Forces colleagues team up again to lead vehicle conversion specialist
O&H Vehicle Technology managing director Oliver North, left, and new operations director Mark Gresty.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Apr 2019
Goole-based O&H Vehicle Technology has appointed a first head of operations to drive efficiency, strategy and culture ahead of a period of imminent growth.
Mark Gresty joins the company at a pivotal point in its 30-year history, and is a former forces colleague of recently appointed managing director Oliver North.
The company is well known in the UK’s emergency services vehicle sector, converting vehicles ready for service.
With 35 years’ experience as an army major and with leadership experience across multiple disciplines, including personnel, logistics and operations, Mr Gresty's military precision will be welcome on the shop floor, as he helps lead its 150-strong team – alongside its experienced management team.
Mr North, a former royal engineer himself, said: “Mark Gresty has an incredible record, pedigree and legacy in the military and has more recently executed some outstanding projects in the private sector.
“With the commencement of our ‘O&H 2.0’ project, we required an experienced change manager with a particular competence for making our experienced teams work more seamlessly together. Mark’s skillset will allow us to absorb said changes whilst increasing performance, without disruption.”
The firm was acquired in 2016 by Endless LLP, with a drive to attract key contracts within the UK and across export markets.
Mr Gresty added: “After leaving the military, following 35 enjoyable years, I’m delighted to have joined Oliver at O&H Vehicle Technology. We worked together for three years at 21 Engineer Regiment in Osnabruck, Germany, where we redefined standard practice and performance in our discipline.
"We were a formidable team then and now we’re even more excited to be part of such an incredible organisation, particularly being that we’re building essential and critical, life-saving vehicles."
“My immediate concern is to drive operational efficiency and culture amongst the highly skilled team at O&H Vehicle Technology’s impressive headquarters.”