Precious jewellery manufacturer Domino has announced the appointment of Mark Thomas as its new operations director.\r\n\r\nPrior to joining Domino, Thomas worked at Emma Bridgewater, the Stoke-on-Trent ceramics company where he was head of manufacturing, a post which was the culmination of a 28-year career in and around the Potteries, during which he held a number of production roles in big-name ceramic firms.\r\n\r\nCommenting on his appointment, Thomas said: \u201cDiscovering the ins and outs of jewellery production is going to be a massive learning curve but after just a couple of weeks in the job I can already see very many similarities with ceramics in terms of the processes used, the dexterity of the craftspeople and the mixture of cutting edge and traditional skills."\r\n\r\nThomas is a "huge proponent" of \u2018British Made\u2019. He added: \u201cI am hugely excited to be involved in business that is investing heavily in the production of jewellery in the heart of Birmingham\u2019s Jewellery Quarter which has such a rich heritage. I also much respect the ethos of the company and its commitment to training and developing its workforce,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nEarly objectives in Thomas' brief on joining will include introducing\u00a0cellular manufacturing to\u00a0the brand\u2019s production processes. This is a method of working which will create stand-alone units within the plant focussed on producing particular products rather than operating what he describes as the current "more scattergun approach\u201d.\r\n\r\n\u201cIn some ways not knowing how things are done in the jewellery industry is a great bonus and as my team is already discovering, doing something in particular way, simply because that is the way it has always been done, isn\u2019t necessarily the most effective way of doing it.\r\n\r\n"It is going to be an extremely challenging process but one which I know is also going to be exciting and worthwhile,\u201d he added.\r\n\r\nAndrew Morton, managing director of WB The Creative Jewellery Group, of which Domino and its sister companies Weston Beamor and Gecko are a part, said he is "delighted" to have Thomas on board.\r\n\r\n\u201cI have no doubt that Mark\u2019s wide expertise in manufacturing optimisation, strategic planning and operational turnaround will further enhance Domino\u2019s performance bringing us to the next level in terms of in-house manufacturing particularly in our wedding ring and bridal collections,\u201d he added.