Telecommunications business Complete Voice and Data Solutions has appointed its senior management team.
The Newcastle-under-Lyme business has appointed Ben Gregg as sales director, Paul Spence as operations director and Julie Ridgway as finance director.
Other significant hires include David Robinson as the head of unified communications and cloud, Lauren Fallows as head of service and Amy McCulloch as head of mobile.
Mike Ridgway, who set-up the business in January 2020, said: “I was keen to bring on board the industry’s most well-respected and qualified comms professionals, so recruitment has been a careful and ongoing process.
“I’m incredibly pleased to say that we’ve now completed our first cohort within our initial year of opening and have established, in my opinion, the most qualified and skilled team of communications experts in the UK business communications sector.”
He added: “We’ll be continuing to search for quality experts in the industry with plans to take on a further three team members this year as our services and customer base continues to grow and expand.
“We want to ensure we’re constantly providing the highest standard of service we can and that requires exceptional voice and data professionals.”
Meanwhile Staffordshire University has welcomed Ed Craig to his new role as executive dean of the centre of business, innovation and enterprise.
Ed is responsible for the leadership and development of the new centre, which combines Staffordshire Business School and employer partnerships teams and incorporates the Innovation Enterprise Zone (IEZ) and higher and degree apprenticeships.
He will also work to merge the talents of Staffordshire Business School and the enterprise, commercial and employability activities at Staffordshire University.
He said: “We have an amazing opportunity to bring together our education, enterprise and employability talent to provide world class services and support locally and globally working in partnership with civic, public and commercial partners.
“Through our new Catalyst building and other great facilities, the centre will build a virtuous eco-system enabling sustainable change designed to meet the regional and global grand challenges faced by our students, partners and the communities and employers that we work with.”
Sally McGill, chief financial officer and deputy chief executive at Staffordshire University, added: “Ed has very relevant experience which will help us to deliver on the ambitions set out in our 2030 strategic plan.”
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Automotive software provider Click Dealer has appointed Matt Perry as chief technical officer (CTO).
Matt joined the Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, company on a consultancy basis in October 2020 as interim CTO.
Now he has joined the team on a permanent basis to help drive and deliver Click Dealer’s digital transformation project and ongoing tech strategy
He will also be managing Click’s in-house tech team, developing ongoing training plans and supporting technical progression and career development.
Matt, who has previously worked as a consultant for companies including bet365, Fujitsu and Ticketmaster supporting the 2015 Rugby World Cup, said: “Click is a big player in the digital automotive world, so I was excited to work with them on a consultancy basis. However, it was the culture and family environment of Click, including the way the company have operated during Covid, that sealed the deal for me coming on board full time – it’s a company I can see myself working at for the next 20 years.”
Chief financial officer, Pippa Rawlinson, said: “It has certainly been an ‘in at the deep end’ approach for Matt as he has had to guide and lead our wonderful tech team through some difficult challenges over the past few months. I know I speak for my fellow directors, our developers, and the wider business when I say that we are thrilled to have Matt on board.”
At the same time, technology specialists HaulTech has appointed a new sales director after a record-breaking 2020.
The Newcastle-under-Lyme business has welcomed Adam Lamont after seeing a 63 per cent uptake in new business last year.
Adam joins HaulTech with more than 11 years experience in the vehicle tracking and telematics industry where he has developed and led sales teams contributing strategically at a global level.
Adam said: “I am excited to be part of this growth journey. HaulTech are a clear innovator within the industry and 2021 is going to be a great opportunity to springboard our growth.”
HaulTech director Craig Lamont added: “We are really proud of the progress that the company and team have made over the last three years. 2020 has seen the company invested heavily across all areas of its operation including product innovation and development, sales, and support all of which has led to a 66 per cent increase in staffing since March last year.
“As we continue investing in the future, we want to bring together the best local people and talent to help us to deliver on our growth objectives. The appointment of Adam Lamont to the position of sales director is one we are very excited about.”
Law firm Else Solicitors has hired five new recruits to bolster its growing team.
Else, based in Burton-on-Trent and established in 2003, specialises in a number of legal disciplines such as corporate and commercial services, dispute resolution, debt recovery, commercial property and wills and probate.
Covid-19 means that the new recruits are finding their feet remotely, but founder and managing partner, Chris Else, is confident the transition will be a success.
He said: “No-one could have predicted the impact of Covid but rather than bury our heads in the sand, we saw it as an opportunity.
“Yes, it may be a bit more difficult to work remotely but for us this period is about solidifying ourselves as a sustainable and outward looking business ready to take on the future.”
He added: “At Else Solicitors we’ve always prided ourselves on providing world-class service for our clients while encouraging our excellent staff to better themselves at every opportunity.
“With everything that’s going on it would have been easy to pull down the shutters and just try to survive, but fundamentally that’s not who we are.
“I founded Else almost 20 years ago and I’ve watched as we’ve gone from strength to strength ever since. With a real mix of youth and experience, our new hires will allow us to focus on the future and rebuild after Covid.”
The new recruits include David Williams, Manpreet Ark, Caroline Major, Kelly Stott and Chris Clark.
At the same time, Steve Bull and Tracey Marsh have been promoted to the senior management team.