Robert Kirk (left) and Noel Lally.
Mr Lally, who has taken on Mr Kirk's responsibility for sales across Oxford, Milton Keynes and parts of the Home Counties, started his career as a gas apprentice at North Thames in 1980 and has over 37 years of experience in the industry.
He has worked as a service engineer and product consultant in various businesses, and was employed by Hamworthy from 1996 to 2001 as a field sales engineer.
Mr Lally then spent more than a decade at British Gas Commercial Services as a field sales manager advising customers on heating system installation.
Before re-joining Hamworthy, Mr Lally supported consultants, specifiers and installers to find the right product to match individual system constraints, and assisted CPD presentations as a product consultant at Mikrofill. He benefits from experience with a wide range of clients, from small and medium-sized enterprises to embassies, high commissions, and consulates.
Mr Lally commented: “There have been so many industry changes focused on reducing emissions, increasing efficiencies and reducing fuel bills. That’s one of the reasons why I like working for Hamworthy; they work closely with the trade bodies. We’re driving product developments to suit the legislation and have a say in which direction the industry goes for the next five to 10 years, rather than playing catch-up.
“I was very keen on working for a market leader with a varied product range such as Hamworthy’s and am looking forward to getting to know Robert’s customers.”
Stuart Turner, national sales manager at Hamworthy Heating, added: “We’re grateful for Robert’s contribution to the company. His over 30 years of experience in the industry as a qualified building services engineer has been of tremendous value in delivering the best knowledge to our customers and also to the team. We wish him all the best for his retirement.
“We’re pleased Noel is re-joining the company as he already knows many of the Hamworthy family. It is great we found someone with a similar background as Robert’s successor.”
Mr Kirk will retire at the end of January 2018. Until then, Mr Lally will be working alongside him to get to know his customers in the area.