H&H Group has announced the appointment of a new facilities manager at its head office based in Carlisle.

The company has brought in Karl Stout, who will undertake the role at Harrison & Hetherington's Borderway Mart.

Mr Stout came to H&H after a 14-year career with Amey\Urbaser, where he worked as an operations and people manager, partnering with Eden District Council to oversee the municipal contract.

He will maintain and manage the daily operations of all H&H's farmstock facilities, which are located in numerous auction marts across the North of England.

H&H operates Borderway Mart in Carlisle, which has emerged as one of the UK's largest and most progressive livestock sales centres.

The new facilities manager's tasks include ensuring compliance with environmental, health, security and governmental regulations and managing budgets, staffing and contractors for all Borderway facilities.

He is also entrusted with maintaining the high level of health and safety for staff and customers, working closely with the health, safety and welfare Manager.

In Cumbria: The company has brought in Karl Stout, who will undertake the role at Harrison & Hetherington's

H&H Group CEO, Richard Rankin, saluted the new addition to the company's team.

He said: "Karl’s professional expertise and track record, and his experience and understanding of the nature of our business makes him the perfect fit for us; in crucial areas such as Health & Safety and Regulatory Compliance, he will make a major contribution to the business and to the welfare and security of all our staff."

Born and brought up in Cumberland, Mr Stout has had a long-standing relationship with Borderway Mart, both personally and professionally.

Drawing from his background in agriculture and livestock keeping, he remarked on his appointment, saying: "Over 20 years I have dealt with every aspect of facilities and operations management, and I am looking forward to bringing all my knowledge and experience to bear on keeping the Borderway facilities compliant and fit for purpose.

"I am already proud to be working for the H&H Group and helping to keep the Borderway livestock reputation at the forefront in the UK, and it is going to be a great pleasure to be able to travel to all the sites across an amazing landscape I have always loved".