Accrol, Blackburn tissue firm, appoints new CFO

Accrol Group, Blackburn-based toilet roll and tissue maker, announced that Chris Welsh has joined its board as chief financial officer.

“As detailed in the HY23 results announcement, Chris succeeds Richard Newman, who has now resigned as CFO and stepped down from the board but, to ensure a smooth transition, has agreed to remain with the company until the FY23 audit process is completed and the final results are released,” said Accrol.

“Chris joined the business in October 2022, as part of the board’s succession planning.

“Before his move to Accrol, Chris held several senior finance roles at the multinational chemical manufacturing group, Ineos, most latterly as head of financial reporting at the enterprises division.”

Accrol CEO Gareth Jenkins said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to the board. Since joining Accrol last year, he has been operating at the highest standard, demonstrating the commitment, energy and acumen which will help deliver our strategic objectives.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Richard for his significant contribution to the group.

“On appointment, he was tasked with transforming the finance function of the business, which he has achieved.

“Richard hands over to Chris a much strengthened finance team and infrastructure, capable of serving a much larger business.”