Well Done Cohan!

Huge congratulations are in order for one of Blachford UK’s team members – Cohan Beatson, the HR Advisor at our Chesterfield HQ.

Following an intensive 12-month study programme, which saw her attend Chesterfield College for every Thursday afternoon, Cohan has achieved her CIPD Level 5 in Human Resources and now gets to have ‘Assoc CIPD’ after her name.

CIPD is the globally-recognised professional body for experts in people at work, championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.

Cohan joined Chesterfield College’s other graduates on 26 October at Casa hotel for her graduation ceremony.

Her latest qualification builds on her CIPD Level 3 qualification which she achieved in 2015. The CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Applied HR, is a Higher Apprenticeship qualification in HR Management and is equivalent to the second year of a university degree in the UK.

Cohan at her graduation

She said: “I always wanted to progress higher and with Blachford’s help and support I have been able to do just that.”

Blachford sponsored Cohan throughout the 12-month course. She said: “Finding out that Blachford was happy to work with me throughout my Level 5 was great news.

“I now want to use my latest qualification to develop the HR department at Blachford. I feel like there is so much scope for me to progress here. I love being part of the business.”

Cohan actually began her career in fashion with an apprenticeship in fashion management before moving into recruitment in 2013 and joining Blachford in September 2016.

Explaining her career move Cohan said: “I enjoy helping people enjoy work. Whether their problems are personal or professional I like to take an active role in making sure everybody is happy working at Blachford.”

We’re always on the look-out for new additions to the Blachford UK team. If you’re interested in finding out more about job opportunities here please contact us through our website.

Blachford UK appoints new Operations Director

Stephen Hutt has been appointed as Operations Director of Blachford UK Ltd. With a large investment plan, Stephen is charged with creating more capacity for growth.
He joins Blachford, which is one of the UK’s leading designers, engineers and manufacturers of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles, from a technical moulding solution supplier.
He brings more than 30 years’ experience within the chemicals industry to the role, including 10 years at senior levels in both engineering and process roles for national and international companies.
Stephen began his career with BP Chemicals, completing an engineering apprenticeship there before moving into a number of management roles over 18 years for subsidiaries of the world-class chemical and energy business.
As part of his role at Blachford, Stephen will utilise his business management acumen to implement a world-class manufacturing system, which is central to the company’s vision. He will also drive process development and an internal training plan covering all of Blachford’s employees at its Chesterfield headquarters.
Commenting on his appointment, Stephen said: “Blachford has a clear vision for it’s future which attracted me to the company. As Operations Director my role will be key in enabling Blachford to realise this vision in the near future.
“The company is already at the forefront of Elastomer technology and technical innovation in the field of vehicle acoustics, and with the implementation of a really terrific training programme, and world-class manufacturing systems, we can deliver a complete solution for customers, ensuring that Blachford continues to lead in its field.”
Welcoming him to the role, Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford Acoustics Group UK, added: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen to Blachford. He joins at a very exciting time, with good projected growth over the next 3 – 5 years. Stephen will play a vital role alongside the senior management team in ensuring that the company is well placed to deliver that growth.”

IT and ERP Manager Appointment to drive forward Blachford’s commitment to being world class

Mark Morgans has been appointed as IT and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Manager at Blachford UK.
The latest appointment takes our commitment to becoming a world class manufacturer a further step forward.
Within the newly created role at Blachford, Mark will be responsible for the upgrade and integration of the company’s ERP programme across the company. The ERP programme will deliver real-time data which will drive process improvements across the company, benefitting both the business and its customers both in the UK and overseas.
The new ERP system is integral to Blachford’s commitment to creating a world-class manufacturing system, which is central to the company’s vision.
Mark joins Blachford from a Sheffield based stockholder and processor of alloys, bringing extensive ERP and IT experience to his new role. He also has considerable experience in the manufacturing and process arena from a previous role as International IT Manager for a provider of manufacturing solutions for the medical device and aerospace markets.
Commenting on his new role, Mark said: “The vision and direction of the company attracted me to both Blachford and the role. It is a great opportunity to be an integral part in Blachford’s journey to becoming a world class manufacturer.
“Having previous employment in both the manufacturing and transport sectors, gives me a wider understanding of the Blachford business model and the exciting opportunity to become the leader in its field.”
A Sheffield Hallam University computing graduate, until 1995 Mark worked within the transport industry before retraining as a post 16 computer teacher. He worked as a teacher at North Notts College before joining industry in 2000.
He added: “As my CV will attest, I enjoy a challenge and am particularly looking forward to implementing the latest version of ERP in the business and the huge benefits that it will bring to Blachford.”
Outside work Mark, who is married and lives in Barlborough is a keen golfer.

