Nicola Key, Commercial Property Partners (CPP).
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Nicola Key, Commercial Property Partners (CPP)

Property consultancy Commercial Property Partners Ltd (CPP) has appointed Nicola Key as financial controller.

Nicola joins the team with over 13 years’ experience in the industry and has a varied background, from running a successful business to operating and managing a finance department for a software company in Yorkshire.

Nicola accepted this role after being headhunted by a leading recruitment firm, and plans to move the monthly management of accounts back in-house and develop an operational team at its office in Sheffield.

Nicola will be overseeing the accounts for both CPP and its specialist subdivision company CPP FM & Projects.

CPP director, Roger Haworth, commented: “Like many firms, 2020 has been a year where we have adapted our ways of working to ensure we can continue to thrive and thanks to the hard work of our team this has been a smooth and effective transition.

“The hire of Nicola is our next step in reviewing our operations to see where we can improve and add value to our client accounts and transactions.

“I’m looking forward to working with Nicola as she has some innovative ideas on how we can bolster the success of our team.”

Nicola added: “What is clear with CPP is that there is a team effort ethos and I’m really excited to become part of this and help with the firm’s continued development.

“This truly is a fantastic opportunity and there is real scope for me to be able to use my past experience to help define this role and grow the skillset of the operations team.”

Will Parkinson, Sophie Woodward and Jamie Wright, Ponderosa

Brand agency Ponderosa has welcomed Will Parkinson, Sophie Woodward and Jamie Wright to its team.

Will has joined as a designer specialising in motion graphics, animation, video and photography. Will, has been a designer for over 10 years, and has worked with the likes of Ford and Nissan across TV, social and digital.

Sophie has joined the team as a digital project manager, having previously held roles at Intermarketing Agency (IMA) and in the global shared services innovations team at Asda.

Sophie said: “I was on the search for an agency that focused on data driven results, and Ponderosa had that in buckets.

“The team here really understand the benefit of spending time looking at the client’s previous campaigns or website results, their branding and all the stuff traditionally agencies tend to skip over when they’re eager to deliver the work.”

Jamie has come onboard as a hybrid digital project manager / account manager, with 12 years of experience in digital agencies such as Engage Interactive.

During his career Jamie has worked with household names including Yorkshire Tea, Jet2Holidays, and brands within the Whitbread group (Beefeater, Brewers Fayre etc).

Richard Midgley, managing director and founder of Ponderosa, commented: “It’s great to see the new guys hit the ground running especially as their induction has been slightly different to normal.

“They bring with them great experience and also, as importantly, passion and enthusiasm.”

Annalie Ellis and Emma Allen, Synergos Consultancy Ltd

Synergos Consultancy Ltd has appointed Annalie Ellis as new business coordinator and Emma Allen as compliance support officer.

Annalie and Emma both bring experience of customer service and account management and will play a vital role in the development and implementation of client compliance certifications.

Emma commented: ’It is a very exciting time to be joining the business as we have recently launched a few new services to help customers deal with the aftermath of the pandemic.

“I am looking forward to getting to know our clients and helping to support them.”

Jenny Kilburn, managing director of Synergos Consultancy, added: “We are back working in the office following social distancing guidelines and I am very proud to welcome the two new members to our team.

“I am confident that they will help us to achieve our business goals for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.”

Craig Swallow, Vismo

Global tracking specialist Vismo has Craig Swallow as CEO.

With more than 18 years of specific experience and focus in the lone worker security industry, Craig brings to his new post knowledge in lone worker service innovation, marketing, business strategy and sales growth across continents.

He took his previous company, SoloProtect, from a wearable device idea in the UK to sales in excess of £8m.

Commenting on his appointment, Craig said: “I believe Vismo is exactly the right opportunity I was looking for to step up and develop a broader range of offerings for a much wider international reach.

“With a client base featuring many of biggest names in the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100, a proven track record globally and its own deep knowledge of tracking technology, Vismo is well placed to grow and continue its innovation in the global traveller and lone worker space.”

Tim Williams, founder and chairman of Vismo,added: “As someone who was one of the original creators of the lone worker market in general and oversaw its development for a number of years, Craig is a great addition to our team.

“We look forward to working with him to help us consolidate and expand our position in North America, the UK and the rest of the world as we help clients meet their duty of care towards their employees wherever they are travelling or working.”

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