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New Appointments in Facilities Management – March 2023

29 March 2023

Atlas, Churchill Group and Precision FM are just some of the businesses announcing new appointments this month.



Picture: a graphic showing the headshots of Ed Bolton, Stephen Bourdet and Stephanie Braithwaite


Atlas Appoints New Cleaning Managing Director


One of Britain’s fastest growing facilities management companies, Atlas, has announced the appointment of Ed Bolton into the newly created position of Atlas cleaning managing director. Mr Bolton has spent much of his career in commercial and operational roles in the cleaning industry and brings extensive experience gained in senior leadership positions at OCS, ISS and IAG. He has a track record of leading successful teams in large organisations, delivering service excellence and strong organic growth.

This is a new position created to support Atlas’ growth ambitions. From a turnover of around £40 million five years ago, Atlas is now a £200 million FM group. Atlas’s cleaning business is present in every region of the UK and employs around 9,000 people. Atlas as a whole employs 10,000. It has prestigious cleaning contracts in many sectors, with staff working in places as varied as corporate headquarters, football stadiums, schools and five-star hotels.

Commenting on his new role, Ed Bolton said: “I'm delighted to be joining Atlas at this exciting time for the group. Atlas has grown rapidly into a market leader and our focus in cleaning will be to continue providing great services to our existing customers, whilst attracting new ones to support further growth. I look forward to meeting many of our people and customers over the coming weeks.”

Atlas Group Managing Director, Chris Wisely, commented: “Atlas has grown to be a total FM company with brilliant people and capabilities. At its heart is a high quality cleaning business that Ed will now be leading. We want to be the cleaning partner of choice and bring happiness to our customers and people through excellent service delivery. I’m very pleased Ed has joined us to help deliver on that goal.”


Stephen Bourdet Named as Head of Sales and Marketing at Town & Country Cleaners


Town & Country Cleaners based in Canterbury have announced the appointment of Stephen Bourdet as its Head of Sales and Marketing.

With 20 + years’ experience within the services sector including Waste, laundry, workwear and workplace hygiene and infection control, leading teams both regionally and nationally Stephen is looking forward to using all he has learned to support Town & Country Cleaners.

Stephen will be responsible for leading the businesses commercial and marketing efforts as Town & Country Cleaners moves into a new and exciting chapter of the companies 40 + years of business. When we asked Stephen what he was most looking forward to he said “The challenge of building the Town & Country brand and helping to drive the business across London, Essex and the Southeast of England” Stephen added “Town & Country have an amazing reputation in their core areas of operation, and they have amazing people”.

Elaine Harrison Managing Director of Town & Country Cleaners added “We are so pleased having Stephen on board and his knowledge and experience will be a huge addition to the team. This is an exciting time for the business and Stephen will really strengthen the overall business strategy in what is an exciting period of growth”.


BD Group Appoints Darren Tranter as Acting Chief Executive Officer


BD Group has announced that Darren Tranter has been appointed as the independent Non-Executive Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Board from Wednesday 8 March 2023.

As the former Managing Director of BD Together for over four years, Darren worked closely with stakeholders to ensure schools and residents were able to live and work safely community through unprecedented times of the pandemic.  He has built and strengthened the catering and Soft FM services for schools, businesses and community organisations with a strong ethos to improve lives but also reduce the environmental impact.

This appointment comes at an important time for the company with a new 3-year business plan for the Group coming into effect this year, and continues the process of refreshing BD Group’s strategic leadership and governance. Darren will be taking over the role from former CEO Andrew Pollard who had been in the role for nearly two years.

Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair of BD Group said about the appointment “I am delighted.  Darren will bring invaluable insight, expertise and leadership to the Board at a crucial time as we look to growth and expansion.  He comes from a place of knowing, whether that is our stakeholders, culture, or workings of the business, it makes the transition and execution of our strategy that more effective.”

Commenting on his appointment, Darren Tranter, new Acting CEO of BD Group, said, “I’m delighted to be in this role at this bold and pivotal time in the business.  I look forward to driving the business forward with the strong social and community values that underpinned our growth and excellent levels of service at BD Together, as well as putting our frontline workers and the fantastic work they do at the forefront.  I’m working with an amazing and committed team that want to make an impact in the Barking and Dagenham community.”


