After graduating in mathematics from Lancaster University and gaining teaching qualifications from Cambridge University, Harreld has enjoyed a long career in finance. His CV includes not only working for chartered accountancy firms, but roles as finance director in the construction and support services sectors, prior to setting up his own consultancy business. While successful, the opportunity to be part of the team at XYZ Machine Tools was too good to miss, and says the advertisement for the role of commercial director could have been written with him in mind.

“Joining such a well-established and successful business brings its own challenges, therefore in the first 12 months I will be shadowing Keith Wilson, who retires in September, and working alongside other members of the senior management team,” explains Harreld. “This will give me the opportunity to identify potential improvements in the systems and processes that will drive operational and financial performance. The role will be about evolution, not revolution, and my experience in pulling together marginal gains to deliver big results will be at the heart of my work. I think this approach fits well with an engineering company, particularly XYZ, where I feel it will complement the enthusiasm and attention to detail of managing director Nigel Atherton.”

Harreld will also bring his experience of providing commercial input to support entry into new markets and territories.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Trevor to XYZ Machine Tools at what is an exciting time, with new products and opportunities, and a renewed energy for developing the business,” says Atherton. “His broad experience from consultancy to hands-on business development will fit well with the management team as we push for continued growth.”