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New Appointments in Facilities Management – May 2023

New Appointments in Facilities Management – May 2023
24 May 2023 | Updated 25 May 2023

Bidvest Noonan, Arcus FM and the BOHS are just some of the businesses announcing new appointments this month.



Picture: a graphic showing the headshots of Sarah Scanlon, Stephen Saunders and Alex Wilson


Scanlon and Maguire Step Up to Operations Director Roles at Bidvest Noonan


Bidvest Noonan announces the promotion of two of its long-standing and highly respected professionals to top management roles in its integrated solutions business unit. Sarah Scanlon and Brian Maguire have been elevated to Operations Director positions, underscoring Bidvest Noonan's commitment to nurturing talent and driving standards in its key sectors.

Sarah, who has climbed the ranks at Bidvest Noonan since joining in 2007, is now the Operations Director for the Life Sciences & Corporate sectors. Known for her impressive track record, Sarah has been instrumental in enhancing and growing Bidvest Noonan's presence in the life sciences sector. Reflecting on her promotion, Sarah said, "I am delighted and honoured to have been promoted to Director of Operations. I'm eager to roll up my sleeves and take Bidvest Noonan's business in the life sciences and corporate sectors to new heights."

Brian Maguire also joins the senior leadership team within the business unit taking up the role of Operations Director for Strategic Accounts. With 22 successful years in the FM industry, Brian has proven himself a vital asset during his tenure at Bidvest Noonan. Commenting on his promotion Maguire said, "This is a testament to Bidvest Noonan's belief in nurturing its own talent. I am excited to bring fresh perspectives to our clients and push the boundaries of what we can achieve together."

Anthony Harman, Managing Director of Bidvest Noonan's Integrated Solutions Business Unit, is confident about the strategic promotions: "Sarah and Brian have consistently shown an exceptional level of dedication and skill. I have no doubt that they will accelerate growth and deliver even better service to customers. I eagerly anticipate this new chapter with Brian and Sarah in our Senior Leadership team."


Arcus FM Appoints New Chief Operating Office


In late February, Stephen Saunders joined as the new Chief Operating Officer at Arcus FM. With over 20 years experience leading operations across construction, engineering and customer service businesses, Stephen will years to ensure that the people-centric, service-focused ethos remains at the heart of Arcus FM’s operations as the business continues on its growth trajectory.

On the appointment, Chris Green, Arcus’ Chief Executive Officer said, “Customer service and satisfaction, and delivering value to the customer by driving outstanding service, underpinned by culture of safety and colleague engagement, is at the heart of what we do.

“We’re excited that Stephen has joined the C-Suite team to apply his skills and experience to drive forward the operational excellence that is so key to our success, and the success of the customers we support. He’s supported by an exceptional team, and we’re really excited about what the future holds with the calibre and capability of the people we have in place across our business.”

As Chief Operating Officer, Stephen will not only be responsible for continuing to drive the high-levels of service, self-delivery and innovation that Arcus’ customers expect, delivered through one of the largest mobile engineering fleets in the industry; but will be overseeing new projects to enhance customer experience by greater integration of Arcus FM’s award-winning technology platforms – driving down cost and carbon impact for the customers the brand serves.

Stephen brings with him a wealth of operational and leadership expertise in a variety of roles. At KONE Plc. the global leader in lifts, escalators, and automatic building doors, he worked across business improvement, commercial, sales, service, and M&A.

Most recently, Stephen was Chief Executive Officer at TK Elevator, where he drove business growth, profitability improvements, and operational performance; as well as increasing both employee and customer engagement satisfaction.

On his appointment, Stephen said “Over the last two months, I have been meeting with colleagues across Arcus FM and the first word that comes to mind is ‘passion’. It’s a privilege to lead a team that are so clearly proud of the service they deliver for our customers 24/7, 365.

