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New Appointments in Facilities Management – March 2022

New Appointments in Facilities Management – March 2022
24 March 2022

Elior, The Building Controls Industry Association and Michael Grub Studio have all revealed details of new appointments this month.



Picture: a graphic showing headshots of Rachael Flint, Graeme Rees and Aman Goel


Michael Grubb Studio Welcomes Rachael Flint as New Associate


Prominent lighting design practice Michael Grubb Studio has expanded its expert team with the appointment of Rachael Flint.

Joining the practice as an Associate, Rachael brings with her more than a decade’s experience in the lighting industry. Having worked for consultancies in London, Oxfordshire and Sydney, Rachael understands the differing challenges of national and international projects.

As well as spanning continents, Rachael’s experience has ranged from hospitality to residential, cinemas to heritage and commercial developments. Tourism has also played a role in her portfolio, having worked on lighting designs for cruise ships and airports.

Rachael is a previous winner of the Young Lighter of the Year accolade, as well as being named as one of Lighting magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ industry achievers.


Graeme Rees Announced as New President of BCIA


The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Graeme Rees as its new President. Graeme takes over from Terry Sharp who has held the role for the past two years, while Paul Wetherfield will take Graeme’s place as Vice-President.

Graeme is currently the UK & Ireland Digital Energy Marketing Manager for Schneider Electric and has been involved in the building controls industry for more than 30 years, after starting his career as a Project Engineer at Lidworth Ltd. He later moved on to Bristol Management Systems before spending 19 years at Trend Control Systems, where he worked his way up from Regional Field Services Manager to Marketing Director. Early in 2019 Graeme was elected on to the BCIA’s Management Committee and he will now use his years of experience gained in industry to build on his predecessor’s work in building on the BCIA’s position as a leading influence on standards, professionalism and innovation for its members.


Elior Appoints New CIO Aman Goel


Aman Goel has been appointed as Elior’s chief information officer (CIO) to spearhead digital transformation and develop the best-in-class systems.

Goel brings a mix of digital strategy and transformation skills to Elior with seamless omni-channel customer experiences and expertise in integrating tech to modernise workplaces. With his customer centric focus, Goel will be a key member of the leadership team spearheading digital strategy and innovation across all Elior UK brands to reimagine the future of catering and hospitality via the use of technology.

Working with large, complex global businesses, Goel has a strong record in leading high performing teams and creating a conducive environment for trust, collaboration and innovation which gives Elior a competitive advantage.

Prior to joining Elior, Goel held IT leadership roles at Gate Group, Arcadia Group, Vodafone, and British Telecom. As part of his recent role at Gate Group he successfully piloted a transformational digital marketplace for passengers in an extremely challenging in-flight environment, opening new revenue opportunities for airlines.

Goel has had a broad career across IT, encompassing digital, retail, core (buying & merchandising, logistics & supply chain), data analytics, enterprise (finance, HR, legal, workplace), networks and infrastructure functions. He has demonstrable experience in leading technology through multi-million-pound transformations, service introduction and stabilisation, operations, and lifecycle management.


Cleanology Appoints Juliet Widdicombe


Commercial cleaning company Cleanology has appointed Juliet Widdicombe as Operations Director.

Juliet joins Cleanology from Bellrock Property and Facilities Management where she was Service Delivery Manager. Born in South Africa, she has worked in the hotel industry as well as the FM and cleaning sectors.

You can read more about the appointment here.


Magenta Associates Expands with Three New Appointments


Magenta Associates, the integrated communications consultancy specialising in facilities management and the built environment, has made three new appointments to support its growing client base and service offering. Steven Penney joins the consulting team, and Anna Kiff and Bruno Artus have joined as executives. 

Penney has worked in PR and communications across a broad range of sectors, including facilities management, retail, healthcare, branding and hospitality. Having managed an international awards programme for interior design and architecture for several years, Penney has an intricate understanding of the built environment. He will be working across a number of accounts covering security, fit-out and refurbishment, and workplace technology.

Anna Kiff is a final year undergraduate student in Marketing and Management with Psychology at the University of Sussex, with a keen interest in the world of communications. Her extra-curricular activities at university and work experience has equipped her with the skills necessary to manage communications programmes and events.

Bruno Artus is on track to achieve a First Class Honours in Marketing & Management. During his studies, he completed a placement year in a leading design and branding agency. Having lived in Brazil, China, Vietnam, France and now the UK, he has a trilingual tongue and a distinctive perspective on communication. He approaches the world of PR and communications with an inherent curiosity, a human-centric mindset and a drive to contribute to Magenta’s ongoing success. 

Kiff and Artus will both assist Magenta’s consulting team on PR, content generation, digital marketing and marketing communications programmes and projects. 


Claire Bailey-Jones Joins WISH Board


Throughout her career Novus Property Solutions’ head of business development, Claire Bailey-Jones has broken down barriers to reach the position she now holds: and now, thanks to a new role as board member for the Women In Social Housing (WISH) network, she is looking forward to opening the door to more women within the industry.

WISH is a designated Community Interest Company dedicated to attracting new female talent to the UK housing sector, supporting women in their career progression, and working towards gender equality – in particular, reducing the gender pay gap within housing. The network now operates across 10 regions across the UK, and boasts more than 500 subscribed members.

Claire has joined WISH as a board member for the network’s North West region, where she intends to bring her professional and personal experience of being a woman working in a male-dominated field to the role, and to continue her passionate advocacy for women and other underrepresented groups in the workplace.

Her work with the WISH network will complement the steps taken by the ‘Women in Novus’ (WiN) network which was founded last year, and which Claire immediately joined as an active and vocal member when she took up her role with the contractor last summer. Novus recently announced a four-point inclusion plan addressing matters such as parental leave and support for those experiencing menopause, as a direct result of lobbying by the WiN initiative.

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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 24 March 2022


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