36 new career paths emerge out of lockdown – the early movers of 2021 as latest appointments listed
Lockdown hasn’t meant stay put when it comes to careers, with some key appointments, promotions and switches completed in the Humber region.
Here is our latest regular round-up in association with On Line People, one of the largest regional suppliers of technical and professional personnel on temporary, interim and permanent placements.
From professional services to food and drink, construction to marketing, there have been plenty of moves taking place behind screens and away from offices, from board level to advanced apprenticeship.
Here is our round-up from the region.
Holiday homes manufacturer Victory Leisure has made two senior management hires as part of its growth strategy.
Mark Hewitt joins the Rix Group company as operations director and Steve Bulliment as research and innovation director.
Together they bring almost 50 years’ experience in the holiday home industry to the Gilberdyke headquarters.
Gary Corlyon, managing director at Victory said: “This is a very exciting time to join Victory. The staycation boom has helped our growth, enabling us to continue with our expansion plans and roll out of our ambitious, strategic expansion.
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“We have always valued and invested in the very best people and both Mark and Steve have the experience, skillsets and attitude that will help drive forward the company plans. I know they will have an instant impact on the business.”
It comes as a second manufacturing plant, in Hull, comes online.
Mr Hewitt will be looking to maximise efficiencies, and has been impressed by the culture. He said: “There is just so much opportunity at Victory. I have over 20 years of experience in holiday home manufacturing and coming into the business, I see my main job as ensuring that we produce the highest quality build, maximise outputs from each facility and ensure our workforce remains safe.”
Mr Bulliment, Victory’s new head of research and innovation, said he was looking forward to correcting perceptions about the sector.
“Often, the holiday home and caravan market can be viewed – inaccurately – as being behind the times in terms of product innovation,” he said. “Victory is intent on disrupting the market with new products and better ways of working.”
Inward investor Pensana has appointed its first chief operating officer as it looks to establish a rare earth processing facility on the Humber.
Rocky Smith has been appointed to oversee the development of the complex £100 million plant at Saltend. It is now with planners.
Described as one of few western mining executives with knowledge of a start-up, the highly experienced chemical engineer with 35 years’ rare earths experience, was previously managing director of Molycorp’s Mountain Pass rare earth project in California, which is now owned by New York Stock Exchange-listed MP Materials.
Pensana also announced the appointment of Roy Gordon as metallurgical manager. He is a senior hydrometallurgist with more than 10 years’ experience across international projects in support of the high value manufacturing and advanced manufacturing economies.
Chairman Paul Atherley said: “We warmly welcome Rocky and Roy to the growing Pensana management team ahead of our developments at Saltend and in Angola and our ambition to establish the world’s first fully sustainable mine to magnet supply chain.
“Rocky is a hugely talented chemical engineer with outstanding experience across the global rare earth industry. His knowledge in establishing processing operations will be extremely valuable as the company commences development of the proposed processing facility at Saltend.
“We are also pleased to welcome Roy, who has previously worked with Rocky and will be a major contributor to the growing operational team.”
International project management specialist Dr Jeremy Beeton has also joined the board of directors, having been the director general of the £9 billion London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, an advisory board member of PricewaterhouseCoopers and an independent non-executive director of SSE plc previously.
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Premier Modular’s human resources lead, Annelee Roscoe, has been appointed to the executive board of the Brandesburton firm.
A member of the Chartered Management Institute, she is currently studying for an MBA at University of Hull, and has 20 years’ experience in her role.
It comes with the company in new ownership following a major investment by Cabot Square.
Annelee said: “These are such exciting times for the business. Our people are absolutely fundamental to our long-term success and are our most important asset. I relish the challenge of helping them reach their full potential.
“The offsite sector really is a fantastic and fascinating industry to work in, incredibly fast-paced, and we are transforming UK construction. I firmly believe there are clear benefits to having women working in prominent roles and making an impact in our industry.”
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Hedon Insurance has appointed branch manager Sally Needham to the director team.
Having headed up both Hedon and Cottingham offices, she now joins Anne Walters, Karen Verschoor-Lowe and Paul Hurford.
Anne said: “At Hedon Insurance, we collectively strive to provide a standard of customer service that cannot be bought on price comparison sites, and so having the right people in our team is crucial, especially in the leadership roles.
“With Sally’s extensive experience and the connections she has established with our customers, we feel sure that as a director she brings a breath of fresh air to the table – solutions to problems and new approaches to challenges as they emerge. Sally’s appointment as director will help to ensure our continued success.”
