Barnett appointed business development director at Wrights

ts management team following the departure of Ian Downie. Commercial director Sam McLaren has assumed responsibility for all vehicle sales activities and will be supported by a sales team which includes head of sales Steve Jackson, head of commercial Gary Kernohan, national accounts manager John Hartley and retail sales manager Chris Wise.

David Barnett, whose 19-year career to date with Wrightbus and EN-Drive in engineering and product development has included overseeing the introduction of the StreetCar RTV in Las Vegas and the New Routemaster in London, has been appointed as business development director. His new role will see him take the lead on all commercial aspects of the company’s growing clean technology product portfolio, as well as developing a number of potential opportunities in mainland Europe.

“I would like to thank Ian Downie for the contribution that he made to Wrightbus during his two-year tenure,” says group managing director Steven Francey. “In a fast-paced business environment, it is important to continually reassess and refine our organisational structure so that we keep closely aligned with customer demands and market trends.”

“In Sam McLaren and Damian McGarry we have two very safe and capable pairs of hands in guiding our sales and Customcare operations respectively. David Barnett is another long-standing Wrightbus employee and, as a very talented and experienced engineer, he is ideally suited to take on the expanded business development role.”

Former group finance director Mark Johnston has also left Wrights Group to pursue interests outside of the industry, and Nigel Connolly has taken on the role of head of finance. 

“Having worked very closely with Mark Johnston since he joined the company in 2011, I am naturally sorry to see him move on but respect his wish to seek new challenges” adds Wrights Group chairman Mark Nodder.

“He leaves the business in excellent shape, and I am confident that Nigel Connolly’s 20 years of experience in the company has prepared him well for the additional responsibility.”