James Hardie, the world leader in the manufacture of high-performance fibre cement and fibre gypsum building solutions, has appointed Brian Harding as Hardie® Panel Specification Manager for the Midlands and North London, to further support the company’s commitment to delivering high-quality products and exceptional service to its customers.

Brian has held a number of sales and project management roles in the cladding industry, most recently at Vivalda Group where he was responsible for driving sales of bespoke external cladding products, and working with the technical department to ensure customers were happy with the build process.

In his new role Brian will be responsible for promoting Hardie® Panel products across a range of sectors, working with architects, manufacturers and contractors,  fostering relationships with key stakeholders and providing valuable insights to drive product innovation and development.

Brian commented: “When I dealt with the James Hardie team in my distribution role, they would always go above and beyond.  I look forward to working for a company that has such pride in its products and people.”


“Brian’s grass roots understanding of panel installation will help us to continue to deliver a superior service for the construction industry, ” said Lee Bucknall, UK Country Manager at James Hardie.  “His knowledge of the cladding industry and established relationships across the whole supply chain will undoubtedly help him to drive growth across the region.”