People: Mather Jamie; Octavian

Lydia Tatar

Land development and property consultancy, Mather Jamie, has promoted Lydia Tatar to commercial management surveyor.

In February 2021, to coincide with its 30th anniversary, the company appointed four new directors and this latest promotion, which also involves a change in departments, means the firm will be recruiting another surveyor to carry out Tatar’s previous role as a commercial agency surveyor.

Tatar said: “I am really pleased to have been promoted and offered the opportunity to use my expertise to help our clients improve the quality and value of assets within their property portfolio through rent reviews, lease renewals and building improvement work. Whilst property management is a different challenge, Mather Jamie is a great company to work for and I know that I will get support from the director team to ensure clients receive the very best property management service.”

Leon Findlay

Nottinghamshire-based multi-services provider Octavian has appointed a new Armed Forces Champion within the company.

Leon Findlay has been appointed to the role, after making the transition from an Army career to joining Octavian rising to the level of contract manager role at the firm.

Findlay left the Army in 2003 after an injury, having served as a Corporal in the Queen’s Royal Lancers, a cavalry regiment. After running his own business, which did not help his injury, Leon joined Octavian in 2008. He rose through the security ranks, becoming first a site supervisor and onto a contract manager.

He said: “I understand the journey and challenges of moving from the forces to civilian life and work and decided to have a career within the security industry. I wanted to work where my skills were valued, and where there was an open career path and my journey evidenced the commitment Octavian has towards forces personnel. I am delighted to be able to take on the role as Armed Forces Champion and support others, whether from within the company or those seeking to join.”

Reshma Sheikh, Octavian managing director, said: “Part of the Armed Forces Covenant pledges to seek the employment of Veterans and Reservists, and we are proud to work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP). Leon demonstrates through his career journey what can be achieved, and he remains loyal to his forces career. Being Octavian’s Armed Forces Champion empowers Leon to support those within the Octavian family and those seeking to join us and is an example of what can be achieved. I am proud that Leon is part of our team.’