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Eric Wright FM Appoints New MD

Preston-based Eric Wright Facilities Management (EWFM) has appointed George Lilley as Managing Director.
George joins the company, which is part of the Eric Wright Group, from VINCI Facilities where he was Customer Director and brings over thirty years Board leadership experience in the defence, nuclear, industrial and commercial sectors.
His appointment follows a period of significant investment into the facilities management company under the leadership of interim MD Mark Steed. The Facilities Management team now numbers 147 and last year reported a turnover approaching £15M.
Commenting on his appointment George said: “Under Mark’s stewardship Eric Wright Facilities Management has undergone transformational change with the recruitment of key staff and a significant increase in the client base. The company is in an extremely strong position to build on those solid foundations and I am delighted to join the team at this exciting time.”
He continues: “The unique ownership structure of the Eric Wright Group was a major attraction for me. I am proud to be a part of a company that delivers market leading social value. We will continue to operate in a sustainable manner and will grow in a controlled way that protects the delivery of social value for future generations.
Welcoming George to the team, Eric Wright Group Managing Director, Jeremy Hartley added: “George is an exceptional leader and has a wealth of experience which will help us to further grow and develop our facilities management arm. The Eric Wright Group is proud to be a commercial organisation with a social purpose, delivering an unbeatable client service and investing in the communities in which we operate. We have implemented comprehensive growth strategies in all seven of our divisions and bringing George on board will help us to deliver our vision for the facilities management team.”
Established in 2002 EWFM delivers Facilities Management services to 150 buildings primarily across the north west of England. We operate in a range of sectors including education, healthcare, emergency services, retail and commercial offices.
EWFM is also on a number of national and North West frameworks including: Lancashire Regeneration Property Partnership (LRPP), Fusion 21, Crescent Purchasing Consortium, Efficiency East Midlands, ESPO and NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS).


Vericon Systems Expands Team with Two Senior Appointments

Vericon Systems, a leading provider of innovative building management systems and technologies to the Healthcare and Social Housing sectors, has invested in two new senior appointments.
Rob Deacon has been appointed as Director of Professional Services. He is tasked with executing Vericon Systems’ sales and marketing strategy, developing long-term client relationships and generating new business opportunities. Prior to joining Vericon Systems, he was on the Board of Directors of a business technology group, responsible for all aspects of sales development and marketing, as well as strategic planning and direction.
Rob says he is delighted to be joining Vericon Systems at a pivotal stage in the company’s development: “With arguably the most innovative Building Intelligence solution stacks in the industry, we are helping organisations to streamline their compliance management, improve energy efficiency and ultimately save money.”
Joining Rob is Adrian Crossley as the new Chief Software Engineer. He will be responsible for ensuring Vericon Systems’ technology and Cloud-based software is robust, secure and scalable.
Adrian joins Vericon Systems after more than 25 years’ working for the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and has a proven track record covering a wide range of IT services from project management, to Cloud software development and data warehousing. He joined HESA as Network Administrator and quickly progressed to Head of IT and then Director of Technology.
Bernard Cook, Managing Director of Vericon Systems, added: “The company continues to invest in the people and technology required to further extend the range of systems, services and solutions demanded by an increasing number of clients working across the public and private sector.”


Growth through competency and compliance is the way forward, says DHF

Tamworth-based trade association, the Door & Hardware Federation, (DHF) has kicked off the new year by reflecting on its most recent accomplishments.  With a history and heritage dating back to 1897, the federation is largely considered the leading independent voice of authority in the sectors it serves: locks & building hardware, doorsets, industrial doors & shutters, domestic garage doors and automated gates.  DHF is respected industry-wide as the ‘go to’ body for technical knowledge, information, advice, and practical help, with a team of the industry’s finest experts choosing to work there.
The past six months, in particular, have seen DHF flourish across all areas with 60 new members joining its ranks, taking the total number to almost 500.  In 2012, membership stood at just 220.  The federation’s recent collaboration with high-profile organisations, Secured by Design (SBD) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA), on a joint publication on fire safety, has also endorsed its continuing fire safety crusade, which has seen it campaign tirelessly for third-party certification of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doors.  The collaboration, described by DHF CEO, Bob Perry, as a ‘natural partnership’ was an unprecedented industry effort on behalf of three not-for-profit organisations, with the publication: A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England, fulfilling a genuine need for clearer information in a complicated market.  
Of course, the very backbone to DHF’s operations and one of the areas for which it is most renowned, is training.  Over the past 12 months, 787 people were trained by DHF, with 563 delegates attending the two-day safety diploma courses and 224 trainees opting for the one-day safety training certificate.  84 fire door courses were held with BRE Academy.  In all, more than 2500 individuals have now completed at least one of DHF’s safety training courses, whether a diploma or certificate course, and in October, it announced the launch of a new one-day automated gate safety certificate course.  There is little doubt that the organisation’s move to state-of-the-art training facilities last September, has boosted numbers and demonstrated its continued commitment to training.  In fact, in 2018, DHF beat its training target by an incredible 9%.  The launch of a new online booking and payment system in October, for would-be delegates of their training courses, has undeniably contributed to this increase; it has provided ‘speed’ and ‘ease’ for both members and non-members and reduced the administrative booking and payment procedure from days to mere minutes. 
“It has been another exceptional year for the federation and we are delighted to welcome new members to DHF and new delegates to our training courses,” explains DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.  “As an undisputed ‘Centre of Excellence’, we continue to work diligently ‘behind the scenes’, for our members, and the industry, and are extremely pleased that this is having a positive impact, and most importantly, affecting change.  Our on-going efforts across all areas of the organisation continue to demonstrate our growing profile and increasing standing in the industry as an innovative, pioneering concern, with member needs at the very heart of everything we do.”

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