On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Butler, Levers and Bamford

Nottingham chartered insurance broker, Russell Scanlan, has made three hires.

The firm has appointed Louise Bamford and Sonia Butler as commercial account handlers and Olivia Levers as SME account handler. The three new starters join the firm with nearly 50 years’ experience in the industry between them.

Bamford said: “It was the perfect time for me to make a career move and I’d heard so many excellent reviews of Russell Scanlan and how they do business. Their reputation is second to none and the senior team really values each and every employee.

“I’ve settled in really quickly and have made really good and strong relationships with my clients already, particularly John Pye & Sons. What’s great at Russell Scanlan is that no matter what stage you’re at in your career, there’s still the opportunity to learn and develop here, which I love.”

Butler added “I’m thrilled to have been offered the position in the commercial team at Russell Scanlan – the firm has a very strong and enviable reputation throughout the East Midlands and further afield and having worked at a variety of different organisations throughout my career I was ready for a new challenge at an ambitious business.

“I’ve gained experience across a broad spectrum of specialisms, including underwriting, but I’ve always thrived on the client face-to-face contact and interaction that comes with broking. Russell Scanlan has an impeccable reputation in Nottingham for being a professional independent broker which looks after its staff and its clients and encourages excellent service so I knew when the opportunity came up that this was the firm I wanted to move to.”

Levers said: “I’d heard excellent things about Russell Scanlan since I entered the industry five years ago, so when the position came up I knew I had to apply. So far I’m really enjoying the policy management side of my role, particularly with the business’s specialist Masterbrew product which caters for brewers and distillers in the beer and gin sectors. Every brewery and distillery is different and so every policy has different elements. It’s really interesting and I’m learning so much.”

Lawlor and Sturza

Two Daventry women working for a global logistics firm based in Crick have been promoted to more senior roles within the company.

Aliona Sturza and Jo Lawlor both started with Crick-based NX Group in the last three years, and have risen from administrators to warehouse supervisor and account manager respectively.

Lawlor said: “The role I’ve taken on is constantly busy and varied, with no two days ever the same, which is what I love about it. I’ve worked in other sectors, including education, but this is the industry where I feel most valued and find most rewarding.

“Logistics is a growing sector, and I’ve noticed that gradually more and more women are coming on board, but it still needs to improve. I feel quite lucky to be with The NX Group, as everyone working here is considered part of a family.”

Sturza also joined the firm as an administrative assistant but within a few months had secured the warehouse supervisor role. She said: “When I started I was the only woman in the warehouse but I soon progressed because I like everything to be arranged and handled properly and efficiently.

“I now have an administrator helping me, and I think the company wants to bring on more ladies as it continues to grow, which I think would be great. I find The NX Group interesting to work for because we offer the full logistics package to our customers, from picking and packing to secure storage and courier delivery.”

Neil Powell, managing director of The NX Group, said, “Both Jo and Aliona have proved to be excellent employees since they started, and we want to train and provide opportunities to all staff at The NX Group who demonstrate hard work and dedication. We’re proud of all our employees, and as we expand our business we hope to bring more quality staff on board.”

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