Imperial Bathrooms expand its team with 2 more company appointments

December 7, 2020

Imperial Bathrooms, specialists in the design and manufacture of classic and contemporary British-made bathroom solutions are pleased to expand its team and welcome two new members of staff:

– Sonia Shaw, Financial Director

– Paul Atherton, Key Accounts & Contracts Manager

Sonia brings over 20 years of financial experience to the company, spanning both the manufacturing and distribution industries. She previously worked as Financial Director for a materials manufacturer in the West Midlands for six years, where she managed the financial team and would oversee budgets having worked as the company’s Financial Controller eight years prior.

This appointment comes at a time of transition for Imperial Bathrooms, recently undergoing a period of investment to streamline the business and refine its workforce to include experts in their respective fields. Sonia will be supporting the newly appointed Management Team in order to help deliver its corporate renewal plan which aims to execute strategic alignment and operational change for the better. Her company responsibilities will include directing financial planning and strategy, analysing financial performance, motivating teams to deliver improved processes, and reviewing departmental budgets. Sonia says, “I am thrilled to join a company with such a rich brand history like Imperial Bathrooms and given this exciting growth period, I look forward to administer new financial opportunities for this quintessentially British company. I have been working hard to help both brand and business deliver their clear vision for success. These are very challenging times for many, but with the right team and a focussed and proactive approach, I’m confident we will thrive and ultimately, strengthen the brand even more.”

Paul joins the Management Team as Key Accounts & Contracts Manager, having spent eight years as National Account Manager for Lecico Bathrooms and following that, two years as Category Manager for a kitchen and bathroom company. His new role at Imperial Bathrooms will capitalise on his strong communication skills and by virtue, allow Paul to focus on negotiating and managing new and existing contracts, as well as developing and putting into effect new procedures and maintaining contracts. Paul explains, “I am honoured to be joining Imperial Bathrooms and very much looking forward to working with the team to support the brand, its future growth and market evolution. Our products are second to none and the company’s commitment to maximising opportunities for the customer only confirms my decision that now is the right time to accept my new position.”

James Stevenson, Creative Director at Imperial Bathrooms says, “I am delighted to welcome Sonia and Paul to Imperial Bathrooms, it marks a positive transition-period for the company as we move in to the next phase of our growth and development. We’re currently streamlining the business, with a keen focus on investing in people, so we can continue to progress and take our business to the next level. Making sure we have the right people in the right places is fundamental and the recent market-disruption has further impressed this point of view and I have every faith that Sonia and Paul will become instrumental in our future successes.”

Graham Bucktrout, Managing Director at Imperial Bathrooms adds, “With Sonia’s wealth of experience in financial strategy, clear leadership and communication skills, and her ability to motivate people and manage teams, I have no doubt she will be a great asset to the business. That, coupled with Paul’s ability to focus on the selling, prioritising accounts and identifying key customers is how I know we’re making great strides towards achieving our future goals and business plans in 2021 onwards.”

Sonia Shaw (Left) and Paul Atherton (Right)