The announcement of a new company secretary at McPhillips is rarer than the announcement of a new Pope! In the past 50 years only two people have held the position. Following David Wauchope’s recent retirement, McPhillips are delighted to welcome Val Hardy to the role.

Val joined McPhillips’s accounts team in 1995 to work on the monthly accounts and sales ledger. Over the years Val has been involved in all aspects of finance at McPhillips and has been instrumental in negotiating finance contracts, in particular for the purchase of high-investment construction machinery.

Where possible McPhillips like to appoint from within. The role of company secretary is paramount to the smooth running of McPhillips, Val has taken an active role in board meetings over the past 6 months alongside David, ensuring a seamless transition took place.

Managing Director Paul Inions commented: “On behalf of all the directors, I would like to welcome Val to the board. Val knows our business inside out; she brings a new perspective and valuable insights to our board; we look forward to Val’s consultancy and safe stewardship of this vital role at McPhillips.”

Val Hardy added: “This is an exciting chapter in my story with McPhillips. I am grateful to the directors for giving me the opportunity and I am looking forward to building on the great work of David Wauchope. Like most businesses, we’ve had to battle against COVID and the cost-of-living crisis, I’m delighted how resilient we have been and with a healthy orderbook I believe we’re through the other side. The future looks very promising.”