People: Stafforce; trentbarton; Kinchbus; Howard Ward Associates

Alison Cook

Recruitment firm Nicholas Associates Group has strengthened its Stafforce brand, which has offices in Lincoln and Grimsby, following the promotion of Alison Cook to operations director.

Currently head of the Stafforce Managed Services brand, Cook will now take much wider operational responsibilities with the long term goal of aligning the internal processes, client delivery and the candidate experiences of the Stafforce Branch Network and Managed Services brands.

She said: “The UK is currently experiencing some major challenges in the labour pool. Brexit has impacted the number of migrant workers in the UK and there are likely to be redundancies in the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors. It is vital that we re-position the industries we represent so that opportunities in food, manufacturing and engineering are seen as an attractive long term career choice and attract this highly skilled talent pool.

“Our aim is to position our clients as employers of choice and help people to retrain or transfer skills so that our vacancies are filled with the right people.”

Alison will continue to report to managing director of Stafforce Tony Boorman.

He said: “Alison has the insight and past experience to help Stafforce and Stafforce Managed Services deliver our service in a way which meets both the recruitment needs of our clients and also ensures all candidates feel valued in the workplace.

“Each recruitment need requires a different approach depending on the industry scenario and location. Our goal is to ensure these needs are met by having the right systems and processes in place to assess candidates quickly and easily so that employers have access to the best quality workers.”

Sue Blount

trentbarton and its sister operator Kinchbus have welcomed two managers to key roles in Nottingham and Loughborough.

Sue Blount returns to trentbarton as its new operations manager in Nottingham and Christian Allen-Clay takes on Blount’s former position as general manager at Kinchbus.

Jeff Counsell, managing director, said: “We welcome Sue to Nottingham and Christian to Kinchbus. Both have excellent track records in driving our operations forward to provide the very best service for our customers. We look forward to watching them succeed in their important new roles.”

Jack Thompson

Construction engineering consultancy, Howard Ward Associates (HWA), has appointed Jack Thompson as structural engineer.

Thompson has joined the team following the completion of his BEng Civil Engineering (Hons) degree at Nottingham Trent University, where he is continuing his studies with a masters in Structural Engineering.

He said: “I’m incredibly pleased to start my new role at HWA and have the opportunity to advance my career at a company that is well-respected and highly experienced in the industry.

“Thanks to a recommendation by a principal engineer at HWA, I knew I wanted to join the team here – I was able to experience three weeks at the company prior to Christmas, to get to know everyone and get a good feel for how the company operates.

“The team have been very supportive when it comes to my studies and I will have the chance to work on a mixture of great projects, use different types of design and meet people from all sectors of the industry.”

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