Here at Air Vent Technology we welcomed Dave Young our new production and CI manager to the team. Dave has brought a wealth of experience in management, CI and Lean Six Sigma.
Keep reading to find out how he’s settling in!
Welcome to the team, Dave. Why did you join AVT?
“After talking with Robert (Francis, group commercial director) and understanding the plans for growth and where the business was in this journey, I could see the positives in the future plans and site expansions. This, together with a portfolio of products that would support an improvement in better ventilation systems within the homes and workplaces, is what everyone is looking for following on from the challenges of Covid.”
What experience do you bring to the role?
“I started out by studying as a polymer technologist and completing a business management course before becoming a blow moulding technician. Over several years, I worked my way to site manager. In 2002, I moved to another business, this time manufacturing pharmaceutical polymer moulding. There, I looked after three manufacturing sites and a large warehouse. Two years later, I was part of a management takeover where I became the operations director and held 15% of the company’s shares. It was a challenging time, but I learned so much in finance and developing growth plans.
“In 2007, after 25 years in the plastic industry, I swapped to corrugated packaging and started work as SCA’s operations director in Thatcham. I remained there for seven years, until I was asked to join Kuehne & Nagel to head up the south regional distribution centre of its drinks division. This mainly involved overseeing the daily logistics and transport operation, which was another great learning opportunity.
“And now here I am, looking forward to this hugely exciting opportunity with AVT. I can’t wait to see our plans develop over the coming months and years.”
What do you enjoy outside of work?
“We have a very energetic springer spaniel waiting at home. My wife and I enjoy long walks trying to tire him out – although it never normally works! We also have a touring caravan that we enjoy using throughout the year for weekend getaways, so yes, I apologise now… I am one of those caravaners that you curse for holding you up on the roads.”
Well, as Dave said himself there are a lot of exciting things to come here at AVT, we look forward to providing even more ventilation systems, just like our Topflo® vertical heat recovery unit, to make ventilation an easy priority in any business.