Moves & Shakers: Former students join staff at Ipswich sixth form college One
- Credit: John Nice
The One college in Ipswich has welcomed back two former students as teachers.
Alex Woor, 21, is from Ipswich. He studied A-levels at One and then went to study maths at the University of Essex, gaining first class honours. Since September, he has been working at the college helping others with their maths in his role as an instructor. While at university, he continued to live in Ipswich and helped others at One who were re-sitting GCSE exams for around one day a week.
“I loved it here and it’s great to be back although I never really went away,” he said.
“Long term, I can see myself staying here for my career. I would recommend One to others. I think it’s a great bridge between school and further learning – it’s a very empowering environment for a young person. You can be who you want to be. I’m sure I won’t be the last former student to come back and teach here.”
Cameron Dilley, 22, has joined the science department as a technician.
He studied four A-levels and then took a physics degree at the Royal Holloway campus of the University of London, where he gained a 2:2.
“I set up a club to help others when I was at One. This inspired me to work in education and become a teacher,” he said.
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“I also worked as a private tutor whilst I was at university. I had so many highlights as a student and now I’m looking to gain many more as an employee. It’s been great coming back – everyone has been very helpful.”
Deputy principal Jenny Milsom said: “We would like to congratulate Alex and Cameron. It’s great for us that they have enjoyed their time at One so much that they want to start their careers with us.
“They can relate to the students via their experiences here and we wish them very long and successful careers in education.”
A family-run building company has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of a new operations director.
Colin Parker has joined Bennett Homes, based at Nowton, Bury St Edmunds, with responsibility for the technical, commercial, construction and customer care functions of the business, orchestrating all the functions as a delivery team and reviewing processes, systems and methods to increase efficiency further.
Colin brings 35 years of house building experience to the company, having worked for developers at regional level. His career started in procurement before moving into commercial and technical positions and then into operations.
Colin said: “I am so pleased to be working alongside everyone at Bennett Homes as we all strive towards higher standards whilst increasing our productivity. A strong focus on the customer and a high quality product, traditionally-built with excellent finishes, will maintain our competitive edge.”
Managing director Edward Parker said: “We are delighted to welcome Colin to the team at an exciting time in our company’s history. With 70 years’ experience, we are now in an excellent position to meet today’s challenges whilst building on our core strengths. Colin’s extensive experience and skillset will be invaluable for the next stage in our development.”
Ipswich-based chartered accountants Larking Gowen has welcomed Anders Rasmussen as a partner in its corporate team.
Anders, a former corporate partner at Grant Thornton, was born and educated in Norfolk and attended the University of Birmingham. He joined the Norwich practice of KPMG in 1988 and moved to Grant Thornton in 2000.
After a short spell in London and two secondments out into industry he has spent most of his career working in the local market advising and providing assurance services to a wide range of businesses including medium to large privately held commercial companies and groups as well as some not for profit organisations.
“I have spent nearly 30 years working with a wide range of privately held and family run businesses in East Anglia,” he said.
“I am delighted to join Larking Gowen which already has a strong and growing reputation for providing first class business advice, excellent client service and value for money to clients in that market.”
Managing partner Jon Woolston said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Anders to join our corporate practice here at Larking Gowen. Anders has an outstanding reputation and his experience and expertise will bring real value to our clients and our people across the region.”
Ipswich-based law firm Birketts has appointed Marcia Grice as a rights of way executive in its agriculture team.
Marcia specialises in public rights of way law and has expertise in a variety of related issues including common land and village green legislation. She joins Birketts from a local county council.
Senior associate Carol Ramsden said: “I’m delighted to welcome Marcia to join Nigel Farthing and me at Birketts. Marcia is a Member of the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Countryside Access Management and her appointment will enhance our market-leading Agriculture Team. She will be based at our Norwich office but will support colleagues across our four offices and serve clients throughout England and Wales.”
Bury St Edmunds-based retail marketing firm Montage Communications has appointed a new account manager and a PR apprentice.
Liz Tyler, 30, a former PR and digital marketing manager at Trebuchet with almost a decade’s marketing expertise, will be managing the strategy, planning and delivery of many of Montage’s key on and offline global campaigns as account manager.
Apprentice Dominika, 19, of Norwich will be studying for Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Public Relations. The 15-month fixed term contract allows her to work full time at Montage while completing on-the-job training and assessments.
Liz said she was “delighted” to join the firm. “I’m looking forward to raising our clients’ profiles while supporting the agency in its own development and building on my own experience,” she said.
Dominika, who recenlty graduated from City Colelge Norwich in Creative Media Production, said she was “really excited”.
Creative director Aime Southgate said: “Liz’s industry insights and knowledge from SEO and PPC right through to the management of marketing campaigns, means she can hit the ground running and work with some of the agency’s most prestigious international accounts.”
Dominika stood out in the interview process due to her creative media production knowledge and social media experience, she added.
“We’re delighted to welcome both Liz and Dominika to the Montage team,” she said.
Two senior associates at Ipswich-based law firm Prettys have received special mentions for their diligent approach to client work in the annual Chambers & Partners UK solicitors guide.
Georgina Rayment, senior associate and mediator who sits in the family law practice, is one of only a handful of solicitors across the country to be named a ‘star associate’ and senior associate Rebecca Palmer is named as an ‘associate to watch’ for her work in the construction team.
Senior partner Ian Waine and partners Peter Blake, Kelly Sayers, Matthew Cole and Georgie Hall were all ranked for their expertise and exceptional client service.