VEKA MD to chair Burnley Bondholders

Burnley Bondholders has appointed Neil Evans, managing director of VEKA plc, as its new chair.

Burnley Bondholders is a collective of more than 200 businesses formed to drive forward the town's ambitions. The Burnley brand and Burnley Bondholder scheme is led by the Focus Burnley Group, which Neil will now chair.

VEKA, which manufactures uPVC profile used to fabricate window and doors, operates a 35-acre site in Burnley, employing more than 400 people.

Neil said: "It’s been a challenging time for our town over the past couple of years, but I’ve been amazed at how the Burnley Bondholders and other businesses, along with our community groups and residents, have pulled together during this period.

"I’ve been hugely impressed by the passion for Burnley, not only in VEKA, but across all the businesses in our borough. This was evident within the first hour of my interview for my role at VEKA with my predecessor Dave Jones.

"It’s an honour to have, firstly, joined the Focus Burnley Group and secondly, to have subsequently become the new chair. I look forward to working with the bondholders, Burnley Borough Council and our other partners to help steer the town further into recovery and to attract further investment to Burnley, which includes the recent announcements about UCLan and Burnley College expansions and work starting on Pioneer Place."

Mick Cartledge, chief executive of Burnley Borough Council, said: "Neil will make a fantastic chair, he’s made an impactful contribution to the borough already and I look forward to working more closely with him."