Premier Forest Products
Premier Forest Products


August 2007

Premier Appoints General Manager
Leading timber importer and distributor Premier Forest Products has appointed Joe Walker as General Manager of its Newport operation.

Joe, who has been at Premier for seven years working within the sales division, will now be responsible for general management of the Newport business, operations and site, in addition to maintaining involvement in many of the company’s key accounts.

Nigel Williams, Director at Premier, said:

"Since Joe joined us at Premier, he has been a huge asset to the company. As well as building strong relationships with new and existing clients, Joe has used his entrepreneurial flair to bring new ideas, strategies and systems into the company, which has been hugely beneficial on the way we do business.

"We are confident that under Joe’s management, our Newport office will continue to grow and develop as one of the UK’s leading centres for importing and distributing timber and panel products."

Joe previously ran Premier's distribution centre at Andover, and since joining the Newport office he has evolved the IT systems and integrated business practices, streamlining the IT and business process. Joe has also been actively involved in Premier's marketing, attending numerous trade events to promote Premier and drafting corporate material.


Joe Walker

Joe Walker said:
"The last seven years at Premier have been immensely rewarding, the company has given me the freedom to develop and implement many of my own ideas, especially in the IT arena, which have been received well by staff and clients.

Premier is a successful and fast-growing company and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to assist in progressing the Newport business even further."

Premier was established in 1993, when founding directors Dilwyn Howells,
Nigel Williams and Terry Edgell, recognised there was a need for an independent importer of timber and timber-based products based in Wales.

The company has enjoyed phenomenal growth since its inception and continues to expand across the UK.


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