April Trasler will retire on 31 December as MD of temporary structure supplier Neptunus after 11 years in the role, to be replaced by the company’s current UK project director Ben Keast, who will take up the position from 1 January 2020.
Trasler was instrumental in securing major contracts for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and other career highlights have been overseeing assignments such as the Commonwealth Games, The Rugby Word Cup, The British Grand Prix and Royal Ascot.
A stalwart of the temporary structures industry for 38 years, in 1981 Trasler started her career as a secretary at Owen Brown Ltd (which was acquired by GL events in 2002) . She was promoted to a sales role and served as an account manager until 1988 and then became a board director, a role she held until her resignation in 2006. She has been MD of Neptunus since 2008.
“Neptunus Ltd opened for business in January 2009 from a rented office in Leicestershire. From a zero start the company has grown to a position where we are in our own premises in Northampton, we have a healthy turnover and over 40 full-time employees,” Trasler commented. “This team together with our colleagues in Kessel (The Netherlands) have produced some memorable temporary structure projects.
“I have been involved with some fantastic projects and worked with many talented and interesting people over the years, but I feel the time is right for me to move on and leave Neptunus Ltd in the very capable hands of Ben Keast, our operations director Tim Hall and our brilliant team in Northampton.
“I first met and employed Ben in 2001 as a trainee account manager at Owen Brown Ltd and he joined Neptunus Ltd in 2012 where he has continued to develop an in-depth understanding of all types of events. Ben’s skills include exemplary levels of service and building long-term relationships with clients and suppliers alike. I am delighted that he will be taking the helm and am confident that his experience, practical approach and likability will ensure the business continues to thrive.”
As project director Ben is responsible for delivery of major assignments. He said: “I’m delighted to be appointed Managing Director for the UK and I am looking forward to the exciting challenge of building on the successful foundations laid by April to take the business to even greater heights in the future.”
Dorrie Eilers, Neptunus Group sales and marketing director, added: “We are immensely grateful to April for her contribution to the remarkable success of our UK business over the past 11 years and we wish her a very happy and well-deserved retirement. The appointment of Ben Keast ensures a smooth transition which will benefit both our staff in the UK and our all-important customers. Under Ben’s guidance the Neptunus brand will continue to go from strength to strength in the UK.”
Pictured: Ben Keast (left) and April Trasler (right).