Synergi appointments L-R: Emma Pardines, Dominic Falconer, Nikki Peacock, Sarah Cooper.
Jane Imrie

This week's North East appointments

Sarah Cooper, Nikki Peacock, Dominic Falconer and Emma Pardines, Synergi

Cloud and digital business specialist Synergi has made a series of appointments to its team.

Sarah Cooper joins as operations director, Nikki Peacock has been appointed as marketing manager, and Dominic Falconer and Emma Pardines have both come onboard as business intelligence consultants.

Sarah brings with her a 15-year background in service and operational excellence roles in the IT industry.

B2B and retail marketer Nikki has held senior in-house and agency-side roles throughout the financial services, retail and travel sectors in London and Yorkshire, including Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Freemans Grattan Holdings, and Center Parcs.

Dominic has a background in data analytics, reporting and business intelligence, including six years with Northern Rock.

Emma brings with her a degree in computer science and a 12-year career as a software developer with wide-ranging experience of various software platforms, primarily working Scotland’s oil and gas sector.

Synergi’s CEO Peter Joynson said: “We are of course delighted to welcome our latest group of new staff.

“These new roles are part of a long-term strategy that will see us create at least nine new jobs this year in support of a strategic growth plan which includes boosting turnover by 40 per cent, launching a new service line and establishing a presence in two more geographical areas.

“Achieving those aims relies on recruiting people with the right talent, experience and attitude, and encouraging their career development with a supportive company culture.

“We look forward to all of our new recruits becoming real assets to the business, and playing a key part in our continuing growth.”

Ivan Higgs, Avant Homes

Sunderland-based housebuilder Avant Homes has appointed Ivan Higgs as regional finance director.

With more than 15 years’ experience in accounting across the house building industry, Ivan joins Avant Homes to lead the finance team in the North East.

Ivan will be responsible for the company’s financial reporting, controls, operational analysis and risk management.

Commenting on his appointment, Ivan said: “It’s essential to work in a business where you genuinely enjoy what you do and believe in the product offered, and I have found that with Avant Homes.

“As finance director my focus will be on utilising my breadth of experience to add value to the businesses operations during what is an exciting time of growth and supporting the region with its expansion goals.”

Speaking about Ivan’s appointment, Avant Homes North East regional director, Jennifer Tupman, added: “With Ivan’s experience and passion for the housebuilding industry he is well-placed for the challenge of joining a fast-paced business.

“As the new North East regional finance director, Ivan will be key in analysing the business’ financial position in relation to our ambitious growth objectives and driving Avant towards further success.”

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