Welcome from Richard Semmens, MacNeillie’s Managing Director

I am delighted to be appointed Managing Director of S. MacNeillie & Son. The support and welcome I have received over the first weeks, from all facets of the business, has been great.

This initial period has been particularly important in familiarising myself with the business, particularly the excellent relationships that we have built with our customers and suppliers. I strongly believe that our customer focused culture and tailored approach is critical to building long-term partnerships and providing ever greater value.

I have been impressed with the craftsmanship and technical skills demonstrated by our people, and I am keen to invest in their ongoing development as well as those joining us through our expanding apprenticeship scheme. This development is core to the continuous improvement of our products and services.

With my manufacturing background in many sectors, I am looking forward to working with our teams to ensure best practice across our processes and to develop our product and materials range to give our customers what they need – now and in the future.

Some 18-months have now passed since Babcock first acquired MacNeillie, and this has brought a number of benefits to the business and our customers. I intend to build on this, leveraging better terms from our supplier relationships across the Group and bringing across the latest asset management practices and processes to the benefit of our customers.

Finally I would like to pay tribute to Nigel and the team that have achieved so much over the years. My ambition is to build on that strong foundation of high quality specialist vehicle conversions, to integrate MacNeillie, and to work closely with our customers to develop future products and technologies needed for those next challenges.

I look forward to working with you all.

Richard Semmens

Managing Director, MacNeillie