PA to TMAT Directors receives Fellowship of EPAA

Jo Kisgory, PA to TMAT Directors, has been awarded a fellowship of Executive & Personal Assistants Association (EPAA), the new national body for one of the most unique, diverse and talented professions in the working world.

As the UK’s leading professional body for Executive and Personal Assistants, EPAA’s mission is to champion, promote and develop the Assistant profession.

The association is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive, innovative and empowering environment, where our members can develop expertise to maximise effectiveness and satisfaction in their Assistant careers.

Jo, who has worked for TMAT for 12 years, said of her EPAA fellowship: “The role of a PA is fairly unique, challenging but ultimately rewarding one.

“It takes dedication, good judgement and versatility, so I’m delighted to be recognised by my profession and EPAA, and it is also reassuring to know that we now have an association that both represents and supports PAs in their challenging roles.”

TMAT’s Theresa Completes Charity Skydive

TMAT employee Theresa Morton has raised an amazing £1386 Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice with a skydive.

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Theresa Morton following her skydive

Bluebell Wood in North Anston, Sheffield, cares for and supports children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy and a range of complex medical needs. It offers a range of services, including: day care; respite care; end of life treatment and care; community support; and a young adults group.

Bluebell Wood is a place filled with laughter and love. Families are given the chance to relax, take a break and have fun. It organises fun activities for families to create special memories together, including soft play, gardens, a sensory room and play/music therapy areas.

Sessions for children and families include play and music therapy, bereavement counselling, and befriending amongst others.

Bluebell Wood is only one of 53 children’s hospices in the country. Whilst at the Hospice, families can use of all the facilities, including delicious home-cooked meals, which takes the extra stress away from family members. This means that this precious time can be spent together as a family to have fun and create special memories. In addition, the staff team organises trips and experiences tailored to each family. Children and families can have their own space in surroundings very different from a typical healthcare setting, and they can come and go as they wish. Many of the families enjoy being able to take their loved ones around the extensive gardens.

The hospice has two ‘end of life’ suites named Primrose and Forget-Me-Not.

These purpose built accommodation suites are where families can stay after their child has passed away, giving them the space and time to say their special goodbyes.

The child stays in a special room very close to their parent’s bedroom, so they are never far from each other. Team members also create special keepsakes, including hand and foot moulds and memory box items. The team also provide emotional and practical support through this very tough time.

Families are welcome to stay in the suites, which are complete with their own lounge and dining facilities, until their child’s funeral. This gives family members and friends the opportunity to visit at any time.

Theresa said of Bluebell Wood: “I speak from the heart when I say that the work they do is absolutely fantastic – the staff are so committed and compassionate.”

Theresa continues to raise money for Bluebell Wood and also recently ran the Retford Half Marathon in support of it.

http://www.bluebellwood.org/

 

TMAT Appoints new Operations Director

TMAT – the global manufacturer of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles – has appointed Matthew Stanway to the role of Operations Director.

Matthew brings over 28 years of manufacturing experience, having started his career as an apprentice engineer for Rolls Royce. Subsequently, Matthew has held a variety of leadership roles in the UK, Japan and Italy in a number of industry sectors, including Aerospace, Automotive and FMCG.

Together with his engineering, process and business management knowledge, Matthew brings a culture of lean manufacturing to TMAT. His new role will see him take full responsibility for all operational aspects of the company’s Chesterfield based facility, as well as purchasing and planning.

On his appointment, Jason Lippitt, TMAT managing director, said:

“Throughout his career, Matthew has demonstrated principled leadership and has a strong track record of delivering positive change. We are really looking forward to acting on Matthew’s ideas to take our operations to the next level.”

Matthew Stanway added:

“I’m delighted to be joining TMAT, a company that has such a strong reputation in the design and manufacture of the best acoustic solutions in the business. My aim is to build on TMAT’s existing Research & Development and engineering excellence, and position the business as a world class manufacturing facility.”

TMAT – which forms part of the Blachford Acoustics Group – designs and engineers innovative solutions to Noise, Vibration and Harshness for Industrial Vehicles that it knows are the best in the industry.

Thrill Seeking TMAT Recruit Takes Fundraising to New Heights

Siân Hinds originally from Buckley in North Wales, recently joined TMAT as a Key Account Manager.  Siân’s talents spread far beyond engineering, she recently took to the skies above Sheffield and completed her first ever skydive in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Along with five fearless team mates, Siân completed the hair-raising challenge to help raise funds for the hospital as a thank you to the doctors and nurses who saved a friends’ daughter.  At only five weeks old, Amelia Beck had a cardiac arrest due to an undetected heart condition.   Thankfully, Amelia is now a very healthy and lively three and half year old.

