UK: Sally Price, corporate development director at refrigerant supplier and reclaimer A-Gas, has retired after 24 years with the company.
Sally was only the second employee on the company’s books when she joined A-Gas as sales manager just five months after A-Gas was founded in 1993.
Sally joined the company from Enichem, bringing with her a wealth of technical expertise and industry knowledge. Sally had worked with A-Gas founder John Rutley previously and felt that the new business venture brought a unique opportunity.
“I knew John well and trusted him; he was pioneering and innovative and I wanted to be part of that vision and watch it grow,” said Sally, “I knew this was going to be a big challenge, but it also offered a fantastic opportunity and I felt excited by the entire concept of A-Gas.”
One of Sally’s first challenges was to help grow the company’s turnover to £250,000 a year. In less than two years, Sally and the team had exceeded the £4m mark.
“We went from strength to strength. At that time, many people were changing from CFCs to HFCs and they were asking for help with this,” Sally explained, “Due to the team’s technical knowledge, A-Gas had a niche service offering to provide to customers to help them switch to new products in a number of applications.”
A milestone moment in Sally’s career was signing a contract in late 1990s with Kingspan, who at that time, were one of the largest foam insulation manufacturers in the UK. Sally was the key account manager for the client and her expert knowledge and ability to build successful relationships enabled the partnership to flourish. This was a significant moment in A-Gas history; it provided stability to the UK business which led to a solid foundation to build from into the Australian and South African markets.
Another highlight in Sally’s A-Gas career was when A-Gas secured a contract with NRS (now Climate Center) in 1996. Not only did this help expand the A-Gas business, but the partnership supported the growth of the NRS business too by supplying them with a “one stop shop” approach, allowing NRS to access the full range of refrigerant blends.
At the end of 2004, A-Gas acquired UK-based business Refrigerant Products. This was another great opportunity for A-Gas in providing a vital building block for its environmental services, refrigerant recovery and reclamation capabilities.
Sally was appointed group corporate development director in 2013, with her primary focus being to work with the team on preserving and protecting the company’s people and cultural values.
“I am immensely proud to have been part of something so pioneering over the last 25 years,” comments Sally, “I see it as important that the company continues to be visionary.”
A-Gas Group CEO Andrew Ambrose said: “Sally has been an integral part of the A-Gas culture, vision and history from the very beginning. Her legacy will continue to live on throughout the A-Gas values. She will be missed immensely by the team globally and we wish her every happiness in her retirement.”