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Movers & Shakers: Sally Chicken takes up presidency of East of England Co-op

PUBLISHED: 06:00 22 July 2014

Sally Chicken, president, and Colin Barrett, vice-president, of the East of England Co-op.

Sally Chicken, president, and Colin Barrett, vice-president, of the East of England Co-op.


Sally Chicken has been elected president of the East of England Co-operative Society following five years on its board of directors.

The 16-strong board has also elected Colin Barrett as vice-president for the year ahead.

Sally, who lives with her family at Chelmondiston on the Shotley peninsula, was elected to the board in May 2009 and sits on the East of England Co-op’s remuneration and search committee.

She is a strong supporter of the retailer’s Sourced Locally initiative, which brings local produce into stores direct from local growers and producers, and has been involved with credit unions for more than 20 years.

Sally said she was “thrilled” to be elected.

“I look forward to helping the board manage its routine meetings as well as tackling some of the major strategic issues facing all co-operative societies at this time. I also hope to get out and about to meet many more of our staff working across the region and finding out first-hand how we can help them best serve our members,” she said.

Colin Barrett has obtained the Institute of Co-operative Directors’ Certificate and currently serves on the audit committee. In 1993, he became a director of the Colchester and East Essex Society, serving terms as vice-president and president prior to the merger with the Ipswich and Norwich Co-op Society. He is married with two grown-up children and lives in Colchester.

: : A Stowmarket-based clinician has risen through the ranks to become head of a key service unit at occupational health and rehabilitation firm RehabWorks.

Rosie Hancock, 35, has been promoted to the role of musculoskeletal service lead at the company’s head office in Bury St Edmunds.

Rosie qualified as a physiotherapist in 1999 and has held a number of roles in clinical practice, lecturing and case management, both in the public and private sectors.

She first joined RehabWorks, then called Bury Physio, in 2002 and in recent years has been the organisation’s regional manager for the East of England.

Rosie said: “I’m really pleased to have taken on the role of service lead and am looking forward to further developing the delivery within our musculoskeletal offering.

“We have an exceptional client list in both the private and public sectors and are building on that all the time – which makes this a great place to work and to develop your career.”

Chief executive Andy Holdcroft said: “Rosie is a very experienced member of the RehabWorks team and has performed a number of functions within the company since joining Bury Physio more than a decade ago.

“We’re delighted that she has now accepted this promotion as we are committed to developing all our staff and enabling them to grow into more senior posts throughout their career path.”

: : Chartered accountants Baker Tilly has appointed Melanie Reed as a corporate tax partner in its Bury St Edmunds office.

Melanie has specialised in corporate tax for more than 15 years, having previously worked for Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young.

Over the years she has advised businesses both in the UK and the US, and specialises in tax reporting under both IFRS and UK GAAP. She has also acted as part of the reporting accountant team for listings both on the full market and AIM.

In her new role, Melanie will work closely with businesses in the eastern region, advising on tax compliance obligations and tax planning opportunities.

Anne Holt, partner at Baker Tilly’s office in Bury St Edmunds, said: “Melanie’s knowledge and experience will be of enormous benefit to businesses across the east region, and I know she will be a great asset to our already successful tax team.”

: : Ipswich-based Connect Education and Business has made four new appointments to expand its core team across the region.

Pauline Mandley has been appointed head of operations at the organisation, which works with 3,000 employers and 900 schools and colleges across the region, to provide young people with a wide range of work experiences on site and in the classroom.

She will work closely with employers to develop all the organisation’s work related learning programmes.

These programmes, including work experience placements, enable young people to find out about the world of work at first hand, to identify future career opportunities and to understand the skills required by employers.

Pauline is a specialist in work-related learning and was previously subject area manager for hospitality and catering at West Suffolk College.

Claire Hopkins takes up the role of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and project manager to oversee a growing regional network of more than 800 science, technology, engineering and maths ambassadors. The ambassadors are volunteers from industry who share their expertise and experiences with young people in schools and colleges and through on-site visits to inspire them about future opportunities in these subject areas.

The appointment comes as Connect Education and Business has been awarded the STEM Ambassador programme for Norfolk on top of its existing Suffolk STEM contract.

Vanessa Godden takes on the role of Norfolk STEM Lead to liaise with Norfolk schools and colleges to maximise learning opportunities for young people in STEM subjects, working closely with employer STEM Ambassadors.

Syreeta Rudkin has been appointed office manager to manage the back office systems such as finance and HR as well as ensuring project co-ordination across the organisation. She has over 10 years’ experience in recruitment and training.

Justin Forman-Harvey has recently been taken on as administration apprentice, following a period of work experience.

Angela Gant, Connect Education and Business chief executive, said: “These appointments reflect how we have grown into an organisation that is now supporting young people right across the east of England to experience highly valuable work related learning and work experience programmes.

“Through our partnership with regional employers they can gain real insight into the world of work, understand the skills they will need to acquire and make informed choices about their future careers. This is essential if young people across the region are going to be able to access the employment opportunities available to them in key sectors such as energy, life sciences and tourism.”

: : Essex law firm Birkett Long has promoted one of its solicitors to partner, bringing the total number of partners in the firm to 21.

Melanie Bache, 33, who works in the Colchester office, joined the firm in June 2008 after qualifying as a solicitor and working for a law firm in Hertfordshire.

This is the third promotion the mother-of-one has received with the firm. Previous promotions have included team leader and associate.

Melanie said: “It’s a great firm to work for. Birkett Long is very supportive of its staff. I love the work that I do but it makes it even easier to work here when you know you have employers that want to help you.

“I’ve worked part time since having a child about a year ago and my recent promotion is proof that if you work hard, combining family life with work is no bar to climbing the ranks here.”

: : Jane Larcombe has been appointed business development manager at the 15th Century Swan hotel at Lavenham, a new position created by the hotel with a key focus on retaining and growing its leisure, meetings and events business as well as its hire for exclusive events and retreats.

The role includes promotion of the Swan’s new luxury Weavers’ House Spa. In addition Jane will become the social media champion for the hotel.

Jane joins the Swan from the InterContinental Hotel Group where she was employed as area sales manager for two of their hotels in Norwich. She joined Holiday Inn Norwich-North in April 2011 as sales and marketing manager, taking on responsibility for another full service Holiday Inn at Carrow Road around two years later. Prior to working for Holiday Inn, Jane spent a number of years in the travel industry, most notably 14 years working in sales for global distribution system Galileo.

Jane said: “Ingo Wiangke, general manager, and the entire team have been so warm and welcoming. This is such a magnificent hotel with every detail of clients’ needs being attentively catered for. I am very proud to have been appointed as business development manager for The Swan at Lavenham.”

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