Zenith appoints new chief people officer
Zenith has appointed Stuart Price as its new chief people officer to help support the company’s growth plans and long-term people strategy.
Price will lead the HR department and be responsible for developing its people-focused culture, says Zenith.
Prior to joining Zenith, Price was chief people officer at Virgin Care. He has also held senior people roles at Costcutter, Morrisons and Asda.
Tim Buchan, chief executive of Zenith, said: “Stuart brings a wealth of experience from the fast-paced grocery retail and healthcare sectors.
"His passion for creating a culture that enables people to excel is an excellent fit for Zenith as we move into the next stage of our strategic development.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Marisa Waddington, who has retired from the role of HR director after 11 years of working with Zenith.
"Marisa helped take this business from strength to strength, and her achievements won national recognition by making Zenith a Top 100 Company to work for.”
Price said: “I’m really excited to join a successful organisation with a passion for employee engagement, training and development.
“I’m looking forward to building on the strong culture that exists today and working with the teams to build the future people strategy that supports our growth and change agenda, with a relentless focus on putting our colleagues and customers at the heart of our business.”
Synetiq appoints Tom Rumboll as its new CEO
Synetiq has announced that current executive chairman Tom Rumboll (pictured) has moved to become the chief executive officer (CEO) of the company.
Rumboll now assumes overall responsibility for the performance of the business and its people.
Joining the team as executive chairman upon the formation of Synetiq, Rumboll has played a played a pivotal role in the merger that created the business, says Synetiq.
Synetiq says Rumboll has spent the last 20 months focusing on integration, people, processes and proposition, whilst enhancing the governance of the business and has worked with the teams to help develop better structure, measurement, planning and communication.
Richard Martin, chairman of Synetiq, said: “My fellow shareholders and I know that Tom is the right person to take the Synetiq business forward as we enter our next phase of growth.
“He has our full support as we continue to work together as a strong team, making our vision of creating a vehicle recycling industry we can all be proud of, a reality.”
The company says Rumboll’s background in large PLCs, regulated industries and high growth businesses has proved valuable for Synetiq and the business is prepared for its next phase of growth.
Rumboll said: “It is a real honour that the Synetiq shareholders trust me to head the business they have led so well for so long.
“The last few years of creating and subsequently integrating Synetiq have been a fantastic experience, and one that has identified a number of hugely exciting opportunities for the company.
“I feel privileged to lead the fantastic team of this very special business to a successful, sustainable and exciting future.”
Yodel announces appointment of new legal director
Yodel has appointed Lyndsey Taylor (pictured) as its new director of legal.
Taylor brings extensive knowledge and experience of the retail and logistics sector, having worked the Very Group’s legal team for the past 10 years.
Prior to working at the Very Group, Taylor worked at Ventura, where she qualified as a solicitor.
Mike Hancox, Yodel CEO, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to welcome Lyndsey onboard and I look forward to working with her.
“With her experience she brings a wealth of knowledge to this role, which will be vital as we continue to strengthen our offering and grow as a company.”
Lyndsey Taylor, director of legal at Yodel, said: “I’m very excited to be joining Yodel at such an important time for online retail and the delivery sector.
“As one of the leading independent parcel carriers in the UK, Yodel is an innovative and dynamic company that invests in its people – and I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues to build on recent successes.”
Sharyn Morley appointed head of vehicle security services at IMS
Sharyn Morley has been appointed head of vehicle security services at the mobility division of Insurance and Mobility Solutions (IMS).
Morley will start her role today (January 11) and report to Dave Turnock, sales director of the division.
Morley will be responsible for leading on security-based service delivery to fleets and mobility businesses across Europe.
Turnock said one of Morley’s key tasks will be to build a risk intelligence register which can be embedded in its client-facing systems, including identifying roads with high incidence of vehicle theft and common locations for staged accidents and fraudulent claims.
He said IMS will capture the data and use it to assist clients with their risk management approach.
Dave Turnock, sales director of fleet and mobility at Insurance and Mobility Solutions, said: “Sharyn is well respected across the industry and will be an excellent ambassador for us among police forces, fleet and mobility businesses and other stakeholder groups.
“We also expect her to build links with government agencies looking at terrorism and organised crime gangs, both of which utilise the car rental sector for their criminal activity.”
Morley said: “This is a great opportunity for me to bring the IMS security product set to the attention of many new forums, organisations and channels, where IMS hasn’t yet engaged fully, and where there would be great benefit derived from the adoption of its technologies and approach.”
“There were 113,000 vehicles thefts in the UK last year, and professional criminals who steal cars to order use highly sophisticated technology.
“A combination of the technology, services and industry experience within IMS will help keep clients one step ahead of professional criminals, across the UK and Europe.”
Morley’s role also includes developing the group’s partnership with W4G Fire and Security.
Prior to joining IMS, Morley spent twenty years in a variety of roles at Europcar Mobility Group (EMG), including head of UK security and manager of UK fleet services.
Fulcrum expands EV infrastructure solutions team
Fulcrum has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure solutions team as it continues to support the roll out of a comprehensive UK EV charging network.
The utility infrastructure and services provider say that in response to the UK government’s net-zero target, which will see an end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030, it has experienced an increase in enquiries and demand for its charging infrastructure capabilities and has bolstered its business development team to support further growth.
The latest additions to the team, are Helen Fox-Walker and Zuber Patel (pictured with Andy Hirst, group director of business development at Fulcrum).
Andy Hirst, group director of business development at Fulcrum said: “The drive towards EV, led by the Government’s net-zero strategy, has created a significant increase in demand for our services.
“We are continually developing our capabilities and expertise to support the roll out of a UK-wide EV charging network, and Helen and Zuber, who are fantastic additions to our team and are both highly-experienced in the sector, will help us support our growing portfolio of customers.”
Fox-Walker will focus on commercial installation projects including fleet transition and destination charging solutions, says Fulcrum.
Having spent most of her career working with multisite SME and industrial and commercial customers, she developed her skills within the EV sector with EON Drive and Arcadis, supporting the roll out of ultra-fast chargers nationally and providing consultancy services to support the electrification of organisations with large vehicle fleets.
Patel will deliver workplace and residential charging infrastructure projects.
Fulcrum says Patel brings a wealth of experience from the EV charging industry to the company, having been at the forefront of the charging sector in a business development role with Alfa Power.
In his previous role, Patel delivered contracts with clients including local authorities, golf clubs, schools, hotels, independent landowners and a forecourt operator with over 900 UK sites.