People: Grahame Gardner; Pro-Noctis

Sophie Kinchin

Leicester-based workwear provider Grahame Gardner has welcomed Sophie Kinchin as a product development coordinator.

Kinchin, who comes into what is a new role for the company, has a background in fashion design. She started her own brand before developing socks and hosiery for a supplier to high street names and then moved into childrenswear and womenswear for a Midlands based fashion brand.

She said: “I am so pleased to be starting my new role here at Grahame Gardner at what is a really exciting time for the company. It’s a whole new product area for me to get stuck into but I’m enjoying it and thrilled to be able to bring my knowledge of design but also clothing manufacture into the role.

“I am responsible for ensuring that Grahame Gardner is putting together new and exciting ranges for our customers, that we are always refreshing the ranges and finding new products that we think our customers will love. Design and innovation is so important to me and I’m working very closely with colleagues across the company to ensure a smooth transition from concept to market. It’s a great, creative role that means we are constantly innovating.

“I have always had a love of fashion design, initially as just a hobby, so to be in the position of pursuing this passion as a career is fantastic. I’m looking forward to what is to come.”

Greg Whyte

Professor Greg Whyte OBE has joined Newark-based human performance company Pro-Noctis, as lead performance specialist consultant.

A former Olympian, European, and World Championship medallist, Whyte is an internationally respected expert in the field of sport and exercise performance in the UK, and was awarded an OBE for his services to sport, sport science and charity work in 2014.

Pro-Noctis managing director, Phil Kelly said: “This is just another statement of intent from our team, we deliver such great work with amazing results and having Greg onboard will only strengthen our offering, our credibility and our reach. This now well and truly puts us at the top of the market in terms of offering Human Performance Training and Consultancy and will ensure we continue to only provide the very best service to the organisations that engage with us.”