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New Appointments in Facilities Management – April 2023

New Appointments in Facilities Management – April 2023
26 April 2023

This month’s new appointments  roundup from the FM, built environment and commercial property world features Cloudfm, BCIS, Bidvest Noonan and more.



Picture: a graphic showing the headshots of Carly Hall, Scott Mason and Colin Smith


Cloudfm Accelerates ESG Plans With a Key Appointment


Cloudfm is accelerating its ESG plans with the promotion of Carly Hall to the new role of sustainability lead.

Carly retains her responsibilities in health and safety but will also be responsible for working with clients to establish their ESG goals, develop a strategy and support a focus on the area. She previously held roles safety roles at Linklaters and Burberry.  

Commenting on the appointment, Katrina Christopoulos, head of ESG at Cloudfm, said: “Carly brings a wealth of experience to this new role, where she will support Cloudfm in our goal to decarbonise the business and improve externally verified ESG scores.  The role will also encompass helping clients and suppliers achieve their own ESG goals.”

Cloudfm aims to lead the facilities management industry with a full-scope net zero emissions target for 2035. The company has already met its scope 1 and 2 science-based emissions targets and is now setting its sights on scope 3.

The company is also engaging its supply chain with a new programme to help them manage the transition to net zero.

Carly Hall said: "Effective facilities management is no longer solely focused on operational efficiency and cost savings, but also on environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and good governance. In today's business landscape, the consideration of ESG factors is crucial for facilities managers to drive long-term value and mitigate risks. By prioritising ESG practices in facilities management, organisations can positively impact the planet, society, and stakeholders while improving operational efficiency and reducing costs. As such, ESG is no longer a choice, but a necessity for facilities management to drive sustainable and responsible growth."


Kooltech Appoints Scott Mason


Kooltech, one of the UK’s leading air conditioning and refrigeration specialists, has appointed Scott Mason as its new Head of Sustainability as the company develops its range of low carbon heating solutions.

Mason, who became the youngest Chair of CIBSE Patrons in July 2021, joins Kooltech on a full-time basis as part of the company’s plans to meet increasing demand for sustainable solutions. He joins Kooltech from the smart energy consultancy Mesh Group and has previously worked at commercial heat pump manufacturers Lochvinar and Adveco. He will continue in his capacity as CIBSE Patrons Chair.

With a proven record of working within the HVAC industry, Mason’s appointment as Kooltech’s new Head of Sustainability demonstrates the company’s aim of expanding its recruitment and retention of the next generation of sustainable built environment professionals. Kooltech operates across the UK and is branded Mitsubishi Electric’s “Exclusive Distributor”, a partnership dating back almost 30 years. Kooltech is one of the most experienced partners of the HVAC industry and hopes to play an influential role in driving the decarbonisation of the UK’s commercial and domestic building stock.

Jonathan Brown, commercial director of Kooltech, said: “Scott joins us at an incredibly exciting time. Kooltech is experiencing strong growth and reaching new customers from across the sector and the UK. Scott’s appointment reflects Kooltech’s desire and ambition to become the go-to provider of sustainable heating and cooling solutions across the built environment.”

Scott Mason, newly appointed Head of Sustainability at Kooltech, said: “The net zero agenda represents an historic challenge and opportunity for our industry. Kooltech’s reputation as one of the UK’s most experienced air conditioning, sustainable heating and climate specialists means the company is primed to grow its business and play an even bigger role in the decarbonisation drive. I hope my experience will help Kooltech forge the next chapter in its already impressive history.”


BCIS Appoints Chair in Support of Mission to Manage Construction Costs and Carbon


The Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) has officially appointed new chair Colin Smith, who will support the business’s expansion as it helps the construction industry to manage costs, reduce carbon and mitigate risk.

Smith joins BCIS with 40 years of experience working in companies which specialise in providing data to the construction industry and has previously served as a chairman, CEO and director for market-leading technology businesses in the UK, Germany, the USA and Australia.

His role will include guiding BCIS on its journey as it helps the construction industry to make more informed choices, backed by data and forecasts, in terms of carbon and building costs, as well as launching it into global markets. 

BCIS Chair Colin Smith said: “The business is in a unique position of holding the data the construction industry needs to reveal the best choices in terms of building costs and reducing carbon.

