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New Appointments in Facilities Management – March 2024

New Appointments in Facilities Management – March 2024
27 March 2024

March’s new appointments roundup includes Sodexo, Ward, NCG and more.



Picture: a graphic showing the headshots of Claire Morris, Christopher Baldock and Steve Kennedy


Sodexo Live! Appoints Claire Morris as New CEO for UK & Ireland


Sodexo Live! a global leader in hospitality, retail and event catering services for sports & leisure venues as well as major events, is pleased to announce the appointment of Claire Morris as its new CEO for the UK and Ireland.  

Claire has been with the business for 17 years and brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success. She joined the sports & leisure (now Sodexo Live!) global executive team in 2015, leading the marketing function and now also leads the growth organisation for the global business

Claire has more than 25 years’ experience in the food and facilities industry and has led many strategic marketing initiatives from acquisition integration to brand and concept development as well as developing a high performing growth team to accelerate sales performance. In the past year she has created a dedicated digital and tech start up function for Sodexo Live! and is passionate about the customer experience at every touchpoint. She will continue to lead the Global Marketing, Sales and Digital department for Sodexo Live! 

She has a clear vision and ambition to do things differently in the live events and hospitality marketplace, by supporting the businesses and clients Sodexo Live! partners with, through innovation, food, and pioneering technology.   

Nathalie Bellon-Szabo, Sodexo Live! Global CEO, said:  "Claire's dedication, leadership, and client-centric focus make her the perfect choice to lead our operations in the UK and Ireland. We are confident that under her guidance, Sodexo Live! will continue to thrive and deliver outstanding value to our client partners and their guests.  

“Her prior experience, and knowledge of the UK market is invaluable, couple this with her global role and innovative approach, it will unlock a wealth of opportunities for clients, customers and colleagues.”  

Claire added:  “I am delighted to take on the role of CEO for Sodexo Live! in the UK and Ireland. The company’s commitment to excellence and client satisfaction aligns seamlessly with my own values, and I am excited to contribute to the success of Sodexo Live! in this new capacity.”  


Steve Kennedy Joins Ward as Managing Director for London


Steve Kennedy has been appointed as Managing Director for London at Ward.

Steve will head up our London business unit, an area that has successfully grown to over £40m a year, securing a diverse range of high risk, high profile, iconic and trophy locations, places and assets.

Steve joins Ward with a wealth of experience and skills that span various sectors, making him a valuable addition to our growing business.

Steve set up his own successful business, Consortio Business Management Limited, leveraging his experience in estate management, contract management, and hospitality. Under his leadership, Consortio flourished, specialising in the security sector, health and safety, accreditation management, and business development. Steve has expertise in forging new contracts, establishing strong relationships, and his proficiency in accreditation management, auditing, and security for List X accredited data centres, further solidify his credentials.

Steve comments, “I’m delighted to now be part of this fantastic company and I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated team of Officers, Account Managers and support staff that have made Ward what it is today. To take on the role of London MD and to have the opportunity to influence and grow this already successful business is a challenge that I look forward to”.

Kevin Ward, Group CEO, adds: “I’m thrilled to welcome Steve to Ward. We’re delighted that Steve has chosen to join us, and I look forward to working with him as a member of our leadership team and operating board. I am confident that Steve’s expertise, coupled with unwavering optimism and resilience, will enrich our team dynamics, assisting us towards greater success.”


NCG Appoints Christopher Baldock as Chair


Technology infrastructure specialist NCG has appointed Christopher Baldock as its new chair.

Founded in 2019, NCG is an internet service provider (ISP) and master systems integrator. The company provides holistic tech solutions for the built environment, servicing real estate, urban logistics and enterprise customers across the UK and Europe, as well as managing end-to-end energy transformation projects to enable organisations to transition to renewable energies.

Baldock has more than 40 years of experience working in senior roles across the technology, telecoms and energy sectors. Having been a sales and marketing director for Motorola Solutions and Atlantic Networks in the 1980s, he then held the role of managing director of Modular Technology between 1990 and 2003.

Baldock has already acted as chair to nine different organisations over the past two decades, including 6G Internet Limited, CBiS Education, Solution Builders Limited (SBL Group), Qunifi, Simply Mail Solutions, Super Cloud, Tute Education Limited, Telcom Group and Horizon Electric UK.

