Biochemica Water Ltd makes a splash with appointment of new MD

Posted: Wednesday 8th March 2017

Water and wastewater treatment specialist, Biochemica Water Ltd, has appointed a new managing director as part of its ambitious growth strategy.

Operating at international level, Biochemica Water Ltd, whose key service areas include Legionella control, monitoring and management services, wastewater treatment, boiler water treatment, cooling water treatment and chemical supply, recently recorded a turnover of £6m, up 23% on the previous year.

Following this success, the Company, which counts major blue chip companies within the water industry among its most prestigious clients, has completed a group restructure and commissioned John Fraser to help drive it forward.

John has been assigned the joint roles of Biochemica Group MD, where his main focus is to help the board develop and implement a strategy for growth for the Biochemica Group, and MD of Biochemica Water Ltd.

As the man at the helm of Biochemica Water Ltd, John, who brings with him over 10 years' experience within the industry, will be responsible for the performance of the Company through the formulation and successful implementation of company policy.

Speaking about his new positions, John said: "I was delighted to be approached by Biochemica, as I knew they had an excellent reputation within the water treatment sector and are regarded as one of the most competitive companies in the industry.

"After meeting with both Dave Ruddy, the CEO and Chairman, Tim Robinson, and hearing their vision for the future of the company, I realised it was who I wanted to work for.

"The group restructure is an exciting move, as under the new board we now have a structure that is robust and scalable to meet the requirements of our growth and ambition as well as allowing more specific and tailored brands to flourish for each customer base. I like to think my role enables me to be the glue that holds and supports the team."

With a background in chemical engineering, John previously worked for BNFL, Bulkhaul Ltd and Nalco Ltd before joining Biochemica and is one of the 10-year-old company's most recent additions, alongside Gary Lumby MBE, who was appointed last year as a non-executive director.

Following a successful period of growth in 2016, the Company took on 11 new members of staff and six apprentices, taking its total number of employees to 52. This year, the restructure has not only lead to new appointments; a number of significant promotions have occurred within the Company, with Dr Sandra Rountree promoted to corporate sales manager, Tony Stubbs promoted to UK sales manager and Jemma Tennant promoted to UK operations manager.

"We've started 2017 continuing on from last year's success and we're on a growth path which requires all our team to align together and push us to become the best in the marketplace," said Tim Robinson.

"The new group structure will allow us to have dedicated business units focusing on their respective sectors and client base. We're aiming to tailor each company and brand for that specific client base and ultimately offer the customer a package that best fits their requirements.

"With his professional approach and excellent people skills, John will take us further as he is an exceptional people person and has gained respect amongst all the staff."

Dave Ruddy added: "We launched EcoChemica a few years back, which offers the most environmentally friendly products in the market place, using greener chemistries. Throughout 2017 we hope to continue to add to this, growing a successful portfolio of products within Biochemica Water.

"We'll also be continuing our work exporting water treatment chemicals, particularly in BRIC countries, where there are tremendous opportunities. After successfully exporting to Bangladesh last year, we are going on a fact-finding mission to India next month to look at potential opportunities there, and we'll continue to look at other export opportunities throughout Europe and the rest of world as the company grows."

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