Vivalda Group appoints former SIG director Chris Williams

Peter Johnson (left) welcomes Chris Williams (right) to Vivalda Group
Peter Johnson (left) welcomes Chris Williams (right) to Vivalda Group

Vivalda Group has appointed former SIG divisional managing director, Chris Williams, as a non-executive director.

A senior industry figure with more than 25 years’ experience in the building products sector, Chris has unrivalled experience working with blue chip companies in the fields of both manufacturing and distribution. Key category expertise includes fire protection, building boards, roofing, facades, cladding and plumbing.

Chris’s most recent role within SIG was as managing director of its building solutions division, which included the industrial cladding business Steadmans and facades business Proteus. During this time, he instigated the turnaround at Steadmans, transforming a single site operation into a multi-site, multi-brand success through both organic and acquisitive growth, including a £10 million new factory development.

Commenting on the appointment, Peter Johnson, chairman of Vivalda Group, said: “The next five years will be crucial to the development of the Vivalda Group as we expand the business using both organic and acquisitive growth strategies. My colleague, managing director Ben Jayes, and I have been leading Vivalda for well over 20 years and appreciate the need to harness new ideas and energies from outside the company. Chris fulfils that need perfectly as we embark on an exciting time for Vivalda.

“Chris is highly respected within the building products sector and brings invaluable experience from a major plc group. He also has proven marketing ability, which he brings to Vivalda as it embarks on a period of significant growth. His presence lays down a marker in our confidence that over the next three years turnover will increase considerably above its current level of £34 million.”

A strong advocate of improvements in cladding product specification, whole system testing and consistent in-building product performance testing, Vivalda Group has also pioneered the adoption of off-site fabrication within the facades sector.

Peter concluded: “Looking ahead, we have a number of projects focusing on issues such as training and skills that will have a fundamental impact on the efficiency and safety within the facades sector. Part of Chris’s role will be to assess the viability of these projects and bring them to fruition.”