Diane Ward promoted to partner

A director at a renowned warehouse and distribution group has been made partner as the business continues to grow, prosper and diversify. Diane Ward (pictured) has

been Group Operations Director at Carlton Forest Warehousing for the past five years and has become the fourth partner and Group Chief Operating Officer alongside Mark Pepper, his father John Pepper and Kerry Neath. Mark said: “Diane has been an

intrinsic part of the business for many years. We look forward to ongoing prosperity and Diane being a key part in the development of the business.” Diane added: “This is a very

proud moment in my career and I am looking forward to driving further growth as the business diversifies into new ventures.”

Nick Hill joins board at Danaher & Walsh Group

Danaher & Walsh Group has appointed Nick Hill to its board of directors in the role of Finance Director. The Finance Director role will

see Nick manage the whole financial and IT functions of Danaher & Walsh Group, including the Civil Engineering, Plant Hire and Advanced Pipeline Solutions subsidiaries. Managing Director Dan

Danaher said: “Nick is a very welcome addition to our board of directors. As a chartered accountant he brings invaluable knowledge and experience.”

Double promotions at A1 Comms

A1 Comms has announced the promotion of Chelsea Testro to Order Processing Team Leader and Lisa Cooper to Customer Services and Retentions Team Leader. In her new role, Chelsea will

lead the team responsible for manually progressing incomplete orders, while Lisa is to oversee the team of customer service agents. Matthew Way, Head of

Operations and Delivery at A1 Comms, said: “It’s a real pleasure to be able to promote both Chelsea and Lisa. It’s an exciting time as we continue to invest in our staff in order to grow the business. There are always opportunities to progress here, and we’re regularly on the lookout for top candidates.”

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Nigel joins Evolve-IT as Managing Director

Multi-award-winning software development company Evolve-IT Consulting has announced the appointment of a new MD, Nigel Bates, who joins the Leicester- based business as part of plans to achieve £5m turnover in the next five years. Previously led by Founder and

CEO Leanne-Bonner-Cooke and Chief Technology Officer Colette Wyatt, the company plans to reach its £5m target with a bigger, broader management team. Leanne has introduced not just a new MD, but three new board members to help in executing her strategy; alongside Nigel in the MD role, Evolve also welcomes Matthew Broadbent as Finance Director and Neil Malpas as Non-Executive Director. Tasked in achieving £5m in five

years, new MD Nigel Bates has a strong track record in consultancy, software and outsourcing, and in bringing strategic enterprise-level expertise to businesses. Nigel has been responsible for significant growth at Microsoft,

Nigel Bates

Capita and Serco among many others and is well-versed in the demands of business growth and performance. Evolve’s CEO Leanne Bonner

Cooke said, “I’m delighted to welcome Nigel to the team and confident that he will lead the business into its next phase of major growth. His passion for technology along with his people and customer focus are critically important to the Evolve culture. The team and I are looking forward to welcoming him into the business.”

Claire takes care of digital accounts

Haines Watts, top-15 chartered accountants and business advisers, has announced the appointment of Claire Palmer (pictured) as its new Digital Accounts Executive. Claire joins the expanding team at Hamilton Office

Park, Leicester, and is a Xero-certified adviser with additional accreditations in both Payroll and Migration. Claire, a former graduate of the University of

Leicester, has spent the past couple of years running her own business, and has helped almost 70 small businesses move onto Xero. Claire primarily provides training to small businesses on how to use Xero correctly and also provides support in the long term to ensure clients are getting the most out of the software. Although she still supports some of these clients, she is looking forward to applying all the skills and experience gained to helping Haines Watts in its move towards digital accounting. Claire said: “I am looking forward to working with

Sanjay and the team at Haines Watts Leicester and assisting clients with digital accounting. With the imminent implementation of Making Tax Digital and the ever-evolving digital landscape, we need to make sure clients are fully prepared to deal with the changes.” Managing Partner Sanjay Khullar added: “This is an important step in allowing us to demonstrate our continuing commitment to supporting SME businesses in the region and assisting our clients with digital growth. Claire’s experience will allow us to offer clients a bespoke digital accounting solution as we will be able to advise clients on the best option for their business, assist with training and implementation and provide ongoing support as necessary.”

One of the fastest-growing engineering and environmental consultancies in the country, M-EC, has made three long-term team members of its Leicester office directors. Tim Rose has been made

Director of the business, with Rosie James and Daniel Halstead both being promoted to Associate Directors. Tim, a highly-qualified

transport engineer who has been with M-EC since its inception, has been made a Director of the business with responsibility for the company’s head office, based in Hugglescote, in North Leicestershire. Tim said: “I started working

with M-EC in 2009 ─ the year the business was founded ─ and we were initially predominantly transport, flood risk and civils focused. We’re definitely moving towards a position where we are the go-to consultants in all the geographical areas we work, while continuing to build on our outstanding reputation for quality and customer care. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved so far and delighted to have been

recognised in this way as we continue to grow the business.”

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