Drakes Plumbing Supplies has appointed Adam Austin as its new head of sales.

Prior to joining Drakes, Mr Austin worked at the Vaillant Group as a regional sales manager for the Glow-worm brand, as well as at HiB Bathroom Products as an area sales manager. He has also previously worked as a branch manager for a national plumbers’ merchant.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Austin said: “Since my first job in the industry, bathrooms have been a real passion of mine. Not only does Drakes have a fantastic network of bathroom showrooms, it is also known for having a dedicated and highly-knowledgeable team, so I’m looking forward to working with some great people who know the business, inside and out. From my time working for a competitor, I also know how respected Drakes is by its loyal customers.”

Speaking of Adam’s appointment, Andy Clark, managing director of Drakes Plumbing Supplies, said: “Adam joins us at a really exciting time, as we have recently added a branch in Whitstable to our network. Adam already has some fantastic industry experience, so I know he will bring the necessary skills and a fresh approach to our business that will help Drakes continue to thrive in the future.”

Mr Austin will be based at Drakes’ head office in Tunbridge Wells, although he will spend his time visiting all of Drakes’ branches and its customers. His role will encompass every aspect of sales, including the development of sales strategies, while managing and developing sales skills among Drakes’ staff.