Hiring Hot Shots to Further Grow Team

Standby power specialist, Dieselec Thistle, has created five new posts to help feed further expansion, including the appointment of the company’s first operations director, Kenny Clark.

The new recruits will be split across the company’s Glasgow HQ and London office, with new non-exec director, Pat Malcomson, service manager, Jim Johnston and project engineer, Joe Skillin, joining Kenny Clark in Glasgow. Meanwhile the London office sees the arrival of new business development manager, Iain Hannaway and solutions engineer, John Kinstrie, who has been promoted and moved across from the company’s Glasgow office to help manage Dieselec Thistle’s rapid growth in the south east.

The latest round of new appointments at Dieselec Thistle follows the company’s rapid expansion over the past three years, which has seen the company expand by almost 70% in terms of turnover. The new recruits have been cherry-picked to fill the new roles, as the company continues to deliver its growth strategy geographically and move into new client sectors.

Non-exec director, Pat Malcolmson, is the former sales director of diesel generator manufacturer, FG Wilson, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc and Dieselec Thistle’s main supplier of generators and associated equipment.  The two companies have worked in close partnership for 20 years and Pat’s appointment will help to manage and develop the relationship still further.

Meanwhile, new operations director, Kenny Clark, brings wide-ranging operational and project management expertise to Dieselec Thistle, gained with blue chip companies including Bass, British Aerospace, Honeywell Security and Babcock. His senior level experience includes project management of schemes ranging in value from £50,000 to £100 million and his remit will be to ensure that the company’s operational framework can continue to provide the same high standards of service delivery as the company continues to grow and undertake increasingly large projects.

National service manager, Jim Johnston, will head up Dieselec Thistle’s fast-growing maintenance division, leveraging his 30 years’ experience in after sales service provision. His responsibilities will include managing the company’s workshop, testing and storage facilities and co-ordinating both planned and responsive maintenance and service visits from the company’s team of engineers.

London-based business development manager, Iain Hannaway, joins Dieselec Thistle from a UPS specialist and has more than ten years’ experience in the energy sector. His wealth of experience with data centre clients will help Dieselec Thistle to build on its expansion in this marketplace in the south east alongside other key sectors including health, education, distribution and hotels and leisure.

Iain will be joined in London by John Kinstrie, following John’s promotion to solutions engineer.  His new role will involve working with solutions director, Pedro Araujo, across sales, design and project delivery of larger, more complex projects. He will work closely with clients and consultants to develop the design and specification of standby power schemes, including all aspects of the generators, enclosures and control systems, and will be responsible for overseeing testing, installation and commissioning of projects.

John’s former role in Glasgow will be taken up by Joe Skillin who joins the team from a structural engineering role and a has an electrical engineering background.  His role will be to assist the project team in delivering standby power installations.

Comments managing director of Dieselec Thistle, Paul Moore: “Dieselec Thistle is growing three times faster than any other standby power specialist thanks to the expertise we have within the business and our strategic focus.  We are investing in our infrastructure to help us maintain our high service levels as we continue to grow and the calibre of these new recruits will also underpin that aim as we build on our market share.”