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New Appointments in Facilities Management – February 2023

New Appointments in Facilities Management – February 2023
22 February 2023

This month’s new appointments from the FM, built environment and commercial property world feature Portico, Pareto FM and Sodexo.



Picture: a graphic showing the headshots of Marina Robertson, Adam Phillips and Keiran Mackie.


Portico Hires David Bevens to Drive Forward its Learning & Development Academy


Portico, the specialist provider of high-quality, tailored guest services, is delighted to announce the appointment of David Bevens as Head of Learning and Development.

Starting in January, Bevens’s role is to build on the work already being carried out through Portico’s Learning & Development Academy. In the early stages, he will be meeting as many Portico people as possible and analysing the business’s learning needs – this will underpin the design and delivery of future learning activity to ensure it is enjoyable, interactive and relatable, as well as in line with the company’s values.

In addition to providing crucial developmental support to Portico colleagues, Bevens will also be responsible for establishing an external commercial learning and development product that can be taken to the wider hospitality and security market.

Outlining his vision for Portico’s learning and development function, Bevens said: “I want to build a culture of excitement around learning in the organisation. I want our offering to make a proud declaration about our commitment to understanding and respecting that we all learn differently and the importance of diversity, equality, equity, inclusion and belonging at Portico.

“I also want to provide opportunities for those who may be interested in a career in learning and development to get involved in our activities so we have a pipeline of talent who can support our portfolio moving forwards.”

Bevens joins Portico from ISS Facility Services UK where he spent more than a decade, serving most recently as Behavioural Change Manager. He has also recently completed a Doctorate at the Institute of Work-Based Learning at Middlesex University.

Paul Jackson, Managing Director at Portico added: “Learning and development is at the heart of our culture. David’s passion for helping people to shine, along with his experience already gained in this industry made him the perfect person for this hugely important role.

“Hospitality has and always will be a sector that is defined by its people. With David on board, I am confident that our Learning & Development Academy can continue to support our colleagues and inspire them to reach new heights with the company.”


Pareto Strengthens Senior Management Team with Sales Director Appointment


Leading facilities services provider, Pareto, are delighted to announce that Adam Phillips has joined as Sales Director. Adam joins the organisation at a very exciting time following the 2021 Management Buy Out; and will be supporting the business to build on the extraordinary growth experienced in recent years with notable new customer additions such as Cazoo, University of Reading and Womble Bond Dickinson. Adam has 25 years’ experience in engineering and Facilities Management, beginning his career as an apprentice in the Royal Air Force and moving into FM in 2007. Adam is a very active volunteer within the IWFM, having held the Home Counties region chair role from 2017-2022.

Adam Phillips commented “I’m delighted to be joining the fantastic Pareto team as Sales Director.  Pareto’s journey over the past nine years has been truly inspirational, and they are now widely considered one of the most progressive Facilities Management and Workplace service providers. I’m looking forward to working with this incredible team and supporting the next level of strategic growth as Pareto continue to shape the future of our sector.”

Andrew Hulbert, Pareto FM CEO, commented: “We are thrilled to have someone of Adam’s calibre join our growing senior management team. Adam brings a wealth of experience that will add strength, depth and confidence to the organisation. Adam’s appointment is part of the significant overhead investment from Pareto as we prepare ourselves for significant future growth as well as build on the phenomenal team that we have. We look forward to achieving great things together.”


Kieran Mackie Appointed as New Managing Director of Amulet


Amulet is pleased to announce the appointment of Kieran Mackie as its new managing director.

Mackie has been a part of the business for five years as its commercial director, responsible for developing and implementing commercial strategy according to the business’s goals and objectives. He takes over the role of MD from Darren Read, who has been appointed as COO of Churchill Group, Amulet’s parent company.

Mackie has worked closely with Read over the years at Amulet developing the business’s growth path. Mackie plans to further enhance Amulet as an employer of choice as part of its strategic goals. This will involve bringing a new generation of talent into the security industry, making a career in security an attractive proposition through training and personal development programs, and fostering a people-focused culture to deliver outstanding service.

Mackie will also build on recent technological innovations at Amulet, such as Project Blueprint, the real-time situational awareness software that is exclusive to Amulet in the private security sector. The combination of a people-first organisation with the latest technology will ensure Amulet clients receive the most effective security solutions.

