Individuals on the Transfer: Key appointments at North East companies

Richard Pattinson, the new Finance Director at Maxim FM

NOF, the UK energy business development organization based in Durham, has appointed a new business development executive.

Keith Conlon, originally from Shropshire, has business-to-business expertise in a number of industries and moved to North East England in 2019.

He will work closely with newly promoted Business Development and Membership Director Paul Livingstone, Commerce and Partnerships Director Caroline Lofthouse and Assistant General Manager Joanne Leng, who will become NOF General Manager in January.

Livingstone said, “We have a talented and passionate team at NOF who work closely with our members and I am delighted to have Keith join us. His business development experience will be invaluable as he works with our members and helps them diversify within the energy sectors as the industry continues its transition to low carbon generation. “

NOF is seeing a significant increase in new members as a growing number of supply chain companies seek to contribute to and benefit from the opportunities of the low carbon energy transition.

The national organization, which is active in the areas of offshore wind, hydrogen, CO2 capture and storage, nuclear and oil and gas, now has more than 400 members due to the increasing number of new registrations.

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Richard Pattinson, the new Finance Director at Maxim FM

Independent property cleaning and facility management company Maxim Facilities Management has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of a new finance director.

Richard Pattinson began his career in the Newcastle office of the Big Four consultancy Deloitte before moving to London to work on the firm’s national corporate finance team.

He has led marine and hospitality companies and most recently served as senior advisor to the board of directors at the Durham-based technology company Kromek Group plc.

Maxim FM, which employs more than 1,000 people, provides commercial contract cleaning and facility management services to public and private customers and works with a growing number of well-known companies and organizations including Hitachi, Quorn, Sembcorp, Gentoo and the Scottish Prison Service .

Says Pattinson, “I was looking for an organization with the right culture and leadership quality and a management team with whom I shared a common strategic vision.

“Maxim ticked all the boxes and my goal is to use my experience in systems development and implementation, business improvement, and corporate finance to contribute to his future development.

“There is a lot of potential to grow the business and we are actively working towards the long-term goal of becoming a £ 20 million company with around 2,000 employees.”

The new managing director of Beaumont Landscapes, Sophie Lineton

The new managing director of Beaumont Landscapes, Sophie Lineton

Sophie Lineton has taken on the role of Managing Director of Beaumont Landscapes from Newton Aycliffe.

The family company, founded in 1965, excelled during the pandemic with an increase in sales and a workforce of 20.

Ms. Lineton has worked as an Account Manager for Beaumont for the past seven years and was named Operations Director earlier this year.

She took over the top job from her brother Alex Lineton after the company posted a 30% increase in sales last year.

“I am happy to take on the responsibility and I am proud to continue building the family business,” she said. “I’ve built a solid foundation within the company over the past seven years and I’m ready to take the business to the next level.

“We enjoyed growth over the past year and I have the ambition to expand it even further over the next 12 months and years to come.”

Michael Parkin has joined Surgo

Michael Parkin has joined Surgo

Surgo Construction has appointed Michael Parkin as its lead volume assessor.

He joins Surgo from the Netherlands-based Italian company Rizzani De Echer and will oversee project finances and contractual relationships, ensuring that project costs are accurately reported and effectively controlled.

In his new role, Mr. Parkin is currently working on major multi-million pound educational projects at Middlesbrough College; namely a design and construction contract to expand the university’s MINT center, which is about to be completed, and the T-Levels digital center.

He said, “I am very excited to be joining the Surgo team. You have a long history in the region in executing key projects in many sectors. I have some really interesting projects to work on and there are some exciting projects in the pipeline that I’m really excited about. “

Surgo’s commercial director, Dave Blyth, said, “We are constantly enjoying new opportunities thanks to the buoyant market that will continue. We look forward to welcoming Michael to the Surgo team. He brings many years of experience and new perspectives to project management that he has acquired while working on an international level. I am confident that he will make a positive contribution to the business and enjoy a long career with the company. “

Gary Ellis, Managing Partner at Clive Owen LLP

Gary Ellis, Managing Partner at Clive Owen LLP

Clive Owen LLP has appointed Gary Ellis as Managing Partner.

Mr. Ellis succeeds Tony Luckett, who has held the position for six years.

He joined Clive Owen LLP in 1996 and opened the company’s Durham office in 1997. He has extensive experience in owner-managed companies and is actively involved in the running of the Durham office and as a member of the firm’s management committee.

Clive Owen LLP plans to open a fourth office in Middlesbrough this year that will help them serve their Teesside clients and attract the best local talent.

Mr. Ellis said, “Tony has been a model leader for several years and has led the company through an extremely difficult time during the Covid-19 pandemic. The company is therefore in a strong position, with increases in both the number of employees and the customer base.

“I am very pleased to take on the role of managing partner and am proud of the excellent team of professionals that we have at Clive Owen LLP, who provide our clients with comprehensive advice on various challenges. Hopefully we will now see a broader economic recovery that will allow us to focus on the next phase of business development as we slowly return to the new normal. ”

Michael Stirrup, the new CEO of Waterstons

Michael Stirrup, the new CEO of Waterstons

Management and technology consultancy Waterstons has named Michael Stirrup as their new chief executive officer to drive investment, job creation and the customer experience.

Mr. Stirrup has been a senior member of Waterstons for 15 years, previously serving as the Chief Financial Officer.

During his tenure as finance director, the company grew from 59 consultants to over 230 worldwide and continues to have ambitious growth plans. Waterstons is now a global company with sales of around £ 18 million and offices in Sydney, Perth, London, Glasgow and Durham.

A new board of directors is now being created, including the appointment of James Alderson, who led Waterstons’ London operations, as Client Experience Director and the appointment of Alex Bookless, previously Head of Managed Services, as Technical Director. Leanne Cullen will remain as Operations Director and Ajaib Singh as Consulting and Compliance Director.

Matthew Thomas and Dawn Ward will also join the board as assistant directors for Finance and People & Culture.

Mr. Stirrup said, “I am very excited to take on the role of CEO. It’s been 18 challenging months for everyone, but we managed to beat all expectations by increasing our sales to £ 18 million and hiring 40 highly talented people.

“We are maturing and changing our range of services and capabilities to ensure we continue to help our customers reduce their risk and digitally transform their business. We have some exciting growth plans and our new branding and website continue to reflect our customer-centric and people-centric culture, helping us build long-term relationships with both customers and a variety of new employees. ”

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