VCS, the UK’s leading emergency service vehicle conversion specialist, has welcomed several key strategic hires across its ambulance and police divisions. Its recent recruitment drive is part of an ongoing business growth strategy that will see VCS significantly increase production output and boost operating efficiency in the coming years.
New personnel within VCS’s ambulance division have been brought on board to facilitate a structure focused on strengthening product development, supply chain management and manufacturing efficiency. This coincides with VCS recently placing first on the new NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub Framework Agreement for Ambulance and Specialist Vehicle Conversions.
Alastair Munro will bring his 40 years’ expertise in the automotive and transport sectors as VCS’s Principal Engineering and Product Development Adviser. In this role he will advise and support the in-house engineering team in refining VCS’s product development strategy and provide a vital interface between the company’s technical, manufacturing and sales divisions.
Chris Watts will become Head of Procurement and Aftersales, bringing considerable procurement experience to the role. Chris’s previous role of General Manager will be filled by new recruit, Kevin Stevens, who boasts 30 years’ experience of manufacturing excellence across multiple sectors. Kevin will add huge depth in terms of operational execution and pedigree to drive growth.
Simon Ward joins as Process Engineering Manager, while Simon Sanderson has been recruited as Planning Manager. As Process Engineering Manager, Simon Ward will leverage his 20 years of experience to improve production efficiency and reliability while retaining VCS’s current high-quality standards. Meanwhile Simon Sanderson will work across VCS’s supply chain, engineering, and internal manufacturing team to ensure production schedules consistently run smoothly.
Following on from a successful 2021, VCS’s Police division has also brought on board Kerry Bick as Special Projects Manager, who will help further broaden the scope of products on offer to police forces. Meanwhile, sales and procurement teams will both be bolstered by new recruits, Jordan Croom and Claire Fanning, respectively.
Mark Kerrigan (pictured), Managing Director of VCS, said: “This promises to be a transformative year for VCS as we continue with plans to considerably increase production, while bringing our ambulance and police divisions closer than ever before. The key hires we’ve made in recent months help us to put the building blocks in place to facilitate growth throughout the business while achieving even greater levels of customer satisfaction, innovation and product quality and for us to cope with current demands and growth levers in the pipeline we must add talented people to the VCS team.“
Founded in 2010, VCS is the largest producer of emergency service vehicles in the UK. Currently, more than 40% of all front-line ambulances in use across the country were manufactured at VCS’s state of the art facility in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
VCS majors on innovation, using its pioneering technology to build some of the lightest, most advanced ambulances available. Under Woodall Nicholson ownership since 2019, VCS now also benefits from the significant resources and technical capabilities of the entire group, while retaining the vision and leadership of its founder and Managing Director, Mark Kerrigan.