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This week's North East appointments

Jenna Seed, Henry Kitt, Rachel Alexander, Hannah Riley and Maxine Knight, Onyx Health

Healthcare marketing communications specialist Onyx Health has announced that it has made five new appointments.

Onyx Health has appointed Jenna Seed as account director, as well as of Henry Kitt and Rachel Alexander as art worker and designer, and Hannah Riley as account executive and Maxine Knight as a consultant healthcare storyteller and content writer.

Managing director Karen Winterhalter said “When the COVID-19 crisis broke in March of last year, I was determined we were going to thrive and not just survive, and we’ve done exactly that.

“Our new appointments will be crucial to driving forward the agency’s continued growth and expansion in 2021 and strengthening our integrated multi-service offer to clients.

“Our whole ethos as a business is about growing in line with our clients. The sky’s the limit as far as our future growth is concerned and we’re going to make 2021 a year to remember.”

Toni Rhodes, Education Partnership North East

Education Partnership North East has announced the appointment of Toni Rhodes as the new principal of Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form.

With over 10 years-experience of working in education, Toni has held several senior curriculum and quality positions at OFSTED outstanding colleges, overseeing further education, higher education, and apprenticeships.

Toni joins Education Partnership North East from Barnsley College where she is currently vice principal of Quality and Access to Learning.

Prior to this, Toni was Vice Principal with the TEC Partnership which includes Grimsby Institute and Scarborough TEC.

Toni commented: “I feel extremely privileged to be joining a great college that has a reputation for cultural excellence and I am looking forward to meeting staff during the interim period and many more from the summer onwards.

“These are difficult times but I’m looking forward to the journey as we strive to deliver excellence for our learners.”

Shannon Douglas, Fagron

Personalised medicine specialist Fagron has announced the appointment of a new digital marketing specialist.

Shannon Douglas is joining the company as a digital marketing specialist.

Originally from County Durham, Shannon will help drive the Newcastle company’s marketing strategy.

Before starting her role at Fagron, Shannon began her career in 2018 at AstraZeneca as an intern where she fuelled her interest in personalised medicine.

Following her four-month internship, she took on a role at web design company MTC Media in Dundee, and was then recruited by property firm CBRE as a marketing coordinator for a shopping centre in Guildford.

Shannon commented: “I’ve always had a strong passion for personalised medicine and holistic therapies.

“Many of my family members either work in the medical profession or require personalised medication themselves, so this new role at Fagron really allows me to marry together two aspects of my career that I love.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Fagron team and I’m looking forward to what will no doubt be an exciting year ahead.”

Simon Green and Estelle Blanks, Innovation SuperNetwork

A Sunderland innovation support agency has announced a new executive director and CEO as it changes up its management structure.

Innovation SuperNetwork has announced a change in management structure with current CEO, Simon Green appointed as chair and executive director, Estelle Blanks, taking up the role of CEO from April.

Simon said: “When I set about building the Innovation SuperNetwork in 2015, my ambition was always to create something that had impact and helped to bridge the gap experienced by so many innovative regional companies looking for specialist business and financial support.

“Estelle has been there with me through this entire journey, her understanding of the regional and national innovation and investment ecosystems is second-to-none and now feels like the right time for me to hand over to her.

“I’m proud to have led the organisation through the successful delivery of two large European-funded projects, to have grown VentureFest North East into the region’s innovation conference, and to have delivered many more impactful innovation initiatives, supporting hundreds of North East SMEs and bringing new innovations to market in the process.”

Brian Ham, Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents

Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents has announced made a senior appointment to drive its strategic growth and provide creative solutions.

Industry expert Brian Ham joins the team as director of public sector consultancy to support the firm in expanding its services to Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Homes England.

His longstanding career in the industry also includes executive director of development at Home Group, acquisitions director at Sage Housing and executive director at Newcastle City Council.

He will also remain as a director and co-founder of Swallowfield Homes.

Brian commented: “It is no great secret that only approximately 200,000 of the 300,000 required new homes are being built per year.

“There are many challenges and hurdles, especially given the current economic climate, and our aim is to create innovative and effective solutions for Housing Associations, Local Authorities and public bodies including Homes England.

“My role will include supporting clients in accelerating development capabilities to meet this overwhelming need for new housing, while providing guidance which also help to add value to such projects.

“Bradley Hall is a strong regional player with a deep insight into the Northern property market. I look forward to building on the successful foundations which they have created in this specific discipline within the sector.”

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