New recruit heads up ambitious change at Morgan GRP
Leading manufacturing firm and security enclosure specialists Morgan GRP Ltd has recruited a leading change management expert to help them implement an ambitious expansion plan, which aims to see the Group Company double its turnover within three to five years.
Andrea Evans joins the manufacturing group as their new Senior Head of Change and Compliance, at a time when their Group Managing Director, Martyn Ingram, has announced an aggressive expansion plan and a recruitment drive.
Morgan GRP Ltd is the parent company of Morgan Marine, who have been engineering GRP since 1965. Morgan Marine is at the forefront of this technology, and has the longest pedigree in the industry in the UK. The company holds a large presence in the rail, power generation, renewables, and water and construction sectors.
Andrea, who is based at the company’s Llandybïe site, said:
“Martyn, the Directors and all the company employees have worked hard and strived to ensure that Morgan GRP Ltd has achieved significant success and accomplishment – The company has almost doubled its turnover in the last three to four years – at a time when Britain was in the grip of recession. The group’s turnover is now approaching £21 million.
“My role is to analyse procedures within the divisions and then to reinforce the foundations to support the company to attain even greater success.”
In recent years Morgan GRP Ltd has been recognised within the Top 100 Companies in South West Wales, 15th in the Top 50 Most Profitable Companies in Wales, within the Top 50 Largest Employers in South Wales and most recently the company was listed as one of only two Welsh firms within the prestigious Sunday Times Profit Track 100.
Andrea, who spent many years working for Alcoa, and more recently at The Prince’s Trust, said:
“It is my remit to evaluate procedures in a business, ensuring that the company continues on its successful trajectory.
“I need to see where the company’s strengths lie, where improvements can be made and to help draw up a strategy to make sure the foundations are in place for the next stage of a firm’s life – which in the case of Morgan GRP Ltd is the intention to double its turnover.”
Some MDs might baulk going on record with such explicit figures and ambitions, but Martyn Isn’t your average MD.
He and many of the company’s other senior staff started at Morgan Marine Ltd in his tender years, on the shop floor, working his way up through the ranks before buying the company in 2003 and steering it towards its eye-watering success.
“As a company and as a workforce we are very proud of our achievements to date and we are resolved to build upon those achievements. But moving into the next stage of a firm’s life takes bold thinking.
“When a company starts its life as an SME and expands so rapidly, there is the risk that it harbours the processes, approaches and the thinking of an SME, even when it has graduated to bigger things when it comes to turnover and stature. Recruiting Andrea is part of our determination to reshape our way of working and our way of thinking and we look forward to working with her during this exciting time for Morgan GRP Ltd.”
These changes include setting up an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) management system, which will integrate all applications across the group, to manage the business and to automate many back-office functions relating to IT, services and HR.
Andrea will also carry out detailed assessments of any skills gaps so they can be met by training or by tailored recruitment.
“The important ideal with change in the workplace is, to ensure company personnel understand why positive change is essential to drive and thrive in a competitive environment. I have been here a matter of weeks but it is very clear that there is an impressive amount of talent at Morgan GRP Ltd and there is an enormous amount to be proud of and to build upon.”