CONICA – Key changes within the senior leadership team

CONICA Ltd, the Newark-based international sport and play surfacing and resin flooring specialist, confirms Richard Hills, Chief Financial Officer, retired at the end of August.

During his 25 years with the company, Richard was an integral part of the leadership team and his professionalism, knowledge and guidance have been key to our success.

In addition to his duties at CONICA, Richard has always been an advocate for the sports and play sector, representing the industry in a number of roles, including as the Finance Chair at SAPCA (Sports and Play Construction Association).

CONICA would like to thank Richard for his outstanding contribution to the business and especially his willingness to go above and beyond anything we could have wished for, or expected, during Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. We also appreciate that he has kindly agreed to remain available to the business to handover key tasks and to provide guidance and support during the balance of the year and accounting cycle.

The accounting functions of Richard’s role are now handled by Steph Henderson, Financial Controller.

To support our continued growth, CONICA is also pleased to announce that Verity Gale has joined the business in the role of Commercial Manager. She will be responsible for a wide range of pricing, planning, contract and reporting tasks.

Verity joins us from AAR where she was responsible for key commercial aspects of the relationship with Northrop Grumman and RAF Waddington. 

CONICA wishes Richard a long, happy and healthy retirement and welcomes Verity on board.

Instarmac a world leader in health and safety practice

Instarmac Group plc are celebrating after landing an internationally recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards for the ninth consecutive year.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Gold Medal Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice, ensuring their colleagues, customers, clients and contractors all get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running health and safety standard industry awards, and Instarmac are delighted to have been recognised by RoSPA for the ninth year in a row.

On winning this prestigious industry award, Emma Kavanagh, QHSE Compliance Manager for Instarmac commented: “The health and safety of our colleagues, customers and visitors has always been of the utmost importance to everyone at Instarmac, but never more so than in the last 12-18 months. We have introduced a number of additional safety measures throughout the building to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are particularly proud of the automatic temperature screening and sanitising dispensing system we have installed at every entrance which has helped minimise infection as much as possible.

We are delighted to have been awarded with the RoSPA Gold Medal for the ninth year and are now one step closer towards our goal of winning a President’s Award for 10 consecutive Gold Awards.”

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