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Major new appointments for Sunlover Heating and Naked Pools

March 22nd, 2023

Sunlover appoints new MD

Steve Rickard has assumed the position of Sunlover Heating managing director.

Founder Rohan London says this appointment follows a period of organic advancement for Rickard, who has been a key leader of the team driving growth and innovation alongside himself and the Sunlover Queensland operation led by directors Kris Jones and Peter Wappett.

Rohan London with Steve RIckard
Rohan London with Steve Rickard

London, who will gradually step away from his day-to-day management responsibilities, says Rickard is ideally situated to take the reins and drive the company forward. London will remain a valuable presence, contributing to important strategic decisions while easing into eventual retirement at a steady pace.

“Thanks to strategic placements and the manner in which we have built our talented management team over the past five years, we hold a very healthy position in the industry,” says London.

“Over the years, Steve and I have accomplished a great deal, and I am thrilled to witness the wider team, led by Steve, breathe life into our exciting plans in the coming years.”

Rickard was appointed director and general manager in 2008, and played a key role in integrating Sunlover’s NSW operation with Carlile Solar following the takeover, and helping  expand the retail and trade market in Sydney.

“Steve’s extensive experience in the development of new products and marketing knowledge has become a hallmark of Sunlover Heating,” says London.

“Under his leadership, the company is set to embark on a new chapter of expansion and progress, including the implementation of a new software system, relocating to larger offices in all three states, the introduction of new products, and the exploration of new markets in the pool and spa equipment space.”

Sunlover Heating currently has a committed team member and contractor base of approximately 75 people nationwide.

Sarah Barben
Sarah Barben

Naked Pools appoints new BDM

Naked Pools has appointed Sarah Barben as business development manager for Queensland and NT.

Director Darren Milne says Naked Pools is very happy to have Barben come on board.

“Sarah has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, most recently as account manager for Aquatic Elements, and 12 years at AstralPool in both sales and service,” he says.

“Her passion for new product innovation along with love for nurturing new and existing customer relations make her a huge asset for our business.”

Outside of work, Barben enjoys paddleboarding, cycling and exploring the outdoors. On top of that, due to her curiosity about the brain and human behaviour, she is actually a certified neuro linguistics master practitioner.

Contact: Sarah Barben

Phone: 0419 045 941

Email: sarah@naked-pools.com

Image: Sarah Barben

By Chris Maher
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