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Industry jobs: Roles filled at AssetWorks and Route4 Solutions

AssetWorks appoints Simon West-Oliver as sales and business development director

AssetWorks has appointed Simon West-Oliver as its sales and business development director.

West-Oliver joins the AssetWorks team to help build the company’s success as a global fleet management software provider, said the company.

The company described West-Oliver as a ‘well-known sector commentator’ and ‘talented business development specialist’ with over 30 years’ experience spanning technology automotive fleet, transport, distribution, logistics control systems and supply chain solutions.

Mike Gadd, managing director at AssetWorks International, said: “We are delighted to welcome Simon to the board at AssetWorks as we expand our fleet and asset management software reach to new territories.”

In previous roles, West-Oliver launched Fleet Operators Computerised Information Systems (FOCIS) in 1988, telemetry connected platforms with Tektronix and the EURO Group, most latterly at Drive Software Solutions.

West-Oliver said, “These are exciting times for the automotive sector, as we see the greatest changes around decarbonisation, mobility management and the growing emphasis on usage as opposed to ownership.

“The shift from oil to data being the real powering source, requires a different type of fleet management that is more integral and environmentally responsible.

“AssetWorks are one of the few organisations who can deliver the software this new infrastructure will demand and support the industry stakeholder’s ability to embrace the emerging new mobility demands.”

Route4 Solutions announces new promotion and appointment

The driver recruitment and logistics company, Route4 Solutions, has announced the promotion of Alan Clarke to sales director and the appointment of Joanne Soloman as operations co-ordinator.

Clarke, an ‘experienced sales professional’ with over 20 years’ experience, joined the company in January 2020 as a business manager with a brief to diversify and expand the client base.

The company said Clarke ‘quickly established himself’ by winning several new contracts to the company’s existing portfolio.

Soloman joined the company in March 2021 from Prolog to support management and help to co-ordinate the recruitment and placement of drivers.

Mike Harris, managing director at Route4 Solutions, said: “Since we moved to Cotgrave (Nottingham) we have continued our gradual expansion and whilst we experienced a very short pause in operations at the beginning of the pandemic, everyone quickly adjusted to new ways of working.

“We have a great team and Alan certainly helped us build the solid foundations that helped us ride through Covid. We firmly believe we have someone we can trust who has the skills and experience to take on more management responsibility.”

Clarke said: “It is this ethos and the strength of the relationships we have built that has helped us ride these high and lows and I believe that we can now look forward with renewed optimism.”

The company said it is planning further growth which will include a move to larger premises in May 2021 and expansion of its customer base to meet its target of reaching £2 million turnover by 2022.

National sales manager returns to Allscreens Nationwide

Allscreens Nationwide has welcomed Jo Birch back into the fold as its new national sales manager.

With over 20 years of experience as a sales representative in the windscreen industry, Birch brings a wealth of experience to assist with Allscreens Nationwide’s expansion plans, said the company.

Having previously worked at Allscreens for 16 years, Birch is returning after leaving her former role with multinational company, Michelin.

Daniel Sole, director at Allscreens Nationwide, said: “Our appointment of Jo as national sales manager coincides with our new business expansion strategy.

“Her extensive experience of sales in the windscreen industry, as well as her passion for customer service, will be great assets to the business. I’m sure that under Jo’s leadership, our UK sales will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Birch said: “It is an exciting time to be rejoining Allscreens Nationwide. The business has a strong focus on providing an excellent service to its customers and I’m delighted to be part of this team with such enthusiasm and ambition for the future.

“I look forward to playing an instrumental part in the next phase of the company's journey.”

Roof tile manufacturer reveals new logistics manager

Russell Roof Tiles says it has ‘strengthened’ its transport team with the appointment of Nicola Trainor as its logistics manager at its Burton HQ.

In her role, Trainor’s primary focus is to plan and manage the transport team and hauliers, despatching goods from its three plants to construction sites across the UK.

Trainor joins the manufacturer with over a decade’s worth of experience in the transport sector, said the company.

The company said Trainor’s appointment comes at a ‘significant time’ for the company, which currently employs 140 staff across its three sites (two in Burton) and in Lochmaben, Scotland.

Andrew Hayward, MD at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “Despite the construction industry ‘bounce back’ we appreciate there is a shortage of some construction materials so it’s vital that we focus on delivering fast and efficiently to meet demand. Nicola is a key addition to the team and will help us run the transport team in the most effective way possible.

“We are pleased to welcome Nicola to Russell Roof Tiles and know she will be a valuable asset to the team.”

Trainor said: “I will be looking after the whole of the logistics sector – from overseeing the day-to-day planning, making sure we keep scheduled deliveries running in the most effective way possible and most importantly making sure we are keeping our customers happy.”

Russell Roof Tiles runs its own fleet of vehicles and its transport team includes transport planners – who manage the fleet across delivering to customers across the UK.

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