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.

Jo Joins the Elite

Our very own Jo Kisgory has joined the ranks of the elite after becoming only the 20th PA to achieve a ‘Pass with Distinction’ in the Diploma in Person Assistance (DipPA)!

Jo said of her achievement: “My recent attendance at the DipPA course delivered by APA has renewed my enthusiasm, effectiveness & passion for my role.  I have learnt how I can support the business needs and ensure that my Manager can be fully effective in his role.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have come back to my role knowing that I am no longer JUST a PA, I am a PA with an important position and I can make a difference!”

Jo Kisgory

Dr. Gareth Osborne of APA, who lectured on the course, said: “Jo starred throughout, she is obviously a great PA and a credit to her business TMAT. I wasn’t surprised when I was told she had joined the ranks of the elite by joining the small number of Diploma holders with a distinction. I know that some of her test answers were very sophisticated and she is not afraid of asking questions; even when it appears to some to be ‘silly’ questions. Covering all the angles is the mark of an outstanding PA, and she is.”

Everyone here at TMAT is very proud of Jo following her achievement and she’s proved to be an invaluable member of the team. Well done Jo!

CHAUCER SCHOOL’S VALUES EVENT

TMAT’s very own Financial Controller Laura Bawden attended Chaucer School’s Values Event day on Tuesday 14th May. Laura shared her experiences and knowledge at the Values Event, as well as showing her leadership skills and her positive perspective.

Laura is one of the first people to sign up for The Manufacturer’s recent School Governor’s campaign. The aim is to have someone from a manufacturing company on the board of governors of every state-run school in the country. Laura has started the process by becoming a member of the Chaucer School’s Business Advisory Board and she will be considered for the governor’s board should a vacancy arise.

TMAT would like to wish Laura every success with this campaign and hope that the children of the future will aspire to work within the manufacturing and engineering industry!

Laura Bawden

 

 

 

RECORD-BREAKING TMAT MD WINS BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD

We’re very pleased to announce that Jason Lippitt, MD of TMAT Ltd has been awarded the Business in the Community Award at the Derbyshire Times Pride of Chesterfield Awards 2013.

Jason – who will have to undergo complex surgery on his foot recently after completing the London Marathon despite being advised not to do so after injuring himself in the opening section of the race – has been at the forefront of a company that has thrived in the past year in spite of the tough economic climate and also lent considerable support to the local community.

Jason with his award (far left)

TMAT has done so through job creation and a determination to employ people from the local area and by engaging in charitable activities such as the London Marathon, Sheffield Half-Marathon and donating Easter Eggs to the Children’s Ward at Chesterfield Hospital.

TMAT has also done a great deal to encourage young people from the area to aspire towards a career in manufacturing and engineering. First, it announced plans that could – as well as creating more specialised jobs in its existing state-of-the-art Chesterfield facility – see young local people working in its proposed new factory in Brazil as part of the preparations for the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Second, it became the first company in the UK to successfully put forward a candidate – in the form of Financial Controller Laura Bawden – for The Manufacturer magazine’s campaign to place a high-level manufacturing company employee on the governing board of every school in the country in order to encourage more young people to work towards a career in the industry.

A humbled Jason Lippitt said of his award: “We’ve had an incredible year at TMAT and this award shouldn’t really go to me but to the whole team, both for its hard work to make TMAT what it is as a manufacturing business but also as a company with an ethos to support its local community.

“As for completing the London Marathon with this foot of mine, I just knew I couldn’t let down The British Heart Foundation I was raising money for, my son, wife, family and all the people that had supported me in my training, so I had to finish it.

“I’m paying for it now with the serious discomfort in my foot and the fact I’ll have to take time out to undergo surgery, but it was well worth it nevertheless.”

TMAT Ltd – whose customers include JCB, Case, New Holland and Volvo – enjoyed a record £4million in new business enquiries in 2012, has smashed all sales targets throughout 2013, is looking at a sales pipe line of some £4.5million and has recently announced plans to expand into Brazil.

TMAT is rare for having been one of the businesses that has thrived during the economic downturn. Its growth has risen from £5m per year to in excess of £10m since 2009 and TMAT aims to drive turnover to more than £20 million by 2015.