She began her career at Devonshire Wilson & Co in 1989, succeeded by Kennett Insurance Brokers and eventually Hedon Insurance in 2013.
She said: “I feel my experience as a manager at both the Hedon and Cottingham branches has equipped me for this new challenge.
“Every day in insurance is different and provides a range of challenges for myself and my colleagues, completely contesting the stigma that there can be around working in the industry: this job is all about customer service, working to help people. We take the time to get to know our customers and their individual circumstances, building a valuable rapport – a skill which seems to be slowly slipping away as providers increasingly move online.”
“I am looking forward to taking on new responsibilities, helping to shape Hedon Insurance going forward, alongside a fantastic team who go that extra mile to help our customers.”
Hull-headquartered outsourced contact centre specialist ResQ has appointed James Waite as chief marketing officer.
He is tasked with overseeing an ambitious strategy that focuses on a world class approach to customer interactions, while increasing market share.
Chief executive Nic Marshall said: “We’re absolutely delighted and privileged to have James join us as CMO. We recognised that we needed someone with deep marketing expertise in the customer experience sector and we found this in James. We’re excited for him to be part of our journey, helping us reinforce our mission – that is to delight customers and help our clients grow.”
He has worked in the sector for more than 13 years, and joins from HGS Digital where he was global marketing director.
Mr Waite said: “I was inspired by ResQ’s approach to running contact centres, which focuses on every employee, setting them up for successful careers. This approach, combined with industry leading technology, has led to ResQ becoming the best performing partner for its clients, resulting in phenomenal business growth. I am very excited to be joining ResQ to strengthen the brand and help deliver on its customer promise.”
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Arbor Forest Products welcomes Marie Ennals as marketing manager for its market-leading composite decking brand, Trex.
As well as overseeing the promotion of the flagship product, she will support the core business, with a strong focus on developing Arbor’s identity and consolidating the two companies’ market positions.
Marie joined the New Holland operation after more than a decade working in the marketing and business development teams for Hull civil engineering specialist Spencer Group, and boasts a wealth of experience within the B2B and construction arenas.
She said: “This year is set to be an exciting one for Arbor Forest Products and Trex, with expansion plans and new initiatives in the pipeline for both areas of the business. I’m very happy to be at the forefront of some of this activity, and to be working with a dedicated and talented group of people.
Trex business manager Jonathan Cooper said: “Having Marie on board to work across Arbor Forest Products and the Arbordeck and Trex brands will allow us to reinvigorate our marketing activity, and we have some big plans in place for the rest of the year.”
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Three new partners have been appointed at regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solictors.
Daniel Hammond, Fiona Phillips and Mark Davies have all been promoted.
A qualified Notary Public, Daniel has a wealth of experience in providing legal guidance and services for a range of clients, from sole traders to large limited companies. He advises on corporate structure and transactional matters, from providing advice to start-up businesses through to dealing with company and business purchases and sales.
Fiona is a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor with vast experience of advising and guiding private and public companies through all aspects of their corporate tax affairs. Although her experience spans numerous sectors, Fiona has particular expertise of working with property and manufacturing businesses, and regularly advises on capital allowances, VAT and stamp duty land tax.
Mark plays a pivotal role within the firm’s banking and finance team, devising and delivering tailored legal solutions and services for clients. He is well known for his work throughout the UK, with a varied career as a specialist practitioner working across several sectors and a proven track record for delivering results for clients, banks, invoice discounters and borrowers on corporate and property banking transactions.
Property specialists Joanne Brennan and Samuel Peake, along with Jennifer Bradford, client service and compliance, and Amy Floater, tax and trusts, have become associates.
Andrew Jackson’s managing partner, Mark Pearson-Kendall, said: “These promotions reflect our continued investment in the team, the development of our client offer and, most importantly, our commitment to the delivery of an excellent service to the businesses and individuals we work with.”
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The highly influential charity Action Against Medical Accidents has awarded a coveted accreditation to a Hull solicitor.
Wayne Walker, who works as a clinical negligence specialist at Williamsons, has been accepted onto the charity’s panel of experts following a tough verification process over a period of nearly two years.
He joins his colleague Simon Ramshaw who gained a place in 2015, and they are currently the only solicitors within a 35-mile radius recommended by AvMA – as it is known – as experts.