“It’s a really exciting time to join the business, with a rapidly growing portfolio of new businesses entrusting us with their estate. This gives me and my teams the opportunity to delight and deliver for more customers than ever, in more sectors, and to the same high-standards that Arcus FM is renowned for.”


Alex Wilson Appointed as New President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society


The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), a scientific charity and the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Wilson as the new President for 2023-2024.

Alex is a Chartered Occupational Hygienist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of occupational hygiene, workplace health and environmental areas, working in the steel, chemical, aerospace and power systems sectors. He has held positions in various companies, including BP, Tata Steel, and Rolls Royce. Currently, he serves as the Global Industrial Hygiene & Occupational Health Manager for Johnson Matthey. He is passionate about the protection of people in the workplace and the local community and dedicated to making employee health and environmental concerns a primary focus of management.

Alex expressed his gratitude and said, “I am incredibly privileged to become the new BOHS president and lead the Society in this milestone year as we celebrate our 70th anniversary. This is a momentous occasion, and I am excited to be a part of it. As we reflect on our past achievements and look to the future, I am committed to ensuring that BOHS continues to play a leading role in promoting occupational hygiene and safeguarding the health of workers. I am enthusiastic about the year ahead and look forward to working closely with President Elect Parmjit Gahir, Past President Chris Keen, the Board of Trustees and the wider BOHS community to make meaningful progress towards these goals.”

Chris Keen, the Past President of BOHS, welcomed Alex’s appointment and said, “Alex’s passion and dedication towards occupational hygiene and workplace health is commendable. We are confident that his leadership will take BOHS to new heights.” Kevin Bampton, CEO of BOHS, also welcomed Alex and said, “Alex’s experience and expertise will be invaluable to BOHS. We look forward to working with him and Parmjit to achieve our goal of creating healthier working environments.”

The new President will be supported by President Elect Parmjit Gahir, Past President Chris Keen and the Board of Trustees. Parmjit has more than 30 years of experience as a regulatory Occupational Hygienist with knowledge of manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, engineering and Oil and Gas, both in the UK and internationally and is a specialist in Health Risk Management.

The Society’s Board of Trustees consists of 15 highly experienced professionals who have a great passion for occupational hygiene and a strong commitment to preventing ill health in the workplace. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organization and work tirelessly to advance BOHS’s mission, with their dedication and hard work being instrumental in saving lives every day.


Magenta Associates Appoints Liam FitzPatrick as B2E Strategist


Magenta Associates, the communications specialist for the built environment, has appointed published author and co-founder of the Black Belt series of training for internal communicators Liam FitzPatrick as its business-to-employee (B2E) communications strategist. FitzPatrick will work alongside Magenta’s B2E team, led by senior consultant Sabrina Stubbs, to support the increased demand for internal communications and employee listening projects. 

FitzPatrick’s experience of change and transformational communications comes from working in-house and in consultancy. Commonly he works with organisations during times of turmoil. He has worked in government, higher education, NGOs, technology, civil engineering, food and hospitality, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation and telecoms. 

Subscribing to the notion that managers and supervisors are the keys to successful transformation, FitzPatrick works with leaders on their communications and people skills. He is a skilled facilitator and tutor running programmes for communications and coaching management teams. 

Sabrina Stubbs, Magenta Associates Senior Consultant and B2E lead, said: “There seems to be a shared pain-point for firms in the built environment and their HR, real estate and marketing teams, many of which are grappling with how to effectively communicate with and unite increasingly dispersed teams in the era of hybrid working and talent shortages. Magenta conducted research last year that shows the top communications priorities are communicating workplace change, health & wellbeing, learning and development, dispersing silos, encouraging collaboration between teams, clarifying hybrid and remote working etiquette, and culture management. An increasing number of clients have turned to us for support in these areas and we are delighted to welcome Liam to the fold. He brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience. With Liam’s help, we’ll be able to up the ante with the value we offer clients, helping to unite their teams and boosting the employee experience in the process.” 

