One of Northumberland’s largest manufacturing employers, tissue maker Essity Prudhoe Mill, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Martin Hallissey as head of projects.

He joins the Swedish-listed company from Greggs, where he was site engineering manager and led a team of 23 engineers maintaining two production factories and delivering a new facility for the bakery business – before making the move from sausage rolls to toilet rolls.

At Prudhoe Mill he will have responsibility for the full project-management team and work on a number of major new construction schemes.  These include a new wastepaper recycling plant – the biggest single investment across any of Essity’s six UK sites in the last decade.

Martin competed internationally as an Ironman Triathlon world championship qualifier in 2016, but although still a keen runner now spends much of his leisure time supporting his daughter’s sporting ambitions as a national level swimmer.

Graduating with a biochemistry degree, he joined Proctor and Gamble as an intern and spent 17 years with the company in London and then Frankfurt – and before joining Greggs was site engineering leader at P&G’s Seaton Delaval site.

“I’m super-excited to be joining Prudhoe Mill and taking a lead role in a number of proposed major projects,” said Martin.  “Essity is the second largest manufacturing employer in Northumberland, and a huge player internationally with toilet tissue brands such as Cushelle and Velvet as well as making Tork paper hand towels for customers such as the NHS.

“Work is currently underway in Prudhoe on creating the UK’s most modern wastepaper recycling plant, improving energy efficiency and increasing our ability to make household products from recycled fibre, with sustainability at the heart of a number of other new engineering projects in the pipeline.”