East Midlands movers and shakers: February appointments, promotions and awards
Latest appointments and promotions from across the East Midlands:
Joules chief financial officer Marc Dench is leaving the company to take up a position with HealthHero1, a private-equity backed player in the digital health sector.
He joined Market Harborough-based Joules ahead of its 2016 IPO and in recent years has played a key role in its development into a digitally led brand.
He will leave the business before the end of its financial year in May, to give time for a replacement to be found.
He said: “It has been a privilege to be part of the Joules journey over recent years.
“From the IPO in 2016, the business and brand has continued to develop and adapt to the rapidly changing customer and market dynamics and is, I believe, incredibly well positioned for its next chapter of growth.
“I’m very proud of what we have achieved together.
“Although excited about my next challenge, I will be sad to leave Joules after a fantastic five years, but do so in the knowledge that it is a business with a clear sense of purpose, a strong financial position, clear strategy for growth and outstanding leadership.
“These “special ingredients” give me confidence that Joules will continue to deliver value for all stakeholders over the years to come.”
Joules chief executive Nick Jones said Mr Dench had made a big contribution to the group.
He said: “He has played a critical role since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic to help ensure that the business has a robust financial position and remains well placed to deliver its exciting long-term growth plans.”
Notts-based HR, payroll, and analytics specialist MHR International has appointed Jessica Mills as its chairman – stepping into the role previously held by her father, company founder John Mills.
Mr Mills remains group chairman of MHR Global Holdings and MHR Estates.
The appointment is part of the long-term succession planning at the Ruddington business, and underlines the continued commitment of the Mills family, following a period of “sustained, double-digit growth and substantial investment”.
The company said it had avoided using furlough during lockdown, retaining all its staff, and had further growth and infrastructure investment planned.
Ms Mills joins MHR six years ago as a non-executive director, and later became the board member responsible for HR.
She said: “This is a demanding but exciting time for me to take on the role of chairman at MHR.
“We are completely committed to supporting our customers during this difficult time and have introduced support mechanisms for them to be able to continue to run their critical HR and payroll processes.
“This is in tandem with developing an exciting roadmap of innovative new services and products to support them in the future.
“Our family’s investment in MHR is unwavering, so that everyone at MHR can look forward to further successes as we follow in the footsteps of my father’s outstanding chairmanship.”
After 21 years at EY, Linda Marston-Weston is joining Castle Donington-based accountants and business advisers Cooper Parry as transaction tax partner.
She will join the business, which has grown a national presence, on March 1.
Ms Marston-Weston has 35 years experience advising individuals, private equity houses and companies on all types of transactions and was transaction tax leader and head of tax in the Midlands at EY.
Under her leadership Cooper Parry hopes to grow its transaction tax team in the entrepreneurial market with more fresh faces – starting at senior manager level.
She will also be working closely with the Cooper Parry corporate finance team.
She said: “There’s a real enthusiasm around everything at Cooper Parry, the culture is incredible, and there are a lot of similarities between the business’s values and my own.
“It’s an interesting time to start leading a new team, of course, but I’m very confident and excited about what we can build here.”
BHW Development, a division of BHW Solicitors in Grove Park, Leicester, has promoted Lucy Ward to partner in its development and plot sales division.
The firm said a buoyant end to 2020 for the property market, coupled with a growing client base, had seen demand for its development services grow.
Gemma Trencher also joins the team as a solicitor, having completed her training contract with BHW.
Ms Ward joined BHW in September 2018, having spent 16 years at Spearing Waite before it was bought out by Knights Plc.
She said: “I am delighted to have been made a partner at BHW.
“One of the reasons for joining BHW was its clear commitment to promoting its staff and allowing them to develop.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to build the BHW Development brand as a partner of the firm.
“Despite a challenging 2020, revenues for the financial year are projected to be 22 per cent up, with new plot sale instructions growing by 66 per cent on the previous year.”
The team provides legal support and advice to turn acquired land into a development of saleable plots.
Two managers have joined bus company trentbarton.
Ross Hitchcock is the new commercial manager and Matt Holton is the marketing and communications manager.
The business, based in Heanor, operates in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
Mr Hitchcock, 36, joins from Stagecoach Oxfordshire where he worked in the commercial team for 14 years, most recently as commercial manager.
Mr Holton, 29, from Derby, has joined from the city’s IT managed service provider Xuper where he was marketing and communications manager for three years following a similar role at Nottingham IT firm XMA.
Mr Hitchcock, whose role will include overseeing timetabling, routes and fares, said: “Joining trentbarton is an exciting opportunity. It is a company that has an excellent reputation in our industry.
“Its size means it is able to constantly innovate and is widely recognised across public transport as being creative.
“This is a challenging time for the bus sector but trentbarton has the ability to quickly adapt to the road ahead.”
Mr Holton, whose role includes overseeing its website, social media campaigns and advertising, said: “My previous roles have been in business-to-business organisations, so joining trentbarton is a great opportunity to experience marketing to the consumer.
“With my technology background, I share trentbarton’s desire to explore how tech can enhance the customer experience, including on board, in ticketing and communications.”
Danaher & Walsh
Danaher & Walsh operations director Russell Fitzjohn has announced his intention to retire on March 31, after 20 years with the company, as part of a series of changes at the business.
