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AXMINSTER: New female director at Axminster Carpets

Thursday, 12 December 2013

A restructuring of the board of directors at Axminster Carpets has seen the scrapping of a traditional role and increased female influence, taking the number of females on the board to two.
Chairman Stephen Boyd said the number is unique for the UK carpet manufacturing industry, and long overdue.
The restructure saw Josh Dutfield become commercial director and Chantel Summers join as financial director. She comes from a role as finance shared services centre manager with Elektron Technology plc.
The restructure also saw the removal of the role of managing director, previously held by Mr Dutfield. A company spokesperson said: "The new board structure does not include the traditional role of managing director.
"Stephen Boyd is an executive board chairman actively involved in the day to day running of the business working alongside Josh Dutfield and the rest of the senior executive team.
"This review has led to an increased focus on the commercial and sales functions of the business.
"Chantel’s appointment means that Josh Dutfield is able to delegate his day to day financial responsibilities enabling him to take on a new strategic board position as commercial director, looking after all commercial and sales aspects of this growing global business.
Mr Dutfield commented: “I’m delighted to be taking on this exciting new role, a first in Axminster Carpets’ history.
"This is a role in which I feel I can add great value using the heritage of my relationships with our retailers and other customers and my in depth technical knowledge of the business together with our weaving skills.”
Mr Boyd said: “We’ve really seen a growth in sales over the last few months and our customers and retailers have to be our focus and Josh has proved to be one of our strongest assets in securing new contracts.”
“It’s a really exciting time for the business and Chantel ’s appointment also shows our commitment to the future of this business and to the industry by innovating and driving change. We’re the only carpet manufacturer in the UK to have female representation as executives around the boardroom table with Chantel and our human resources director Sam Mickleburgh
“The fact that the rest of the industry is still run by men in a sector where women make 80 per cent of the home purchase decisions is a sign that innovation is long overdue and it’s our ambition to lead the charge for change.”

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