Rod Stiles
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This week's London appointments

Rod Stiles, BAM Construction

Building company BAM Construction has appointed a new regional director for its operations in London.

Rod Stiles has worked at BAM for more than 20 years. He was the firm’s regional director in the Midlands since 2014, reshaping the region’s work profile and attracting clients including the National Indoor Arena, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Technologies.

According to BAM, he established the company as the primary contractor in a competitive Birmingham market.

Rod said: “There is no doubt that building in the capital city is a unique challenge: unique for its architecture, its logistical complexity, and its sheer commercial scale.

“But BAM has proven it is technically as good as any firm in this sector, and that our collaborative culture means we can operate successfully for any client anywhere in the UK in a way others find hard to match.”

He added: “That’s a powerful selling factor, and I am ambitious for us to be recognised for the quality of the work we have done and will go on to do here.”

Karen Waters, Engage Hub

Data-driven customer engagement company Engage Hub has appointed Karen Waters as its new product director.

Working in London, Karen will lead the product team and the wider organisation in their drive to help companies strengthen customer engagement, improve operational efficiency and deliver key brand messages.

She has more than a decade of product management experience across the mobile and digital industry, with a focus on telecoms.

Karen has already worked at Engage Hub for a year, having initially joined as partner sales director.

She said: “Customer experience has changed dramatically in the last 15 years and Engage Hub is constantly evolving its technology to ensure it remains ahead of the curve.

“The team are dedicated to delivering data-driven solutions to clients in an innovative and agile fashion and, by keeping the customer front of mind, drive greater connection between brands and consumers.”

Engage Hub CEO Ray Tierney commented: “Karen is extremely talented and brings vast international experience to our senior management team.

“She will play an important role in developing solutions that transform our client’s customer engagement strategies. Leading our pioneering product team, Karen will ensure that we are constantly driving the next stage of the digital customer experience evolution.”

Andy Hollingdale, Bacs Payment Schemes Limited

Bacs Payment Schemes Limited has appointed Andy Hollingdale as its first general manager.

Andy has worked at Bacs for a decade, most recently as director of change management.

He said: “The payments industry in the UK is moving apace, and it’s both a challenge and a privilege to be in a position to drive Bacs’ role in that.

“The company and its Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit payments, as well as all of the other services we offer, have become part and parcel of everyday life for people and businesses over the last 50 years, and we have an important part to play in the future, too.”

Paul Hewer, WebBeds

B2B accommodation provider WebBeds has chosen Paul Hewer as its new regional director of sales for the UK and Ireland.

Bringing close to 15 years of commercial experience to the table, Paul previously held senior roles at GTA and Getabed, as well as WebBeds’ own Sunhotels arm.

He said of his appointment: “I’m incredibly excited to have joined the recently expanded WebBeds team.

“The business has grown significantly through the acquisition of the JacTravel and brands, we now have a considerably larger client base and a materially enhanced, directly contracted hotel portfolio.

“I’m delighted to be leading such an established and enthusiastic UK and Ireland sales team and am looking forward to building on the great work they have achieved to date.

WebBeds’ Europe CEO, Nigel Horne, commented: “We are thrilled that Paul has joined WebBeds.

“He brings with him many years’ experience and an invaluable knowledge and understanding of the UK and Ireland B2B marketplace.”

Nigel added: “We have every confidence that he has the tools and team in place to achieve our ambition of establishing WebBeds as the go-to provider for the region.”

Paul will work out of the company London office.

WebBeds comprises the JacTravel, totalstay, Sunhotels, Lots of Hotels and FITRuums brands.

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