A LEADING sustainable glass manufacturer, with its headquarters in Cheshire, has announced that its managing director will step down after 19 years at the helm.

Encirc, which manufactures four billion glass containers a year, will now look to appoint Adrian Curry's successor with current Finance Director Sean Murphy to assume the leading role in the interim.

Mr Murphy has been with the company for 19 years, having worked previously with Coca Cola.

Adrian commented: "I have decided to resign from my position as Managing Director of Encirc. After 27 years with the business and 19 years as MD I have been so privileged to have worked with such truly genuine, honest, and talented people.

"We have shared many challenges along the way but most importantly, many more successes. Today the business is leading in all areas, has a clear strategy for the future and is very well invested. I am delighted to hand over to Sean Murphy, our current Finance Director, who has worked with me since I became MD and is certainly the right person to lead the business through the next chapter.

"I will step back from my role on December 31 and will remain in an advisory capacity for the first quarter of 2024 (until March 31). From that point I look forward to the many new challenges that life will bring!

"I wish everyone in Vidrala well for the future and I will certainly miss the Encirc people. Our purpose “Great People, Great Place and Great Future” remains something I believe in and I know Sean and the wider business in Vidrala will be resolute in its pursuit of this."

Adrian is a board member and former President of the British Glass Manufacturers Confederation. He is also on the boards of Glass Futures; the UK Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA); and the North West Business Leaders Team.

In 2022 he was presented the Award for Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader, at the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise.