March 2012 – Lakes Bathrooms has announced the appointment of certified accountant, Bev Sherratt as finance director. Coming from a financial board level role within the logistics sector, Bev brings over 20 years experience in finance and strategy to this rapidly growing manufacturer.
Bev is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and was introduced to the board at Lakes Bathrooms by its auditors, Hazlewoods. In her new role she plays a strategic role and heads up the financial function for Lakes Bathrooms, with a workload that includes direction, analysis, reporting, cash control, regulatory compliance and business planning. She reports directly to the managing director, Robin Craddock.
Bev joins Lakes from Bibby Distribution, bringing supply chain knowledge with her that is recognised to add value to her financial expertise. She reports that her attraction to Lakes Bathrooms was driven partly by the strong service ethos of this family-run company and also its international scope, adding interest to this role: “Lakes Bathrooms is an impressive and successful business with a very strong financial foundation,” Bev enthused. “As a member of the board, I very much look forward to supporting the continued expansion and to driving the company forward. Beyond just financial direction, I hope to help to strategically shape the future of the business and have ideas to implement that will further strengthen and improve the business processes. My experience so far is that Lakes Bathrooms is a refreshingly dynamic company, with progressive leadership that embraces positive change.”
Managing director, Robin Craddock is similarly positive about Bev’s appointment. Welcoming her to the company he commented, “Bev comes to Lakes Bathrooms very highly recommended. She has fitted well into the team and her value is already being felt. It’s an extremely auspicious start and her experience and expertise will be key to our plans for continued growth.”
This appointment comes just after Lakes Bathrooms’ move to new, larger premises, alongside the M5 motorway in Gloucestershire. According to the directors, this recruitment is an essential part of the company’s future plans and one of the most important appointments made, along with a recent addition to the sales force and another to the customer services team.
When not controlling the company finances, Bev enjoys spending time with her family and has a passion for running. She is currently training for the Worcester half marathon in April and is looking forward to other challenging races in the year. Bev lives in Worcester with her partner Al.