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New Appointments in Facilities Management – January 2023

New Appointments in Facilities Management – January 2023
25 January 2023

The first new appointments roundup of 2023 includes new starters at DMA Group, Leeds College of Building, Wates Property Services and more.



Picture: a graphic showing the headshots of David Evans, Beth Botterill and Chris Tunningley.


Kings Secure Technologies Appoints MD for DYMENSiON Business


Kings Secure Technologies is excited to announce the appointment of David Evans as Managing Director for its group company, DYMENSiON.

With full responsibility for the leadership and development of the DYMENSiON business, David will play a key role in meeting the company's international growth goals on becoming the leading process, trend and data analytics solution in the security, life safety and compliance sector.  David will also be instrumental in building on the company’s outstanding reputation to existing clients.

After a 30-year career background in the police and in counter terrorism, David founded and currently chairs the global terrorism information network TINYg. This is alongside building Global Aware International from start-up, which he ultimately sold to Mitie in 2019. David brings with him a strong skill-set and an excellent reputation for relationship-building, high performance and team leadership.

David joins at a key point in DYMENSiON’s growth: his experience in security and business intelligence systems, combined with his commitment to delivering service through technology will help KST gain a leading position in this evolving sector.

Commenting on the appointment, KST CEO, Bob Forsyth: “I am delighted that David will be joining us as DYMENSiON’s Managing Director. David’s incredibly strong knowledge and experience will be vital as we continue our ambitious plans to grow and develop our process, trend and data analytics offering for our clients.”

David Evans added, “I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead a strong team of people who are specialists in this sector, many of whom I have worked with over the years. The product currently enjoys some excellent clients in 20 countries and provides true innovation, functionality and remarkable value. I look forward to this journey with DYMENSiON and invite you to join us on that journey - feel free to contact me with any interest.”


DMA Group Expands Marketing Department


Property services specialist, DMA Group, has continued its recent period of growth with the appointment of Beth Botterill as marketing manager. Beth joins DMA Group from Bellrock and arrives with comprehensive experience in digital brand marketing, graphic design, and professional photography. Beth will work alongside Valerie Miller who joined DMA in December as sales & marketing director.

Having spent six-years within the FM industry in a marketing capacity, Beth will support DMA’s growth ambitions through focused and targeted activities. She will work closely with Tanya Ewart, DMA’s proposals and communications manager, to help strengthen the content across this area.

She will also lead the company’s digital marketing strategy where she will have responsibility for DMA’s website and SEO performance, content development, and proposal creation.

Beth said: “This is an exciting time to be joining DMA Group. The company is in the midst of a strong and rapid period of growth, and I am looking forward to using my own experience in the sector to fulfil DMA’s ambitions of revolutionising the UK maintenance industry for good.”

Steve McGregor, managing director at DMA said: “We are delighted to welcome Beth to our ever-growing marketing department. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the sector and her vision and values are perfectly aligned to DMA Group’s. Alongside working with Valerie Miller, who joined in December 2022, both will bring much added value across all departments of the business.” 


Leeds College of Building Appoints New Assistant Principal


Chris Tunningley has been appointed as Leeds College of Building Assistant Principal for Adult Learning and Higher Education. Chris, formerly the Head of University Centre for Architecture, Engineering & Construction at Leeds College of Building, succeeds retiring Assistant Principal Brian Duffy.

Speaking of his appointment, Chris said: “I am thrilled to start in this post at Leeds College of Building. I’m passionate about how education can raise prospects and know that gaining a sought-after trade or profession while attaining maths, English, and digital skills can be life changing. Studying part-time or following a vocational higher-education pathway like a degree apprenticeship is a hands-on and economical route that ultimately leads to the same successful career destination as traditional academic routes.”

Leeds College of Building Principal & CEO Nikki Davis, said: “Huge congratulations to Chris after a competitive selection process against a high calibre of candidate. Chris succeeds outgoing Assistant Principal Brian Duffy, who worked at the College for many years before retiring in December. Brian was critical in the growth of our higher education provision, and I know that Chris will be instrumental in building on this success. May I join others in wishing Chris well as he moves into this role.”

