Soft Tissue Panel
Chairman CHSA Accreditation Schemes
A CHSA member since early 1978, Council Member and Treasurer, from the early 1980s until 2008, he currently attends Council Meetings in his capacity as Vice President.
In the mid 1990s he was instrumental in the development of the first of the Manufacturing Accreditation Schemes, for Soft Tissue. It was followed by Schemes for Plastic Sacks and Mops. At the request of the Chairman he stepped back into the Schemes in early 2013, which has resulted in an improved system of management, auditing and reporting.
Currently he is a partner in a consultancy offering support in customer and distributor management.
Prior to this his latest role was as a national distributor account manager with Kimberly-Clark Professional. Since 1980 he has held varied roles in the disposable away from home market with SCA and latterly Kimberly-Clark. His responsibilities included sales team and distributor management, nationally and regionally, and various aspects of product development and marketing.
Sales Director, Accrol Group Holdings plc
Gary has been in the tissue industry for over 28 years, first joining Disposables UK as a trainee Sales Representative. He was promoted through the ranks to eventually become Sales Director.
Although Gary’s first 17 years was working in the AFH sector when he joined Accrol in 2005 he began to adapt his skills to selling into the consumer retail market.
Gary is now Sales Director at Accrol running a successful team of people and has helped grow the business to over £120m turnover per annum.
Marketing Director, Essity UK Ltd
Jenny Turner is Marketing Director for Essity’s Professional Hygiene business unit, providing Tork products throughout the UK and Ireland.
She initially joined the soft tissue industry in 2007 and was elected onto the CHSA panel in 2010. Keen to support building greater awareness of the CHSA accreditation scheme, Jenny has actively supported the development of a regular marketing programme promoting the benefits of buying from manufacturers meeting the required standards.
Sales & Marketing Director, Northwood Hygiene Products
Brian has worked in the Janitorial industry for over 30 years, the last 25 of which have been within the Paper Disposables sector. Starting with Fort Sterling in the early 90’s Brian then moved on to Kruger where as Sales Director he introduced the Leonardo brand and established Kruger Tissue as a major player in the UK market.
Fast forward to today and following the Northwood acquisition of Kruger and its subsequent rebranding as Connect Hygiene Products and more recently Northwood Hygiene Products, Brian continues in his role as Sales & Marketing Director where he oversees the commercial and brand strategy for Northwood as well as the newest member of the Northwood family, Disposables UK.
Managing Director, Metsa Tissue
Mark has worked in the paper industry for more than 30 years. He began working for DRG, now Dickinson Robinson Group and went on to work for Welcome Foundation, Molnycke and Southalls Hygiene Services, before beginning his career with Metsä (then Metsä Serla) in 1998.
Now with a long career at Metsä Tissue, he worked his way up through the sales ranks, helping to more than quadruple the turnover from the early days, and was instrumental in establishing the UK as a thriving business unit for the company, ultimately being appointed Managing Director of the legal entity, Metsä Tissue Ltd, in 2013. He is now very much involved in the running and development of the UK organisation.
Mark is very supportive of the CHSA Accreditation Scheme, and has promoted the scheme throughout Metsä Tissue Internationally, to underpin the organisation’s own quality goals, which together, ensure that all Katrin manufactured products meet the required standards.
Chairman and CEO, Sidcot Investments Ltd
Nigel was a founder members of the Soft Tissue Accreditation Scheme, whilst Chairman & CEO of paper producer, Charles Turner.
Nigel merged the business with Kruger Tissue in 2003, running the enlarged group until re-establishing his position as a business owner in 2005.
Sidcot Group was set up as an investment vehicle and Nigel made his first acquisition in March 2005, DTK Disposables, which subsequently evolved into Matryx. Two other subsidiaries exist within the Group, Techcel, a folded products producer and Negociar, a trading business. Sidcot Group owns Woodstock Business Park in Royton, from where the two manufacturing subsidiaries convert in excess of 25,000 tonnes of tissue annually.
In 2016, Sidcot Group invested £6million in its Matryx subsidiary, with the aim of improving efficiency, reducing production costs, providing additional manufacturing capacity and new product development opportunities. The Group prides itself on its exemplary customer service and quality performance levels, together with its high customer retention rates.