Start-up clinches former Amazon and bet365 head and other appointments from across North Staffordshire

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An innovation expert who has previously worked at Amazon and bet365 has joined a Stoke-on-Trent start-up.

Dan Macklin has been appointed as chief technology officer at HR-tech company DBLX, which is part of MyCleverGroup, based in Festival Park.

Dan has previously worked as a senior member of the UK Innovation team at Amazon Web Services, as head of applied technology innovation at Lloyds Banking Group and at bet365 in a number of senior technology roles.

In his new role at DBLX, Dan will sit on the organisation’s executive board where he will lead the group’s tech strategy with a particular focus on innovation.

Dan Macklin

Company CEO Gareth Mobley said: “Dan has a track record of technology leadership gained from his work in the technology innovation teams at some of the world’s biggest consumer and technology brands. Dan will be a huge asset to add to our highly talented board at MCG.”

Dan added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining MCG and DBLX, a company that really wants to do things dierently and disrupt the HR-tech industry.

“I have a passion for building products that help people and teams grow, so am looking forward to bringing some large-tech capabilities to a smaller company that is a pioneer in this space. I have craved a move like this for some time and can’t wait to get started.”

At training provider PM Training, Lynn Drinkald has been appointed as head of quality, compliance and audit.

Lynn has 20 years’ management information, funding and audit experience in the further education sector.

In her new role she where she will cover all aspects of funding, audit and reporting for the apprenticeship and study programmes.

Lynn Drinkald
Lynn Drinkald

Lynn said: “I’m excited by PM Training’s focus on ‘people first’ which puts learners and employers firmly at the centre of processes, decisions and services to build better futures and improve the life chances of those learners most disadvantaged in the area.”

Meanwhile property consultancy Harris Lamb has announced three key promotions.

Andy Smith, who joined the business as an associate five years ago, has been promoted to director in the lease advisory team.

John Pearce, who has worked on an extensive portfolio of residential, commercial and community projects within the planning department since 2017, has been made an associate, while Sara Garratt has been promoted to senior surveyor having spent seven years negotiating commercial and industrial deals within the agency team.

Pictured from left is Sara Garratt, Andy Smith and John Pearce
Pictured from left is Sara Garratt, Andy Smith and John Pearce

Director Patrick Downes said: “We are delighted to announce these very well-deserved promotions within the business.

“Andy, John and Sara have made valuable contributions within their respective departments, having played an important part in expanding their teams’ portfolio of instructions and servicing clients’ needs.

“They have all shown consistent dedication and commitment to the business during their time with us, and they are highly valued by their colleagues.”

At the same time, Aspire Housing has appointed Scott Conroy as director of business intelligence.

Scott Conroy
Scott Conroy

With 25 years’ experience in the social housing sector, Scott will lead on gathering and analysing information from within and beyond Aspire, to allow the business to better understand its customers, learners, stakeholders and communities.

Scott, who has previously worked for Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: “I was thrilled to be able to return to North Staffs and work for such a great housing association as Aspire, with inspirational colleagues who work tirelessly to make a positive difference to the lives of customers and learners.”

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