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Members' December appointments

Scientific Laboratory Supplies appoints new Marketing Director

Jushua ChapmanNottingham-based Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS), a British-owned supplier of scientific equipment, chemicals and consumables, has recently appointed Joshua Chapman as Marketing Director.

Mr Chapman, 29, has joined the Operations Head Office, Nottingham, to oversee the company’s marketing, promotional and digital strategy, which has already contributed to a 70% increase in international sales this year.

A graduate of Northumbria University and keen sportsman, Joshua first worked for SLS as a research manager in Sheffield. During that time, he provided evidence for the company expansion into the schools’ laboratory market which led to the launch of the SLS Select Education range of scientific equipment for secondary schools.

In his new role, Joshua will oversee the continued expansion into sectors such as pathology and biotechnology and will identify where the company can provide even greater purchasing efficacy for customers. With over 40,000 people working in 1,400 life-science and healthcare firms across the East Midlands, the SLS marketing and logistics teams already plays a major part in the smooth running of the region’s leading commercial and research laboratories.

“I am delighted to be leading the SLS marketing team into the next phase of company growth. In just 20 years, we have built to a £40m turnover and now employ over 160 staff," he said.

"Nottingham is not only thriving as a centre of world-class scientific research, but is well-served by major transport links to the rest of the UK. Although we have to compete with major international corporations, we know customers like the personal and flexible approach we are respected for. I plan to reflect this in all our marketing activity.”

The company will continue to re-invest in logistics and has already expanded its warehousing capabilities into adjacent buildings on the Wilford Industrial Estate. Earlier this year, SLS was appointed to take on the management of the sole supply of laboratory consumables to public sector labs under an agreement awarded by the UK Shared Business Services (UKSBS).

The contract has already provided additional employment in Nottingham.

New Director for Institute of Hearing Research

Dr AkeroydA new director has been appointed to run the Medical Research Council’s Institute of Hearing Research (IHR) at The University of Nottingham.

Dr Michael Akeroyd is currently the Scottish Director of the MRC/CSO IHR Scottish Section, in Glasgow, where he has been for the past seven years.

As Section Director, he is responsible for scientific work and recently led the move into new state-of-the-art laboratories.

Dr Akeroyd has over 60 peer-reviewed papers in hearing research, focusing on auditory impairment and disability, hearing aids and spatial hearing.

The MRC Institute of Hearing Research was founded in 1977. The Nottingham and Glasgow sites conduct world-leading research into hearing and hearing disorders and are the MRC’s largest investment in hearing science. The work of the Institute covers the full dimension of auditory science, from fundamental neuroanatomy to the quality of life experienced by a patient.

Dr Akeroyd said on his appointment: “The MRC Institute of Hearing Research delivers world-class interdisciplinary research on hearing.

“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the Institute’s work. I look forward to championing our exciting and innovative future research that will deliver the next generation of improvements in hearing health care.”

Professor Sir John Savill, Chief Executive of the MRC, said: “The Medical Research Council is delighted to announce that Dr Michael Akeroyd will be the next Director of the MRC Institute of Hearing Research (IHR) at The University of Nottingham.

“Dr Michael Akeroyd is already part of the MRC family, having served as Director of the Scottish Section of the IHR in Glasgow for the past seven years. His work there has addressed the personal consequences of hearing loss and on the effects and importance of spatial hearing.

“This appointment will make sure that the interdisciplinary research on hearing carried out at the IHR — the MRC’s largest investment in hearing science — will continue to translate excellent discovery science, in partnership with the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit, into applications that deliver real benefit to the 8-10 million people in the UK suffering from hearing loss.”

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham, said: “The appointment of Dr Akeroyd to the IHR at Nottingham is a real bonus for us as an institution. His extensive experience and expertise will complement the world-leading research which is already taking place there. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

Dr Akeroyd will take up his post in April 2015.

New MD for Wilsons’ General Insurance

Mark MintonNottingham-based The Wilson Organisation has appointed Mark Minton to the new role of Managing Director of its General Insurance division.

Working alongside Wilsons’ CEO Annabel Prow and Group MD Charlotte Perkins, Minton brings 30 years' insurance and financial services senior and Board level experience to the firm.

The Wilson Organisation is a UK top 100 financial adviser and insurance broker and provides insurance and financial advice to both businesses and individuals.