Liam FitzPatrick added: “Now, more than ever, good employee and change communications can make the difference between success and failure for organisations. The Magenta Team get this and have been doing some brilliant work that I’m looking forward to supporting. It’s great to act as a sounding board with a smart team with fresh ideas who are so committed to delivering results for their clients.”


Pareto Further Strengthens Senior Team to Support Continued Growth


Leading facilities and engineer service provider, Pareto, has announced a number of appointments to their senior team. The investment in the senior structure further strengthens the organisation as it continues on its industry leading growth journey. Results last week confirmed Pareto grew 75% in the last financial year with a further 25 per cent forecast in 2023.

The appointments include:


  • Dave Richards joins as the Chief Executive Officer
  • Alishya Artwell is promoted to the Board as Chief People Officer
  • Ian Wiggans is promoted to Chief Commercial Officer
  • Colin Kimber is promoted to Operations Director
  • Chris Barnes is promoted to Account Director
  • Daniel Scotchmer is promoted to Account Director
  • Frankie Laugier-Davies is promoted to Account Director
  • Jason Hunt is promoted to Associate Director
  • Rachel McEntee is promoted to Marketing Director
  • Adam Phillips joins as Sales Director
  • Andrew Hulbert is promoted to the role of Vice Chair
  • Daniel Cook is promoted to Senior Technical Manager


‘Dave Richards, CEO, Pareto commented “Pareto is without doubt one of the most exciting and progressive facilities service providers in the sector. I have been blown away by what I’ve seen in terms of customer focus, business ethics and incredible culture. Pareto is leading the way in terms of the ESG agenda and there are so many further initiatives in the pipeline. Pareto has a phenomenal set of client partners and some of the best talent within the industry. The next few years present an exciting time for the organisation and these senior enhancements to our structure will ensure we move forward with continued success.


SBFM Strengthens Senior Leadership Team With Appointments of David Mountain and Gail Lees


SBFM, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading and fastest-growing soft FM service providers, has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointments of David Mountain as Head of Human Resources (HR) and Gail Lees as Head of QSHE & Workplace.

As Head of Human Resources, Mountain will lead on the strategic development of SBFM’s human resources division and the company’s industry leading people strategy to position the business for its next phase of growth.

Mountain has over 15 years’ experience in HR and a history of working in the FM industry. He joins from facilities management and professional services company Mitie, where he was Senior People Business Partner and a member of its senior management team.  

An enthusiastic advocate of diversity and inclusion, Mountain spent 11 years leading talent development programmes in roles at Interserve Industrial Services, Adviser Plus Business Solutions and Barnardo's.

He will lead on SBFM’s critical HR functions – including talent acquisition and retention, succession planning, change management and employee engagement, amongst others.

In leading the company’s HR division, Mountain will help to build resilience and a future-fit workforce for changing market forces, while driving the business forward.

In a further investment in its executive team SBFM has also appointed Gail Lees as Head of QSHE and Workplace.

Lees will focus on delivering ever-improving QSHE performance across the business, including best practice in health and safety and environmental management, continual improvement of quality systems, and increasing staff engagement with QSHE policies and systems.

Prior to joining SBFM, Gail was QHSE Manager for Filtermist International Limited Group and Fera Science Ltd respectively, where she developed technical expertise in QSHE, strategic awareness of health and safety management systems, and improved safety performance across the businesses.

Matthew Chapman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at SBFM, said: "We are pleased to welcome colleagues of such a high calibre, with demonstrable industry experience to our executive team. The appointments of David and Gail come at an important time for SBFM as we build upon a period of sustained growth and evolve to meet the needs of our expanding client portfolio.

“We are confident that under their leadership, the business will build on what we have already accomplished, grow and develop our industry leading services, and deliver on SBFM’s vision to reimagine what can be delivered and achieved within the industry for people, places, and society.”


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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 24 May 2023


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