Established in 1979, Polyco has grown to become one of Europe’s largest technical glove companies with market leading positions in the Professional and Consumer hand protection sectors. From its base in North London, Polyco’s principles have always been based on Innovation, Quality and Service and that is still what differentiates the Company today from both local and multinational competitors.
Prior to taking this non-executive position Gavin held a number of senior executive roles including Group Chief Executive Officer of Independent News and Media and Chairman of APN News and Media in Australia as well as chairing the World Association of News Publishers. Gavin combined this successful executive career with a number of non-executive directorships in companies including a software business, investment company and a hotel resort.
Mark Holdaway, Managing Director of Polyco says ‘The board are delighted that Gavin has chosen Polyco as his first Non-Executive Chairman’s role and are looking forward to the experience and guidance that Gavin will bring to the company as it accelerates its growth plans in both the domestic UK and Irish markets as well as seeking more opportunities for international expansion’
Gavin O’Reilly added ‘ I’m looking forward to the opportunity in a non-executive capacity to work alongside the existing management team to guide them on their ambitious plans for growth. The company is well placed with market leading glove brands in the consumer and professional sector to expand rapidly over the next three years’.
An Irish/Australian who was educated in the USA and Ireland, Gavin lives in London with his young family.
About BM Polyco Ltd
Founded in 1979, BM Polyco is the UK’s market leader in designing, developing and supplying high quality hand protection to the industrial, consumer and medical sectors and is now one of Europe’s leading glove companies. BM Polyco’s underlying success is based on the simple principal of continuous improvement including innovation, quality and service. In July 2010 BM Polyco acquired Bodyguards. The merger of these businesses has formed the largest supplier of industrial and medical hand protection in the European market.
The industrial product division, Polyco, offers a comprehensive selection of gloves including: cut resistant, general use, hot and cold handling, chemical resistant, disposable, critical environment, as well as specialist and niche products. Its commitment is to find cost effective solutions to customers hand protection needs with the ultimate glove solution providing ‘Enhanced Manual Dexterity’ – the ability to work better, faster and safer with BM Polyco gloves than without.
With the benefit of advanced and independently audited testing facilities on site, Polyco’s Quality Systems surpass any regulatory requirements and furthermore Polyco’s gloves are retested at point of distribution. Polyco is accredited to ISO9001; 2008 for PPE in conformity with the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC.