We are pleased to announce our two recent hirings at AR Power, with Jon Henderson joining our team as Head of Sales and Adam Black joining as a Project Manager.
As always, it is great to welcome new faces to the team, and we are looking forward to seeing what they bring to their roles at AR Power. Keep reading to find out more about Jon and Adam, and why they decided to join.
Jon Henderson – Head of Sales
Born and raised in Scotland, Jon is the proud father of three teenagers. As well as spending time with his family, Jon enjoys playing golf and watching the football. Professionally, he loves meeting people face-to-face and building long-term relationships; for Jon, Microsoft teams is great but there is no substitute for a pat on the back, a smile or that first handshake. In the workplace, he believes culture, constructive conflict and trust are the key components to success.
Starting his career in 2007, Jon worked in Financial Services where he recruited, trained, and developed a team of 20 IFAs, achieving Partnership level in 2009. Jon had a change of Direction when, in 2010, he moved into Renewables, where he was mainly involved in Ground Source Heat Pumps and Biomass systems with the highlight being the installation of a District Heating scheme near Glasgow that served 12 large residential properties. In 2017, he sold his business, moved to Japan, and set up an export business focused on importing Japanese cars to the UK. Jon returned to the UK in 2021, after Covid, and was employed by IWG to manage their Southwest region.
The vision of Mark and Maria, as well as our company culture were the main drivers in Jon’s decision to join AR Power. We asked Jon how he is settling in, and he stated, ‘Since joining on the 3rd of October, I have been welcomed by the whole team and I am excited for the future’.
Adam Black – Project Manager
Starting his career in 2001, Adam gained an apprenticeship in fabrication and welding and continued to work for that same company until 2010, when he left to start a career in boat building with Alnmaritec. During Adam’s time at Alnmaritec, he was mainly in workshops, but also travelled to the Falkland Islands and Angola for long periods. Adam successfully moved his way up to the position of team leader, where he was in charge of over 30 staff covering two shifts, multiple boat builds, and being trained on quality and welding inspection.
Adam then moved into access gangways and structures With Tyne Gangway, where he achieved his weld inspection qualifications. Leaving in 2020 during the height of Covid, Adam moved to Dyer Engineering as a quality inspector. He quickly progressed to site supervisor, looking after a team of 40 staff in a range of manufacturing sectors, and then progressed to SHEQ assurance engineer looking after ISO standards 9001/45001/14001. Adam was also the apprenticeship coordinator and Mental Health lead at Dyer Engineering, bringing in mental health focus groups and working with NUFC Foundation, and their Be a Game Changer campaign.
To wind down from work, Adam enjoys heading to the gym or out on his bike, and he has recently started coaching his son’s under 8s football team, which he is enjoying, But most of all, he enjoys spending time at his caravan near Hexham with his family and his french bulldog, Reggie.
Adam is proud to be part of the Welding Institute Northumbria Branch, of which he is a committee member and also a younger members representative, as he the Co-Chair of the Younger Members Committee (YMC) for the UK.
Adam joined AR Power as the renewable energy sector has always been of interest to him, and having previously worked with Chris Balmer, he had heard about the family feel and teamwork at AR Power, and Adam felt this was apparent straight away when he met with Mark. Adam stated that ‘being given an opportunity to join the business was something I had to grasp. I am looking forward to changing the world one installation at a time’.