Martin Shaw, Nokamo
Chloe Shakesby

This week's London appointments

Martin Shaw, Nokamo

Marketing consultancy, Nokamo has appointed Martin Shaw as growth director.

Martin commented: “Nokamo is on a crusade to rid the world of commoditised thinking. There’s been a race to the bottom with price as the main differentiator for businesses, and that’s led to snail’s pace growth and an asthmatic P&L.

“We’re very specifically targeting the fire-starters and agitators who want to break out of the marketing echo chamber and unhide their businesses to transform growth. What a brilliant brief!”

Ian Humphris, CEO and co-founder of Nokamo, added: “Martin’s got a tough challenge ahead. Nokamo isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine.

“We only want to work with right-minded souls who’ll seize the chance to be a standout business in a swamp of sameness.

“Martin joining the team at this early stage is a statement of intent. We’re not just going to help our clients break out of the echo chamber – we’re going to smash a hole right through it!”

Evan Thomas, Nicola Paraskos and Rose Sims, Allotts

B2B PR and marketing agency Allott and Associates Ltd (Allotts) has announced a trio of new appointments.

Evan Thomas steps up in the firm’s Yorkshire office as marketing executive after serving a digital apprenticeship with the agency.

He is joined by Nicola Paraskos, appointed office administrator, while Rose Sims has been promoted to the post of PR executive to help meet the needs of the company’s growing client portfolio. A new telesales specialist also joins at the start of April 2020.

Managing director Philip Allott commented: “Our success in winning new accounts is fuelling our expansion plans and we expect to make further appointments to our skilful team later in the year.

“We are committed to investing in all aspects of the business to deliver effective and fully integrated marketing campaigns, and are confident that this is already paying great dividends for our clients.

“I’d like to welcome our new team members and congratulate those who have been promoted: I’m confident you’ll do us proud.”

Gary Nutley, ThinCats

ThinCats, the alternative lender to mid-sized SMEs, has today announced the appointment of Gary Nutley as senior director of regional business development for London.

Gary comes from a role as director of structured finance at Allied Irish Bank (AIB), where he specialised in providing bespoke funding packages to support Leveraged Buy-Outs (LBOs), Management Buy-Outs (MBOs), acquisitions and other cashflow lending propositions.

At ThinCats, Gary will be responsible for supporting deals across London, where he will work with the London and South East team delivering complex funding solutions for growing regional businesses.

Mike Hackett, head of sales, ThinCats, commented: “Already well versed in the SME lending space, Gary is a strong addition to the ThinCats team.

“Gary will be working closely with corporate finance advisers, private equity sponsors and local business leaders to deliver sustainable funding solutions for mid-sized SMEs in London.”

Gary added: “I am excited to be joining the ThinCats lending team and am looking forward to helping build upon their success to date. I know how important it is that SMEs are given the opportunity to find suitable funding from long-term partners: ThinCats is leading the way in enabling mid-sized businesses to access institutional capital.”

James Sore, SuperSeed Ventures

SuperSeed Ventures, the London-based European B2B tech VC has appointed James Sore as principal.

Sore brings with him a wealth of contacts and experience in early-stage investing.

Prior to joining SuperSeed, James was CIO and fund manager for the online equity investment platform, SyndicateRoom.

James said: “I’m delighted to be making this move - SuperSeed Ventures is on the cusp of an exciting period of growth.

“In spite of the current turbulence in the global economy, the fact is the European technology sector continues producing some of the world’s most exciting companies meaning I can help bring the right expertise and capital to the right companies at the right time.”

Mads Jensen, founder of SuperSeed, added: “James is an outstanding appointment that is an ideal fit for our investment focus.”

“When it comes to our investments we look for proven quality, outstanding sector expertise and the ability to make a positive difference - all attributes reflected in James.

“We believe he can make a major difference when it comes to our ambition of becoming one of Europe’s most renowned B2B technology investors.”

Peter Droy and Helena Graves, JDO

International creative agency, JDO, has today announced the appointment of two senior hires to its client services team.

Peter Droy joins as head of client services and Helena Graves as client business director.

Droy has worked for design businesses, including Design Bridge and Brandhouse.

Graves was formerly senior client director at Design Bridge, working across the agency’s London, Shanghai and Amsterdam offices, helping to set up the firm’s Shanghai studio.

She has previously held positions at Apple EMEA, Sony and Landor.

The duo will drive JDO’s client services, further strengthening and nurturing existing relationships while looking to boost new business opportunities.

Peter commented: “JDO is a brand design agency of the highest calibre with a dynamic, professional and highly creative team.”

“I’m excited to be a part of its next chapter.”

Helena Graves, Client Business Director at JDO, added, “I have three things I look for in an agency: great creative work, strong leadership and progressive company culture. JDO ticks all the boxes. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Fiona Florence, managing director of JDO, added: “We want the best of the best and always aim to hire new team players who understand our vision and share our values and passion.

“I believe we’ve got two new crew who do just that and who are joining JDO at a really exciting time in our journey.”

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