It is with great sadness that builders merchant Gibbs and Dandy has announced the death of former managing director Michael Dandy, aged 56.
Michael was well known across the industry and will be sadly missed by his former friends and colleagues.
He joined the business full-time on October 1 1980 as company secretary after qualifying and practising as a solicitor and became a Director in 1984.
Following a spell as assistant managing director, he succeeded Ron Silvester to become managing director in 1986. An early challenge was the creation of a purpose-built branch and head office in Dallow Road, Luton, which involved closing a number of small local branches and consolidating them into a “One-Stop Trade Building Centre” on a seven acre site.
Michael understood that a company’s strength and longevity depends upon the quality and commitment of its people. He took a close personal interest in the development of the management team and played a very supportive role in the careers of a large number of staff at all levels.
In 2008 he and the Board of Directors negotiated the sale of the business to Saint-Gobain and Michael stayed on to oversee the integration process and retired from his full-time role to become a Non-Executive Director in November 2009.
Condolences go to Michael’s wife, Eithne, and the rest of his family at this difficult time. He will be sadly missed.