Racking and fit out specialist Filstorage has appointment a new Installation Manager to its growing team.
Richard Sowden, 39, brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role, which will see him oversee Filstorage’s installation teams at builders’ merchants, factories, and warehouse and logistics facilities across the UK.
Mr Sowden started his career AK Store Fitters in Wakefield in 2001, supervising the installation of shelving and racking in retail stores.
Over the following years, he progressed to become an installations coordinator and then manager at several big-named companies, before joining Filstorage earlier this year.
Mr Sowden said he was looking forward to utilising the skills and insight he had gained over the past 20 years to drive efficiencies in installations.
As well as overseeing installation teams, he will also be responsible for health & safety onsite and producing the Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS) for each job.
Mr Sowden said: “Ensuring a smooth installation is key to meeting a client’s expectations and ensuring they can get into the building at the earliest opportunity and become fully operational.
“My role is to make sure this is carried out efficiently and most of all, safely, at every site Filstorage is working on.
“With the large presence across the UK Filstorage has, it is going to be a challenging role, but with some great projects in the pipeline, it is one I am very much looking forward to.”
Mr Sowden’s appointment comes hot on the heels of another hire by the Yorkshire-based company.
Ruth Bill has also recently joined Filstorage as an executive PA to the managing director and wider management team.
Managing director Paul Taylor said: “As we continue to grow across the range of sectors we service, ensuring the quality of work we have built our reputation on remains high is a key priority for us.
“These strategic appointments will help to achieve that. Richard’s wealth of experience will bring greater efficiencies to our installations processes, which is a win-win for us and the client, and Ruth will support the management team in taking the business forward. I’m very pleased with these appointments and I would like to welcome them both to the team.”