The Whittan Group

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Whittan Group

The Whittan Group in the UK comprises two principal trading entities: Whittan Industrial Limited (parent company of Apex Linvar Limited and Apex Space Solutions Limited) and Lion Steel Equipment Limited.

In Europe we have trading companies in Spain, France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. All overseas companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Whittan Overseas Limited.

The ultimate parent company is Whittan Group Limited, a company incorporated in England & Wales.

As of April 2021, we have approximately 800 colleagues working across the Group.

Shareholder Structure

Whittan has been owned by The Bregal Fund III L.P. since 2015, which is advised by leading private equity investors EMK Capital.

EMK believes strongly in the principles of responsible investing, with a focus on ensuring high environmental, social and governance standards.

EMK believe in building better businesses through effective ownership and management to benefit all stakeholders, from employees to customers, suppliers and shareholders, and the wider community at large by creating jobs and supporting local communities.

Day to day management of the business is delegated to the executive board, who are led by the Chief Executive Officer.

Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer
Jon Templeman

Jon joined the board as CEO in October 2017. He has over twenty years’ experience as an industrial CEO, having run several steel products-related manufacturing businesses of various sizes. He has successfully led both publicly owned and private equity-backed companies in the UK and internationally.

Non-Executive Chairman
Bob Ellis

Bob is an experienced Director specializing in complex operational and financial situations in Europe, Asia and the USA. He has a strong financial background together with significant experience in operational restructurings having worked with Private Equity, Banks and other significant stakeholders in Public and Private companies to enhance value in their investments. He joined the Board in February 2015 and is Chair of the Board, Audit and Remuneration Committee’s.

Chief Financial Officer
Oliver Vaughan

Oliver joined Whittan in April 2018 as Group Controller and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2020. He is responsible for finance, tax, treasury, legal and IT. He has previously worked in public and private companies with a focus on international manufacturing businesses. Oliver is a chartered accountant and qualified with Mazars.

Chief Sales Officer
Richard Moss

Richard joined Whittan in August 2018 and is responsible for the group sales, marketing and fulfilment activities. He has 20 years’ experience in the European storage and material handling industry having held senior management positions in engineering and manufacturing businesses. Richard has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University.

Chief Operating Officer
Alan Kelly

Alan joined Whittan in July 2018 and is responsible for manufacturing and supply chain operations. He has over 25 years’ experience in operational and supply chain roles, leading and delivering business performance improvements. Alan began his career as a graduate engineer in the automotive industry and has worked at a senior level in variety of sectors.