A bumper round-up of the latest appointments from across North Staffordshire

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As the UK emerges from the pandemic, businesses across the West Midlands are still looking to the future and investing in their workforce.

Here are the latest appointments from across North Staffordshire.

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Property consultancy Harris Lamb has expanded its environment team with the appointment of a seasonal ecologist.

Louis Andrews, who graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Zoology with Study Abroad in July 2019, has joined the company – which has an office on Festival Park – at one of the department’s busiest times.

Louis Andrews
Louis Andrews

Director Holly Smith said: “The coming months are the busiest of the year as we undertake a diverse range of protected species surveys and habitat creation projects for commercial and residential clients. While colleagues from other departments across the business are always keen to provide support, we needed a dedicated member of the team to assist us in our work.

“Having completed a seasonal ecology placement following his graduation, Louis was keen to join us to expand his experience, and we’re looking forward to helping him strengthen his understanding of the field with both practical and desk-based projects.”

Louis said: “I am looking forward to gaining more ecology experience in the field and within a professional environment, and the friendly team of specialists at Harris Lamb felt like the perfect fit for me to start my career with good opportunities to develop my skills over the coming months.”

Meanwhile, a director from contractor Novus has been appointed a board trustee at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The position will see Sophie Seddon play her part in future-proofing the sector and making it more inclusive.

Sophie, who is the people and culture director at the Festival Park-based firm, will use her experience to help shape and inform future training schemes that incorporate new technology, sustainability issues and encourage inclusivity within the industry.

Sophie Seddon
Sophie Seddon

Sophie said: “The CITB plays an invaluable role in the training and development of the construction industry’s talent of tomorrow. To join the board and help guide its future direction is an honour and a challenge that I’m looking forward to getting stuck into.

“I’m aware from my own experience that more can be done to help make the industry more inclusive, tech-savvy and sustainable and I’m looking forward to ensuring these themes are prevalent in our future work.”

Dains accountants has welcomed a new team PA to its Stoke-on-Trent office.

Katie Goodwin has joined company’s Festival Park office with over nine years of administration experience. She has also worked in a business support role.

Katie is one of four new recruits to have joined Dains this summer, despite the uncertain economic climate.

Katie said: “I’m really excited to be a part of Dains and working with the audit team. I’m looking forward to the role and getting to know staff across the business.”

Angela Millward, head of HR at Dains said: “We’d like to welcome all four employees to the business.

“Although they have joined us during these unprecedented times, they have settled in well and we are delighted they are now part of the Dains team.”

At specialist PR agency Stone Junction, former BBC broadcast assistant Matthew Perry has been appointed to support its existing audio tactics.

In his new role, Matthew will spearhead the new voice search service as well as assist in developing thought-leading content for engineering businesses.

He joins Stafford-based Stone Junction after a bumper year of recruitment – being one of 21 executives hired in the last 18 months.

Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry

He said: “With experience in both broadcast journalism and PR, I hope to bring a highly media orientated approach to the clients I service.

“My work with BBC Stoke and Stoke City Football club means I’m best prepared to approach journalists, work on our internal media handling and provide support to new recruits on how best to achieve great coverage.”

Managing director Richard Stone added: “Stone Junction is always looking for ways to excel at what we do. Recruiting from a wide array of backgrounds in either STEM, PR or journalist, linguistics or graphics allows us to avoid the traditional disadvantages of single discipline PR agencies.”

My Clever Group (MCG) has announced a shake-up to its management team.

Nicky Hoyland has stepped up to become CEO at the Festival Park business while Gareth Mobley has become executive chairman and Chris Chapman will be the new chief operating officer when he joins the business in August.

The appointments are all part of the company’s plans to accelerate its commercial strategy ahead of multi-million pound growth plans for 2021.

Nicky Hoyland
Nicky Hoyland

Gareth said: “Nicky is the expert and driving force in what we do. She is the face of MCG and DBLX, and knows the workings of our business inside out.

“As a true leader, Nicky is driving positive change across the HR tech industry, providing practical advice and solutions for many businesses as well as our own. Nicky’s work ethic and enthusiasm is infectious and we are excited for the future as Nicky takes this natural step and continues to lead our growing team at MCG.”

Gareth added: “Chris will add a lot of value to our organisation, he has a unique style, and all of our people will enjoy working with him.”

And online electricals retailer AO has announced a new lead for their housebuilder team.

John Farnham, previously national account manager for the B2B division of AO.com, has been promoted to the role after a successful first year for AO Business in the competitive housebuilders market.

Prior to joining the company – which employs around 800 people in Crewe – John was the national B2B account manager for Samsung UK, and previously contracts account manager at Electrolux.

He said: “I’m excited by the opportunity to really make my own mark on the sector and to drive through some positive changes in the way appliances are delivered and installed on site.

“AO have a unique vision for the housebuilder industry, and they have made fantastic progress by offering business clients a powerful alternative. I’m determined to make AO Business the best appliance distributor on offer.”


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