Key appointments as growth continues

The North East’s leading independent electrical wholesaler, Park Electrical Distributors, has announced an important role change for Karl Snowdon to lighting design key accounts manager and the appointment of Paul Watson as lighting design technical manager.

In a further move, Steven Lucas joins Park’s specialist arm, KNX Building Technologies, as technical sales manager for the South and Peter Craggs has been appointed business development manager for the North East.

Karl Snowdon has been with the company for 14 years and was previously lighting design manager, he will now focus on business development through key accounts.

Karl, said: “Park has excellent progression paths and I am an example of this. I joined as a lighting engineer and moved forward due to hard work and determination. Like many members of the team I have, over the years, benefited from personal development training whilst working with experienced colleagues, picking up skills and knowledge.

“The lighting design department has, for the last three years, grown year-on-year. In 2016 the division’s turnover was £5 million and we predict that in 2019 it will double to £10 million.

“As the business grows, my role will remain very client facing with 90% of my work being outside of the North East as we build on our portfolio in Yorkshire and Scotland. My focus is very much on developing the division under the supervision of sales director, Simon Mooney.”

Managing director, Barry Wilkinson, said: “We are very ambitious and have developed a structure that encourages and enables senior employees to develop talented, younger, colleagues.

“Paul Watson is a very welcome addition to the business as lighting design technical manager. He has a wealth of industry experience, having been involved in lighting design for over 25 years. Paul’s role will be to manage the internal lighting design team, ensuring all technical and commercial requirements are in line with current legislation and customer requirements.

“We are seeing growth across all areas of the business including our specialist division, KNX Building Technologies, where we have welcomed Peter and Steven. They will assist us to expand our offering of intelligent control solutions to the electrical installation and building technologies sector.

“As both the lighting design team and KNX grow, it is to the benefit of our customers, as we are able to integrate this joint expertise within projects.

“Our growth outside of the North East has been carefully managed and we have the right people in place to drive us forward.”