James Halstead, the Manchester-based commercial flooring company, has appointed Robert Haigh as finance director. Haigh joins Halstead after seven years as finance executive with the Holset Engineering Co, which is part of the Cummins engine group. He previously held a number of senior finance positions with BBA Group companies. Haigh succeeds Ray Aston who has retired after 29 years with the company. The move is the first change at board-room level for 11 years at the company.