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Career moves: Suffolk County Council, Keltbray and others

A round-up of news on FDs and other senior executives changing jobs at UK and overseas organisations.

Nicola Beach becomes new chief executive of Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council announced the appointment of Nicola Beach as its new chief executive. Prior to joining Suffolk County Council, Beach served at Essex County Council as a director of infrastructure and environment. She was also a part of the South Norfolk Council.

About her appointment, Beach said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as Suffolk County Council’s chief executive. I’ve lived in Suffolk for many years and love this county. I am also passionate about delivering great services to local people and I look forward to joining a strong team at the county council and working with councillors, residents, colleagues and partners.” Suffolk County Council’s Labour Group leader,


Keltbray appoint new group financial director

Keltbray has appointed Peter Burnside as its new group finance director. Prior to joining Keltbray, Burnside worked at accountancy firm BDO where he served as a managing partner for BDO Northern Ireland.

In his new role, Burnside will be responsible for financial reporting across the group and he will also be in charge of managing Keltbray’s property portfolio, insurance, facilities and IT.

He is taking over from John Keehan, who said about Burnsiside’s appointment: “We are delighted to welcome Peter to Keltbray. He comes to us with a wealth of corporate finance experience and we look forward to tapping into this as we continue to grow and diversify.”

Principality appoints COO and confirms massive recruitment push

Principality Building Group has announced the appointment of Iain Mansfield as its new chief operating officer. Mansfield has worked for 15 years in the retail banking sector and in private equity-owned financial services business in the UK. He joined Principality in January 2015 as finance director for Nemo, Principality’s second-charge loans subsidiary, and more recently, he served as Nemo’s managing director.

Chief executive at Principality, Steve Hughes, said: “Having clearly demonstrated his capability to the board over the past year, Iain will be accountable for ensuring we will drive the delivery of our technology changes so the society continues to provide fantastic service to our customers and members.”

Trevor Slater named as new finance director at Ipswich Building Society

Ipswich Building Society announced the appointment of Trevor Slater as its new finance director. Slater brings more than 30 years of experience with him, having worked for a significant amount of time in the financial services industry and was most recently chief accountant for Clydesdale bank.

In his new role, Slater will be responsible for managing the accounting and financial control functions at the society, while maintaining relationships with industry regulators and auditors.

Tipton and Coseley appoints new financial director

Tipton and Coseley Building Society has announced the appointment of Andy Lumby as its new finance director. In his new role, Lumby will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the finance department, treasury matters, budgetary control, financial forecasting and helping shape future strategy.

Speaking about his appointment, Lumby said: “I was attracted by the Society’s focus on delivering personal service to members as well as its future strategic plans. There is a great deal to achieve in the years ahead and I look forward to using my past experience to help make a positive contribution to the society’s future success.”

DX Group hires Mulligan as new CFO

Logistics firm DX Group announced the appointment of David Mulligan as its new chief financial officer. Prior to joining DX, Mulligan served at Hornby as its finance chief and also spent much of his career at Morgan Sindall Group PLC as CFO and as a division finance director at Renewi.

DX Group chairman, Ron Series said: “I am pleased to announce David’s appointment as CFO. He has an impressive track record of working with companies undergoing change, and will be a valuable asset as we progress our plans to revitalise DX and place the business on a sound footing for long-term growth.”

LPA moves Christopher Buckenham to finance chief post

LED lights manufacturing firm LPA Group has appointed of Christopher Buckenham as its new CFO. Prior to joining LPA, Buckenham served as finance director at CRP Group and as a group finance director at Penso.

Roomzzz appoints new COO

Roomzzz has announced that the company has appointed Robert Alley as its new chief operating officer. Alley has spent 25 years in the hospitality industry and brings a plethora of experience with him to Roomzzz.  In his new role, Alley will be responsible for overseeing the guest experience, commercial approach, sales and marketing, financial controls and group development functions, to ensure their continuous growth.

Naveen Ahmed, CEO of Roomzzz, said: “Robert brings extensive industry experience to further improve our operations and continue to build the Roomzzz brand.”

BESA names new CEO

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) announced the appointment of David Frise as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. Frise served as head of sustainability of BESA and chief executive at FIS for seven years.

BESA President, Tim Hopkinson, said about the appointment: “We are delighted to have secured David’s services. He is a well-known and respected industry figure, who brings enormous experience to the role.”

Ultra Electronics names Simon Pryce as CEO

Ultra Electronics announced the appointment of Simon Pryce as chief executive. Prior to joining Ultra Electronics, Pryce served as group CEO at BBA AVIATION.

New CEO appointed at Livewell Southwest

Livewell Southwest has appointed Dr Adam Morris as its new chief executive officer. Morris will be replacing Professor Steve Waite, who held the post since the organisation was formed in 2012. Speaking about his appointment, Morris said: “It’s a privilege to be chosen to lead 3,000 fantastic staff delivering more than 70 services. I look forward to ensuring we hold true to our values and beliefs, supporting those we care for and delivering excellence.”

NZ’s Fonterra says Spierings to step down as CEO later this year

Fonterra announced that their CEO, Theo Spierings will be resigning from his post as part of a planned succession process. Chairman John Wilson confirmed the development and said:  “It is not yet clear exactly when any appointment for Theo’s replacement will be made, but it is absolutely clear that Theo will continue in the meantime to drive the co-operative’s strategy and business, with special emphasis on China.”

Lean Institute Africa appoints new CEO

Lean Institute Africa (LIA) announced the appointment of Rose Heathcote as its new chief executive officer.

Speaking about Heathcote’s appointment, Professor Faull of LIA, said: “Rose has a remarkable grasp of the tools in the Lean toolkit. However, equally important to the technical side of lean, she understands, and practices, the social side, whereby executives, managers and team leaders develop the skills of ‘humble enquiry’ and empathy to grow the problem-solving abilities of all employees, i.e. creating thinking people aligned with the purpose and strategy of the organisation.”

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