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New Appointments in Facilities Management – December 2023

New Appointments in Facilities Management – December 2023
18 December 2023

ThisWeekinFM’s last new appointments roundup of 2023 features JLL, Bidvest Noonan, Diamond Facilities Support and more.



Picture: a graphic showing the headshots of Daryn Edgar, Samuel Rose and Olga Mitropoulou


JLL Appoints New Data Centre Director in EMEA


JLL has appointed Samuel Rose as Data Centre Transactions Director in EMEA. This newly created role reflects the continued expansion of JLL’s data centre team and growing demand for data centre services in the region.

Sam will be responsible for site provisioning, acquisition and disposals, working closely with Tom Glover, Head of Data Centre Transactions, EMEA to meet the growing demand for transactional services from operator, developer and investor clients. He brings invaluable industry experience having supported hyperscalers and data centre operators’ expansion into new markets. He joins from Cushman & Wakefield where he was Land Transaction Advisor for the EMEA Data Centres team.

Tom Glover, Head of Data Centre Transactions, EMEA, JLL, said: “As our industry continues to grow at an exponential rate, the demand for expert knowledge of the market combined with transactional expertise is also rising.

Having Sam on board places us in an excellent position to drive the continued evolution of our data centres team in EMEA and strengthen our ability to provide expert advice to occupiers, operators, investors, capital providers and developers looking for suitable locations for data centres that meet regulatory and environmental criteria. I am pleased to welcome Sam to the team.”

Samuel Rose, Director, Data Centre Transactions, EMEA, JLL, added: “Data centre location strategy is becoming more critical in Europe, and there are important success factors to consider when determining the best location for data centres. We’re seeing cloud providers, investors, developers and operators starting to take a more strategic geographic and environmental approach to data centre site selection. I look forward to working with the wider JLL team to support our clients’ requirements.”


Bidvest Noonan Names Olga Mitropoulou as its New Risk & Compliance Director


Bidvest Noonan, a leader in facility services, has announced the promotion of Olga Mitropoulou to the role of its new Risk & Compliance Director.

Having started her career as a lawyer, Olga quickly shifted her focus to the world of Risk and Compliance. Her journey in this space has involved roles within the legal and financial sectors, including stints at Irish company Unio and globally renowned professional services and management consulting firm, AON. This invaluable experience has provided Olga with a solid foundation and all the expertise necessary for her new role. Olga has been instrumental in helping Bidvest Noonan establish a strong and robust Risk and Compliance structure as the business continues its growth.

As Risk & Compliance Director, Olga will lead the Risk & Compliance function across the UK & Ireland to build on its effective Enterprise Risk Management Framework, compliance monitoring, and stringent data protection practices.

Olga stated: "I am thrilled to lead the Risk & Compliance function at Bidvest Noonan. Our goal is to add value while effectively managing risks and protecting our assets. With a solid team and strong support from senior management, I look forward to playing an important role in our company’s continued growth and success."

Kathy McDermott, CFO at Bidvest Noonan, added: "I am delighted that Olga has been promoted to this new role. Olga has already made a substantial contribution to our business and is a strong leader with deep expertise in Risk and Compliance. I look forward to working closely with Olga, and I am confident she will be highly successful in her new role.”


Techniche Appoints New CEO to Lead Next Growth Phase


Techniche has announced the appointment of Daryn Edgar as its new Chief Executive Officer. Based in the UK, Daryn takes over from Karl Jacoby who will remain as Chairman and Non-Executive Director. 

Daryn is responsible for leading the next phase of growth for the global software business, building on recent customer success and emerging opportunities in Europe and North America. Focusing on the company’s key products Urgent, Techniche EV and Statseeker, early objectives include capitalising on the fast-growing EV markets in multiple regions and reviewing existing go-to-market strategies.

With more than 20 years of enterprise software experience, Daryn was previously Chief Executive Officer at Lytt, the oil well technology firm owned by BP’s early-stage ventures arm Launchpad, where she was responsible for driving significant commercial growth and business value for clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Other roles have included Vice-President of Strategic Alliances at SAP, Director at PwC UK, and an advisor to several start-ups in London-based tech incubators. Daryn has also featured in Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK Technology and the Women in IT Awards.

“Daryn’s appointment marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Techniche as we embark on the exciting next phase in the expansion of the company,” said Karl Jacoby, Chairman of Techniche. “With most business potential coming from Europe and North America in the next few years it makes geographic sense for a new CEO to be based in Europe. Daryn’s wealth of global enterprise software experience will be invaluable in working with customers and partners to grow revenues and developing innovative new solutions. Techniche has been at the forefront of creating intelligent applications to improve asset uptime and automate business processes for almost 25 years. This next chapter will build on this solid foundation.”


WILL+Partners Appoints Client Relationships Director


WILL+Partners, a London-based practice of workplace architects and designers, is continuing a rapid period of growth with the appointment of Alex Wateridge as Client Relationships Director. Alex will lead the practice’s sales and marketing team by introducing it to new clients and sustaining and developing the existing client base. He will also be actively involved in devising strategic direction for growth. Alex’s appointment follows the recent arrival to WILL+Partners of Clare Danahay as Director of Workplace.

Alex brings 10 years of experience in the architecture and design industry. This includes roles at Kettal, a designer and manufacturer of outdoor furnishings, as Business Development & Sales Manager, UK+Ireland, and also as Design Project Manager at Chahan Interior Design in Paris where he project managed high-end private residential projects including a 100m super yacht constructed in The Netherlands.

At Kettal, Alex helped the company double its regional growth in 2017/18 and collaborated with leading industry designers and co-working spaces to help develop systems and technology which were suitable for the workplace. 

He provides a track record in establishing and maintaining key relationships across the architecture and design community, high-net worth individuals, and with key company stakeholders.

Alex Wateridge said: “I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to have contribute significantly to many design businesses internationally and in a variety of roles. I’ve worked alongside and promoted many great designers to create award-winning projects. It’s an exciting time to be joining the talented WILL+Partners team and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience to support the team and company growth.”

WILL+Partners managing director William Poole-Wilson said: “This is a significant period of growth for the practice, and we are delighted that Alex is part of that. His experience speaks for itself, and he will bring a wealth of knowledge and savvy know-how to the business along with a seriously impressive contact list. He is already proving to be a fantastic asset to the team.”

WILL+Partners specialises in innovative workplace design, spanning across a wide variety of sectors including retail, workspace, hospitality, and charities. 


Diamond Facilities Support Makes New Hires to Aid Expansion


A growing facilities management firm has made six new hires to aid its ongoing expansion.

Diamond Facilities Support, which is based at Birmingham Business Park, has appointed Maxine Anwar as a Reactive Service Manager, Joe Agho as Project Surveyor, and Kelly Pinaar as Facilities Administrator.

Scott Simms, Simon Ellis and Jon Lines have also joined Diamond as Electricians to further bolster the firm’s direct labour offer to clients – which is a key driver behind the firm’s year-on-year growth.

Adam Atkins is the Chief Executive of the Diamond Facilities Support Group, which has an annual turnover of £14 million, employing approximately 115 staff.

He said: “These new appointments will enable us to maintain high levels of service amid rising demand for our services right across the UK.

“We are seeing increases in our offerings across the board and in particular the care, retail and hospitality sectors.

“We have also split our projects division into minor works and projects, and now also major projects to ensure we are geared up to meet the rising demand we are seeing.

“Our loyal workforce – backed up by regular industry-accredited training and career progression - has played a key role in our journey so far, and we look forward to growing this even further in the near future.”


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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 18 December 2023


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