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Movers and shakers: A round-up of appointments from across Staffordshire

Written by on 14/02/2022

Marketing agency Harrison Carloss has hired two new team members – and promoted a third.

Tayler Nuttall has joined the Etruria business as creative designer while Selina Talbot has been appointed as account executive.

Elsewhere, Molly Boston has been promoted to the role of account manager.

Adam Mobley, managing director at Harrison Carloss, said: “It’s always a real pleasure to have talented and highly motivated people join us whilst also recognising our existing team, as with their help I know we can continue to deliver the very best for our existing and new clients.

“The past year has already seen us enjoy sustained growth with a number of significant client wins and, after we weathered the storm of the last couple of years, we are now looking forward to the future of Harrison Carloss.

“The business will also be turning 50 this year so for all of us this is going to be the beginning of yet another exciting chapter for the agency.”

Pictured from left are Molly Boston, Tayler Nuttall and Selina Talbot
Pictured from left are Molly Boston, Tayler Nuttall and Selina Talbot

Elsewhere Staffordshire University has appointed Professor Kevin Hetherington to the post of deputy vice-chancellor.

Professor Hetherington, who will take up the role on March 1, was previously pro vice-chancellor at The Open University and has a 30-year career in higher education as an academic, researcher and senior leader.

He will join vice-chancellor Professor Martin Jones and the university’s executive and senior leadership team in shaping and delivering the new strategic plan.

He said: “I’m excited to be taking on this role and I am most looking forward to being part of Staffordshire University as it sets out on its plans for success over the coming years.

“I am also looking forward to re-acquainting myself with Stoke-on-Trent and its region, a city I lived and worked in for much of the 1990s, and helping to put Staffordshire University centre stage in its developments too.”

Professor Kevin Hetherington
Professor Kevin Hetherington

Welcoming the appointment, vice-chancellor and chief executive Professor Martin Jones said: “This year heralds the start of a new chapter for Staffordshire University, and we are delighted to be appointing Professor Hetherington to the role of deputy vice-chancellor.

“Kevin comes with considerable knowledge and expertise, and we have every confidence he will help the university accelerate its direction towards innovative and impactful research, alongside effective academic and strategic planning, which is so critical to the university’s development and the success of our wider region.”

And law firm Beswicks Legal has appointed experienced sales professional Dan Beckett as the practice’s sales director.

Dan has a strong track-record in sales having held senior leadership roles in a wide range of organisations across Staffordshire and the North West.

As a Keele University law graduate Dan has an understanding of the legal sector and the needs of clients in the legal space.

Group operations director Ryan Yates said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Dan to the team. He joins us at an exciting time, following our expansion into Altrincham and Birmingham.

“We are confident that, with his experience, he is well placed to make a big difference across the whole of the group.”

Beswicks Legal has appointed experienced sales professional Dan Beckett as the practices sales director
Dan Beckett

Dan added: “This is certainly an exciting time to join the business. There is a clear growth strategy and it was immediately clear to me that there is a strong cultural fit.

“I’m committed to developing a true ‘client first’ approach, which, alongside Beswicks’ existing core values, will deliver market leading client experience.”

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Haulage technology firm HaulTech has appointed Patrick Fegan to the role of director of product and innovation.

Patrick – who joined HaulTech in 2017 – has been promoted to the position from his former role as technical manager at the Newcastle-under-Lyme-based company.

In his new role, Patrick will use his 21 years of IT expertise to lead the development of HaulTech’s next generation transport management system.

Patrick said: “I am really enthusiastic about my new role within the company and it is a privilege to be asked to join HaulTech’s leadership team.

“I cannot wait to unveil the things we have been working on behind the scenes and I’m excited about meeting the challenges of the coming years.”

HaulTech has appointed Patrick Fegan to the role of director of product and innovation.
Patrick Fegan

HaulTech director Craig Lamont added: “We are delighted at the progress Patrick has helped the company to deliver since his time with us and we are excited to have him join our leadership team as we further strengthen our position as an

independently-owned leading provider of technology that delivers efficiency and growth for its transport and haulage users.

“Patrick’s promotion is well earned and deserved.”

At the same time, commercial property specialist Sandyford Properties has welcomed experienced financial controller Sally Woodward to the business.

Sally has a background in finance spanning over two decades and has spent a large amount of her career working in the manufacturing sector.

She has joined Hanley-based Sandyford Properties to support its ongoing success and provide increased management information and financial control as the business continues to scale.

Managing director Paul Brindley said: “The size and complexity of the company is growing and so we’re investing in the business to facilitate that.

“Sally showed a curiosity and ability to be analytical and commercial with financial information. She will be a great asset to the business and will support decision making in the company.

“We’re thrilled to be creating a new job and to welcome Sally on board. It’s another building block that provides us with the ability to further expand.

“It also means we can have greater control over the business and make better investment decisions.”

Sandyford Properties has welcomed experienced financial controller Sally Woodward to the business.
Sally Woodward

Sally said: “I’m really enjoying my time with Sandyford Properties so far. I’m really impressed with the business model and strategy and I’m looking forward to supporting its further growth through analytical and strategic decision making.

“I’d started looking around for a new job because I’d worked in manufacturing predominantly for most of my career and wanted a change. I saw this opportunity with Sandyford Properties and thought it sounded interesting.

“I’ve done a lot of strategic management work in my previous roles and that’s something I’m interested in doing at Sandyford Properties. I love bringing the numbers to life and seeing how they can influence decision making.”

Finally, a growing gas business has welcomed an intake of new apprentices.

Phoenix Gas and Renewable Technologies currently employs 13 apprentices as part of its commitment to build a trained workforce for the future.

Now the Tunstall company has welcomed apprentice gas engineers Lewis Kearns and McKenzie Stacy to the business, while Jessica Edwards has joined the company as an apprentice administrator.

Elsewhere, Heather Greer has joined the warehouse team as part of the government’s Kickstart scheme.

Jessica Edwards has joined Phoenix Gas and Renewable Technologies as an apprentice administrator.
Jessica Edwards

The new recruits join Phoenix during a period of growth and as part of an ongoing recruitment drive for new gas engineers.

Kirsty Brazier, HR director at Phoenix, said: “We are keen to hear from experienced gas, electrical or renewable technicians, or those well placed and enthusiastic to enhance their careers in this sector.

“We have a great culture at Phoenix, where you’ll have all the benefits of working for an established company with a progressive outlook – a company where you’ll have the opportunity to contribute, grow and develop.

“Over the years, we have demonstrated our commitment to training and development by investing in many apprenticeships, alongside other qualifications. Many of our apprentices have gone on to work in the trade and build careers with us. It’s really rewarding to see the former apprentices, now working in supervisory roles in the business.”

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