Resurgent PowerHouse strengthens its top team

PowerHouse has appointed three directors to its board as the business continues to strive to break even.

The business was rescued from administration a year ago today, when incoming chief executive Peter Halkett said PowerHouse would break even in 12 months.

Chris Onslow has been appointed sales director and Brendan Dorrian as business development director. Rebecca Hackett has been promoted to the role of purchasing director, after being appointed general manager for commercial performance last month.

Onslow was sales director at Thomas Cook until last November. He previously held director roles at Caudwell Group, Adams, George and Burton Group.

PowerHouse commercial director Nigel Samuel has decided to leave the business, following the recruitment of new board members. Samuel's departure, described by Halkett as 'amicable', leaves the retailer in search of a marketing director.

'Chris will be driving the sales team and developing the sales culture of the business,' said Halkett. Dorrian will be responsible for the Internet and other initiatives.

Halkett said the initial plan to bring the business to breakeven in the first 12 months was 'one or two months behind schedule'. He said: 'We had a tough time in April and May, but most of the problems were self inflicted.'

He added: 'We've been trading well over the past three months. In the past 12 to 14 weeks we've had a steady week-on-week build.'

Halkett said the board of parent Pacific Retail Group came to the UK to meet the management four weeks ago and were 'delighted' with progress.