North East furniture manufacturer Godfrey Syrett has announced the appointment of Mark Dixon as the firm’s new CEO and chairman with immediate effect.

Dixon, who returned to his North East roots last year to take up the role of executive chairman, has raised the firm’s growth target from £40m to £50m, a figure it plans to achieve by 2020.

Prior to joining Godfrey Syrett, Mark Dixon held a number of board level positions and established facilities management company, Promanex Group, which he successfully sold to Costain in 2011.

Mark says: “I am very pleased to have been given the backing of the board and to be in a position to lead the firm in what is a very exciting time of rapid growth.

“Our growth strategy has started strongly but there is more for us to do to improve efficiency through investment in infrastructure. We are working hard to target new sectors and actively extend our client-base, which is crucial to achieving our target.”

Since it was established 70 years ago, Godfrey Syrett has established a solid reputation for high-quality British design for modern working environments. From its two manufacturing sites in Killingworth and Durham it designs, manufactures and delivers furniture throughout the UK for the education, healthcare, commercial and hospitality sectors.

In April, the firm secured its first appointment with the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) as first choice supplier of educational furniture. In recent years the firm has invested over £1.5m in its manufacturing infrastructure in order to improve efficiencies and embrace the latest in digital manufacturing technology.

Lord John Wakeham, chairman of the firm’s shareholders, says: “Since joining Godfrey Syrett last October, Mark has made a significant impact and has clearly demonstrated the important combination of experience and vision that the company requires to achieve our ambitions.

“Following the publication of our 2020 strategy, Mark has secured the unanimous support of our shareholders and we have every confidence that he will now be able to drive the company forward.”