Marshalls chief given new role

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BUSINESS in the Community (BITC) has appointment Graham Holden, Chief Executive of Marshalls plc, as its new Regional Advisory Board Chairman for Yorkshire and Humber.

Mr Holden has taken an active role on the board since its inception in October 2008.

He was announced as the 2010 Prince’s Ambassador in Yorkshire and Humber for his leadership and commitment to responsible business in the region.

Within Marshalls, which has hundreds of Calderdale employees, he has instilled a culture of employee volunteering and the company is now a major driver of Calderdale Cares.

He has also been the driving force behind an award-winning carbon management programme.

To date, Marshalls has carbon footprinted over 2,000 of its domestic hard landscaping products, thereby empowering customers and enabling targeted reductions of emissions of energy-intensive products.

The project was announced as the Example of Excellence for Sustainable Marketing and Innovation at BITC’s Awards for Excellence 2010.

Mr Holden said: “Our approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been at the forefront of or industry, and we take our responsibility to our customers and communities seriously.

“I’m delighted to work closely with the BITC team in Yorkshire and Humber to drive forward the responsible business agenda in the region. ”

Liz Needleman, Regional Director, BITC said: “We are delighted to welcome Graham as our new regional chairman. Under his leadership, Marshalls have been exemplars in many areas of responsible business, and Graham’s enthusiasm and commitment have led to real impact on the ground.”

Business in the Community stands for responsible business.