#2 Brian G Newell MBE, Chairman, Shackerley
Brian G Newell MBE began his career as an apprentice tiler straight from school aged 15. His engineering talent and entrepreneurial approach led him to found the Shackerley business, utilising his expertise in ceramics to drive innovation in the façade sector.
Brian’s pioneering approach to research and development has resulted in two Queen’s Awards for innovation. Under his leadership, Shackerley has become a market leader in the ventilated façade sector with its SureClad® Ceramic Granite, Engineered Stone, Natural Stone and Terracotta façade systems, and its BrickClad® brick cladding system. The company has garnered a reputation for lasting quality, technical excellence and the highest standards of aesthetics and Brian was awarded an MBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours list.
Brian’s is focussed on ease, speed and accuracy of installation, façade performance, aesthetics, safety and service life. This led to the development of the SureClad® Access system; an innovative Queens’ Award-winning design that requires only one horizontal rail per course of SureClad® cladding panels, which can be used to install ceramic granite, engineered stone, terracotta or some natural stone panels.
Safety is also a priority for Brian: all Shackerley’s cladding systems are A1 or A2-s1-d0 rated to EN13501-1 and his focus on R&D has also led to the development of the sector’s only A1 rated safety meshing system. He has also carried out seismic testing on the SureClad® system.
Alongside his role as Group Chairman of Shackerley, Brian has been involved in the development of various European (CEN) and international Standards (ISO) and received the first ever BSI ‘International Standards Maker’ Award, in 2014.