n POLLY Hunnaball, Louise Keeble and Chris Partner are the latest members of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group to achieve examination success.
The company, based in Ipswich, is committed to quality of service and continual improvement through training and education, and the Diploma in Funeral Directing is the highest qualification in the industry.
All three have gained their diplomas with distinctions, and the company says it now has the highest number of qualified funeral directors in the area.
n NEWMARKET company Nitritex, a global supplier of consumable cleanroom products, has promoted Shelley O’Leary to account manager.
Ms O’Leary, who joined Nitritex in 2008 to provide sales support for UK business development managers, was initially tasked with overseeing the installation and development of a CRM customer contact database system, which has since enabled Nitritex to manage, service and expand its customer base.
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Her new role sees her responsible for the management and servicing of more than 100 customer accounts, and she has already generated new business within specialist sectors for Nitritex.
Richard Bryant, group sales director for Nitritex, said: “Shelley has undergone extensive product and sales training as part of her development programme and this is a natural progression into a customer-facing role.”
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n JONATHAN Bysh has been put in charge of the Frinton office of Boydens estate agents.
Mr Bysh is a long-term Frinton resident and a good number of his near-30 years in the property business have been spent in the town.
Now he is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and experience of the area to his new role as branch manager at Boydens in Connaught Avenue.
During his career, he has worked for independent and corporate estate agencies, run his own business and been national relocation manager for a major London-based company.
“I’ve spent a good deal of time working in Frinton in the past,” he said. “I launched the Frinton office of one of the big corporate firms and I’ve also worked in the country homes end of the market.
“I’m looking forward to bringing all this experience to my new role.
“Boydens is one of the most established names in north Essex and I am well aware of its reputation for customer service. With the market on the up, I am keen to ensure Boydens is right at the front of the recovery on the lettings and sales side of the business.”
Boydens managing partner, David Boyden, added: “We are delighted to have recruited someone with Jonathan’s vast experience to our team. His local knowledge will be a major advantage for our customers.” n ZOE Lucas has joined growing East Anglian housing association Suffolk Housing Society as a finance trainee.
Ms Lucas, 19, is based in the company’s Bury St Edmunds office. Her main responsibilities include updating the society’s accounts and monitoring receipts and bank records.
She joins the society on an apprentice scheme, and begins a day-release Association of Accounting Technicians NVQ course, at West Suffolk College, in September.
Her role at the society is her first full-time job, and comes after she completed a BTEC in business and finance, also at West Suffolk College.
“I am really looking forward to the challenges and opportunities which my new role with Suffolk Housing Society will bring,” said Zoe, who lives in Red Lodge.
“There is a really good team in place, and everyone has been extremely helpful so far and has really helped me to settle into my first full-time job.”
n POST-graduate student Nathalie Kolasa, who is studying for an MSc in Management at the Ashcroft International Business School (AIBS) at Anglia Ruskin University, has secured a research project with a difference – she is set to work with the London Array offshore wind farm project.
Ms Kolasa approached the London Array project and has successfully negotiated support from them to conduct the research assignment for her dissertation.
London Array is a joint venture between three international companies with renewable energy interests – Dong Energy of Denmark, E.ON of Germany and the UK, and Masdar from Abu Dhabi. The wind farm will be located about 12 miles from the Kent and Essex coasts and when fully constructed it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
London Array’s agreement to engage Ms Kolasa and the Ashcroft International Business School demonstrates its commitment to continuing improvement and to operating at the cutting edge of working practices.
The project is looking to benefit from specific proposals for improvements to its multi-cultural, joint venture working practices.
Dr Jonathan Smith, Ms Kolasa’s research supervisor at AIBS, said: ‘This is an excellent opportunity both for Nathalie, for London Array and for AIBS. For Nathalie to have negotiated access to this research project is a tremendous success. It is a clear demonstration of Nathalie’s abilities and of her exciting proposals for research.”
Ms Kolasa’s research is focused on how the multi-cultural project organisation can develop smoother operations and processes with minimum waste of resources.
She will be working at London Array part-time between July and November as part of the research.