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17 June 2019

PLACEMENT NEWS – Chairman at S:Craft

Directorbank places Chairman at Beechbrook Capital-backed S:Craft

As part of their investment process, Beechbrook Capital introduced Directorbank to the Management Team of S:Craft, the leading shutter brand in the UK. The business is headquartered in Winchester and distributes its product range through a network of c.400 retailers and 22 franchise partners. S:Craft’s products are renowned for innovative design and exceptional levels of quality and, with ten years of continuous revenue growth behind them, they have become the largest player in the market.

With support and financial backing from Beechbrook Capital, S:Craft is strategically poised to increase market share by building and developing its retail partner base and franchise community as well as tapping into new growth markets. The business also plans to invest in further product innovation and development.

With a strong and highly experienced executive team in place, Directorbank’s George Heppenstall was approached to source a Non-Executive Chairman to guide and support the team through the next stage of development.

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“Despite recruiting many people into different roles, hiring a Chairman was a first. Appointing Directorbank gave me a great deal of confidence that I was working with a company who had a significant amount of experience and the network and reach to provide a good list of strong candidates. The process was smooth, communication was good and, most importantly, the result was very satisfactory. Marcus is already proving to be a great addition to our team.”

Mark Stradling

10 June 2019

Directorbank takes on Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arête

On 20th June 2019, the Directorbank team will take on Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity that has supported several Directorbank employees in recent years.

Led by Graham Jones, our Managing Director and a seasoned climber, we aim to complete the challenging yet spectacular Carn Mor Dearg Arête route to the 1,345m high summit of Ben Nevis. The entire trek should take us around 10 hours.

Straddling the fine line between rambling and scrambling, the route incorporates a tough slog up the flank of Carn Mor Dearg, Scotland’s 8th highest munro, followed by a traverse along the narrow and exposed Carn Mor Dearg Arête which curves across the headwall of the Coire Leis and provides stunning views of Ben Nevis’s north face. A final section of strenuous scrambling will lead us up to the summit. We will then join the Mountain Path down Ben Nevis to the finish point.

Continuing our calendar of fundraising activity, Directorbank will donate £100 to Macmillan Cancer Support for every employee who reaches the summit.

Please help us raise funds by sponsoring us via our Just Giving page.

About Macmillan Cancer Support:

Right from the moment someone is diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan provides a constant source of support, guiding them every step of the way through their treatment and beyond. Not only do they provide medical help, but they assist with practical, emotional and financial support for patients, their families and carers, as well as pushing for better cancer care.


20 May 2019


Directorbank places Group Talent and HR Director at privately-owned Lucideon

Lucideon is a development and commercialisation company specialising in materials technologies and processes. Its application of cross-industry insight, materials science expertise and innovative thinking allows industry to develop and implement disruptive technology platforms, providing cost and/or product performance benefits and enabling real market differentiation.

Lucideon is based in Stoke-on-Trent with three further sites in the US. The business employs c.250 scientists and engineers, the majority of whom are technology and materials specialists.

Chris Bill, Lucideon’s recently appointed CFO, has known Directorbank’s Simon Thomas for a number of years having worked with him on roles previously. Chris joined Lucideon to support its CEO, Tony Kinsella, in the development and execution of a growth strategy across both the UK and US markets.

With ambitious growth plans in place, Chris and Tony identified the need to appoint a Group Talent and HR Director to provide vital input and support on recruitment and the development of both new and existing talent.

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“With Lucideon’s ambitious growth plans I knew we needed the right partner to identify strong candidates for this newly created role. Having worked with Simon before I was confident that Directorbank would be able to quickly understand our needs, advise us on potential candidate profiles and then run a smooth and professional selection process. I am pleased to say that we were not disappointed. The process ran as expected and we are delighted that we have been able to secure Nik to join our team.”

Chris Bill
CFO, Lucideon

2 May 2019


Directorbank places CFO at privately-owned Sandpiper CI.

SandpiperCI is the largest retailer in the Channel Islands, with a high-quality portfolio of brands covering food, clothing and specialist products. In food, it operates franchise stores for Morrisons, Iceland and M&S Jersey, along with its own chain of convenience stores. Non-food brands include Apple, Costa Coffee, Burger King and George.

The company operates over 80 stores across Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar and Spain as well as the Islands’ largest covered shopping centre, Liberty Wharf. It employs 1,100 staff, conducts 280,000 transactions a week within the Channel Islands, and supports more than 50 local suppliers.

After almost twelve successful years with the business, the incumbent CFO, Stephen Harrison, approached Directorbank’s George Heppenstall to identify a successor to enable him to make the transition to a NED role within SandpiperCI.

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“I’ve known George for many years and selected Directorbank for the assignment largely because I’ve seen him deliver many successful recruitment programmes in the past. He and Faye quickly understood the brief and produced a high-calibre shortlist, from which we were delighted to select Tony.”

Stephen Harrison