Chris has over 33 years of experience in the Building Services Engineering industry and Further and Higher Education sectors, initially qualifying as a gas engineer. After 19 years in engineering, Chris transitioned to teaching in 2008 when he became a lecturer in Building Services Engineering & Construction at Leeds College of Building. 

Following this, Chris was appointed Curriculum Manager for Building Services & Civil Engineering and then Assistant Faculty Director for HE, Construction Design & Management at the College. 

Chris will oversee adult learning and funding to combat regional skills shortages, plan for future skills needs (such as sustainable construction), and widening participation in education. Chris will also lead on higher education strategy, which incorporates the new Leeds College of Building University Centre, and work closely with employer partners and other professional bodies.


Business Moves Group Appoints Karen Adams


Business Moves Group (BMG), the office relocation and workplace change management specialists, has appointed Karen Adams as business development manager.

Adams will be focused on business development in the north of England and Scotland in key locations including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. She has been in business development for 14 years and has previous experience in the commercial relocation industry.

The appointment follows the hiring of Andy Crawford as director of the northern region and Scotland earlier this year. The strengthening of this team demonstrates a commitment from BMG to ramp up operations in the north and support more businesses with a wide array of services, from office relocation to digitised furniture and asset management.

Karen Adams, business development manager at Business Moves Group, said: “I’m delighted to start the next chapter of my career with Business Moves Group. I expect a lot of businesses to move forward with workplace change projects in 2023 after a period of planning and I can’t wait to start helping major companies achieve their workplace goals.”

Andy Crawford, director of the northern region and Scotland at Business Moves Group, added: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Karen before, so I know exactly what she’ll bring to our team – professionalism, charisma and a great nous for business development.”


Wates Appoints New Divisional Managing Directors


Wates has appointed two senior level directors to lead its facilities management and southern planned housing maintenance businesses. 

Antony Collett joins as Managing Director (MD) for the facilities management (FM) business and replaces James Gregg, who has moved into the role of MD of the southern planned division, housing maintenance, having been managing both businesses since December 2021.

Antony brings more than 20 years’ experience within the FM and real estate industries, with senior roles at Maintenance Management Ltd, Integral UK and Verisae. His most recent role was Managing Director at Mitie where he was responsible for large scale transformation within its Technical Services business.

James is a Wates veteran, having taken a number of roles in the fit-out and refurbishment business, ending as pre-construction and strategy director before moving on to lead the FM business in July 2016. 

In their new roles, both Antony and James will be responsible for delivering each business’ ambitious growth plans by strengthening existing customer relationships and growing their business in current and new markets, including Wates’ drive to help customers achieve their net-zero carbon. 

David Morgan, Executive Managing Director, Wates Property Services, said: “In Antony and James, we have two excellent leaders for two critical parts of our business. Our FM business has gone from strength to strength in the last few years under James’ leadership and has had another record-breaking year in 2022. 

“Antony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our business, and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Wates and see him build on the great foundations we have in place. Since taking on the leadership of our south planned division, James has delivered some amazing results. I look forward to seeing them both take our businesses to new levels that help us achieve our ambitious growth plans.”    

Wates is currently delivering planned and responsive housing maintenance to over 500,000 social housing properties and FM services to over 350 properties across the public and private sectors in England. 


Mount Charles Appointment Notices


Two senior appointments have been recently made at Mount Charles:

Stacey McAlister has been appointed Director of Operations at Mount Charles. She has over 20 years’ experience within the catering industry and almost 10 years’ management experience in the cleaning industry, including multi-site and globally recognised multi contract management.

As Director of Operations her role involves assuring the effective operation and smooth running of the cleaning function at Mount Charles.

Roisin McErlane has taken on the role of Head of Operations (Events) for Mount Charles. Roisin has spent the last 10 years working in hospitality and previously was general manager of a busy city centre venue.

As Head of Operations in Events, her responsibilities include overseeing business functions and operational processes within events.

Picture: a photograph of two people shaking hands across a table. Image Credit: Pexels

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 25 January 2023


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