In the new role, Mark will support the Board and senior management team in defining and delivering Wilsons’ strategies for growth and expansion.

Mark's extensive sector experience includes 25-years with a market-leading Yorkshire-based insurance broker and financial adviser firm, as Group Managing Director where he not only influenced a significant increase in turnover he also managed a number of mergers and acquisitions.

Additional experience includes seven years in Florida, where he was president of RBR Estates, until his return to the UK in 2012,

He takes up the new role at Wilsons from £47m turnover Financial Services Network business Personal Touch, which is based in Solihull, where he was Strategy & Business Development Director.

An avid Rugby League supporter, in his spare time Mark was also a main Board Director of Bradford Bulls Rugby League team from 2000 until 2005, where he was responsible for branding, marketing, ticketing, pre-match entertainment and sponsorship. The Bulls were World Club Champions three times during his time on the Board.

Mark said his new position as MD, General Insurance at Wilsons: “Wilsons is a thriving and established top 100 insurance broker and financial adviser in the UK, and the new role of MD of its General Insurance team is created at a time when the firm has experienced a sustained period of high demand for its services.

“The role will see me channel my extensive senior management, commercial and practical experience in insurance, and apply my analytical and strategic ambitions to work with the firm’s Board and senior teams to drive performance and growth in the next stage of Wilsons’ history.”

Wilsons’ Group MD Charlotte Perkins said: “This year, the firm celebrates its centenary and is set to further grow the business as we enter its next 100 years.

“Mark is a highly experienced, respected professional and a fantastic addition to the team. He will spearhead the strategic growth and business development of the General Insurance division, working alongside the MD of our Financial Services team Pat Makin, the firm’s senior management team, Deputy Chairman Gary Cormack, and our CEO Annabel Prow.

“Mark’s appointment is a significant first step for Wilsons in the next stage of its strategy for business growth. We continue to add-to and develop our team to the benefit of our client portfolio and providers and Mark is already on the look-out for more experienced professionals to work within General Insurance to complement our existing team.”

The Wilson Organisation is a family-owned business, today in its third generation and led by Annabel Prow and her sister Charlotte Perkins.

The Wilson Organisation provides innovative insurance and financial solutions to businesses and individuals both regionally and nationally. It organises and underwrites the not-for-profit Midlands Family Business Awards that launched in 2010.

New Marketing Assistant at G2 Innovation

Lace Market-based design consultancy G2 Innovation are delighted to be expanding further, welcoming Katherine Thomson to the team in the role of Marketing Assistant.

She has recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Media Practice and brings a variety of skills to the business.

This has been an exciting time for the business, Katherine is the third new appointment this year for G2 Innovation having taken on Alex Atkin in the role of Commercial Manager and James Fowkes as Electronics Engineer in the past few months.

Co-­‐Founder David Eilbeck said: “The new appointments reflect the success of our ongoing development and growth strategy.”

“Our passion is helping businesses with their development goals, and adding these key new individuals to our team enables us to maintain the excellent service and customer focus for which we are known.”

G2 are the design and innovation experts. The design team can help with the whole design process or a discrete stage, from ideation to developing working prototypes and selecting materials and components. G2 consultants have developed innovation development programs which are tailored to individual clients to support their internal processes from concept-to-commercialisation and a specialist R&D tax team have assisted over 160 businesses with their claims for R&D tax relief, with 95% client retention.

Darran bolsters FHP's Derby office

Darran SevernFHP is pleased to announce the appointment of Darran Severn to bolster its Derby office.

Darran will be working in the agency team, alongside Tim Richardson, based on Pride Park.

Darran said: “I am delighted to have joined the company at such an important stage in my career. FHP is one of the most active agents in the East Midlands and I am really looking forward to a long future with the firm. I have been brought in to expand the Derby office at a time when Derby itself is seeing new investment and growing as a city.

"Having spent the past three years working in West London, I am pleased to have been able to move back to the East Midlands and join an award winning company. In my previous role, I specialised in office and industrial agency work within a five mile radius of Heathrow Airport, marketing a portfolio of mixed properties has given me valuable experience in completing deals which benefit both landlords and tenants.

"Now at FHP, I will be covering a wide range of agency instructions throughout Derbyshire including retail, office and Industrial properties. While covering these instructions I am planning to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence and become chartered.

