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A Non-Executive Director (Non-Exec) is required for Dewhurst Plc an AIM listed independent global supplier of quality components to the lift, transport and keypad industries. The company was founded in 1919 and the Dewhurst Group now has sales of around £50 million and employs over 300 people in locations around the world. UK headquarters are in Feltham, Middlesex.

The Group’s business sectors include Lift, Transport and Keypad. The geographical segments include United Kingdom, Europe, the Americas and Asia & Australia.

Dewhurst is an Investor in People company with a highly skilled workforce that enables the company a great deal of vertical integration. They are also accredited to ISO 9001.

The Board has 6 regular meetings pa, 2 accounts meetings, 2-3 strategy days plus one Audit and one Remuneration Sub-Committee meeting; the time requirement will be 2-3 days per month covering formal and informal time plus initially more during induction. The remuneration is £20k pa.

Business Concept & Strategy

The Group head office and main factory at Feltham designs and manufactures the core components required by the Group. The subsidiary companies in the Group’s principal markets assemble configurations of these components into the products required by customers. The majority of our customers are lift companies, but we also actively promote our products to consultants and specifiers. Because of the bespoke nature of every order it is important to be close to our customers. Over the last 30 years we have acquired companies in a number of different geographical markets.  This has broadened our reach and has also made the Group more resilient when economic conditions change in individual markets. Each of our subsidiary companies has its own Managing Director who has P&L responsibility for the performance of that business. Our MDs have a degree of autonomy but operate within an overall Group operating and reporting structure.  The Group has funded its acquisitions over the years from its own cash flow and currently has cash available for further acquisitions.

Non-Exec Director Requirements/Criteria

  • Board level, Executive or Non-Exec, with experience of growing a business from £50m to £200m+.
  • Strong strategic and commercial expertise within the manufacturing sector, ideally in manufacturing electro-mechanical products - lifts, man-machine interfaces.
  • Strong multi-national experience, has been a divisional head, has relevant operating experience.
  • Understands acquisition and/or divesting businesses.
  • Able to understand a family business and is aligned with the company values; Service, Lean and Learning
  • A good understanding of finance and account matters; do not have to be a qualified accountant.
  • You should have enough time availability to make an effective contribution.


Time commitment is 2-3 days per month for Board, Strategy and Committee meetings, initially more during induction. Board meetings are held six times pa in Feltham, Middlesex. Remuneration will be iro £20k per annum.

Closing Date: Monday, 25th January 2021

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