New chairman and MD for Pavestone

Tom Parker is the new Chairman of Pavestone while Krystal Williams becomes Managing Director of the landscape division.

The board of hard landscaping group Pavestone has announced the appointment today (28 October) of Tom Parker as its new Group Chairman, replacing Peter Smythe, who is retiring after 17 years.

Tom, the founder and Managing Director of Parker Building Supplies until its recent sale to Cairngorm Capital Partners, a private investment firm, is a highly experienced, successful and well-regarded figure in the landscaping industries. He will lead Pavestone Group’s next stages of growth.

A the same time Pavestone has promoted Krystal Williams to the position of Managing Director of the landscaping division of the Group, taking the reins of this division from Group Managing Director Kevin Fowler.

Krystal has extensive experience and a strong reputation acquired from many years in the landscaping and building materials sector. The Group says her experience, vision and strategic thinking will help to take its landscaping offer to the next level in this fast-paced sector of its business.

In addition to the board changes, Pavestone has promoted James Crossland from Key Account Manager to National Sales Manager for the landscaping division.

James will continue to build on what he has achieved to date with broader account responsibility and increased involvement in the development and implementation of the company’s commercial strategy.

Kevin Fowler (Group MD), said: “We’re delighted that Tom, Krystal and James have accepted these new and challenging roles. Tom, has been a significant contributor in his non-executive position over the last year or so and I look forward to his continued invaluable input as the Group’s Chairman going forward.

“Krystal’s proven commercial acumen, strategic thinking and leadership qualities place her as the ideal person to take forward our landscaping business. It's important to me and the board that we grow the business while striving to preserve the original Pavestone ethos of being an independently owned business serving similar minded independently owned businesses within our market sector.”

Pavestone UK Ltd comprises three primary businesses: Pavestone, Paving Direct and Bekstone.

Pavestone has supplied landscaping and building products for nearly 20 years. Based in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, it offers quality-assured, verifiably ethically produced and competitively priced products with service and support.

Following this strategy, Pavestone has become a leading independent hard landscaping brand in the UK, with products available nationally through a network of hundreds of builders’ merchant outlets.

Pavestone’s landscaping materials, including a range of natural stones, are regularly used on the television garden makeover shows Love Your Garden and Garden Rescue as well as featuring in award-winning show gardens at events including Chelsea Flower Show.

Paving Direct is the Group's online offering that is run in conjunction with the Group's stockist partners.

And Bekstone, based in Burford, Oxfordshire, manufacturs reconstituted walling stone, architectural cast masonry and concrete blocks that are supplied nationally to construction companies and housebuilders.