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Changing of the Guard at Van Guard Accessories

Van Guard are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Managing Director Emlyn Harris.

Emlyn will be taking over from Barry Woodward, who has been at the helm of Van Guard since 2008 who has led the company through many successful milestones over his years as Managing Director. From the turbulent recession times, site expansion, to the launch of the ULTILock range in 2021, Barry has been there guiding Van Guard through it all.

Although Barry will no longer be the Managing Director of Van Guard Accessories, he will be playing an active role as Chairman. “To become Chairman of Van Guard is a privilege and an honour. In these interesting times (and in my 40+ years at Van Guard I have certainly seen a few) it is more important than ever to make senior role decisions based on commitment, confidence, and certainty for the longevity of Van Guard”.

“I am pleased to be able to appoint someone as capable and committed as Emlyn Harris as my successor as Managing Director. These changes will cement the long-term future of Van Guard and I could not be prouder of the senior management team we have in place to help the company reach our future goals.”

Emlyn who was previously Commercial Finance Director of Van Guard Accessories will be taking on the role of Managing Director with immediate effect. “It is a huge honour to be appointed Managing Director for Van Guard Accessories and to build on Barry’s success and lead the team into an exciting new chapter of the business. As we look to the future, I am excited to be able to capitalise on our manufacturing capabilities, to deliver market leading vehicle accessories and security solutions as part of my role.

Van Guard will be present at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show where I am looking forward to meeting our customers, suppliers and partners in my new role, alongside showcasing our security products and van accessories. Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude to Barry for his remarkable leadership and look forward to working with him as he takes on his new role as Chairman.”

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Amy Butterworth – Marketing Coordinator


Phone: 01392 368351

Van Guard Accessories Ltd Exeter Airport Business Park, Exeter Devon EX5 2UL
Company Number: 1263262
VAT Number: GB142 8660 64

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