ATG Access – the designer of vehicle barriers, road blockers and bollards and part of the HS Security Group of Hill & Smith Holdings plc – has just announced the appointment of a new interim managing director following the departure of Gavin Hepburn.
Richard Ellis joins the business with more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, having previously held senior positions including UK operations director for Interserve, operations director at Midas Group and, most recently, interim managing director at Berry Systems, another Hill & Smith Holdings plc company within the HS Security portfolio.
Starting as a brick layer at just 16 years of age, Ellis went on to study construction management at university. He was awarded the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Construction Manager of the Year Gold Award in 2006 before going on to become a CIOB Fellow in 2010.
In his new role as interim managing director at ATG Access, and as an extension of his own consultancy business, Ellis is ideally placed to support the company as it transitions to a new permanent managing director and will be instrumental in driving forward ATG Access under Hill & Smith’s ownership.
Andrew Beaney, Group president (roads and security) for Hill & Smith Holdings plc, commented: “ATG Access is at the leading edge of the hostile vehicle mitigation industry and has been for many years. Richard’s extensive knowledge and experience will ensure that the people at the heart of ATG Access are supported through the transition period, while also providing an invaluable outsider’s perspective that can help to shine a spotlight on areas for growth or improvement.”
Speaking about his new appointment, Richard Ellis noted: “Throughout my employment with Berry Systems, I was extremely impressed with Hill & Smith, finding it to be a forward-thinking, modern plc with an autonomous business model which enables each unit to flourish in high growth niche markets.”
Ellis concluded: “When the opportunity arose with ATG Access, I was excited to continue my work for the group and guide an impressive business as it moves into a new era. I’m looking forward to making sure the business is in the best possible shape for a new permanent managing director, and also to make the transition process as positive as possible for everyone involved.”