IPG (Independent Plumbing Group) has announced the appointment of two senior members of staff – Stephanie Bolton, as marketing manager, and Kevin Oakes, as director.

The buying group for independent merchants in the plumbing, heating and bathroom sector also revealed its move to larger offices.

Mr Oakes has over 15 years' experience in the bathroom, shower and sanitary sector, and is well versed in the requirements of independent merchants. He joined the team as director last month.

Mr Oakes will oversee the growth of sanitaryware deals, and is also responsible for developing and maintaining member relationships, mainly in the southern region.

Ms Bolton will oversee all corporate marketing initiatives and strategy, and arrives at the company with a track record of business-to-business and consumer marketing, and over 13 years worth of marketing experience in the plumbing and drainage sector.

She will be responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies to deliver long-term growth for suppliers and members.

Ms Bolton said: “It is a fantastically exciting time to join IPG. Thanks to the hard work of the team, the organisation has grown beyond any expectations in its first year. The IPG brand is already a wonderful asset.”

Robin Beal, IPG managing director, said: “Steph and Kevin’s appointment further highlights our commitment to invest in the right people that can continue to support and improve our service to our membership.

“They bring a strong combination of skills and related industry experience to help lead our growth and expansion efforts and provide our members the opportunity to trade on par with the nationals.”