In his new role, Baldock will apply his extensive business leadership experience to help NCG scale at pace, guiding on commercial strategy, sales and operations.

NCG has worked with major names like Deliveroo, CloudKitchens and Colliers, as well as providing the tech solutions that underpin rapidly expanding flexible workspace propositions such as NewFlex and infinitSpace. The London-based company recently restructured its team as it prepares for further international growth in 2024.

Thomas Proctor, CEO of NCG, said: “We’re delighted to have Chris join us as chair. His experience in helping technology companies scale at pace is immense, and he’ll undoubtedly provide huge value as NCG prepares for its next phase of growth. 

“Chris’ addition comes at a really exciting time for us. We’ve recently reshaped our internal structures and teams, putting us in the strongest possible position to simultaneously expand our network of clients and continue to focus on delivering excellence for all our existing partners.” 

Baldock added: “NCG are on a mission to transform the way technology infrastructure is created, implemented and managed in the world of commercial real estate. Their strategic, holistic approach is absolutely what the sector needs – I’m thrilled to have joined the team and look forward to helping to provide guidance through their business journey over the years to come.”


Abloy UK Strengthens Growing Team with Three New Staff Appointments


Abloy UK has further strengthened its growing team with the appointment of three new members of staff. Hinna Khan, Matt Pendlebury, and Tim Remment will be showcasing the company’s digital access control portfolio and demonstrating the benefits of these solutions for specific sectors.

Hinna is Market Development Manager for Critical Infrastructure, specialising in the Water sector. Her role involves looking after key accounts for the south region, growing opportunities with existing customers and creating relationships with potential new customers.

She brings a wealth of experience to the role, with over 15 years within mechanical security and digital access control, including cloud-based solutions.

Driven and ambitious, Hinna is focussed on doing her job to the very best of her ability and hopes to disrupt the industry to make significant improvements to the way access and security are managed.

Hinna said: “I’m keen to meet with key decision makers in the Water sector and showcase the capabilities of Abloy’s more advanced digital solutions.

“Abloy has a rich heritage of supplying mechanical security solutions in this environment, however we want to demonstrate the additional benefits that can be gained from digital access control.”

Matt has been appointed Market Development Manager for Critical Infrastructure, specialising in the Energy sector.

Following the completion of his Business Marketing degree, Matt began working for a smart access control company, where he grew his knowledge and understanding of specifying solutions for markets such as Hotels and Leisure, Commercial, and Education.

He has experience working on high profile accounts, understanding the challenges faced by a specific organisation and recommending the most effective access control system to best suit their needs.

One of Matt’s core skills is helping to implement and integrate a range of different access control products into one solution, often on projects spanning several sites in locations across the UK.

Matt said: “Abloy’s reputation within the industry attracted me to this role, and I knew of them as a market leader, world renowned for high quality and high security solutions.

“It’s a company I was keen to be part of, and I look forward to forging relationships with the big energy providers and help them overcome operational struggles by shifting from mechanical to digital access solutions.

“In particular, our PROTEC2 CLIQ system and BEAT digital padlock can help the Energy sector to manage access in a more agile and flexible way with the use of mobile credentials.”

Tim is Corporate and Commercial Business Development Manager, handling customers in a wide and varied scope of environments, from office spaces to industrial units, and multi-occupancy buildings such as apartments and student accommodation.

He started his career in the construction sector, undertaking various roles from working onsite through to account management, securing several big-name brand accounts. Following this, he studied computer science, and went into roles in sales management, multi-site management, IT liaison, and security.

He explained: “My goal is to understand the individual user case scenario of a customers’ organisation, and advise on relevant products and services and how to integrate them with existing systems. Relationships are a key focus, and my aim is to build trust through comprehensive consultancy. 

“Solutions such as Incedo, Aperio, and SMARTair are integral to this, and with such a vast scope of solutions in our portfolio to suit all requirements, it is easy to create a bespoke access control solution to meet customer needs – whatever they might be.”

Picture: a graphic showing a desk with two pens, an envelope and a piece of paper with the word "payroll" written on it. Image Credit: Pexels

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 March 2024


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