on supporting them in growing relationships with merchant customers and helping them build sales of showering spaces.

With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, Darren said: “There are fantastic opportunities for us to grow sales even further through our merchant network and by helping them to embrace the additional scope in a post-lockdown world through Lakes Online Showrooms, together we can achieve great things.”


The IPG has welcomed Gary Matthews as Commercial Director. He joins the membership group following a progressive career across 30 years in the building materials sector and will be responsible for engaging suppliers, supporting members’ needs and contributing to the next chapter in The IPG’s growth plans.

Previously, Gary has worked with a variety of brands such as Mira, Honeywell, Grohe and Ideal Standard. In addition, he has wide experience of the independent P&H/KBB sectors with a real passion for supporting these businesses.


Having joined Sika in 1992, Tom Forsyth has been appointed as the company’s General Manager. The promotion follows on from a number of roles across the business which included, in 2018, assuming additional responsibilities for managing the Everbuild brand and playing a key role in establishing this area of the business as a substantial part of Sika Limited.

His new post will see him build on the continued growth of the company across its multiple UK markets.

Leanne Layne and Jasmine Jobe have joined the Azpects support team. Managing Director Paul Taylor said: “We are focussed on ensuring customer satisfaction, keeping our promises and giving our customers the support they require during what is already proving a very busy year. Our new recruits will enable us to continue giving the best level of service to our customers as the season progresses.”

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