Wrights Group announces managerial changes

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Wrights Group has confirmed some recent changes to its management team.

Ian Downie is to leave the business, with Commercial Director Sam McLaren assuming responsibility for all vehicle sales activities. Sam will continue to be supported by a sales team, which includes Head of Sales Steve Jackson, Head of Commercial Gary Kernohan, National Accounts Manager John Hartley and Retail Sales Manager Chris Wise.

David Barnett, whose 19-year career to date with Wrightbus and EN-Drive in engineering and product development has included overseeing the introduction of the StreetCar RTV in Las Vegas and the New Routemaster in London, has been appointed as Business Development Director. His new role will see him take the lead on all commercial aspects of the company’s growing clean technology product portfolio, as well as developing a number of potential opportunities in mainland Europe.

Group Managing Director Steven Francey said: “I would like to thank Ian Downie for the contribution that he made to Wrightbus during his two-year tenure.

“In Sam McLaren and Damian McGarry we have two very safe and capable pairs of hands in guiding our sales and Customcare operations respectively. David Barnett is another long standing Wrightbus employee and, as a very talented and experienced engineer, he is ideally suited to take on the expanded business development role.”

Former Group Finance Director, Mark Johnston, has also left Wrights Group to pursue interests outside of the industry – Nigel Connolly has assumed the role of Head of Finance.