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RCI JULY 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS PEOPLE Cefil UK MD returns from “toughest footrace on Earth” in Sahara Mark Oakley, managing director of Cefil UK, has returned from his biggest challenge to date after completing the Marathon de Sables (MdS), dubbed the “toughest footrace on Earth” by the Discovery Channel. The event saw Mark take part in the 156-mile footrace across the Sahara Desert, carrying everything needed for survival in temperatures of more than 50°C, aside from water, which was handed out at checkpoints spaced 10km apart. Of the 1,100 people that began, Mark completed the race within the top 500; a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that several New sales manager Flex-R has announced the appointment of Mark Bailey as national sales manager. The roofing specialist says Mark brings with him a wealth of experience within the sector totalling some 25 years, more recently having worked with Icopal for 14 years as regional sales director for the South. Mark said: “I have worked with some leading brands in roofing and the opportunity to join Flex-R, market leaders in the EPDM sector, is an exciting prospect”. Mark will be focusing on developing Flex-R’s UK sales network, working across its complete range of single-ply systems and accessories. Managing director Charlie Rodgers said: “Mark’s experience and motivation will be key to us expanding our sales network while entrants were forced to quit the race. Mark explained: “The attrition rate was extremely high this year and only just over 900 completed it. The temperature hit 52°C on the second stage and it was just energy sapping to run in. People were put on drips in the middle of the desert to try to rehydrate them! A couple of people even had to be helicoptered out to hospitals!” He added: “It’s a global event with competitors coming from all corners of the planet and is an amazing challenge, one that will always live with me and one that I am very proud of!” Mark ran for the Nystagmus Mark Bailey maintaining the excellent relationships we have with our customer base.” www.flex-r.co.uk 026 JULY 2014 RCIMAG.COM Network, which supports those suffering an incurable eye condition known as Nystagmus, and has already raised almost £3,000. Mark said: “The Nystagmus Network is a charity that is very close to home. “A close friend’s two-year-old daughter was born with this condition and in this day and age, to understand that this is incurable is terribly sad. It is my intention to raise awareness and money for this little known condition and the excellent charity that supports it.” To support Mark, visit: www.justgiving.com/Mark-Oakley4 Zink Copper Stainless 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk “The temperature hit 52°C on the second stage and it was just energy sapping to run in.” Mark Oakley, managing director of Cefil UK Icopal’s new starter Icopal has appointed Tim Bicknell as area technical manager for Synthetics and Liquids. In his new role, Tim will be covering the central part of the UK, promoting the sale of Icopal’s synthetic and liquid waterproofing range. Tim brings with him over 13 years of experience in specification sales, six and a half of which have been in the roofing industry working for Bauder and then Cefil UK. Tim’s roofing experience covers all types of solutions including bituminous, single ply, hot melt, liquid waterproofing and green roofs. Tim said: “In my new role, I will be calling on all customer groups including architects, main contractors and roofing contractors. Icopal has a great reputation and I am very much looking forward to building relationships and growing Icopal’s Tim Bicknell synthetic and liquid waterproofing market share.” www.icopal.co.uk


RCI JULY 2014
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