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Birmingham-based change consultancy Entec Si has appointed a new CEO and Chairman of the Board to drive strategic growth.

The company’s co-founders and former directors, Eman Al-Hillawi and Peter Marsden, will take on the new roles as Entec Si moves to a new advice-based operating model.

As CEO, Al-Hillawi will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, including providing the business plan, financial management and developing the senior leadership team.

Marsden will focus on leading Entec Si’s long-term strategic direction, including business planning, forming new commercial partnerships and identifying future areas of growth.

Al-Hillawi said, “The way we have contracted and grown stronger over the past year and a half has shown the resilience of our team and what can be achieved with the right people around us. Peter and I are now ready to take the next step in Entec Si’s growth path and we believe that our new roles will be the key to taking the business to the next level. ”

Marsden, Chief Executive Officer, added: “Working as Managing Director at Entec Si has been an extremely rewarding experience, but assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer will allow Eman and me to take on new challenges while realizing our strengths. Our continued investment in the next generation of consultants is also critical to passing the baton while ensuring that the company continues to deliver exceptional advice for years to come. “


Dains has strengthened its cloud accounting team with the addition of Director Mohamed Esat to the company.

Esat will be an important part of the recently launched DAINSevolve project and strengthen the company’s cloud tech offering.

He joins Cooper Parry’s company where he was senior manager for six years.

He said: “I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs realize their ambitions and helping them become more profitable and successful. I’ve worked with entrepreneurial companies for the past two decades, helping them thrive by understanding where their business is now and where they want to be, and using data and insights about how they’re doing to make decisions . I decided to move to Dains because I felt there was a cultural match and the values ​​really got through to me. I was really excited about the DAINSevolve offer and could see that this was an opportunity to bring our customers an exciting proposition that would help them become more successful and I was very keen to be part of this journey. I look forward to opening this next chapter in my career with Dains. “

John Southwell, Partner, said, “These are exciting times for the company and we are excited to welcome Mo to the DAINSevolve team. Mo’s expertise lies in working with growing, ambitious and entrepreneurial companies, offering support at all levels from management accounts, forecasting and budgeting to strategic advisory support, helping with crucial insights into financial performance and position and advising companies on how to meet their ambitions reachable.

“His passion is to provide insights into the performance of the company to support and shape business decisions through automation and technology, and to provide real-time and robust information to support the business and advise customers at every stage of their development. He works with a wide variety of companies in a number of sectors and enjoys the broad experience that brings to the relationship. “


Al Rayan Bank announced the appointment of Michael Williams as chairman, pending regulatory approval.

Williams will replace Malcolm Brookes, who has served as interim chairman since October 2020 and will resume his role as Senior Independent Director.

Williams is also Chairman of Walbrook Asset Finance, a position he has held since April 2020, and Chairman of Marubeni Komatsu Equipment Finance, a position he has held since March 2016.

From 2012 to 2021 he was Vice Chairman of the Bank of London and Middle East (BLME) for nine years.

He will take up the post of CEO on October 1 and bring more than 35 years of experience with Islamic and conventional financial services to the table.

He said, “I am very pleased to have been named Chief Executive Officer and look forward to leading Al Rayan Bank to the next level of growth. I look forward to working with the board and management team and I am very confident that the bank can take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves as the UK economy recovers from the effects of the pandemic. On behalf of the bank, the board of directors and the shareholders, I would like to thank Malcolm Brookes for his leadership and leadership as interim chairman. “


The communications consultancy Liquid has strengthened its team based in Birmingham by six positions.

New hires include Social Media Manager Claudia Kennedy, PR Account Manager Heather Woodhouse, Digital Marketing Manager Rebecca Barrett, Digital Designer Leigh Wodke, Senior Digital Marketing Executive Luke Horton and Social Media Executive Vanessa Clark.

Liquid CEO Elisabeth Lewis-Jones said: “After a strong first half of 2021, we are excited to add six new employees to the Birmingham office.

“Everyone brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our PR, social and digital teams to support our ever-growing customer base, and we look forward to welcoming them to the team.

“Working, recruiting and training employees remotely is not without its challenges, but our well-rehearsed team has adapted well and we hope that our new team members will quickly settle in and feel at home in their new position.”