December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 19, 2013
Haverhill-based Kirton Healthcare has appointed Vanessa Hands as marketing manager. Vanessa. who is a languages graduate, has worked in the marketing and PR industry for three years, and went travelling in South Americas prior to joining the Kirton team.
Her appointment comes at a key time for Kirton. Group founder and chairma, Martin Battye has announced his retirement from the company, facilitated by a management buyout. The new management team will include senior members of the current Kirton team, including group managing director Beverly Lawrence, along with key associates of the industry such as Mike Lord, chairman of the BHTA, who will join the team as non-executive chairman.
Vanessa said: “I am delighted to have joined the Kirton Healthcare Group at such an exciting time. Everyone at Kirton is extremely hard-working and dedicated, and there is a real sense of team spirit which is fantastic. The future is looking very bright for Kirton and I look forward to being part of the company’s continued growth and progression.”
Vanessa has experience working within the healthcare industry, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, having studied both languages at degree level. Her role will involve working on all aspects of marketing and she will be working on improving the company’s internal communication, which has taken increasing precedence since its acquisition of A J Way in 2010. She will be looking for new and innovative ways of reaching target audiences, along with helping to oversee current activity such as exhibitions and producing high quality literature.
Group managing director Beverly Lawrence said: “We are delighted to have Vanessa on the team. Her experience in the healthcare sector coupled with marketing and PR knowledge makes her an ideal candidate, and we are sure she will do full justice to the role. She has the ability, experience and personality to succeed within the business and we are all looking forward to working with her.”
: : MIKE Olding, a well-known local banker with the Swedish relationship bank Handelsbanken, will take up a four month attachment with its corporate banking office in Shanghai, China. Mike established Handelsbanken’s Ipswich branch in 2010, and has previous experience working abroad.
“This is an exciting opportunity to help develop Handelsbanken’s cross-border banking business,” he said. “As we continue to grow right across the UK, it is vital we are able to support our customers’ business requirements in China and other important economies.”
: : The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) has appointed Peter Jones CBE as its new chairman.
Mr Jones, who is committed to continuing to strengthen the private sector input into the business-led partnership, will take over from the partnership’s current chairman, John Spence CBE, on 1 August 2013.
The former investment banker and retired leader of East Sussex County Council spent his working life in the City of London as a partner of Laing & Cruikshank. He subsequently worked for Bankers Trust on Mergers and Acquisitions in London. He has held several non-exec directorships of UK, US, and Australian companies.
He was a county councillor in East Sussex from 1997 and leader from 2001 until standing down in May this year. Mr Jones was one of the founding Board Members of SE LEP while leader of East Sussex County Council.
Mr Jones said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to take on this important and challenging position. We are seeing some signs of economic recovery, but there is still a long hard road ahead.”
“Under the chairmanship of John Spence the SE LEP has made significant strides in helping tackle the blockages preventing businesses across our area from fulfilling their potential. I am sure SE LEP’s partners and stakeholders, together with the wider business community, would join me in thanking him and paying tribute to his efforts over the past two years.
SE LEP’s outgoing chairman, John Spence, said it had been “an enormous privilege” to have been chairman of the SE LEP during its informative stages.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in the LEP for their efforts and support during my term as chairman. I think Peter will be an excellent successor and I know that he and the board will make a superb team,” he said.
Mr Jones, 68, is married to former MP Jacqui Lait and lives in Hastings, East Sussex.
: : AN Ipswich-based construction consultancy has boosted its delivery scope to clients after a key team member was awarded a first class honours degree.
Johanna Bayliss-Fuller, assistant building surveyor at Dayle Bayliss Associates LLP, has secured a first class honours degree in Construction Management BSc (Hons) from Colchester Institute.
Johanna completed the degree, a course which is traditionally completed by part-time students over six years, in just three years, attending the institute for two days a week and training ‘on the job’ for the remaining three days of the week.
“The course was really varied and it gave me an insight into the number of different roles within the industry,” she said.
“I am really pleased to have been awarded a first class honours degree. It really was hard work. Having completed the course I am now in the process of becoming a member of the CIOB and deciding what masters degree to go on to study.”
Johanna has also undertaken specific training on applications such as AutoCAD, giving her an in-depth insight of how buildings are constructed and an understanding of different construction types and their interface with the design process.
: : EAST Bergholt-based Fargo Systems, which provides software to the transport and logistics industry has appointed a new customer service manager.
Trudy Seager brings over 20 years’ experience to her new role, having worked at shipping line, Maersk, as import manager with responsibility for developing new teams, motivating existing teams and facilitating customer service strategies.
General manager Steve Collins said: “We’re delighted that Trudy has joined us as the wealth and range of experience she brings s adds a new dimension to our current support team and will be hugely beneficial in advancing our customer service offering.”
: : QUALITY Equipment (QE) has strengthened its sales and marketing departments with two new appointments, Bill Diaper and Henry Stark.
Bill Diaper, who started his career with QE in 1978, now rejoins the sales team where he will bring a wealth of experience within the pig industry. His extensive product knowledge will enable him to assist customers in finding the equipment and services they need to develop their businesses. Based at the company’s headquarter in Woolpit, Suffolk, he will cover the whole of the UK.
Henry Stark has been appointed marketing co-ordinator. With retail and marketing experience, he will provide assistance and back-up to colleagues and will be responsible for managing the customer relations system.
: : MAUREEN McDonald-Cooke has joined growing East Anglian housing association Suffolk Housing as housing services manager for sheltered and supported housing.
Maureen takes responsibility for managing a dispersed team working across Suffolk and Norfolk who will focus on delivering excellent services, mainly to older tenants. She will be primarily based at the company’s Bury St Edmunds headquarters.
She brings 30 years’ experience in frontline customer-facing roles to Suffolk Housing, and has worked within both the public and private sectors.
She comes to Suffolk Housing following four years at the Broadland Housing Group, where she held several roles including neighbourhood officer, manager for older person’s services, housing partnership manager and area manager for general needs and supported housing.
“I am passionate about supported housing,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to developing a team which will shape our supported housing services and ensure they are robust enough to meet the challenges which face our business and our tenants in the future
“I am also delighted to be part of Suffolk Housing at this exciting time of growth and will be striving to ensure all of our customers and partners receive an excellent service.”
Ian Winslet, chief executive of Suffolk Housing, said: “We are delighted to welcome Maureen to our team. She brings with her a wealth of experience in frontline customer-facing roles which will make a real difference to our older tenants.”