The current General Manager of testing and certification firm Kiwa Gastec has stepped up into the newly-created role of Commercial Manager for the company’s UK group operations.

Under his new role, James Verlaque will drive expansion plans for the group services at Kiwa UK Ltd.

He said, “I’m delighted to take on this challenge and look forward to exploiting the synergies between client consulting, test laboratories and the new environmental services to create a truly integrated experience for our clients.”

Dr. Mark Eldridge will take the helm as General Manager at Kiwa Gastec. Most recently, he has delivered business excellence to the aerospace sector as part of a challenging A350XWB composite wing programme.

Brian Austin, CEO of the Kiwa UK Group, said that he is appointing both Verlaque and Eldridge to these “strategically important roles” as the company and business enters this “exciting time.”

Kiwa is one of the top 20 global testing, inspection and certification organisations worldwide. Kiwa in the UK is a leading expert in hydrogen and comprises of several test labs and offices to deliver testing and certification activities.

The independent organisation works across several industries including the environmental, energy, construction, agriculture and safety sectors.