New Bid Manager to Support Business Growth at Precision FM


Award-winning, integrated facilities management company Precision FM has announced the appointment of Kapish Pattni as its new Bid Manager.

With his extensive experience in bid management, sales, and account management, Kapish will play a key role in supporting the company's commercial tender applications and developing new business support proposals.

After graduating in 2017 with a degree in Civil Engineering, Kapish worked in sales, account management and, most recently, as a Bid Manager for a large corporation. In this newly created role at Precision FM, Kapish will identify new projects, research opportunities, and formulate winning strategies for tender submissions.

Commenting on his appointment, Kapish said: "I'm so pleased to be joining Precision FM. It was clear from the outset that the company is committed to delivering exceptional service to its clients. The company's ambitious growth and vision for the future greatly attracted me to the role.

"Precision FM's senior leadership team has a clear vision to increase the company's market share and is expanding into new industry sectors. I want to be at the forefront of that positive expansion and I’m looking forward to working to support the business achieve its growth targets."

Kapish will identify opportunities for the company through extensive sector outreach, researching and guiding the company through the often complex tender and RFI process.

He'll work to highlight Precision FM's commitment to being an ethical FM supplier offering integrated FM solutions by utilising the latest technology to deliver tangible savings for clients. Kapish will develop proposals for new business support services that improve the firm's business model and ensure it remains at the forefront of innovation.

Brij Thankey, CEO at Precision FM, said: "Kapish's appointment as Bid Manager is a key part of our efforts to expand and develop our range of innovative FM solutions to clients.

"With his experience and expertise, the company is now well-positioned to achieve our vision of continued expansion by maximising all opportunities to win new business and bringing our outstanding service to a wide range of facilities right across the UK."


Morris & Spottiswood Appoints Social Value Lead


Construction firm Morris & Spottiswood has appointed Stephanie Braithwaite as social value lead.

To build on the delivery of the social value strategy, this newly created role will ensure increased collaboration with customers and communities, with the aim of developing more targeted outcomes across all frameworks and projects. It also underpins the company’s commitment to growing the number of women across the group by 10 per cent year on year, in addition to the 30 per cent of women that currently hold key positions.

As a Gold member of the 5% club, Morris & Spottiswood already offers a wide range of training and development opportunities. It is committed to supporting community regeneration and development activities via the provision of funding, resources and staff volunteering hours, and also supporting its SME supply chain partners. Stephanie’s role will enable the business to further develop its social value approach and strategy, developing new programmes and targets for the next three years.

Stephanie previously worked on community empowerment and outreach projects in the charity sector before moving into social value consultancy roles. She will engage with colleagues to understand collective ambitions and how they can, and want, to be involved in delivering social value through volunteering, mentoring and training, whilst encouraging innovative ideas for new projects. She will identify how the company can best support the communities it operates in and ensure a targeted approach that achieves maximum impact. Stephanie will also build on existing initiatives, such as Morris & Spottiswood’s apprenticeship programme, schools engagement, and equality and diversity targets.

The company’s recent appointment to the Yorbuild Framework will also allow Stephanie to develop a targeted strategy, working with key partners in local schools, colleges and community groups across Yorkshire.

Matthew Wall, Public Sector Director at Morris & Spottiswood, said: “We are thrilled to have Stephanie on board to lead our social value strategy development, which will empower our colleagues and support our communities. While the environmental objectives of our ESG strategy are important, so too are our social targets. Stephanie’s experience will guide our approach and create the most effective plan to meet and surpass those targets.”

Stephanie added: “Collective empowerment should be at the heart of all social value strategies and I’m really excited to take on this role at Morris & Spottiswood, return to the front line of social value delivery, and start engaging with my colleagues to understand what they would like to see as part of our objectives. I believe that everyone should have a stake in the strategy, and learning about people’s passions and motivations within the business is what I’m most looking forward to. Everyone is part of the social value story, and it only works if people throughout the business are engaged and empowered to drive it.

