9.15 – 9.30 Brian Sherlock, HAE EHA Chair
Conference opens and welcome address from HAE EHA Chair
Brian Sherlock, CDir, FIoD.
Managing Director Brandon Hire & Hire Station
A Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Chartered Director with a Diploma in Company Direction; a blue chip background with a Caterpillar Dealership and Marks & Spencer plc and a number of years experience as Managing Director of equipment hire organisations.
Managing Director of Brandon Hire & Hire Station, a Division of Vp plc supplying plant, tools, safety and lifting equipment. The main focus being on asset management and compliance demonstrated by being awarded the HAE SafeHire Company of the Year 2106. Prior to this I was the founding Director of Spa Asset Management, advising on restructures, divestments and acquisitions; Senior Vice President of Finning (UK) Ltd working with Caterpillar EAME to develop a rental used equipment strategy, identifying opportunities throughout the life cycle significantly growing the customer base, service and parts revenue; Managing Director of Hewden Stuart plc increasing revenues to over £300m and rental profits to a record £59.7m from £17.5m, delivering substantial acquisitions, divestments and system integration; Managing Director RGIS Inc. an inventory management company, establishing the UK and then European operations as Geschaftsführer of RGIS Inventur Spezialisten GmbH based in Düsseldorf; Initial career spent in Marks & Spencer plc, ten years in store operations across the UK and six years in Head Office as Manager Group Internal Audit and latterly in a Regional positon in Manchester culminating in the unique experience in managing the aftermath of the terrorist bombing.
Experience of working on several non-industry related Boards as an independent NED in a governance capacity. Appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice as the Commercial Board Trustee of Warwickshire Probation Trust and then as Non-Executive Director of Warwickshire & West Mercia CRC implementing the outsourcing of the probation service. Responsibility for maintaining Finning UK rental corporate Risk Factors (ERM) in which risks to the business were identified and action steps introduced to mitigate the identified vulnerabilities. Industry network and experience from working in an OEM (Caterpillar), a supplier (Finning UK) and several national hirers.