We have confirmed that Andrew Winter, operations director at UK based Ainscough Heavy Cranes, has left the company.
He is reported to have been suffering from ill health in recent months and is currently away from the business and will not return. His role will be handled on an interim basis by Peter Gibbs.
Winter, 57, joined the company in 2012 from Tadano distributor Cranes UK See Winter moves to Ainscough He had previously run his own crane rental company Winterlift, which struggled in the recession and called it a day in 2010. He was promoted in 2016 shortly after chief executive Janet Entwhistle arrived - the promotion was seen as a highly positive appointment which boded well for the business and Entwhistle's feel for the sort of managers that the company needed.
An internal announcement from chief executive Janet Entwhistle said: “Andrew Winter, operations director for Heavy Cranes has decided to leave the business to pursue other opportunities. As many of you will be aware, Andrew is presently unwell and absent from work. He will therefore not be returning prior to his departure from the business. The Heavy Cranes team will therefore continue to report into Peter Gibbs in the short term.”
“Over the last six years, Andrew has helped make heavy cranes a successful division of Ainscough Crane Hire, which we will now continue to build on. I would like to thank Andrew for his contribution and wish him well for the future.”