Uform Strengthens Operations with Two Senior Appointments

Uform is delighted to announce two senior appointments within its Operations Team.

Gary Hutton has been appointed as Uform's new Operations Director.  Gary’s career spans over 30 years, including 20 years within the kitchen industry where he has operated at a senior level in both retail and manufacturing. 

Gary will be responsible for scaling the business and ensuring the provision of a world class manufacturing and distribution facility in line with Uform’s strategic growth plans.  Having previously worked as a Lean Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Gary is skilful in driving change and implementing best practice business processes, workflow and systems.

Uform also welcomes Derek Douglas to the senior management team as Plant Manager.  Derek has built up over 25 years’ experience in the Global Manufacturing Industry with 12 of those years as Factory Manager with tobacco giant JTI Gallaher.  Derek is expertly versed in multiple functions including change management, production, maintenance, quality, despatch and material supply. Overseeing the daily operation of Uform’s growing manufacturing facility, Derek will help with aligning the strategic direction of the company and will be supporting Gary Hutton.

Commenting on the recent appointments, Uform Managing Director Simon Oliphant says, ‘We are pleased to welcome Gary Hutton to the Board of Directors and Derek Douglas to our Senior Management Team.  We recognise that as a growing business, we need to invest heavily in our Operations Team.  These two appointments are critical to the ongoing delivery of our vision, which is being easy to do business with.  With the skillset of both new recruits, we are in a position to take the company to the next level of growth while ensuring our customers are offered premium quality products and the first class buying experience they deserve’. 

Uform’s current £4million investment programme is due for completion in October 2018 resulting in an additional 50,000 sq ft.  Key areas include 25,000 sq ft to facilitate ex-stock product, 10,000 sq ft doubling capacity for loading and deliveries, 15,000 sq ft of space dedicated to a third paint line and a lean programme to improve efficiencies and reduce waste. 
Gary Hutton, Operations Director & Derek Douglas, Plant Manager
Pictured (left) is Uform's new Operations Director, Gary Hutton, alongside new Plant Manager (right), Derek Douglas

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