A manufacturer has appointed a new managing director to lead its European HQ in Birmingham.
HydraForce Hydraulics, which makes high-performance hydraulic valves and manifold systems, has promoted Jon Bradley to the role.
He will lead a team of 700 staff at its base at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.
Mr Bradley joined the US-based firm as director of global quality excellence in 2016 since when he has helped to raise its profile globally.
He started his working life as an engineering apprentice before embarking on a career in the manufacturing sector which has spanned three decades in fields such as aerospace, automotive and off-highway hydraulic engineering, in both the UK and US.
Mr Bradley said: “I am extremely honoured to be asked to follow in the footsteps of former managing directors Tony Brown and Peter Macdonald, extending the founder Jim Brizzolara’s HydraForce legacy.
“I will continue to work with the team to deliver the benefits that my predecessors have put in place, carrying them out in the spirit of HydraForce.”
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Vice-president of operations Tim Twitty added: “We extend our gratitude and best wishes to our former managing director Tony in his future endeavours and welcome Jon Bradley in his new position.”
In other appointments news, West Midlands Combined Authority has made a senior appointment aimed at helping businesses across the region prioritise their employees’ mental health while boosting economic productivity.
Bobby Birdi joins the council as its new thrive at work engagement manager from the West Midland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.
In his new post, he will lead a team promoting the authority’s ‘Thrive at Work’ programme which offers support to businesses across the Midlands with employee health and wellbeing.
Financial services firm PwC has added a new face to its business restructuring team in Birmingham.
Helen Wheeler-Jones is its new director and will focus on helping mid market businesses of all types navigate the current financial climate and the impact of covid.
She has previously worked for Grant Thornton, Baker Tilly and RSM Tenon.
British Business Bank has a new director for the Midlands.
Sophie Dale-Black was previously Midlands regional director at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and will now lead British Business Bank’s UK network team in the region.
Her role will focus on supporting smaller businesses in the region to access the finance they need to recover, grow and prosper.
Solihull-based technology firm Wise has appointed Jeremy Leach as its first-ever chief compliance officer.
The company, which specialises in self-employment tech, has brought in the industry veteran who has more than 30 years of experience in the tax industry garnered from spells with HMRC and Grant Thornton.
His role will focus on helping Wise’s clients stay compliant with UK tax laws, typically in the logistics and sub-contractor fields.
Law firm Thursfields has made a brace of promotions in the West Midlands.
Jade Linton is now its HR director based in Solihull and joins the executive team at board level and Sharon Oakley has been promoted from associate director to director in the wills and estates team in Dudley.
Ms Linton was previously the firm’s HR business partner and is regularly invited to speak at employment law seminars and conferences.
Ms Oakley is an experienced practitioner in her field and has more than 20 years of experience.