AvMA is the sole UK patients’ charity specialising in patient safety and has succeeded in bringing about huge changes to the way that the legal system deals with clinical negligence. It actively supports people affected by avoidable harm in healthcare and campaigns for patient safety and justice.
Mr Walker said proof of ability and expertise needed to be chronicled in great detail backed up by a rigorous interview process.
“There has to be no doubt about your credentials which must be evidenced to a very high standard,” he said. “It is vital that people understand the difference between a personal injury compensation service and working with a competent medical negligence solicitor, the latter being a complex area of law which requires both legal and medical knowledge.
“AvMA’s panel of solicitors aims to help people make an appropriate choice of professional when seeking justice for serious medical mistakes or mismanagement.”
Solicitors must be reaccredited after five years and are required to sign a code of conduct.
Mr Walker has represented patients in a number of high-profile cases, including those involving victims of birth injury such as Cerebral Palsy, avoidable amputations and instances of death that may, or may not, result in an inquest.
Department head Nick Gray said: “I want to congratulate Wayne for his achievement which further strengthens Williamsons’ reputation for unmatched clinical negligence expertise in East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.”
A specialist planning solicitor who has built up more than 10 years’ experience in the public and private sectors has joined the team at Rollits, working from the firm’s offices in York and Hull.
Stuart Lumb, who had previously worked with Knights Plc, took his first post at Newcastle City Council in 2010.
He served as a planning solicitor at Calderdale Council from 2012 until 2014 and then spent nearly two years as senior planning solicitor with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Stuart, who lives in Leeds, joined Shulmans LLP in November 2015, staying with the firm after its acquisition last year by Knights.
As an associate at Rollits he brings experience in dealing with a wide range of development issues including planning agreements, judicial review, planning enforcement, proposed lawful development and planning policy.
Ralph Gilbert, managing partner at Rollits said: “Stuart is an excellent addition to our team with the specialist knowledge of planning and development, highways and rights of way which he has built up during his career with local authorities and major firms. His experience advising landowners, developers, investors, lenders and housebuilders is a good fit with our varied case load and client base.”
It comes as newly-qualified solicitor Harriet Kingston takes a post in its dispute resolution department, and the recruitment of a new graduate, Millie Bird, into her initial role with the practice.
She joined the firm in 2017 after securing a distinction in her legal practice course at BPP Law School in Leeds, having already completed a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Hull and a Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law.
She worked as a property paralegal in the social housing team at Rollits’ York office before starting her training with the firm in September 2018.
After returning from maternity leave, she has now qualified and taken up her place with the dispute resolution team in Hull.
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Two solicitors have joined the Beverley office of Wilkin Chapman.
Charlotte Boyes is welcomed by the agriculture team, having grown up in the sector in North Yorkshire, before studying law at Coventry University and completing her Legal Practice Course in Leeds.
Senior solicitor Angela Donovan is welcomed back to the firm, expanding the Grimsby-based firm’s dispute resolution team into East Yorkshire.
She has a decade of experience in civil litigation and qualified in 2015.
Head of the Beverley office, Teresa Thomas, said: “We are extremely proud of the office in Beverley, which has a growing and good relationship with its clients. To have our strength here bolstered by Angela and Charlotte is very welcome.”
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An East Yorkshire poultry supplier has bolstered its sales team with the appointment of a customer service coordinator and brand ambassador.
Soanes Poultry – Hull’s reigning Large Business of the Year – has appointed Simon Dodd to the new role that will support the growing customer base of the Middleton on the Wolds business.
He brings over 15 years of customer service experience with regional giants Arco and Wren.
“I’m looking forward to working with the experienced sales team and getting to meet customers and sharing the Soanes story,” he said.
Soanes Poultry’s director of sales and marketing, Ben Lee, said: “Simon will complement our in-house sales expertise and will be the face and voice of Soanes out on the road. His appointment to this new role marks an exciting new chapter in customer service at Soanes.”
Diana May has also joined the senior management team as head of technical after a period working on a consultancy basis.
Miss May brings experience from food companies including 2 Sisters, Greencore, Copernus and Malton Foods.
She said: “I feel at home working in an industry that I know so well. I feel really lucky because it feels as though I have joined a team, not just a company.”
She assumes responsibility for food safety, quality, legality and environmental management.
Soanes’s managing director, Nigel Upson, said: “In the last three years, we have invested millions of pounds to produce multi-award winning chicken, but we need good people to continue to grow.
