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New Managing Director Of Cleaning For ISS UK

ISS UK and Ireland has appointed Thomas Kempf as Managing Director of Cleaning, following recent restructuring to better support its renewed focus on operational and sales excellence in the private sector.

Having worked at ISS Denmark for 14 years, Thomas was also the General Manager of Bunzl in Denmark, before joining Saxo Bank as a Senior Vice President and Global Head of Facilities

Management. ISS continues to focus on the needs of its customers and, as a former client, Thomas brings a new insight to assist the company in delivering on this objective.

Philip Leigh, COO of ISS UK and Ireland, commented: “Cleaning remains a major service stream for us and it is vital that we continue to innovate and improve our offerings. Thomas’ wealth of experience as both a previous employee and

customer, will offer important new insights into how this can continue to be achieved.”

In his new position, Thomas will be responsible for the continued creation and sharing of single service cleaning excellence. With the increasingly international nature of its contracts, ISS is confident that Thomas will further strengthen the close working relationship between its British and Irish operations.

Sinead Takes A Leap Of Faith For Charity

Cleaning specialist manager, Sinead Cleary, is preparing to take a dive for charity — from about 15,000ft in the air!

Sinead, Project Manager for Ryans, is getting ready to sky-dive for the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre in Thurles, North Tipperary. She said: “I’ll be sky-diving in tandem with one of the experts so I’m sure I’ll be fine — the important thing is that it’s for our chosen charity at Suir Haven, and it’s certainly a very worthwhile cause.”

The charity has signed contracts with the North Tipperary Hospice, along with architects and builders, to begin work on transforming the house from a domestic home to a dedicated home-from-home for people who are dealing with cancer. It is hoped that it will be completed by April 2014.

The centre will relocate to a house across the road during the refurbishment with services continuing as normal. It is estimated that the cost of refurbishing the house will be approximately €125,000.

Leading National Skills Council Appoints Gordons

Asset Skills has recruited Gordons to provide industry participants with an intensive talent brokerage service, combining its strategic human resources (HR) experience and legal expertise.

Gordons’ activity will now include working with employers in the three sectors, seeking talent or looking to support employees changing roles, wanting career progression or leaving their organisations. Working collaboratively with Asset Skills, Gordons will hold talent workshops for individuals working in these industries seeking job advancement, covering issues such as producing effective CVs, interview techniques and gaps in relevant skills.


Asset Skills is one of 21 councils established by the Government to tackle designated industries’ skills and productivity needs throughout the UK. It works with the facilities management, housing, property, cleaning and parking sectors to develop standards underpinning new apprenticeships and vocational qualifications. Asset Skills works closely with professional bodies, housing associations, private firms and higher education providers to address skills gaps and improve workforce training.

The organisation also: trains advisors on the Green Deal, the scheme incentivising businesses and home- owners to install environmentally- friendly measures in their buildings;

offers Routes to Employment, which helps long-term unemployed people and ex-offenders find and stay in work; and runs projects on talent management and careers promotion. In addition, it conducts labour market intelligence and insight reports for the industries it covers.

Sheena Pickersgill, Gordons’ HR consultant, has over 18 years’ experience of talent management. She said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the team on this ground-breaking new project. We’ll be working in partnership with employers and individuals in these economically vital sectors to ensure talent is retained.”

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