Michelle Laing, Multitask Personnel.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Michelle Laing, Multitask Personnel

Specialist recruitment agency Multitask Personnel has appointed Michelle Laing as operations support manager.

Michelle, who started in recruitment running a construction desk, worked in account management before moving to Dubai where she worked in both agency and internal recruitment.

Michelle brings a range of experience within recruitment, talent attraction and HR to the newly created role.

Reporting into managing director Claire Lee, the role has been designed to offer day to day support across the entire business.

Managing director Claire Lee commented: “As Multitask Personnel continues to grow, it’s essential we have the right people in place to not only service our customers but also to make sure the business is operating efficiently and progressing behind the scenes.

“Bringing Michelle in, who worked alongside me some 12 years ago when we were looking after London and Essex building and environmental services contracts, means we can break things down on a project by project basis to look at areas where we can improve.

“Michelle will be tasked with developing plans on how to utilise our recruitment software better, and as she gets to know the business, our team and customers she will then be able to fall in line with the longer term plans of getting more involved in the general running of the business.”

Michelle added: “It’s an absolute pleasure to link up with Claire again and join the ever growing team at Multitask Personnel. Having developed a successful career with a leading global recruiter, and then as an in-house recruiter for a leading real estate developer, I’m looking forward to bringing this knowledge of processes into Multitask.

“We’ve just celebrated our 10th anniversary, which highlights how far the business has come in this space of time, but we now need to focus on the next 10 years and push to the next stage of development.

“We’re on the cusp of change; Claire has built up a great business and a fantastic brand, and now is the time to build on this and take it to the next level.”

Parul Hargreaves, Clarion

Law firm Clarion has appointed Parul Hargreaves as legal director in its real estate team.

Commercial property lawyer Parul has 20 years’ experience in commercial property, acting for both private and public sector clients.

Parul has spent the last 15 years working for an international law firm, based at its Leeds office.

Specialising in Landlord and Tenant matters, Parul has a track record acting for a range of high profile clients in relation to their property portfolios across a number of sectors including retail, manufacturing and business services.

Parul commented: “As I already know a number of lawyers in Clarion’s Real Estate team, I am well aware of the quality of its people and am looking forward to being part of such a talented, well-respected and ambitious team.”

Martin Grange, head of Clarion’s Real Estate practice, added: “Despite the impact of the pandemic, the commercial property sector appears to be weathering the storm and, at Clarion, we have continued to be busy.

“We are, therefore, pleased to have someone with Parul’s extensive experience joining us. She will further strengthen our offering, complementing the specialist skills we are able to offer across the full spectrum of real estate matters.”

Jenny Cutler, Fulcrum

Utility infrastructure and services provider Fulcrum has appointed Jenny Cutler as chief financial officer.

Jenny has joined the Sheffield-based company from Harworth Group plc where she has held the position of director of finance since October 2019.

A chartered accountant who began her career at KPMG, Jenny has held several senior finance positions, including at European transport and logistics Group, Palletways Group Ltd. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Charterd Accountants in England and Wales.

Daren Harris, Fulcrum CEO, commented: “We are delighted to announce that Jenny will be joining Fulcrum as our CFO.

“Jenny’s financial experience and expertise will further strengthen the business, and we are very pleased to welcome her at such an exciting time in the Group’s strategic development and growth.”

Jenny added: “This is a really exciting time to join Fulcrum. It has a growing reputation in key utility markets, and I am really looking forward to contributing to the implementation of its strategy to support the UK’s net-zero future.”

Myles Gibbins, Keepmoat Homes

Deverloper Keepmoat Homes has appointed Myles Gibbins as Group IT Director.

Myles brings almost 30 years of experience in business technology and IT with roles spanning industries including construction, engineering and manufacturing, as well as previously working as a management consultant for PwC.

Myles spent 20 years at housebuilder Crest Nicholson PLC, where as group IT director, he oversaw ERP, CRM, corporate performance management, digital and business intelligence initiatives.

Commenting on his new role at Keepmoat Homes, Myles said: “I’m looking forward to leading the Keepmoat Homes IT and Digital teams and am excited to join at the start of a major business change programme.

“Keepmoat Homes have committed to a strategic partnership with Microsoft and DXC which will underpin and accelerate digital transformation across the company.”

Tim Beale, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, added: “I’m delighted to have Myles on board and spearheading Keepmoat’s IT and digital transformation.

“Having worked with him for many years at Crest, I am confident that he is the best person to drive this vital project.”

Leila McCausland and Alice King, scarlettabbott

Employee engagement agency scarlettabbott has appointed Leila McCausland and Alice King as project delivery managers.

Leila McCausland transitions from a decade spent in recruitment, most recently at VMAGROUP, placing internal communications and change candidates at global organisations.

Alice King returns to the consultancy following her role as a project coordinator for The Soapy Group.

Leila commented: “As a recruiter for internal comms teams, I heard great things about the work scarlettabbott was doing in the employee engagement space. I’m excited to join the team at such a crucial time as we help support our clients through some of their biggest challenges.”

Managing director Jeremy Petty added: “We’ve seen a huge upsurge in requests for support around employee mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion campaigns and remote onboarding as our clients find their feet in the new world of work.

“Leila and Alice will be crucial to the successful delivery of this work and we’re delighted to welcome them to the team.”

Chris Atkinson, BHP

Accountancy firm BHP has promoted Chris Atkinson to partner.

Chris joined the firm in 2017 to head up BHP Prosper – the cloud-accounting and outsourced finance function arm of BHP – as managing director, following the acquisition of York-based accountants Atkinsons.

In his new role within the LLP Chris will be working collaboratively with different service lines across the firm, such as tax and corporate finance, to deliver a total accounting solution for businesses across the region.

Chris said: “Since joining BHP three years ago I believe we have created a market leading outsourced finance team.

“The combination of a strong team based in Yorkshire, together with the use of market leading cloud-based technologies, allows clients to benefit from high quality management information that will help them continue to prosper and grow. I’m thrilled to be leading this team on the next stage of its growth and development.”

Hamish Morrison, joint managing partner at BHP, added: “We’re always thinking about how we can develop our offering to provide the best possible service.

“Chris’s passion and determination to use new technology and find modern solutions is key to achieving that goal, and we can’t wait to see the next stage of advancements he makes in this new role.”

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