Wolseley UK, the UK’s leading distributor of plumbing and heating products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Higson as its new Managing Director with effect from 1 March 2018.

Mark is a highly experienced and proven operational leader having spent much of his career running a range of large UK and international businesses. Between 2007 and 2014 he was Managing Director Operations at the Royal Mail in the UK where he led a highly successful and complex turnaround of the letters and parcels business.

Prior to that Mark was with BPB plc, the building materials group, where he held a variety of senior leadership positions including running large manufacturing businesses in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Earlier in his career, Mark spent 12 years with Courtaulds plc, the FTSE 100 chemicals business. He has spent the past three years working in private equity with Advent advising on a variety of their portfolio businesses.

Mark succeeds Patrick Headon who left the Company at the end of last year.

Commenting on his new role Mark Higson said: “Wolseley is a business with a proud history and an exciting future and I am delighted to be appointed Managing Director. I look forward to getting to know the business and working with employees, customers and suppliers as we accelerate the delivery of our transformation plan.”

John Martin, Group Chief Executive, Ferguson plc added: “Mark joins the UK business at an exciting time and has the ideal track record for this important leadership role. His focus will be to continue to rapidly implement our transformation strategy in order to build a better and more profitable UK business.”