RH Hall has appointed Kevin Shepherd as the new general manager at its 15,000ft2 fabrications division – based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

The relationship between Shepherd and RH Hall began during his previous employment with Grant Thornton, first as part of the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and then with the Growth365 business advisory and growth team.

During this time he worked closely with Ray Hall and Kris Brearley, the directors of the business, building an understanding of R H Hall’s market and customers – as well as helping to develop a longer term strategy both at a manufacturing and business level.

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Shepherd brings with him a wealth of experience in manufacturing and engineering, starting his career with a mechanical engineering apprenticeship, before going on to achieve a Master’s degree.

Trained in lean manufacturing during the 90s, Shepherd was a lead project manager during the implementation of Kaizen.

During his previous role with the MAS, he worked as a manufacturing advisor, helping SME manufacturers with manufacturing strategy, process improvement, innovation, training and lean implementation.

Of his new role with R H Hall, Shepherd said: “Having worked in manufacturing and engineering the whole of my career, I am very passionate about UK manufacturing.

“I am excited about my new role as general manager with RH Hall Fabrications and am keen to work with the great team, who are all flexible, skilled and very capable.

“I will now work with this team to improve lead times and efficiency through work place organisation, with a full review of systems and potential investment opportunities – both in people and machinery – to take the factory to a world class level.

“My aim is always to work with employees, customers and other major stakeholders to ensure the absolute best customer service.”