CDS appoints new colleagues to key positions following year of phenomenal growth

News | October 2021

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CDS has enjoyed phenomenal growth over the past year – and the expansion has prompted the appointment of a raft of new colleagues.

Mike Pegg, who has a 16-year track record in the fire safety industry, joins as project manager and will be travelling all over the UK to supervise complex installations.

Jonathan Green joins as design and estimating manager. He too has extensive industry expertise, as well as a background in health and safety and telecoms and has designed fire safety systems for the likes of River Island, Ocado and Debenhams.

He is an expert at designing aspirating, intruder alarm, CCTV and access control systems and has experience of all the main life and fire safety systems manufacturers including Hochiki, Apollo, C Tec and CDS’ main tech platformsHoneywell Gent.

Sophie Kelly, who joins as national sales manager, will be specialising in complex multi-site systems across the expanding student accommodation sector and the logistics industry – both areas where CDS has a demonstrable record in improving life safety systems.

Sophie has worked with CDS MD and chairman Simon Abley and Simon Cashmore for many years in a previous business. The trio previously worked together at outdoor services specialist TCL Group, which grew 14-fold under the Simons’ ownership before they sold it in 2019.

CDS MD Simon Abley said: “This year has seen phenomenal growth for CDS. We have seen growth in all areas of our business, supported by exceptional retention rates. The bulk of the growth has come through increasing the services we sell to our existing customer base and new customers – both in installation and maintenance. We are delighted to have appointed some key new members to our incredible team and look forward to continued growth over the coming 12 months.”

CDS has also grown over the past year through the acquisition of fire safety specialists Tann Synchronome in Wales and Middlesex-based Powerpoint Fire Systems (Powerpoint). The acquisitions are a key part of CDS’ buy and build strategy to increase its service scope and geographical coverage.

  •  CDS MD Simon Abley welcomes project manager Mike Pegg, national sales manager Sophie Kelly and design and estimating manager Jonathan Green after a year of phenomenal growth.