Josh Dutfield leaves his role as MD to become the new commerical director as the company seeks to ensure its long term profitability

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Axminster Carpets has announced a restructuring of its management team which sees Josh Dutfield relinquish his post as managing dircetor to take on a new role.

Following the appointment of Chantel Summers, previously of Elektron, to the senior post of financial director the company has undertaken “a full appraisal of board level duties”.

It says this was “to ensure the focus continues to be on growing the business and operating profitability for the long term”.

A spokeswoman said this review has led to an increased focus on the commercial and sales functions of the business and the new board structure does not include the traditional role of MD.

She said that Ms Summers’ appointment meant that Mr Dutfield – the third generation of his family to have headed the firm - is now able to delegate his day to day financial responsibilities, enabling him to take on a new strategic board position as commercial director.

He will now look after all commercial and sales aspects of the growing global business.

Mr Dutfield said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this exciting new role, a first in Axminster Carpets’ history.

“This is a role in which I feel I can add great value using the heritage of my relationships with our retailers and other customers and my in-depth technical knowledge of the business together with our weaving skills.”

Commenting on “the strengthened board structure”, chairman Stephen Boyd said: “We’ve really seen a growth in sales over the last few months and our customers and retailers have to be our focus and

Josh has proved to be one of our strongest assets in securing new contracts .

“It’s a really exciting time for the business and Chantel ’s appointment also shows our commitment to the future of this business and to the industry by innovating and driving change. “We’re the only carpet manufacturer in the UK to have female representation as executives around the boardroom table with our HR director Sam Mickleburgh and new finance director Chantel Summers.

“The fact that the rest of the industry is still run by men in a sector where women make 80 per cent of the home purchase decisions is a sign that innovation is long overdue and it’s our ambition to lead the

charge for change.”

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