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Outstanding leadership at ADEY

Pioneering Cheltenham-based manufacturer, ADEY Professional Heating Systems is celebrating the achievements of Kelvin Stevens and his work as both Managing Director and Chairman of the company, after he received the award for Outstanding Leadership at the Cotswold Engineering, Manufacturing, Innovation (EMI) Awards.

The second annual Cotswold EMI Awards event was held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday 22 September to celebrate and showcase the diversity of manufacturing excellence that exists within the Cotswolds area.

One of 12 awards presented on the night, the Outstanding Leadership category was highly contested. The judges believed Kelvin was a very worthy winner, commenting: “Exceptional business leaders can drive a business to greater heights. Kelvin Stevens of ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has raised his own game for the greater good of the business. He is a strategic thinker with ambition for his business and a clear commitment to all of those working within it - a truly inspirational leader."

John Vaughan, ADEY’s Chief Executive agrees: “Kelvin is one of the true characters of the plumbing and heating industry. Not only does he have vast experience of the sector and extraordinary commercial acumen, his bold strategic thinking sets him apart. Since joining ADEY as Managing Director in 2011, he has been instrumental in bringing together a highly motivated and talented senior management team. In the space of just four years, he has helped transform the business, turning it into one the fastest growing and strongest brands in the UK heating industry, and also leading its expansion into international markets.

“Crucially, rather than relying solely on a filter product strategy to solve a problem and remove central heating system debris, Kelvin expanded the offering to one of a total system maintenance solution introducing a portfolio of chemicals, ancillary products and water testing. An intensive education programme built around the addition of premium quality chemicals and a programme of best practice heating system maintenance was introduced and has since been embraced by the industry.

“This innovative approach has been recognised by one of the industry’s most prestigious service and maintenance awards and continues to be adopted on a widespread basis both in the UK and abroad contributing to a three-fold increase in turnover to more than £40million per annum - not bad for a business that started in a garden shed little more than a decade ago.”