Rosalind Chan, Labtech
Chloe Shakesby

This week's London appointments

Rosalind Chan, Labtech

Labtech has announced the appointment of a new marketing director.

Rosalind Chan will join as marketing director for its flexible workspace brand, LABS and serviced apartment arm, STAY.

Rosalind joins the company following two years at The Office Group (TOG), where she was responsible for the development and execution of brand and product marketing strategy.

Her immediate focus will be on responding to client needs with space solutions.

Rosalind commented: “I’m excited to join the team at this time of change and growth. Given the outstanding product offering and robust financial backing by the global property investment company Labtech, LABS and STAY are uniquely placed to challenge and disrupt the flexible workspace and serviced apartment markets – something I’m delighted to be part of.”

Dotan Weiner, LABS COO, said: “We are thrilled to have Rosalind onboard at such a crucial time for the industry and as we as a business adapt to the current landscape.

“Despite the challenges, we remain committed to the workplace sector and are working towards our flagship opening – 150,000 sq ft of workspace - early next year.

“Rosalind will be integral to the development of our strategy to ensure we deliver a competitive, future-looking and high-quality offering that caters to consumer needs.”

Sophie Sheard, AML Group

London-based ad agency AML Group has appointed Sophie Sheard to the role of account manager.

Sophie joins from the marketing agency Campaign Works, where she worked across a broad portfolio of clients in the financial and hospitality sectors including the Hilton EMEA account.

She commented: “AML has such a great reputation and I feel really fortunate to be part of a hugely talented team working on some top brands and on projects that I am passionate about.”

Merope Beddard, client services director, saod: “Sophie comes armed with some big brand experience and a proven track record in engaging audiences across the conversion funnel – and we are delighted to welcome her to the AML family.”

Jonathan Kini, Ofwat

A new non-executive director has been appointed to water services authority Ofwat.

Jonathan Kini, managing director at TalkTalk Business has been appointed non-executive director of Ofwat.

Jonathan will continue to lead TalkTalk Business, which he joined in 2019 to spearhead the ‘levelling up’ of essential services.

He commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Ofwat’s board, an opportunity which felt like such a natural fit for me.

“The consumer-centred approach is one that strongly resonates with me and this opportunity aligns with my key ambitions in my role at TalkTalk Business.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside the rest of the board to help make improvements for consumers in a way that protects our environment to generate a positive impact that will be felt not only in our lifetimes, but in those of future generations too.”

Misha Dhanak and Gizen Akyil, Spacehive

A place-based funding platform has announced the appointment of a new CEO and VP of Growth.

Marketing leader Misha Dhanak, the co-founder and former CEO of agency The Romans is taking on the role of CEO at Spacehive.

The company has also announced the appointment of Gizem Akyil as VP of Growth to drive development of the technology platform.

Gizem was the former head of expansion at Deliveroo, where she developed and implemented the operational and commercial growth strategies that helped the company to expand across the UK and internationally.

Chris Gourlay, founder of Spacehive, commented: “These appointments are an exciting step at a pivotal moment in our growth and will enable Spacehive to deliver an impact we are all very proud of.

“There is so much more to come and I’m thrilled that Misha will be leading the next stage of Spacehive’s adventure.

“She is a brilliant, tenacious and creative business leader and I know she is going to do a fantastic job and get everyone very excited about what we can achieve in the years ahead.

“I’m looking forward to working with her and Gizem and continuing to support Spacehive’s success from a wider orbit.”

Luke Graham, Tyto

A London technology PR agency has announced the appointment of a new features editor.

Tyto has appointed City A.M. business features writer Luke Graham to the newly created role of features editor.

As features editor at Tyto, Graham’s role will see him lead on content strategy and execution for several accounts, produce long-form content across the agency’s client portfolio and provide ongoing media consultation to the agency’s growing media unit.

Brendon Craigie, Tyto co-founder and managing partner, commented: “Luke is a journalist who the team at Tyto had long admired, so to be able to add him to our team feels like a real coup.

“To have his expert journalistic knowledge and content skills, as well as his ability to tell story after story, will truly be an invaluable asset for our clients.

“During arguably the most turbulent period we’ve ever seen for the media, having his inside knowledge of the inner workings of the media will help us take our content and media expertise to another level.”

Luke said: “I’m excited by the new challenge and opportunity of bringing a fresh journalistic perspective to the growing Tyto team.

“Especially given I’ve collaborated with the agency and so many of its clients to write top quality, engaging articles while at City A.M.

“I’m looking forward to moulding this newly created role and bringing my journalism skills to bear in the PR world.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape Tyto’s growing content capabilities, and I can’t wait to start producing great content for our clients.”

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