Stopper Specialists appoints new general manager

Sam Woodcock

GROUNDFORCE has appointed one of the firm’s former graduates to the role of general manager for its Stopper Specialists business.

Sam Woodcock joined Groundforce in 2016 as part of the company’s graduate recruitment programme where he worked in a rotating role across various departments including sales, operations, hire desk, finance, international, technical and asset management.

In 2018, he was promoted to operations manager for Scotland and the north east, where he was responsible for operational personnel, regional profit and loss account ownership, cost budgets, and safe delivery of equipment and services to construction projects.

In his new role as general manager for Stopper Specialists, his remit will include overhauling operational processes to further increase quality of service, take a leading role in product development, increase market share, and maintain business stability within the challenges of a Covid-impacted market.

Sam Woodcock said, “I’m excited to take on this opportunity within a key business of Groundforce. Stopper Specialists is entering a period which will see it maintain its market-leading position and strengthen it in key areas such as pressure testing, with the release of our internally developed PressureTest+ mobile application. We have already begun to make great strides in the initial months and I look forward to continuing to work with our great team.”

Stopper Specialists’ former general manager, Warren Buckland, has moved to the role of director for BITS (Groundforce Bridge, Ireland, Training and Stopper Specialists). He commented, “I have hugely enjoyed my time as general manager at Stopper Specialists and I look forward to supporting Sam and his team take the business to the next level.”