Gas Tag has appointed John Roche as Operations Director as it gears up to officially launch its gas safety product to the consumer market.

Mr Roche, formerly Head of Consultancy & Analytics at Callcredit Information Group, will be responsible for overseeing and developing the operational structure in order to enable the significant growth aspirations of the business.

Mr Roche has 29 years’ experience in the UK and European financial services marketplace, working in senior management positions for Barclays Bank and then Europe’s largest debt purchaser, Aktiv Kapital.

He said: “I am very pleased to be joining Gas Tag at such an exciting time. Throughout my career, I have always sought opportunities to drive innovative change and be involved in start-up environments – Gas Tag ticks both of those boxes and also many more.”

This appointment brings the number of Gas Tag employees to 16 and marks the first of a further five posts to be recruited over the coming months as the company expands into the UK consumer market.

Gas Tag is also in partnership talks with housing associations and private landlords who collectively own or manage 1.5 million homes across the UK, and are already well underway in getting the Gas Tag system to cover all of their properties.

Stephen Ullathorne, chief executive of Gas Tag, said: "John will bring huge knowledge and experience to Gas Tag as we cement our moves into the wider public and private sector markets. I'm sure that he will be instrumental in helping to take Gas Tag forward in revolutionising gas safety and efficiency in the UK."