Wednesday 8 August 2012

Divisional directors appointed

Keighley Laboratories has appointed three of its long-serving managers to Divisional Directors, in recognition of their contribution to past performance and their key roles in future growth plans. Together clocking up almost a hundred year’s work experience with the West Yorkshire firm, Michael Emmott becomes Divisional Commercial Director for the Heat Treatment Division, Matthew Mellor is now Divisional Technical Director responsible for the Technical Services Division, including the test house, machine shop and chemical laboratory, while David Wright has been named Divisional Production Director for the Heat Treatment Division.

“We are entering an important new phase for the company, especially with the opening of our latest production facility this year, and these promotions were designed to help restructure the senior management team, to lead the company forward,” says MD Debbie Mellor. “By assuming greater responsibility, each new Divisional Director will have ownership of his respective area and the capacity to implement strategic changes, instigate further process improvements and ensure our continued market progress.”
From left: David Wright, Michael Emmott and Matthew Mellor
Michael Emmott, Divisional Commercial Director
Michael joined Keighley Labs in 1969 as a trainee heat treatment inspector and progressed to induction hardening, before a 10-year stint as Night Shift Inspector, then Supervisor. He later transferred to the company’s commercial activities, becoming Commercial Manager for the heat treatment business area and travelling extensively both at home and overseas.

In his new role, Michael will be fully responsible for divisional sales and marketing, managing the company’s national and international customer base and targeting fresh business opportunities arising from the new production facility and other technical initiatives.

A qualified mechanical engineer, he gained a BSc in Maths & Computing from the Open University and also has a teaching diploma, allowing him to lecture at colleges of further education. Michael is married with three daughters.

Matthew Mellor, Divisional Technical Services Director
Matthew joined Keighley Labs in 1990 from Bingley Grammar School, as a trainee metallurgical technician. He then progressed by stages from Technician, to Senior Technician, then Test House Supervisor, before assuming his previous role of Test House Manager.

In his new position, he will undertake planning, coordination and management control of the company’s test house, machine shop and chemical analysis departments, monitoring personnel performance and ensuring adherence to quality standards, at the same time looking to improve overall efficiency and optimising costs. He will also maintain and expand the company’s technical accreditations, adding to an already extensive list that includes UKAS, British Aerospace, Bombardier, Rolls Royce and Airbus, as well as furthering the process of securing NADCAP approval.

A qualified metallurgist and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Approved Supervisor, Matthew is married and has one daughter. He is a keen table tennis player and competes regularly in the local league.

David Wright, Divisional Production Director
David joined Keighley Laboratories in 1978 as a general operative, subsequently gaining hands-on experience of most roles in the heat treatment workshop. He was later promoted to Supervisor, then Production Manager, before being elevated to Divisional Director.

In his new post, David will manage a team of up to 40 staff and be in overall charge of the company’s production process and ancillary operations. He will oversee the integration of the new production department, toward the end of this year, and ensure that the total heat treatment function conforms with expected quality standards and turnaround times. He will also play a key role in evaluating the application of advanced techniques to existing heat treatment processes.

Having gained a Diploma in Management through a 2-year distance learning programme at Newcastle College, he later added a Diploma in Business Coaching, gaining an insight into team and organisational dynamics.

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