Siân Hinds pictured with Amelia & Kieran Beck

Siân Hinds pictured with Amelia & Kieran Beck

In her role at TMAT, Siân will focus on becoming a consistent link between customers and TMAT.   Her client portfolio includes international machinery manufacturers such as JCB, Kubota, NACCO, Fritzmeier and Jungheinrich.

Jason Lippitt, TMAT Managing Director, said: “Siân certainly has very high ambitions!  We are delighted to have such a determined young engineer in the business. It’s always great to welcome new faces in the business, especially those with a real enthusiasm for taking TMAT to the next level.”

Commenting on her appointment, Siân Hinds added:

“I’m looking forward to more office based challenges from now anyway!  I’m keen to get involved and learn about new products.  I’m particularly excited at the prospect of being part of the Blachford Acoustics Group.”

TMAT employee to raise £1,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

TMAT employee hopes to raise £1,000 for Sheffield children’s hospice with shaving stunt and cycle ride.

Shane Nettle – Stores Controller at Chesterfield-based global engineering firm TMAT – hopes to raise £1,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice by shaving his head and having his legs waxed before cycling 20 miles to deliver the money to the hospice in North Anston, Sheffield.

Shane will be having his head shaved and legs waxed at TMAT on Friday 17th July and then, once he has collected all the donations, will be cycling to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice on the afternoon of Friday 31st July.

TMAT has said that it will match any donations Shane raises.

Shane was inspired to try to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice when TMAT asked its staff to make donations during Easter 2015, to help provide art materials for the children.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at their hospice in North Anston. The charity relies on donations to provide this service, receiving less than 10% statutory funding.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice recently opened a new charity shop in Chesterfield, to help raise vital funds for the service.

Shane said: “It may seem like a bit of a wacky thing to do, but I just wanted to do my bit to help support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in the extraordinary work it does for the children there.”

“I’m hoping this appeal will inspire as many people as possible to come forward to support me and, ultimately, the hospice itself.”

Shane Nettle - Stores Controller

Shane Nettle – Stores Controller swaps forklift for bicycle

If you would like to donate please go to the following website: http://www.justgiving.com/Shane-Nettle

If you want to find more out about Bluebell Wood please follow the link to their website: http://www.bluebellwood.org/

Managing Director, Jason Lippitt, recently raised more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support when he took place in the gruelling Ironman triathlon in Staffordshire.

CIMA Fellowship – Laura joins elite group of business professionals

TMAT would like to congratulate Laura Bawden FCMA on her recent Fellowship Award with CIMA.  As a CIMA Fellow Laura will be part of an elite group of business professionals.

Having worked within Finance for over 14 years Laura joined TMAT in 2006 as the Group Financial Controller.  She has a strong background in Manufacturing and over the past 8 years has strengthened her financial expertise along with developing her operational and strategic skills in leading the finance function

Laura said of her achievement “I’m delighted that the operational & strategic skills I have developed at TMAT have been formally recognised by CIMA.  I’m immensely proud of achieving my fellowship and look forward to further developing my career within finance & business leadership.”

Jason Lippitt MD commented: Laura is an extremely capable Senior Manager and has proved herself to be highly competent Finance Director Designate. The Board value her and the contribution she makes to the ultimate success of TMAT.

In recognition of her achievement, Laura was presented with a bottle of champagne by Jason Lippitt – Managing Director.

 

 

 

TMAT says need for migrant workforce highlights UK Manufacturing skills shortage

TMATWith debate raging over the impact of extra migrants on UK jobs, TMAT has said that it is proud of its diverse workforce – and that the need to employ so many staff from overseas only serves to highlight the UK skills shortage.

TMAT has a staff made up of eight different nationalities: Russian; German; Polish; Romanian; Ghanaian; Greek; Jamaican; and British.

These are all skilled workers making important contributions to a multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators – whose customers include the likes of Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB and Volvo – currently turning over between £10m – £15m and with exciting global ambitions.

Jason Lippitt, MD of TMAT, said: “At the end of the day, we’re a business, and that means getting the people with the right skills for the job; and if that means recruiting from overseas, then so be it.

“We have a very harmonious and highly accomplished international workforce helping drive us towards our goal of turning over £20m per year.

“I’d love to be able to recruit lots of young British-born workers, but I’m afraid the UK education system is currently failing to produce enough engineers, chemists and skilled workers of the calibre a manufacturer like TMAT needs.”

TMAT designs and engineers innovative solutions to Noise, Vibration and Harshness for ACE (agricultural, construction, earthmoving) markets that it knows are the best in the industry.

TMAT’S products are unique to each individual customer, tailored to specific needs and requirements. All of its products are exclusively designed by TMAT’s on-site Chemists and Engineers to meet the challenges and needs of some of the world’s largest OEMs.