The Leicestershire-based civil engineering, sewer repair and pipeline specialist has announced that David Lavery has been promoted to the role of operations manager (director designate).
He will be responsible for the overall performance of the civil engineering division, while Mr Fitzjohn will continue to work for the business in a part-time advisory capacity.
Meanwhile, commercial director Ian Gilbert is to assume responsibility for the commercial functions across all of Danaher & Walsh group’s businesses.
He will now be overseeing Danaher & Walsh APS and the Anglian Water alliance delivery team, in addition to his existing remit within the civil engineering division.
He has also strengthened his team with two key appointments – managing estimator Kit Thomas and commercial manager Scot Jerram.
Managing director Dan Danaher said: “We have set ourselves challenging targets over the next few years, and we are currently developing our business plan to enable us to meet these targets.
“Russell will be a hard act to follow and I am personally very grateful to Russell for the hard work and dedication that he has given to the business over the last number of years, but we are very confident that David Lavery has the experience and skill set necessary to guide us on our next step of the journey.
“I’m delighted to welcome Kit and Scot to the Danaher & Walsh team, and I wish them every success in their roles.”
Professional services recruitment specialist Sellick Partnership has announced three senior promotions at its East Midlands office, in Pride Park, Derby.
The promotions come as the Derby office reports a strong start to 2021 with management saying the business was performing well despite the challenges of the pandemic.
Claire Harrison has been named associate director – her second promotion since joining the business five years ago.
In her new role, she will continue to lead both the housing and property services division and Derby office support team, while also contributing to the strategic direction of Sellick Partnership, working closely with the board.
Adam Rouse has been promoted from manager to senior business manager working across the not-for-profit and public sectors, specialising in both interim and permanent recruitment in finance and accountancy, procurement and change and transformation.
Bethan Hall will move from principal consultant to business manager in the housing and property services team.
The promotion will allow her to continue to look for opportunities in social housing, local government and the charity sector, whilst also supporting the housing and property services team.
Group director Nikki Kinsey said: “We are all extremely proud of the hard work, tenacity and determination displayed by Claire, Bethan and Adam during what has been a really challenging period.
“It is fantastic to be starting the year by announcing their well-deserved promotions and I know I speak for the whole business when I wish all three of them every continued success in their new roles.”
Sellick Partnership is expanding its Midlands team, with plans to appoint several new consultants over the coming months.
Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has created 20 new partners with Jonathan Lanes named risk advisory services partner in the Midlands.
The promotions, delayed from June 2020 as a result of Covid-19, were effective from January 1.
Mr Lanes joined BDO in 2007 and has progressed through the ranks as a specialist in corporate governance, risk management and internal control.
He advises businesses across the manufacturing, consumer markets, construction and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as delivering services to not-for-profit sectors including housing, education and charities.
He also plays an active role in BDO’s East Midlands leadership team.
He said: “BDO is a great place to work with a leadership team which is committed to creating a culture that allows people to develop and progress in their career and achieve their own ambitions.
“This supportive culture has continued – even strengthened – as we’ve all adapted to remote working.
“I look forward to championing this in my new role as partner.”
Nationally, eight of the 20 promotions are outside of London, including Jon in the Midlands.
Andrew Mair, partner at BDO and head of the East Midlands, said: “The process to become a partner is rigorous and Jon’s commitment to leading growth and high-quality advice within the local market is a clear demonstration of achieving our core purpose of helping others succeed.”
Derby PR and communications agency Nielsen McAllister is continuing to expand with the announcement of three new appointments.
Wendy Roberts joins the agency as a senior consultant, Richard Pettinger takes on an account management position, and Jack Readman returns to his role as account executive.
A former journalist and features writer with 30 years’ experience, Wendy spent more than 20 years at The Derby Telegraph.
She also had articles published in The Sun, The Daily Mail and The New York Times before moving into public relations in 2017, and her writing skills and nose for a good story will further strengthen Nielsen McAllister’s content creation offering to existing and new clients.
Richard is described as a time-served marketing, print and PR professional, with good contacts in the world of commercial print and the wider marketing and creative industries.
Jack Readman has re-joined the agency after spending nearly a year teaching English to children in Yinchuan, China.
His time there was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic and he returned to the UK, initially assisting his local Rotary Club with the launch of its new website before going back to Nielsen McAllister.
Bob Bushby, Nielsen McAllister’s managing director, said: “Following a year like no other, I am especially pleased that the agency has still managed to grow its business and win new clients.
“Wendy, Richard and Jack will all make important contributions to supporting our existing portfolio and also help us to build further in the future.”
An operations leader has been listed in the Top 25 Women Leaders in Software of Europe for 2021.
Stefanie Rollins, 40, from Earl Shilton near Hinckley, is chief operating officer for warehouse management system technology innovator SnapFulfil, in Castle Donington.
She gained the annual award from global market research and insights company The Software Report.
It recognises inspirational women who have contributed towards the advancement of not only their companies, but the broader software industry at large.
She was evaluated based on her breadth of experience, professional milestones achieved, contributions to business development, and perhaps most importantly her impact towards promoting a positive and productive work environment.
She said: “I understand hundreds of exceptional women were nominated in this year’s process, so it is both an honour and a privilege to make the top tier of software solution providers and be formally recognised in this manner.”