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New COO for Osprey

UK based heavy lift and move company Osprey has promoted Wendy Kenny to chief operator officer.

Kenny joined the company last year as commercial finance director, following almost three years with bathroom and kitchen pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions where she was finance director.
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Wendy Kenny

She began her career with Unilever, working in financial roles at its London headquarters, leaving after almost seven years to join transport and logistics group Wincanton, where she was appointed commercial manager. In 2015 she switched industry again with a move to Capita IT as director of central finance for its Technology Solutions division, leaving for Offsite Solutions three years later.

Speaking of her new role at Osprey, she said: “Traditionally, a chief operating officer oversees the day to day functions of many different business units, and how they can work better, together to achieve long term goals - that goes without saying. But for me personally, there’s going to be a strong emphasis on ensuring our family values are highly visible, that they remain at the heart of what we offer. Our sense of connectivity and caring about the way we work closely with our clients and how we work as a business - that’s how we make a difference, and ultimately, that is how we find ways to reduce client-costs without compromising on safety or cutting corners.”

“My role involves being hands-on at every level. I want to be sure we can show our clients, multi-disciplinary expertise really does permeate through and across our business. Over the last few years, for example, our projects have ranged from loading out the world’s largest tidal turbine off the Scottish coast, to bringing in the most powerful steam turbine down at Hinkley Point. But wherever we’re working it’s my responsibility to ensure we get every different strand of Osprey’s experience to the table, in the planning and execution of each project.”

Based in Portishead near Bristol, the Osprey business was established more than 25 years ago and runs several divisions, including Heavy lifting, Port services and Abnormal loads. The mostly Liebherr crane fleet includes a 1,000 tonne LTM1800D and 800 tonne LTM1800 cable suspended telescopics, plus a 550 tonne LG1550 and 750 tonne lattice truck cranes. It also runs around 120 Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs).