Ipswich-based Apex Joinery, part of The First Interiors Group, continues to expand at pace, appointing Wayne Hines as Joinery Manager and Ben Stiff as Workshop Manager.

In his new role, Wayne, aged 53, is responsible for the smooth day-to-day operations of Apex Joinery, organising the workflow, overseeing the team and ensuring all health and safety regulations are maintained.

Wayne started his career as a joiner at Taylor Made Joinery before being promoted to contracts manager, followed by workshop assistant manager.  He joins Apex Joinery from Monarch Joinery, also based in Ipswich, where he was workshop manager for eight years.

Having worked on a number of high-profile contracts, including the re-build of Windsor Castle after the fire and refurbishment works at Downing Street, Wayne has enjoyed a varied career.

Commenting on his appointment, Wayne says: “I was attracted to Apex Joinery as it is a well-established company with a good reputation for supplying high-quality joinery to local businesses, private clients and commercial joinery projects.  I hope to help the company further its success in the coming years, sharing my knowledge, skills and experience with the team.”

Ben, who has worked at Apex Joinery for 19 years, has been promoted and as workshop manager, he will manage the shop floor as well as the quality and control of the output of the factory.  He will also be heavily involved in the site’s survey; design of the joinery items produced and estimates for larger projects.

Ben will work alongside Wayne. With the appointment of three new joiners at Apex Joinery also, the duo is perfectly placed to lead the expanding team, which now comprises 10 joiners.

Mike McVey, Head of Group Sales & Operations at The First Interiors Group, adds: “Wayne is a talented joiner with excellent managerial experience.  We are delighted to welcome him to the team and are confident he will play a large part in our future growth plans.

“Ben’s involvement with Apex Joinery is second to none and his professionalism is superb.  He is a major asset to the business.”

Away from work Wayne enjoys spending time with his family, watching films, and when allowed, gaming!  He has three sons, and lives in Ipswich with his partner and stepson.  Ben also lives in Ipswich.  He is married with two children.