UK branding and graphics specialists Stewart Signs has appointed Gareth Livingstone as its new Managing Director. Gareth assumes the role from Anthony Townson, who has spent more 37 years in the business since taking over from his father, Roy in 1983.

With over 23 years’ experience in the industry, Gareth was previously Operations Director and Director of Rail at Ast Signs where he worked since 2005.

Gareth has been working alongside Anthony since February to allow a smooth transition of the business. Anthony will continue to support Stewart Signs in his new position as Chairman of the Board.

Anthony said, “Gareth has already added a lot of value since joining earlier this year. He’s got the knowledge and experience of the industry, he’s a great relationship builder and I think he’s the shot in the arm this business needs.

“It became apparent very quickly that he shares our values and understands our clients’ needs. He’s an innovative thinker, solution driven and a great team builder. I cannot think of anyone better than Gareth to re-energise Stewart Signs and lead it into this next phase.”

Gareth said, “Anthony is leaving a great legacy. His passion and expertise has made Stewart Signs one of the most trusted names in branding and vinyl graphics in the UK.

“The company has already achieved so much, and I’m looking forward to building on those strengths to become unrivalled in our technical knowledge and exceptional service. I want every client, every partner, every person that works here to have the best possible experience and feel special, valued and appreciated.

“When I joined Stewart Signs, I had no idea what an extraordinary year this was going to be. Navigating the business, our team and our clients successfully through this pandemic has been challenging but also incredibly rewarding.

“The battle isn’t over yet, but I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved during this difficult time. And I’m proud of the dedication, commitment and talent our team has displayed throughout. I am in no doubt that we’ll come through this better and stronger than ever.”