Tom Prestwich
Tom Prestwich has joined Adare SEC.
Rebecca Wayman

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Tom Prestwich, Adare SEC

Tom Prestwich has joined Adare SEC, a communication solutions firm, as chief operating officer.

Joining from business services company, Communisis, where he was director of its group change programme and formerly head of transactional operations, Tom specialises in productivity improvements, customer on-boarding and transformational performance.

He has been appointed to ensure Adare SEC is operationally fit for purpose to adapt to digitisation and deliver ‘best in class’ performance.

He said: “I’ve been impressed with how Adare SEC has already approached ways to improve communications for its clients and to enhance the customer experience.

“It’s something I’m passionate about and I’m incredibly excited to be part of the company’s transformation and enhancements.”

Tom will be responsible for all four of Adare SEC’s sites in Huddersfield, Redditch, Nottingham and Guildford. Adare SEC’s CEO, Rachael Nevins, said that Tom will bring energy and focus to the whole business.

Danielle Wright, Dawood Bhungrawala and Michael Butler, Wish Group

Fast growing, integrated marketing agency Wish Group has appointed a further three new hires, expanding the current teams for both digital and offline services.

The new appointments come following a period of growth for the agency, which is developing both its national and international client base.

Danielle Wright, who has a BA in broadcast journalism, has joined the digital team, working across a variety of B2B and B2C accounts bringing skills to support the social media team.

Creative specialist, Michael Butler has joined the Wish studio to bolster this key area of the business. He gained a degree in graphic arts and design from Leeds Beckett University.

Dawood Bhungrawala has taken the role of web developer, developing and enhancing the online capability for the Wish Digital client portfolio. A graduate of Bradford College University Centre, Dawood brings great skills to the growing development team at Wish.

Wilf Geldart, director of Wish Agency, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Michael, Danielle and Dawood on board, all valuable additions to our team.

“As our client portfolio continues to grow across Europe and the US, we are expanding all areas of our business and we require dedicated talent in some very specialist areas of marketing.”

Saffron Cuccio; Nicola Lawton; Selso Xisto; Rosalyn Halford; Euan Moreland and Mia Secker, Brawl

Leeds-based content agency Brawl has appointed six new staff members to its team following a number of account wins.

New to the team are Saffron Cuccio, who joins as social media and PR executive, Nicola Lawton as office manager, Selso Xisto as VFX animator, Rosalyn Halford as lead designer, Euan Moreland as a designer and Mia Secker as editor.

Blaze Wear is a heated clothing manufacturer which uses technology to integrate heating elements into the inner layers of the exclusive garments, all designed in the UK.

Martin Jones, managing director of Brawl, said: “The recent additions to our growing client roster are a reflection of the outstanding work and effort that the team has done this year.

“We’ve had a fantastic year to date, and it just keeps getting better. To be able to add even greater depth and strength to the team with the appointment of four very talented individuals will enable us to do an even more comprehensive job for our clients and develop the business even further.”

Jon Hughes, HARIBO UK & Ireland

HARIBO UK & Ireland has appointed Jon Hughes as managing director.

This strategic appointment follows the promotion of Herwig Vennekens who headed the HARIBO UK & Ireland team for 10 years before taking the position of managing director of the HARIBO Holding responsible for sales and marketing globally.

Jon, the former sales director for HARIBO UK & Ireland, said: “It’s a great privilege to be appointed to the role of Managing Director for such a fun and iconic brand.

“I am very much looking forward to working with our teams in the UK and in Ireland to support the continued growth of the business by driving the category forward in a responsible way.”

Jennifer Tully, Diva Creative

Sheffield-based marketing agency, Diva Creative has hired a new account manager - five years after she helped the company on a research project as a temp.

Jennifer Tully is already working with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Sheffield City Council and Sandwell Children’s Trust in her new role at Diva.

She has joined after more than four years as website and e-marketing manager at Alfreton firm Hubaco Ltd, where she was responsible for developing digital strategies for three distinct brands.

Prior to holding that position, Jennifer first became aware of Diva when she helped it conduct market research surveys for a campaign with Leeds City Council on payday loans.

Jennifer said: “I have followed Diva closely since then and always had it in my mind that I would love to work here.

“The projects I am working on now - to help improve air quality, reduce the prevalence of smoking, and recruit foster parents - reflect Diva’s ethos and why it is a unique place to be as a marketer.”

Jon Baker, Somers Forge

Jon Baker has been appointed as the general manager director at Somers Forge.

Jon has a wealth of knowledge in the steel industry with 33 years of experience. He has joined from competitor, Sheffield Forgemaster.

He said: “Somers Forge are an historic company supplying key strategic equipment to marine and defence companies, the integrity and technical expertise within the business operations result in some of the finest forgings supplied to these key industries, I quite simply wanted to be a part of the best that British has to offer.”

Adam Ward, Hica Group

Hull-based Hica Group has invested further in its care home leadership team with the appointment of new senior home manager, Adam Ward.

The move has seen Adam, currently registered manager at Elm Tree Court, a specialist dementia home, take on an additional role as senior homes manager.

He has filled one of three roles, designed to fit around his current job and created by the care group to boost management operations across its network of facilities.

Within his new role, Adam Ward will act as a main point of contact for a number of Hull based Hica Group homes. This includes Raleigh Court, Wilton Lodge, Overton House and Albemarle. He will also facilitate best practice among them.

Adam Ward, who has over 12 years of experience in managerial roles and over six years in the care industry, said: “I’m thoroughly enjoying my new role and the additional responsibilities It brings.

“Everyone is really supportive, and I’ve already spent a lot of time meeting, sharing best practice and learning from other managers and staff.”

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