Change at the top

After more than 30 years at the top, glazing industry veteran Willie Kerr has chosen to stand down as managing director of sash window specialist Roseview Windows. The decision will allow him to spend more of his time focused on research and development, as well as acting as a brand ambassador with customers, suppliers and the industry in general.

Willie joined Roseview direct from Rehau in 1988, after working closely with the Olney-based fabricator on the world’s first uPVC sash window system. He quickly rose from the position of technical manager to managing director. Under his tenure the company has gone from strength to strength, in recent years leading the move towards high-end, timber-alternative products.

“Willie’s part in Roseview’s success – both past and future – cannot be overestimated.”

Explaining his decision Willie comments: “My choice to stand down as MD reflects my changing role at Roseview. For the last couple of years I’ve been spending a lot of time on R&D, continually improving our sash windows with new features such as our ultra-slim 35mm midrail. I also enjoy getting out on the road, visiting customers and suppliers, getting involved in the GGF and talking to people from across the industry.

“Roseview is a dynamic, vibrant company at the cutting edge of the glass and glazing industry, being run by a new generation of talented staff. Stepping aside allows me to spend more of my time doing the things I love.”

Discussing Willie’s new role at Roseview, company chairman Steve Bygrave comments: “Willie’s part in Roseview’s success – both past and future – cannot be overestimated. He’ll continue to be heavily involved in the company, but with more freedom to concentrate on the things he enjoys the most – developing new features and products and networking with our customers and the wider industry.

“We have a young and talented management team at Roseview, and we have some very exciting plans for the brand and company moving forward. Willie’s focus on new developments, and his time spent meeting customers and prospects and working within the industry, will be fundamental to ensuring those plans come to fruition.”