VEHICLE-mounted platform company Versalift UK has announced the promotion of engineering manager Tom Johnson to the role of operations manager.

Tom will replace Dave Ruffett who has held the position for 15 years. He is now taking a step back from operational responsibilities to focus on special projects, Versalift UK said.

Tom joined the company in January 2019, having previously held the role of engineering manager for electrical installation provider WAGO. Prior to that, he worked as technical systems manager for CHEP, where he was responsible for plant automotive and maintenance, and at Rolls-Royce in the civil aerospace sector.

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Commenting on his appointment, Tom said: “Since joining Versalift UK I have utilised my design, manufacturing, and academic background and experiences in the application of MEWP-vehicle conversions.

“The role of operations manager now allows me to take on a time-served holistic approach in the management of the VUK Production facility. As throughput increases and technical nuances challenge the typical build parameters, I hope to solidify the foundation for future growth through investment in people and building a strong talented team that is driven to succeed.

“I am honoured to be chosen for this role and extremely excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

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Tom’s promotion is followed by the appointment of Chris Kelly as production manager. Chris will use his manufacturing industry experience to help increase efficiencies, while maintaining a safe and harmonious environment, Versalift UK said.

Working alongside various departments within the business, Chris will be responsible for implementing new ways of thinking and new processes that will help the business grow.

He said: “As Versalift UK continues to grow, I am confident I am the right person to grow with the business. Working with Tom, I am sure we can achieve great things and I am excited about my future within the company.”

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