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Changes at the top

Ellis Patents has made a series of senior changes at board level following the retirement of its founding chairman, Chris Calvert. Mr Calvert will be replaced as chairman by the current managing director, Richard Shaw.

The new managing director will be Danny Macfarlane, who has been at Ellis since 2003, initially as technical manager, then manufacturing manager, operations manager and, most recently, operations director.

Commenting on his retirement, Mr Calvert said: I was born and grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and coming back to live and work in the county [Ellis is based in Rillington, North Yorkshire, UK] was one of my ambitions. Buying Ellis Patents in 1987 saw this ambition realised. I was as impressed then as I am now by the strong work ethic at Ellis, and will always be grateful to all the people whom I have had the privilege to work with over many years. There has always been a special working atmosphere at Ellis, and I am very thankful to all the people who have helped to create that, and to Richard and Danny for their excellent leadership. I can hang my boots up knowing that the company is in good hands.

Outgoing managing director Richard Shaw said: My journey so far at Ellis has been unforgettable ... The business operates on a different model from others; we're not driven by profit alone, but by high ethical standards and a philanthropic attitude.