Versalift UK has promoted engineering manager Tom Johnson to the role of operations manager, replacing Dave Ruffett who is stepping away from operational responsibilities to focus on special projects after 15 years in the role.
Johnson joined Versalift UK in January last year from automation and electrical installation provider Wago UK, where he was engineering manager. He began his career with Rolls Royce, joining the company in 2013 to work on the Trent aero engines. In his two years with the company he held numerous roles culminating as a design engineer. He left in 2015 to join pallet company Chep as a technical systems manager.
Speaking of his new role Johnson said: “Since joining Versalift I have utilised my design, manufacturing, and academic background and experiences in the application of aerial lift vehicle conversions. The role of operations manager now allows me to take on a time served holistic approach in the management of the 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.”
The company has also appointed Chris Kelly as production manager, reporting to Johnson. Kelly 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.”