Designers and manufacturers of upholstered furniture and home furnishings, The Belfield Group, has announced the appointment of Rachael Nevins as Chief Executive Officer to drive the next phase of growth at the private equity-backed firm.
Headquartered in Ilkeston, and part of the NorthEdge portfolio, The Belfield Group is the largest designer and manufacturer of home furnishings in the UK and employs c.1600 people. Its customers include many of the UK’s best known furniture retailers, as well as leisure and online brands, including M&S, John Lewis, Next and many more.
Rachael joins the company with more than 30 years’ experience in optimising businesses across a broad range of sectors, and has worked primarily in firms with private equity investment.
Formerly CEO for Adare SEC, a leading provider of Integrated Customer Communications to the financial and business services sectors, Rachael led the firm through a company-wide transformation, helping to deliver growth through an engaging culture, client service excellence, innovative technological developments and best-in-class operations.
Working alongside NorthEdge and the Belfield management team, Rachael will be focussed on operational excellence, customer service and maintaining high product quality across the four brands within The Belfield Group. As a design and technology-led manufacturer, the business is also planning to invest further into its technology capabilities to meet evolving customer demands.
On the appointment, Rachael said: “My career has always centred on people and change management, looking at businesses and teams from a different perspective and forming plans to build and enhance on current offerings. There is so much more potential to be delivered at The Belfield Group, and I’m looking forward to working with a fantastic team to bring our plans to life over the next few years.”
Nicola McQuaid, Director at NorthEdge added: “We’re thrilled to welcome Rachael to the Belfield team, and we look forward to working with her to realise Belfield’s full potential following a successful period of growth.”