“Many businesses don’t pinpoint where they can offer the most value within their strategy, and instead try to do a little bit of everything. I find it's more effective to identify a few key areas or themes where we know we can add most value, and build a social value identity around those. There is so much opportunity within a business like Morris & Spottiswood to elaborate on the great work we’re already doing, and I can’t wait to start putting plans into action.”

Founded in Glasgow in 1925, Morris & Spottiswood operates across the UK in fit-out, M&E, and housing, with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Livingston, Warrington, and Leeds.


NG Bailey Appoints Jonathan Stockton as Chief Operating Officer and Promotes Clare Salmon to Group Finance Director


NG Bailey, the UK’s largest independent engineering and services business, has appointed Jonathan Stockton to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Clare Salmon, previously Group Financial Controller, has been promoted to Group Finance Director.

As COO, Jonathan will oversee and optimise the Group’s operational capabilities and administration, alongside developing and implementing key business strategies. Jonathan will also continue as a Group Board Director.

Jonathan has played a key role alongside Chief Executive David Hurcomb and the NG Bailey Board in driving the Group’s growth agenda, which included several successful acquisitions within the services business. The NG Bailey Group, which has operated for over 100 years, is supported by a positive balance sheet, strong order book, diversified business plan and solid market positions.

David Hurcomb, CEO at NG Bailey, said: “It is pleasing to see Jonathan move up into this newly created and strategic role. He has been an important part of the senior team since joining in 2016 and has contributed much to ensure the continued success of the business. 

“As a business, we are committed to recognising and rewarding our own talent and Clare’s promotion is testament to that. It also shows our succession plans are working and that colleagues can thrive and succeed in their careers with us.

“Moving forward we have exciting plans across the Group, including a continued commitment to the net zero agenda and making a positive impact in everything we do. Both Jonathan and Clare’s wealth of experience across the business will ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry.” 

Speaking about his new role, Jonathan said: “NG Bailey continues to be a leader within its field, and I am excited about the opportunity this role presents to deliver important work that further enhances our market leading position and supports our people – the lifeblood of the business.

“I look forward to developing further in this new role and making a positive contribution to our ongoing success.”

In her new role Clare joins the Group Operating Executive. Clare will manage the financial integrity and day-to-day performance of the business to support and build on the company’s solid financial position. 


Churchill Appoints John Riley as new MD of Environmental Compliance Division


Soft-services provider Churchill is delighted to appoint John Riley as the new managing director of Churchill Environmental Services (CES).

Riley joins with over 30 years of experience within the public and private FM sector and business services management. His previous role was a seven-year stint as the regional director for the Ministry of Defence. Riley was responsible for a large portfolio of buildings across the UK. These were managed and maintained for the MoD at over 250 locations. He has experience in running the maintenance, operation, and improvements of all building requirements.

In his new role, Riley will be responsible for overseeing both CES and related environmental compliance operations within Churchill. CES is a nationwide service for environmental compliance, specialising in water and air hygiene services.

Riley will work with Spencer Culley and the rest of the existing CES team to build on the quality of service and success delivered to clients to date. The team ensures that organisations can manage their compliance whilst having a measurable positive effect on sustainability and their social impact, enabling them to achieve their objectives in these areas.

John Riley, Managing Director of Churchill Environmental Services, said: “I am thrilled to have joined the Churchill team. I have been familiar with Churchill for several years, and it is exciting to now be a part of a business on this growth-path. When the opportunity came up to look after the environmental compliance side of the business, it was an easy decision for me. I look forward to working closely with the team and aiding in the development of the business across the UK as we continue to expand our service offering.”

James Bradley, CEO at Churchill, said: “We’re delighted to have John joining the senior team here at Churchill as part of the environmental services division. His extensive expertise and experience make him a great fit for this role, and we look forward to seeing his vision for the business’ growth and development. Welcome, John!”


Other New Appointments in March 2023 Include:


Picture: a photograph of a person typing on a laptop, with a notepad and pen next to them. Image Credit: Pixabay

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 29 March 2023


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