“I am confident that Diana will work with the rest of our team to make a significant contribution to future growth.”
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Three new hires have joined Hull-based Chameleon Business Interiors the commercial specialist continues to grow.
Thomas Wormleighton joins the business as an estimator, Sarah Lister as business development manager for the Midlands and Phoebe Barbour sets out on her career as part of an advanced apprenticeship.
Shaun Watts, chairman, said: “We’ve had a really good 12 months at Chameleon, securing projects across the UK for prestigious clients across a range of sectors. There have been pandemic-related challenges, of course, but we’ve continued to build on our reputation of great results to deliver even more fantastic projects.
“As a consequence, the business continues to expand, and I know Tom, Sarah and Phoebe will bring yet more knowledge to the team. I’m particularly delighted that we were able to welcome Phoebe on board, allowing us to support the next generation of industry professionals through a specialist apprenticeship.
“The next 12 months are looking even better – so much so that our recruitment continues and we’re now looking for another interior designer and a buyer to join the team. It’s an exciting time to join the business and I wish Tom, Sarah and Phoebe the best of luck in their new roles.”
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Hull’s award-winning creative communications agency, Pace Communications, continues to transform its client landscape with several new account wins leading to the expansion of the team.
Anita Pace, managing director, has welcomed Alex Fuller, Lisa Brown, Tom Leigh, Jon Butterworth, Lucy Ainsley, Jo Aitchison, Dan Kemp, Molly Hollinsworth, Alex Chapple and Caroline Anson in recent times.
She said: “We ended last year having won some key new clients and that momentum has continued into 2021.
“If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that engaging, authentic storytelling and stand apart marketing and design is more important than ever.
“To stay relevant, brands have had to quickly identify consumer shifts and reimagine their business overnight. The need for effective marketing at this time has been heightened and we’re extremely proud to have been able to continue supporting our clients through such a turbulent period.”
Services have even been taken Stateside to help a client launch in the US.
“I am well aware that our continued success relies on the quality of the people we employ,” she said. “Amongst our new recruits there is a depth of experience across a myriad of sectors including food and drink, the arts, sport, property and legal. It’s great to welcome them to the team and the recruitment is continuing as we’re currently in the process of expanding the team further.”
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A new director has been appointed at the helm of Hull University Business School.
Dr Yvonne Moogan, who studied Economics at Hull in 1986, was the first person in her family to attend university, and said she was attracted to the city by its “beautiful campus and friendly open day.”
Since then, Dr Moogan has worked at a number of universities across the country – most recently, as associate professor of online business education and director of apprenticeship programmes at the University of Leeds.
Dr Moogan said she was delighted to have “gone full circle and come back home.”
She said: “The University of Hull is a place very close to my heart.
“Having worked in a variety of educational environments since 1991, I am fortunate to have gained experience within public and private sector institutions across the higher education sector, as well as spending five years in the further education sector with 16 to 19-year-old students delivering vocational courses.
“Having left a Russell Group university in a very large business school to join HUBS, I am ready for the challenges that this strategic role will bring with it.”
A passionate supporter of widening participation at higher education level, Dr Moogan has also volunteered her time to work with disadvantaged pupils, entering local schools and colleges and supporting outreach programmes.
“My ambition is to grow diversity and internationalisation within the Hull University Business School, but also to further improve student experience and engagement with the region’s business community.
“I want to bring all of my energy to the business school, ensuring it is well recognised in UK rankings as a double-accredited school with colleagues delivering strong programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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Hull legal start-up Ancora Law has welcomed Ainsley Sykes as an associate legal executive.
The C4DI-based business, led by Matthew Hudson, launched last January.
The commercial and residential property-focused firm was seen as his answer to a ‘need to shake up the industry and put clients at the heart of legal services’.
Mr Sykes, who worked to become a senior conveyancer at his previous city firm, will be running a caseload of both commercial and residential matters.
He said: “I really believe in Matthew’s vision for Ancora Law, it’s about making law easy with the use of modern technology for both lawyer and client alike. It’s a real breath of fresh air for the industry and it’s exciting to be able to be a part of such a movement.”
Mr Hudson said: “Ainsley is a hardworking and dedicated lawyer. His values as a working professional truly align with what we are trying to achieve here at Ancora Law. He understands the need for change in the industry and knows how to build strong working relationships with both clients and colleagues, which will aid him well when it comes to matching the high standards of customer service we provide.”