Stax Trade Centres has announced that Philip Joyce will be joining the team as branch manager designate at its Birmingham branch. This follows the news that current branch manager David Scully will be retiring after 25 years with the company.

Most recently, Mr Joyce worked with Poundland as a general manager servicing 370 stores in a warehouse and transport operation where he was responsible for 550 staff.

Before this, he spent 25 years working his way through the ranks at Wilkinson Hardware Stores.

Starting as a single store manager, progressing to regional manager and finally rising to general manager of distribution, servicing 234 stores and 1,600 employees.

Operations Director Nigel Wright said: “We’re delighted that Mr Joyce is joining the team and taking over from Mr Scully, who we will all be sad to see leave. There are some big shoes to fill in the role, but we’re confident that we’ve found the right man for the job.”

Mr Joyce is due to start at the Birmingham branch in the New Year where he will begin a three-month handover and induction period, and be formally welcomed to the team.