People: IoD; Purpose Media; FRAME

Dr Rona Mackenzie

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Dr Rona Mackenzie as chair for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Mackenzie is director of business development at cyber security specialist KryptoKloud and was previously chief operating officer at David Fowkes Jewellery in Nottinghamshire.

Following 20 years working in education, she studied for an MBA and made the transition to the private sector. She previously held senior roles at schools and academies before becoming Founding Principal of Lincoln University Technical College (UTC), a school for 14-18 year olds specialising in science and engineering.

Dr Mackenzie said: “I’m honoured to be given this opportunity to lead the IoD’s largest branch in the East Midlands, with more than 500 members. Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are home to some truly inspiring directors and entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds.

“After a highly challenging year there are reasons for optimism so I’m looking forward to bringing directors together to share experiences and develop new skills. Together, we are stronger.”

Grace Golden

Grace Golden has joined Derbyshire-based web development, creative and digital marketing agency Purpose Media in a newly-created role as head of client growth.

Golden has over eight years’ experience in sales and marketing roles and joins the company having previously worked at Motorpoint Derby, Champions UK, and Status Social.

“Purpose Media has always been well-known as a professional agency. Their values and culture shine through and I admire the work that has already been done to create a great infrastructure for bringing clients on board.  The company is renowned for ‘telling it as it is’ and it is clear that their clients respect this honest and advice driven approach which has obviously been successful at retaining clients and staff over the last 12 months. I am really excited to join the team and I look forward to bringing clients on board who want a tangible return on investment from their marketing.”

FRAME, the Nottingham medical research charity committed to reducing the number of animals used in scientific testing, has appointed Dr Anja Petrie, a Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) and the Named Information Officer (NIO) at the University of Aberdeen, as a trustee.

In her role at the University of Aberdeen, Petrie provides a comprehensive veterinary service to the university’s animal facilities and supports those working with research animals across the organisation to be compliant, helping researchers to achieve the highest possible scientific and welfare standards and promoting the 3Rs principles of replacement, reduction and refinement.

She said: “I appreciate the way FRAME embraces the 3Rs and encourages change through its Alternatives Laboratory which focuses on the development of non-animal models, the delivery of one of the best experimental design courses in the UK and Europe and its collaborative, supportive and practical approach. As a FRAME trustee, I will bring my professional experience to the table, as well as a mind open to the benefits of non-animal models.

“I believe that a change in thinking and a renewed focus on reduction, replacement and refinement is achievable through appropriate education and funding opportunities as well as initiatives to promote non-animal models on an individual as well as higher systemic research level.”