Skinner S Appoints New Md From In House



Skinnerís appoints new MD from in house
21st October 2016

By Karen Pickwick

Skinner’s has a new managing director from November 1. Current finance director Lee Phillips will take over the reins from outgoing MD Greg Panter, who is stepping down after 16 years.

Lee joined Skinner’s in February 2002 as financial controller and became FD in 2008. Throughout his time at Skinner’s he has ‘worn a number of hats’ and has gained experience in IT, HR, telecoms, haulage, key accounts and customer services. All of this he feels stands him in good stead for his new role and on his first day as MD he sees it pretty much as ‘business as usual’ albeit with a different title.

He is very clear about what he believes to be the key to his and Skinner’s success, and that is the team he works with, which he refers to simply as ‘the best team’!

“I am so proud to have been chosen to succeed Greg at the helm of such a friendly, inspiring company,” he said. “Every single employee – from the outgoing MD, Greg, through to the reception team - shares the same passion for the brand and the love of their customers.”

Greg’s first significant task is likely to be to oversee the launch of Skinner’s major new range, due to hit shelves early next year. This launch is a key step in helping grow the brand throughout the pet sector, which is a primary objective moving forward. In fact, Lee outlines his longer term vision for the company as becoming a major, recognised pet brand – hopefully to equal its top spot in the working dog food sector.

Born in Ipswich in 1974, Lee spent most of his boyhood in Suffolk – although because of his father being in the Army he also spent time in Northern Ireland and Germany before attending the Cornwall University, Camborne Campus where he studied for an HND in mineral engineering. Despite loving the course Lee found that he struggled working underground and instead accepted a position as a trainee accountant, which set him on his financial path.

Lee currently lives alone although his sons, Josh (16), Ethan (12) and Tom (9) spend half their time with him. Because of the amount of time he spends out at work he isn’t able to have a dog despite being a lifelong dog lover.

Outgoing MD Greg Panter said: “We’re extremely lucky to have Lee take the reins at this really important time for our company. He has fully involved himself with many aspects of the business throughout the last 14 years and developed a wealth of knowledge that will help take us forward during these exciting times of growth and development.”