Tim Hopkinson is the new Managing Director of ventilation ductwork manufacturer and installer E Poppleton and Son. He had previously spent six years as Managing Director of Hargreaves.
Mr Hopkinson, who will become President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) later this year, said he was delighted to be joining the 93-year-old family-owned business because of its strong reputation for quality and project delivery.
He added that his close friendship with Gareth Vaughan, the previous Managing Director of Poppleton, who passed away suddenly last year, had also played a major part in his decision.
He will work alongside Sue Vaughan, who has been managing the business since December 2015.
“I know some people will be surprised that I would leave a large and successful company to join a much smaller family-owned business, but I could not resist the opportunity and am very excited about this new challenge,” said Mr Hopkinson.
“This is a great company with a fantastic reputation. My friendship with Gareth and Sue gave me a unique insight into the ethos of Poppleton and I look forward to steering it into a new era.”