Eric Bourne, who has been Managing Director for Bournes since taking over from his father in the 1970’s has announced his intention to move into the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors as part of the company’s succession planning.
The succession plan sets out the company’s aims for developing and training future leaders and senior management to enable continued sustainable growth and development as the current roles are resigned due to retirement.
Having joined the company in 1962 Eric and his brother Roy have worked tirelessly to develop the company from the local Rye Removal Company of the early days to the multi-million pound Global Relocation Service provider it is today having been joined by their sons Wesley, Leon and Tom during the 2000s.
In his new role as Chairman Eric aims to guide and support the senior management team in their overall strategy and he will remain a key ambassador for the company throughout the global relocation industry and looks forward to continuing to meet with colleagues across the world at industry events.
The senior management team have put together a detailed plan to ensure that through his role as Chairman Eric’s extensive knowledge, skills and capabilities can be utilised to equip the future generations with the tools they need to continue the development Eric has achieved to date.
During his time as Managing Director Eric has played an active role in not only developing Bournes own business but has had a significant influence on the changing industry as a whole, having served as a representative of the BAR in several key positions from 1975 to 2000 including on the Board of Directors as well as his influential role in the formation of what is now known as the UniGroup Relocation Network, one of the world’s leading Relocation Service Providers.
As Eric transitions into his new position the role of Managing Director will competently and enthusiastically filled by his son Wesley Bourne.
Having started his working life as a porter and driver for the company in1994 Wesley officially joined the Management team in 2001 following successful completion of his degree in Business and gaining International Industry experience in the USA and The Netherlands. In his current role as General Manager Wesley has driven much of the recent growth at Bournes including the development of the Corporate Relocation Solutions division and significant innovative improvements to Sales, Move Management and Operations. In 2008, following participation in the UniGroup Relocation Network Futures Group, Wesley was also appointed to the networks Board of Directors and continues to play a key role in its expansion and development worldwide. Wesley also sits on the Council of the BAR Overseas Group.
Supporting Wesley in this new role will be his senior management team:
- Leon Bourne – Sales Director
- Martin Futcher – Finance and IT Director
- Kirsty Parsons – Marketing Director
- Jeremy Chandar – Corporate Sales Director
- Gemma Gardner – HR Manager
- Hayley Couzens – Quality and Training Manager
Wesley looks forward to taking his family business on the next stage of its journey.