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Nationwide Windows & Doors Strengthens Board with Appointment of new Financial Director, James Barratt

Leading window and door partner to the UK’s new build, commercial and social housing sectors, has appointed James Barratt to its board as Finance Director.
James has spent his entire career to date in construction, across multi-sector disciplines including education, health, commercial and social housing and has significant experience in managing the financial aspects of multi-million pound regeneration programmes.

John Whalley, Managing Director of Nationwide Windows & Doors comments: “The business continues to see double digit growth as we enter new markets and launch new products, and we needed to strengthen the board with a dedicated finance director to enable us to plan for the strategic investment and further growth that is on the horizon.

“James’ last decade of experience as finance director in a fast moving, high growth group is ideal for us and we welcome him warmly to the Board.”

James comments: “The rapid growth and innovation right throughout Nationwide has been remarkable, and I am looking forward to helping maintain that trajectory. The business is clearly thriving and has experienced significant growth over the last 5 years in terms of both revenue and scale.

“Having met the team and seen the full scale of the manufacturing operation, I could see what an exciting opportunity this would be. My entire career has been focused on working with fast growth businesses so it’s an ideal fit. I also think the role is a fairly unique one as I am joining a very well developed business as their first Finance Director. I’ve therefore got both the opportunity and the challenge of developing the reporting, systems and procedures to support the business.

“I see the role of Finance Director as a broader one than maybe its traditional reputation would imply. I am keen to provide a link between all the departments in the business, so when I produce and review the financials, I fully understand all the elements that sit behind the numbers. This means I’m therefore well placed to articulate any variances to plan and proactively suggest actions that may be required. By getting under the skin of the business and truly understanding the key drivers, we can evolve monthly reporting to become a broader business tool that will serve to enhance our customer experience through the ability to be as proactive as possible.”

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