August 3, 2022
3 August 2022
The Donaldson Group announces senior appointment
Leading timber expert, Donaldson Group, has appointed Steve Galbraith as Managing Director of two of its merchant retail and distribution subsidiary businesses, in addition to his existing position as Managing Director of Nu-Style Products.
In his new role, Steve will take on the management of Scotland’s leading independent timber merchant, MGM Timber and insulation material and specialist building product supplier, James Donaldson Insulation.
With responsibility for the development of the businesses, Steve will be supported by MGM Timber’s senior leadership team, and James Donaldson Insulation. The teams will play a key role in meeting ambitious growth goals, as well as building on their already prominent reputations.
Well known in the industry, Steve has 23 years of experience in merchanting and distribution. He joined the Donaldson Group in 2018 as commercial director of Nu-Style Products, where he was brought on board to support the company’s UK-wide growth trajectory. A high-quality laminate panel manufacturer, Nu-Style Products is best known for its shower panel brand, Perform Panel, which the business has been manufacturing for over 35 years.
Steve became Managing Director of Nu-Style Products in April 2019, and has been leading the five-year strategy for the business, which has included a £1 million investment to increase both capacity and the opening of its first branch in England. New machinery and an upgraded site has substantially increased production capacity for Perform Panel, enabling Nu-Style Products to grow sales across the UK, while boosting the product range, moving from 16 decors to over 50.
Before joining Nu-Style Products, Steve worked at SIG for 19 years in a number of roles, including internal and external sales, warehouse and stock control, multi-site management and, most recently, for 10 years as branch director of SIG in Aberdeen and Inverness.
Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Donaldson, CEO of Donaldson Group, said: “Steve has proved to be an excellent leader over the last four years with Nu-Style Products. He has taken the business through a transitional period, with a new branch in England and a second to follow before the end of the year. He’s ideally placed to work with the excellent teams at MGM Timber and James Donaldson Insulation to take both businesses to the next level, and I look forward to seeing them develop under his leadership.”
Steve added: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m proud to be taking on this new role within Donaldson Group. I’m extremely fortunate to be inheriting such a strong, experienced, market-leading team, and I’m looking forward to working with them to grow the businesses in line with the Donaldson Group strategy. Core to this will be ensuring the teams have even better tools and skills with which to do their jobs – adding value for our staff, which will result in even better service and added value for our customers.”
Currently led by the sixth generation of Donaldson, the 162-year-old Donaldson Group comprises 11 specialist timber and building product businesses, operating throughout the UK from 46 locations employing over 1600 people. The businesses that make up the Group trade and operate independently, sharing best practice, innovation, purchasing synergies, and market analysis.
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About Donaldson Group
The Donaldson Group has been operating in Fife for over 160 years, and over time has grown exponentially through innovation and acquisition, and investment in key businesses that complement the Group’s current capabilities.
The 11 businesses that make up the Group trade and operate independently and are market leaders in their respective fields of timber engineering, saw-milling and distribution, merchanting, roofing and cladding distribution, and laminate manufacturing. As part of the JDG family, they share best practice, innovation, purchasing synergies, and market analysis.
James Donaldson Timber Ltd: forest product importer, further processor and national distributor.
Donaldson Timber Engineering Ltd: leading national manufacturer of roof trusses and flooring systems.
Donaldson Timber Systems: the UK’s market leading offsite timber systems manufacturer.
MGM Timber (Scotland) Ltd: Scotland’s leading independent timber merchant with 14 branches. Open to trade and public.
James Donaldson Insulation Ltd: distributor of insulation products to the trade.
Nu-Style Products Ltd: manufacturer of laminate panels, including Perform Panel brand and furniture.
Rowan Manufacturing Ltd: joinery manufacturer of door sets, stairs and windows.
Smith & Frater Ltd: design and manufacture of kitchens and home office furniture.
Kitchens International Ltd: Scotland’s leading independent kitchen retailer with 6 showrooms across Scotland.
Stonecare: leading supplier of solid worktops to the UK kitchen industry.
Plane & Simple: online DIY marketplace, featuring high quality building materials and home improvement supplies.