In a statement posted on social media last week, Roy Frost, Director of GJB Holdings is stepping down. He announced that the Group MD role would now be taken up by Steve Gardiner.

This is the statement in full posted to LinkedIn last week:

📢 Exciting News! 🎉 55 was always my ‘slow it down’ number and I reached that milestone earlier this year! So, after 25 years in the industry, hundreds of nights in hotel rooms, and millions of business miles traveled, I’ve agreed with my business partners to take a step back from the front line of our fantastic company. Fear not industry friends and colleagues, my passion and dedication for the company and the wider industry remains as strong as ever!

I’ll be handing over the Group MD role to my colleague, friend, and business partner Steve Gardiner who I’ve worked with now for over 30 years. Since acquiring Listers and GJB Holdings in 2017 we have developed a professional dedicated management team who are the real driving force behind our company operations, I really couldn’t be prouder of the team we’ve built.

Now, it hasn’t been plain sailing over the last 7 years with political turmoil in the UK, a nasty cyber-attack and of course a global pandemic to slow us down, we refer to those events as ‘bumps in the road’! Having pushed through those bumps I know the team will continue to push onwards and upwards and with the same spirit and ethos of being more to our customers than just a fabricator and looking after and developing our + 300 colleagues.

This change coincides with the relocation of our family home to Norfolk to be closer to our daughter who is starting her career as a busy Doctor in Norwich. Having more free time allows us to immerse ourselves in our new community whilst exploring the fantastic links golf courses in North Norfolk and discovering new cycling routes of course 🚴‍♂️⛳️🚴‍♂️

Although I’m not going to be in the MD’s chair, rest assured, I’m still a committed member of the team. I will still play an active role on the board and in the future strategy including developing new products and services to help our customers grow and succeed. I will also remain a shareholder and the landlord of the Stoke factory! I’m still always available for a friendly chat and am currently accepting all golf invitations! Don’t hesitate to reach out.

So, here’s to an exciting new chapter for The Frosts,  for Listers and GJB Holdings! 🥂

He is right when there has been a few “bumps in the road”, especially over the last ten years or so. It is a period of time that will have generated all sorts of tales and stories that will be told for an age to come.

I want to wish Roy and his whole family the very best in this new chapter in their lives, and the best to Steve Gardiner who now heads up the group.

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