“There is a growing desire to reduce our carbon footprint and ultimately to save the planet. BCIS can and will help the industry to achieve this. To be able to play a part in reducing our impact on the environment is very close to my heart as I consider the legacy we will leave for future generations.

“Thanks to backing from private equity investment, BCIS now has the firepower to build on its services, expand into new markets and offer new products. It’s exciting to embark on this adventure with them, because I know from previous experience how much fun this journey will be and I know together we can make a difference.”


Bidvest Noonan Appoints Rajiv Gupta as Chief Financial Officer for Great Britain Operations


Bidvest Noonan, a leading provider of facilities services such as cleaning and security, has announced its appointment of Rajiv Gupta as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for its business in Great Britain. Gupta joins Bidvest Noonan's executive team, bringing over a decade of senior finance leadership experience to the company.

Rajiv Gupta has an impressive track record in finance, having held various senior roles across multiple industries. Most recently, Gupta held the position of Finance Director at JLL for almost four years contributing significantly to the growth and stability of his division. Before his tenure at JLL, Gupta was the Head of Finance for Interserve for more than three and half years, during which time he played a key role in the company's financial planning and strategy.

Prior to joining Interserve, Gupta served at Virgin Media, honing his financial expertise and leadership capabilities. His extensive industry experience and proven track record of success make him an invaluable addition to Bidvest Noonan's executive team.

As CFO of Bidvest Noonan's business in Great Britain, Gupta will be responsible for overseeing the company's financial performance. He will play an important role in driving Bidvest Noonan's continued growth and maintaining its market-leading position for services such as cleaning and security.

"I am delighted to welcome Rajiv to our executive team," said Jeff Flanagan, CEO of Bidvest Noonan. "His wealth of experience in finance and proven leadership skills make him the ideal candidate to help us maintain our strong position in the market and drive our continued growth."

"I am honoured and excited to join Bidvest Noonan as the Chief Financial Officer for its business in Great Britain.” said Gupta. "I look forward to working with Jeff and all my new colleagues. I know we can achieve so much together”. 


EMCOR UK Appoints Marketing and ED&I Executive Directors


EMCOR UK, a leading provider of facilities, asset and workplace management services, has appointed Rebecca Paterson as executive director for marketing, and Emma McLaughlin-Edwards as executive director, ED&I. Both will be members of EMCOR UK’s executive leadership team, with their appointments bringing female representation to one third.

Paterson will lead the brand strategy and marketing and communications activity. She has extensive marketing experience, has worked with several large agencies and spent ten years at Aviva. Prior to this appointment, she was brand & marketing director for Ordnance Survey for six years, where she drove the transition of a 231-year-old organisation into a leading global tech and data brand. 

McLaughlin-Edwards joined EMCOR UK in October 2020 and was appointed head of ED&I in September 2022 before the promotion to executive director. She has worked closely with EMCOR UK’s Creating Balance Focus Groups to enhance its approach to fairness, inclusion and respect to life, and to ensure that policies and initiatives are in place to drive positive behavioural change.

Keith Chanter, CEO of EMCOR UK, said: “We welcome Rebecca and Emma to our executive leadership team. Rebecca will enhance our brand strategy and work closely with our business development team to communicate the value of partnering with EMCOR UK. Emma will continue to develop and drive our ED&I strategy to ensure the advancement of equality of opportunity for all and to ensure a truly inclusive culture.”

Regarding her appointment, Rebecca Paterson commented: “It is exciting to join an organisation with such a clear vision and values. I am passionate about building brands that help customers succeed and about creating powerful marketing and communications plans that drive growth opportunities. We strive to create a better world at work and I look forward to amplifying that message.”

Commenting on her new role, Emma McLaughlin-Edwards said: “I am delighted to be joining the executive leadership team and to have the opportunity to drive our ED&I ambitions across the whole business. The elevation of my role demonstrates the ongoing commitment to truly create a better world at work and the drive to be the most inclusive organisation of choice for our employees and customers.”

Picture: a graphic showing a desk with two pens, an envelope and a piece of paper with the word "payroll" written on it. Image Credit: Pexels

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 26 April 2023


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