Events & News News All News Gelder group expands its board of directors Leading construction company Gelder Group has expanded its board of directors by appointing senior team member Louisa Sharpe to director of insurance repair and renovation. Louisa Sharpe, who has more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, joined Gelder Group ten years ago as a claims coordinator and during that time has progressed through the business to become a director. As director of insurance repairs and renovation, Louisa will continue as the lead of the insurance department, which sees her managing a team of more than 150 staff, handling more than £13m worth of annual sales, maintaining and building strong relationships with insurers and loss adjusters, and ensuring that Gelder Group remains a leader of the claims and restoration industry. As part of her new role, Louisa, who also heads up training and Human Resources within the group, will be taking on the challenge of employing 70 apprentices by 2020 across all sectors of the business as part of the company’s Vision 2020; a mission to deliver a number of positive business and community related goals. She said: “Having been a member of the Gelder Group team for a decade now I’ve had the opportunity to see both my career, and the company as a whole flourish, which has been a privilege. I take great pride in my job and am really pleased to be taking this next step with Gelder Group. “I’m looking forward to working across our regional branches and to be focusing on supporting the next generation by recruiting more apprentices, which is a huge priority for the company.” Steve Gelder, CEO of Gelder Group, said: “Louisa is a very talented and dedicated member of the Gelder Group team and she has played a very active role in the success of the business. We see the importance of acknowledging and thanking team members for their dedication and investing in the development of our staff is core to who we are as a business. “Louisa has been a key part of the Gelder Group family for a long time and it was a natural step for us to add her to our board. Her expertise and sound counsel will help myself and the other directors continue to drive the business forward and make it even better, for the staff and for the wider community.” Lincoln-based Gelder Group delivers projects across a range of sectors including education, health, retail, insurance, leisure, heritage and residential.