Kieran Mackie, Managing Director of Amulet, said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of MD at Amulet. Darren has handed me the reigns at a truly exciting time for our industry, and I look forward to cementing Amulet as the security provider of choice by hiring passionate, personable people to look after our clients. A valued, supported and motivated workforce is critical to business success which is why I’ll be focussing on hiring, retaining and developing the top talent available.”


Sodexo Appoints Ed Morrow as UK & Ireland MD for Energy & Resources


Sodexo has announced the appointment of Ed Morrow as managing director of its energy & resources business in the UK and Ireland following the internal move of Cunera Vlaar, who has been appointed country lead for Sodexo Netherlands.

Ed joined Sodexo in 2007 as finance director for energy & resources UK & Ireland. Since then, he has held a number of senior roles in the business, including CFO Europe & Israel, finance director for global offshore & marine, and global VP finance for onshore energy and offshore & marine.

In his new role, Ed assumes responsibility for Sodexo’s energy and resources business which delivers catering, hospitality, welfare, facilities management services, property management and refurbishments services to over 40 onshore energy and offshore & marine client sites throughout the UK.

Ed Morrow, MD Energy & Resources for Sodexo UK & Ireland commented: “Having worked in this business for more than 15 years, I’m delighted to be leading Sodexo's talented and dedicated energy & resources team.

“Our focus is on our site teams and clients to ensure we continue to stay ahead of the curve through our commitment to safety and providing outstanding service and support. We deliver a ‘home from home’ service to many with integrated services that support the wellbeing, and meet the evolving needs, of employees working in often isolated and complex environments such as offshore platforms in the North Sea or onshore LNG (liquified natural gas) plants and refineries.

“I’m looking forward to building on the strong client partnerships we hold and growing our portfolio of clients in this fascinating market.”

Sean Haley, CEO for Sodexo UK & Ireland added: “We're pleased to announce Ed's appointment as MD for energy & resources. Ed has extensive knowledge of this industry and a clear understanding of the impact the services our teams deliver every day has on the quality of life of everyone we serve.

“We thank Cunera for her leadership over the past few years, which has seen our energy & resources business develop. With Ed at the helm, I look forward to seeing the business grow and innovate further.”


Acivico Appoints New Group Managing Director To Continue Growth


Acivico Group has confirmed the appointment of a new Group Managing Director, Marina Robertson, with a focus on building customer led growth from a foundation of customer care, quality and trust.

Located in Birmingham, Europe’s largest local authority, Acivico was established in 2012, following the transfer of Birmingham City Council’s Building Control service and other statutory functions. Still wholly owned by the council, Acivico continues to support landmark projects across the city of Birmingham and the Midlands, forging strong partnerships with our clients to deliver high quality, sustainable, innovative service solutions, that transform the communities in which we live and work.

Originally from Athens, Greece, Marina has been studying and working in the built environment sector in the UK for over 30 years.  She has held a variety of senior service delivery and transformation roles in regeneration, housing, economic development, property, and capital programme delivery.  Marina’s most recent role was as Senior Director within the Norse Group, managing several successful publicly owned joint venture companies with one of them being shortlisted for best public to public partnership at the Local Government Chronicle Awards in 2019.

Marina is passionate about delivering social, economic, and environmental value for clients. She is a creative and energetic thinker capable of translating vision and strategy into tangible results.

A member of both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and the Chartered Institute of Housing, Marina also holds a number of master’s degrees. She is a strong advocate of enhancing skills in the construction industry and most recently has spoken on creating a low carbon skills economy at DeMonfort University in 2022 as part of SPACES study day.

She was also recently appointed as regional lead for the Chartered Institute of Housing and in her spare time, Marina is Vice-Chair of the Board of Waltham Forest Housing Association.

Of her appointment with Acivico, Marina said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the Acivico Group and working with its supportive, and forward-thinking Board. My approach will be very simple: we listen to the client, we deliver a quality product and we look after our people.

“I look forward to working with energy and purpose to support the communities of Birmingham and the Midlands by ensuring Acivico cements its place as a partner of choice for the built environment in the public and private sector.”

Picture: a graphic showing three paper documents that represent CVs. Image Credit: Pixabay

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 22 February 2023


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