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A Time for Change! – James Bailey

In November 2015 me and my wife Joanne established Wheatlands Aire Valley Engineering Limited, more commonly known as WAVE. Our intention was to provide design and project support consultancy on a small scale to refrigeration industry OEMs and contractors. However, through a blend of hard work and good fortune WAVE has grown to a team of 18 industry professionals who serve a number of leading food retailers and distributors.

I am very proud of our achievements, including the transition of WAVE becoming an employee-owned company in December 2020, and our #1 Investors in People accreditation ranking (small organisations who operate in and around the construction sector). Changing to an employee-owned business model was never going to be a case of “business as usual”. In advance of forming the WAVE EOT I decided to define an exit plan.

Having now put a structure in place which is working seamlessly with Mark Williams as Managing Director, Alan Saban as Technical & Commercial Director, and Nick Antill as our EOT Employee Trustee Director, plus a number of excellent internal promotions including Sam Cameron and Tim Simpson, the time has arrived for me to announce my exit – Friday 3rd December 2021.

The next stage of my career will focus on following a number of passions, including:

  • Providing engineering and management training & development services
  • Providing practical employee-ownership advice & guidance
  • Providing Net Zero emission services
  • Providing support to local businesses to drive successful change as society recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic

The services I will provide will be under a new company – OMEGA Solutions. I look forward to sharing more details in the coming months!

Since defining an exit strategy, this year I have also written my first book “Culture Redefined – A Leadership Strategy Towards Stakeholder Capitalism: A Time for Change”. I am particular proud of the book as it celebrates the success of the team at WAVE. It is due to be published very soon and has received a fantastic endorsement from Investors in People! I am looking forward to announcing its publication date!

I would like to thank all of my colleagues, our fantastic customers and industry peers for the support I and WAVE have received as we have grown into one of the most respected and trusted Refrigeration Consultancies in the UK.

I remain fully contactable and committed to the success of WAVE up until the 3rd December. After which I have absolutely no doubt that the business will continue to go from strength to strength long into the future.

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