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New Appointments in Facilities Management – September 2021

New Appointments in Facilities Management – September 2021
30 September 2021 | Updated 08 October 2021

Penguin FM, Bidvest Noonan, Churchill Group and EMCOR UK have all published details of their new appointments this month.



Picture: a graphic showing photographs of Sarah Cork, Charlene Gachette and Marcia Ore


Bidvest Noonan's New Director of Operations 


Bidvest Noonan has appointed Sarah Cork as Director of Operations for Security Solutions. The appointment follows the group's recent investment in a new operating structure that saw the development of separate leadership, operations and support teams for Bidvest Noonan's businesses in Great Britain. 

Sarah brings a wealth of experience in the security industry, having previously served in senior security roles for many of the UK’s largest retail brands. Her deep expertise and experience will enable the business to enhance the service and value delivered to clients in key sectors ranging from corporate to retail.

Commenting on the appointment, Managing Director, Eddie Ingram said, "I'm delighted to welcome Sarah to our team. This appointment is an important investment in our business. Sarah’s expertise and passion in providing first-class security to clients will help us to pursue our growth strategy and drive innovation.

Sarah Cork commented, “This is a very exciting time to be part of Bidvest Noonan. I am pleased to have joined such a skilled and talented team, and I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues. I know that our team has all the skills and resources needed to achieve our ambitious plans and I’m looking forward to helping Bidvest Noonan to continue building on its success.”


The Churchill Group Appoints Employee Wellbeing, Diversity and Inclusivity Manager


Soft-services provider The Churchill Group is to appoint Charlene Gachette as Employee Wellbeing, Diversity and Inclusivity Manager. Charlene's core responsibilities will include developing Churchill’s wellbeing, diversity and inclusion (WDI) programme, the management of WDI suppliers and ensuring that Churchill offers an array of WDI initiatives for its employees across the country.


“The chance to drive the Churchill WDI programme was too good to turn down. It’s fantastic that wellbeing and diversity are featuring so high on the corporate agenda and I can’t wait to begin rolling out initiatives and supporting my Churchill colleagues.”

–Charlene Gachette

Employee Wellbeing, Diversity and Inclusivity Manager, The Churchill Group


One of Charlene’s main tasks will be to lead on Project Mosaic, the D&I plan that Churchill launched last November. Key achievements of Mosaic so far include the first Churchill D&I survey that had more than 2,500 responses and the creation of a Mosaic committee encompassing employees from across the business. Upcoming activities will include the launch of an employability programme that supports disengaged members of the community back into employment.

Charlene has a strong background in D&I with projects that have encompassed wellbeing programmes, staff engagement networks, mentoring programmes and unconscious bias training courses. A key achievement in her previous role was establishing and chairing a staff network to support the culturally and racially diverse. The network was created without labour or budget but quickly grew in stature and received support from the UK executive board. 

Melanie Taylor, Group HR Director at The Churchill Group, said: “Wellbeing, diversity and inclusion programmes go hand in hand with our core values - always doing the right thing, always seeking better and always putting people first. Charlene’s experience and track record make her the perfect person to take our WDI programme forward and we look forward to enhancing our employee support.”

Charlene added: “The chance to drive the Churchill WDI programme was too good to turn down. It’s fantastic that wellbeing and diversity are featuring so high on the corporate agenda and I can’t wait to begin rolling out initiatives and supporting my Churchill colleagues.”




EMCOR UK Appoints Equality Lead


EMCOR UK, a leading provider of facilities, asset and workplace management services, has appointed Marcia Ore as its Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

Marcia worked for the police service for over 30 years and during that time held several roles to challenge barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion including: executive member of the National Black Police Association and chair of the Gender and Sexual Orientation sub-committee; member of the Association of Chief Police Officers working party exploring the career progression for women and black and ethnic minority police officers and staff.

Since retiring from the Police Service, Marcia has continued to be actively involved with diversity, inclusion and equality activity including delivering training sessions, facilitating workshops and supporting organisations to develop their strategic approach to diversity and inclusion.  

Keith Chanter, CEO of EMCOR UK, said: “Marcia brings with her such a wealth of experience which supports our commitment to be an inclusive employer and our purpose to create a better world at work. She will work closely with our senior leaders to ensure that our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives are a core part of how we operate at all levels across the business. She will join a team that continues to push for the advancement of equality of opportunity and strives to raise awareness of the benefits of an inclusive culture.

Commenting on her new role, Marcia said: “I am delighted to be joining EMCOR UK and look forward to further developing and executing its diversity and inclusion strategy. I was drawn by their purpose to create a better world at work and by their values and I aim to ensure that they have the best strategy, policies and training in place to drive positive behavioural change and to create a culture that is truly inclusive.”

Marcia holds many qualifications including Master of Science (MSc) in Education Management and Leadership and Master of Arts (MA) in Coaching and Mentoring for Personal, Business and Organisational Development.


Maxim FM Announces New Finance Director


The North East’s largest independent contract cleaning and facilities management firm has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of a new finance director.

Richard Pattinson is bringing two decades’ commercial experience to his new role with Maxim Facilities Management and is now responsible for all the financial and commercial aspects of the Sunderland-headquartered firm’s operations.

Richard began his career in the Newcastle office of "Big Four" business advisory firm Deloitte before moving to London to work in the practice’s national corporate finance team.



Picture: a photograph of Richard Pattinson


He has successfully run businesses in the marine and hospitality sectors, and most recently acted as a senior advisor to the board at County Durham-headquartered technology firm Kromek Group plc.

Maxim FM provides commercial contract cleaning and facilities management services to public and private sector clients, and works with a growing number of well-known firms and organisations including Hitachi, Quorn, Sembcorp, Gentoo and the Scottish Prison Service.

Richard Pattinson says: “I was looking for an organisation with the right culture and quality of leadership, and for a management team with which I shared a common strategic vision.

“Maxim ticked all the boxes, and my aim is to use my experience of systems development and implementation, business improvement and corporate finance to contribute to its future evolution.


Penguin FM Reveals New MD


Penguin FM is expanding within the South of England with the appointment of a new Managing Director for London and The South and the opening of a Central London Office.

Paul Gisby joins Penguin in this senior strategic role, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience within the facilities management and construction sectors. His previous roles have included director-level positions at Managed Property Services and Premier Technical Services Group. He also plays an active role within the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), having previously acted as Vice-Chair of the CIBSE FM Group.

Penguin FM founders Rohin Dhand and Edward Wick are “excited” to welcome him on board,  Edward said: “Paul’s appointment is a significant and exciting move for Penguin and will further strengthen our position in the South of England. He brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience which our team members and the company as a whole will really benefit from.”



Picture: a photograph of Paul Gisby

Rohin added “Paul joins us at a crucial time for London companies looking to emerge from the pandemic and we are absolutely committed to helping clients save on their bottom line and innovating further across our FM services. Paul will be crucial in leading our team in the South and achieving this for us”.

Speaking about his appointment, Paul said, “Penguin FM is a dynamic and fast-growing service provider with a young and ambitious team. They’re dedicated to achieving sustainable growth and delivering the best for clients, so our values properly align.  I’m thrilled to be driving forward this new chapter with them and we’re all really excited to see what the next 12 months bring.”

Picture: graphic showing contract paperwork and a pen

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 30 September 2021


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