"Although I have been with FHP for only a short time, it is very clear that everyone in the company shares a very forward-thinking approach and it is very much a team effort. It is an exciting time for Derby, and I am looking forward to the challenge of this market.”

Senior management changes at East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains has announced that Managing Director David Horne has been appointed to play a leading part in the mobilisation and transition arrangements for the new InterCity East Coast franchise which is to be operated by Stagecoach and Virgin from March 2015.

He will take up the role this month and, subject to the commencement of the franchise award as envisaged, would become Managing Director of Virgin Trains East Coast when the franchise starts.

Jake Kelly has been appointed Managing Director Designate of East Midlands Trains. He has previously worked as a director of the company and joins from the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance.

David, 42, has more than 25 years' experience in the rail industry, having started his career in 1988 as a ticket office clerk in Cornwall. He has also held senior positions within South West Trains and Virgin Trains.

David led the successful bid on behalf of Stagecoach for the East Midlands Trains franchise in 2007. In his time at East Midlands Trains, David has been responsible for delivering the UK’s most punctual long distance services over a five year period and has also seen significant increases in customer satisfaction. East Midlands Trains was named Passenger Operator of the Year at the National Rail Awards earlier this year.

Jake, 40, is currently Development Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, which operates the UK’s busiest commuter rail network.

Jake started his career as an economist, specialising in transport, for Coopers & Lybrand, which included an 18-month period spent on secondment to Railtrack. He moved to Stagecoach in 2001, and worked as part of the major projects and business development teams.

He worked as Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains from 2007 to 2010 before moving to South West Trains, where he held the positions of Commercial Director and then Customer Service Director before moving into his current role as Development Director in 2013.

Commenting on the changes, David Horne said: “I have really enjoyed my time at East Midlands Trains and feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to lead such a successful franchise.

“We’ve had such fantastic support from our stakeholders, partners and customers who have all helped to make East Midlands Trains the business it is today. I would also like to pay particular tribute to our great team of people who have helped to ensure that East Midlands Trains is in the best possible position moving forward.

“I have known Jake Kelly for many years, both from his time at East Midlands Trains and more recently in his role at South West Trains and I have every confidence that I am leaving the company in an excellent pair of hands.

“I wish East Midlands Trains every success for the future and will be watching with interest as Jake and the team develop the company even further.”

Jake added: “I’m hugely excited to be taking over at East Midlands Trains. It’s a great opportunity and I know that David will be leaving the company in the best possible shape. There’s a very good team at East Midlands Trains and I’m looking forward to working with them in driving forward further improvements for our passengers.”

Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive for Stagecoach Group, said: “David has done an excellent job at East Midlands Trains and I’m sure the team will be sad to see him go. These two new appointments will help to ensure that our rail businesses are in the best shape for the future and I have every confidence that David and Jake will be a great success in their new roles.”

Glossop Cartons announces the full-time appointment of Matthew Jordan

Matthew JordanDerbyshire-based Glossop Cartons has offered a full time labouring position to Matthew Jordan, a 22-year-old who touched the heartstrings of the Glossop community in March when the 22 year old took to social media to raise his profile in a bid to secure a permanent position at a local company.

Matthew, who has learning difficulties, is partially sighted and has a speech impediment, caught the attention of Glossop Cartons sales director Jacky Sidebottom, who was impressed by his novel approach to show the world that he would make a fantastic employee if given the chance.

Jacky offered Matthew an interview to see what Glossop Cartons could offer him and was immediately impressed by his positive attitude. Matthew joined the team on a part-time basis in March this year as a General Labourer and hasn’t looked back since.

Now, thanks to Matthew’s hard work, reliability and ability to get the job done, the company has extended what was initially a part-time position to a full-time permanent position.

Jacky Sidebottom said: “Matthew has become a strong member of our team, who demonstrates a genuine passion for coming to work and doing a great job. Everybody at Glossop Cartons gets on well with Matthew, and the whole team is delighted to have witnessed him go from a young lad whose confidence was low to the thriving young man he is now."

Matthew said: “My favourite aspect of working here at Glossop Cartons is being part of a team and also being treated like everybody else. I feel more independent and confident as a result of working here and I’m happy that I’m now earning my own money.”

Jacky: “I feel that taking Matthew on this year was one of my personal highlights, and I feel very strongly that employers of all shapes and sizes, circumstances permitting, be encouraged to offer a chance to people with disabilities.”