Sertec restructuring for the future
Release date: 17th August 2015
Last week’s announcement of Lloyds’ further support of The Sertec Group to the tune of £20 million is a clear indicator of the continuing growth of the Coleshill manufacturer, one of JLR’s major supplier partners.
Not only does that growth require investment in plant and equipment, but it needs more good people to manage the expansion and drive the business into the future. To that end, the company has completed the first phase of restructuring at Director and senior management level.
Sertec is delighted to announce the appointment of John Harland, who joins the Board as Group Operations Director. This is a significant development, taking a key role in the Group structure to oversee the 5 Birmingham sites currently in operation and the tooling facility in China.
John brings with him a wealth of experience having already carved out a distinguished career in the world of automotive manufacture.
Born and bred in the North East, John joined Nissan in 1986 and worked his way up through the ranks to Production Manager. After 10 years with the Japanese manufacturer he joined Rolls Royce Bentley and significantly, held the position of Operations Manager at the time the luxury brand started to manufacture their own Body In White components; the first time in 50 years.
Stadco prised him away for Rolls Royce to run its Tipton and Castle Bromwich plants, but he soon found himself heading up a new project in Ulyanovsk, Russia. A further role near St Petersburg was ultimately taken over by Gestamp, with whom he stayed to complete the handover of the new plant.
A move to Richard Fritz GmbH near Stuttgart saw him running four plants across Europe as European Operations Director, manufacturing glass encapsulation for Audi, Porsche and Daimler Benz among others.
After 7 years overseas, John returned to the UK in 2013 and was recently working for the Rical Group.
His pedigree is unquestionable and his experience and expertise will be of huge benefit to operational systems and procedure across all sites within the Group.
Sertec is further pleased to announce the internal promotion of Ben Higgins to the role of Operations Director (Designate) at Sertec Birmingham, with his predecessor Joe O’Shea moving on to pastures new with Exol Lubricants.
Ben started his career as a Business Apprentice at Jaguar Cars, but was always destined to return to Sertec having had a taste of work experience with the Company during the Summer of 1997. He cut his teeth in the Purchasing Department as Group Commodity Buyer and subsequently moved into Logistics in 2010. Becoming Logistics manager, he managed the expansion of the operation into a dedicated hub close to the main Birmingham factory, essential to Sertec with the introduction of The Range Rover Evoque in July 2011.
Ben was appointed Operations Manager in 2012 and a year later General Manager of Sertec Birmingham. Now his hard work has been rewarded, The Board is certain that Ben’s energy, commitment and ability will ensure the business is well positioned to continue its growth.
Dave Steggles adds the mantle of Group Deputy Managing Director to his role as Commercial Director at Sertec.